The Brooklyn Nets are in the midst of their best period of the season, winning eight of their last nine games. After a turbulent off-season transitioned into the regular season, the future looked bleak for Brooklyn, but unfortunately they finally found a way to fix the ship. However, some members of the Nets community believe the team is one player away from being a true contender for a talented Eastern Conference.
Some names the Nets should target are Orlando Magic big man Mo Bamba and Indiana Pacers star Myles Turner, but they would come at a huge price. And frankly, the networks can’t afford the asking price. The Athletic’s Alex Schiffer says a more realistic target for Brooklyn would be Charlotte Hornets big man Nick Richards.
“In terms of other goals I’d say Jakob Poeltl or Myles Turner would be great additions but I don’t think the Nets have the resources for that. Here’s a crazy idea I had watching the Hornets last week: Nick Richards, who’s from Patrick School, Irving’s alma mater.” Schiffer writes.
“He’s averaging nine points and 6.4 rebounds per game for the Hornets and has been a bright spot in an otherwise poor start to the season so far. His deal is very team friendly. Right now everyone is talking about a big trade for a well-known name, and maybe the move is a smaller one for a player who thinks they can get more out of it.”
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Nets face major tests during the upcoming stretch
The Nets have rediscovered their winning ways in recent weeks. But the reality is that the competition they faced wasn’t very tough, and their seven-game home grandstand also contributed to their success. Of the nine teams they faced, only the Boston Celtics had any track record, and they lost that game.
But in this upcoming phase, the Nets must face the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Milwaukee Bucks and the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors. Schiffer believes their performance in those three games will be a gauge of where they stand as a team.
“A year ago, the Nets were first in the Eastern Conference. We saw how quickly things went downhill after Christmas when the losses started to pile up. I think next week’s list of Golden State, Milwaukee and Cleveland will tell us a lot about this team.” Schiffer writes.
“If you go winless against that trio, I would say the Nets are a playoff team but not a real contender. Take one of these and I feel close to the game. But two or three out of three? Now let’s talk.”
Nets Sustainability will be answered in time
It may be too early to name the Nets contenders for this year’s title, and there’s a slim chance this recent stretch is fool’s gold. But what if not? The fact is, there’s a chance this could be the Nets’ last chance at a title as Kyrie Irving is set to hit the free-agent market this July. Perhaps after Irving’s suspension last month, the networks accepted that reality and responded accordingly.
Kevin Durant continues to play like an MVP candidate, and Irving seems to have found his groove this season as well. Additionally, under the leadership of new head coach Jacque Vaughan, the Nets have one record of 15-6.
Is it sustainable? Only time will tell.
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