Assessing the Brooklyn Nets Early Season Struggles

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Heading into the 2013-2014 NBA season the new-look Brooklyn Nets had sky high expectations. Mikhail Prokhorov and Billy King built a championship contending team as they added the likes of Andrei Kirilenko, Jason Terry, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett.

With debatably the deepest team in the NBA its absolutely unacceptable for this team to start off the season 1-2. Losing against inferior teams on the road, including the Orlando Magic and Cleveland Cavaliers on Opening Night is absolutely pathetic.

I understand that this is for the most part a completely new roster, and with new players comes time to develop chemistry. However, the way they lost in Orlando on Sunday night was quite alarming to watch.

Letting up 107 points to the pitiful Orlando Magic just shouldn’t happen it’s as simple as that. Their inability to defend Victor Oladipo ended up killing them as he and the Magic went on quite the run in the 4th quarter as they expanded their lead and ended up winning by 21 points.

Let’s be honest here. It’s only 3 games into the season with a rookie head coach and players starting to gel together. So I as a Brooklyn Nets fan isn’t too concerned. But with this 2-year span that they have with this team progress has to be made immediately. The front office will have no patience for suffering losses like they did Sunday night.

Kevin Garnett wasn’t afraid to speak his mind following the loss Sunday night.

“I’ve got to be better with what I’m doing, making my minutes more productive,” Garnett said.

It takes a true leader like Kevin Garnett to speak up following a tough loss and to admit what he’s doing wrong; and most importantly recognizing the changes that need to be made.

One of the major reasons why the Brooklyn Nets have struggled thus far this season is because of Deron Williams. Heading into the season Coach Jason Kidd felt like it was a reasonable goal for D-Will to average at least 10 assists per game this season.

Through three games Deron Williams is averaging only 8 points and 8 assists while only logging about 25 minutes a game. It’s been made clear that D-Will is not 100 % fully healthy from his sprained ankle.

Deron Williams is the key for this Nets team to really elevate themselves and put them in the conversation of one of the best teams in the NBA.

He’ s the guy that has to get them going as there are so many players on this team that are capable of scoring 20 points on any given night. The versatility on this team is unbelievable as Brooklyn as 4 players on their bench that can arguably start for many teams in the league. Guys such as Andrei Kirilenko, Jason Terry, Alan Anderson, and Andray Blatche.

These group of guys are another big reason why the team hasn’t gotten off to the start it would have liked. Most notably Andray Blatche, following an impressive season last year has really looked awful out there.

Blatche is averaging just 3.7 points per game while shooting just 25 % from the field.

As I mentioned before, there have only been 3 games played so those Brooklyn fans out there shouldn’t be worried about their team.

Brooklyn’s next 3 games are against the Utah Jazz, Washington Wizards, and Indiana Pacers. Then the team heads out on a 3-game road trip facing the Sacramento Kings, Phoenix Suns, and Los Angeles Clippers.

These next 6 games should give us a better understanding of where this team is headed. It should be interesting to follow how Jason Kidd manages the minutes of starting power forward Kevin Garnett as the season goes along.

 

 

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