2016-2017 NBA Previews – Nets Odds
Looking for 2016 Brooklyn Nets Predictions? The Nets have seen their win totals decline for three straight seasons. They have a new coach in Kenny Atkinson but realistically the outlook is not much better than it was a year ago and things could get worse because it looks like Philly is gaining on them. This is a team with not much going for it right now. They have one All-Star calibre player and the rest are unproven or worse.
Brooklyn Nets Season Preview
Head Coach: Kenny Atkinson
2014 Record: 21-61
Warriors Odds to NBA Title: 1250/1
Warriors Odds to Win Conference: 500/1
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Brooklyn Nets Strengths:
Brook Lopez is probably the only player on the team that others teams would want, or take. He is a legit center with a well rounded offensive game – averaged 20ppg last season.
He is not a great shooter but he can face up and put the ball on the deck. Against most centers in the league he has a significant advantage and will draw double teams. The rest of the group needs every advantage they can get.
We are kind of grasping here but the Nets are excited to see “Lin”sanity return to New York. Jeremy Lin has been productive in other places since leaving the Knicks but this is his best chance to shine since then.
When the shots are not going to Lopez he is just as good an option as anyone else on the court. Not the fastest of point guards he has elusiveness to him.
Bojan Bogdanovic may be stuff to spell but he is the rare player on the team with some upside. He averaged 11ppg last year but was closer to 17 over the final quarter of the season.
He can and will need to be an effective spot up shooter for the Nets to have some semblance of an offense on a regular basis. He is used to the mess the Nets are too.
Brooklyn Nets Weaknesses:
Who is Kenny Atkinson?
He had a decent college career at Richmond and played professionally overseas. In terms of coaching he has been with a few different franchises, most recently as an assistant with the Atlanta Hawks, a team many are trying to copy for their ability to make a unit more than the sum of their parts.
With Atlanta he had a lot more to work with though and he is totally unproven as a boss.
After Lopez there is not a lot of size for the Nets and even he is not a great rebounder. They are looking for Trevor Booker to take the majority of the minutes at PF.
He is listed at 6’8″ but I have a hunch he might be more like 6’6″. Yes everyone is playing smaller but if this group wants to have any chance they have to be able to rebound the ball.
Luis Scola is well past his prime and not much of a factor either. They might get owned on the glass most nights.
Similar to rebounding I am not sure who is going to play defense. Lopez is not a great defender nor is Lin. or any of the other players that have been mentioned specifically.
The one guy who might be able to stop his man with some regularity is past top pick Rondae Hollis-Jefferson. He is an athletic wing but it is tough to put him out there for too long because he just doesn’t score much.
Getting stops is going to be hard for this bunch.
Brooklyn Nets Betting Prediction: 20-62
It is interesting that most pundits have the Nets finishing fourth in the Atlantic but their odds of winning the conference or the championship are much greater than Philadelphia who everyone assumes will be last again.
I guess that kind of means they feel that the ceilings of the two clubs are drastically different and that it is Philly that has the higher one. That is bad news Nets fans.
I am not expecting this team to be epically bad but there are definitely going to be some rough nights in the future. When you look at this team I don’t see how they are going to score enough points to win on most nights.
Even if Lopez gets 30, Lin 20 and Bogdanovic another 20, where do the other 20 points needed just to be competitive most night comes from. And those are high numbers for those guys. Unders are probably going to be the order of the day though their defense is pretty bad.
Best to watch for a while with these guys heading into the year.
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