Even after signing veteran point guard Jeremy Lin, the Brooklyn Nets are still expected to become one of the worst teams in the league in the 2016-2017 NBA Season.
With the help of star center Brook Lopez, Lin and the rest of the Nets want to prove that they are not a lottery team and that they can contend for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Aside from Jeremy Lin, the Nets tried to get other worthy free agents in the 2016 offseason but failed to steal them being restricted free agents. Allen Crabbe and Tyler Johnson were both signed to offer sheets by Brooklyn but their teams, the Portland Trail Blazers and Miami Heat decided to match the offers.
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The Nets are left with role players with Lin and Lopez as the two main men on offense in the upcoming season. The potential of Ronda Hollis-Jefferson, Bojan Bogdanovic and Trevor Booker are crucial for the Nets in the upcoming season. They know Lin and Lopez will be productive but it’s up to the other players to prove they are more than just role players.
Brooklyn Nets 2016-2017 Depth Chart
Point Guards: Jeremy Lin, Greivis Vasquez, Randy Foye
Shooting Guards: Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Joe Harris, Caris LeVert
Small Forwards: Bojan Bogdanovic, Sean Kilpatrick/Chase Budinger
Power Forwards: Trevor Booker, Luis Scola, Chris McCullough, Anthony Bennett
Centers: Brook Lopez, Justin Hamilton
The Nets are not winning the NBA title but they want to build on their future starting next season. New Nets general manager Sean Marks wants to start a winning culture in Brooklyn. They owe their first round pick to the Boston Celtics in the next rookie draft, so they have an added motivation to win next season.
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Brooklyn Nets 2016-2017 Prediction: They will not be the worst team in the league or Eastern Conference. And they will end up the season as the 12th best team in the conference.
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