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Knitting Together a Playoff Team
Despite going 22-44 last season, it seems like this is going to be a playoff-or-bust kind of year for Brooklyn. The Nets are fielding a team that spent untold millions this offseason moving to a new city where fans are historically impatient.
The beginnings of a playoff team will be planted in training camp. The first few looks at how their lineup is going to work will be seen there as well.
How Might the Bench Shake out?
Brooklyn has a starting five of Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries and Brook Lopez. That much is obvious. Otherwise, questions abound.
It's looking like MarShon Brooks will fall into a sixth-man role. But after that, it's a toss-up for the rest of the minutes. Reggie Evans will see some man-time minutes. Mirza Teletovic will get time after being brought over from Russia. The rest seems like a plug-and-chug, spray-and-pray method.
What seems like an issue in the making is the defense the team will get from the frontcourt. Well, I suppose Wallace will be on lockdown like normal, but Humphries and Lopez are going to be a trial at times.
Humphries isn't a terrible defender, but when he's paired up alongside Lopez, he's not good enough to overcome Lopez's deficiencies. Otherwise, the team is going to have Evans' bulldog approach and Andray Blatche's bullish, well, lackluster approach.