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Will Taylor prove that he is a capable backup point guard?
Earning ample playing time on a team that possesses a great deal of depth like the Nets is not an easy task.
For Alan Anderson, however, there will be nights when head coach Jason Kidd plays him for an extended amount of time, and there will be the evenings when he logs single-digit minutes in a game.
By no means is that because of Anderson, for he is a great option off the bench, as evident by the 10.3 points he averaged as a second-unit player in Toronto last season.
Rather, his up-and-down playing time will simply be a result of the 12-man-deep rotation that the Nets now possess.
Possessing veteran-like qualities that one rarely finds in a rookie, Mason Plumlee should find himself a part of the 12-man rotation.
Although minutes won't be overly consistent, there will be a number of contests in which he'll get extended run on the court, especially when Kevin Garnett gets a night off.
Prior to the start of the 2012-13 season, many, including myself, believed that Mirza Teletovic would be a high-volume scorer for the Nets off the bench.
It didn't happen.
In fact, the 27-year-old logged fewer than 10 minutes a game.
In an interview with Sport Eagle TV (via NetsDaily.com), Teletovic expressed that he was not confident playing with the Nets last season, which explains his lackluster first outing. For without confidence, what does one have?
Now, as to what that means going forward, nobody knows. What I do know is that Teletovic needs to get it together and play like the sharpshooting big man we know he is.
With Shaun Livingston and Jason Terry destined to be the main second-unit options at the 1 and 2, Tyshawn Taylor will probably be sitting in street clothes most nights, unless he shows up to camp balling like a bona fide stud.
For Taylor, figuring out who he is as a player should be objective No. 1 this season simply because the NBA has become a league in which talented guards are in abundance.
Hence, showing not only the Nets but the league in general that he has one or two skills that set him apart from other young NBA guards will help prove that he belongs on this stage.
With all the options at Brooklyn's disposal in the frontcourt, Tornike Shengelia will have a job ahead of him in trying to prove to Kidd that he does not need another stint in the D-League.
While that may be the case, the 21-year-old has tons of potential, and another year of watching from the sidelines will only help him on his journey in becoming an everyday player in the league.