Sean Marks is Steering the Brooklyn Nets in the Right Path

The Brooklyn Nets have been the laughing stock of the NBA for many years now. After trading an insane amount of first-round picks to the Boston Celtics for washed up veterans in Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, they soon became the league’s worst team. And when you’re the league’s worst team, you simply attempt to rebuild through the draft- but they haven’t been able to do so after throwing away their future in the aforementioned trade with Boston. They were directionless for a long time, but with new General Manager Sean Marks at the helm, the Nets are finally trending upwards, even without any top picks to prove it.

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When Marks took over, Brooklyn’s roster lacked any big names, and no big names means no big contracts. And as Marks has shown, cap flexibility is one of the most valuable assets a team can have. He’s used their massive cap room to get D’Angelo Russell from the Lakers for taking on Timofey Mozgov’s contract, while also taking DeMarre Carroll’s salary off of Toronto’s books in exchange for a first-round and second-round pick. These moves signal that the Nets’ Front Office is forward-thinking and creative, unlike, say, Sacramento, who could’ve made these exact same trades, but instead opted to throw lots of money at past-their-prime veterans, just because they can.

This statement would have sounded hysterical 12 months ago, but here we are in the summer of 2017 and the Brooklyn Nets are actually in a significantly better position than some of their Eastern Conference counterparts- the Pistons and Pacers, to name a couple. With a young nucleus of Russell, Jarrett Allen, and under-the-radar players like Sean Kilpatrick and Caris Levert, possibly topped off with a big free agent like Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Sean Marks has done a tremendous job with the most difficult assignment in sports.