Brooklyn Nets

Roster (15)

Kevin Durant SF
Kyrie Irving PG
Spencer Dinwiddie PG
DeAndre Jordan C
Joe Harris SG
Garrett Temple SG
Taurean Prince SF
Caris LeVert SG
Jarrett Allen C
Dzanan Musa SG
Rodions Kurucs SF
David Nwaba SG
Wilson Chandler SF
Theo Pinson SG
Nicolas Claxton C

Two Way

Henry Ellenson PF

Starting 5

Kyrie Irving PG
Caris LeVert SG
Taurean Prince/Kevin Durant SF
Jarrett Allen PF
DeAndre Jordan C

Players Lost (8)

D’Angelo Russell PG (Trade, GSW)
DeMarre Carroll SF (Trade, ATL)
Allen Crabbe SG (Trade ATL)
Jared Dudley SF (FA, LAL)
Ed Davis PF (FA, UTAH)
Rondae Hollis Jefferson SF (FA, TOR)
Shabazz Napier PG (Trade, MIN)
Treveon Graham SG (Trade, Min)

Players Added (8)

Kevin Durant SF (S&T GSW)
Kyrie Irving PG (FA, BOS)
DeAndre Jordan C (FA, NYK)
Taurean Prince SF (Trade, ATL)
Wilson Chandler SF (FA, LAC)
David Nwaba PG (FA, CLE)
Nicolas Claxton C (31st Pick, 2019 NBA Draft)

Henry Ellenson PF/C (FA, DET – Two Way)

2018-19 Final Regular Season Standing: 6th Eastern Conference (42-40)
2019-20 Projected Regular Season Standing: 4th Eastern Conference (47-35)

The Good news is the Nets made out in free agency signing Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. The bad news is, Durant might miss the entirety of the 2019-2020 season healing from a ruptured Achilles tendon. That said, the Nets refuse to rule Durant out and will not give a time table as to his return. Generally Achilles injuries take 6 months to a year to recover from. 6 months to full activity, but about a year till full recovery. Ruptures are worse than tears. It will be hard for Durant to get back this season, or to even be the same player. He will probably lose speed but still shoot to the same degree. There are rumors that Durant wants to come back early next year, halfway through the season or so. It may be to quick for him to return, but apparently you can’t say no to Kevin Durant.

Even without Durant the Nets are better than last season. Kyrie Irving is an upgrade over Russell and has more experience with the demands of running a team. DeAndre Jordan jumped ship across town to join to Nets. He will take pressure off of Jarrett Allen in the front court. Allen will likely move to starting power forward and play back up center. Caris LeVert is a burgeoning protostar who likely take the next step this season.

The Nets also added Taurean Prince, a hell of a get for Allen Crabbe as well as Wilson Chandler who will both be a big help on the wing. They join Joe Harris, Rodions Kurucs, and Dzanan Musa who will get better with experience. Together the Nets have a talented team who should make some dents in the eastern conference. If Durant doesn’t return they may not finish in 4th, and could drop a few spots, but they should be able to hold on. If Durant does return and is able to play to his full ability, they may finish higher.

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