NBN Roundtable: Offseason Thoughts, 2016–17 Projections
With training camp underway, the NBN team discusses the Brooklyn Nets‘ offseason and projections for the regular season.
Brandon Jefferson: Coming into the offseason, things looked very bleak for the Brooklyn Nets. They hired Sean Marks away from the San Antonio Spurs in January to run the team, but on the court, things were not getting any better for the team. Once the season was finally over, the real work began. First, they brought in Kenny Atkinson as the next head coach. Atkinson is a highly-lauded coach that has been part of staffs with theAtlanta Hawks and New York Knicks, and is the head coach of the Dominican Republic National Team.
Atkinson’s greatest asset is his work as a player development coach. He played a big role in Jeremy Lin’s success during the Linsanity run and helped Kent Bazemore go from bench celebrity to a player that will earn an average of $17.5 million over the next four years. Atkinson’s presence helped bring Lin to Brooklyn as a free agent. Through the draft, the Nets were able to add Caris LeVert and Isaiah Whitehead. They also added veterans like Luis Scola, Trevor Booker, Chase Budinger, and Randy Foye to round out the roster.
Offseason Grade: B-
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