The Nets remained rather silent in the 2018 off-season. The team brought in some contributors but failed to re-work the starting lineup. Kenneth Faried, Ed Davis, and Shabazz Napier will offer some relief potential, but all of these guys have spent their due time within the league. The team component to this team's success is what D'Angelo Russell will show up in 2018. Russell struggled with injury last season and had to work his way back into the good graces of the coaching staff. He's only 22-years-old and was a number 2 overall pick just a few seasons ago. His leadership capabilities have been questioned, but his maturity level should finally become rounded in his fifth season of play. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Jarrett Allen both become favorites for higher usage. Hollis-Jefferson saw the most court time for the team last season, but his averages failed to equate to the level of production intended for this type of usage. Allen spent half of the season coming off the bench. His second half averages are rather impressive, and he gains access to the big stage in 2018-19. The bench is beefed with plenty of big men to limit the amount of pressure placed on the 4 and 5-spots. Russell also gains two favorable back-ups that have been featured in starting roles at previous periods, which keeps the spread of the ball constant.
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Q: Does the bench feature enough solidarity to offer chemistry?
A: While the bench collection is impressive, there are many different skill sets. Ed Davis and Kenneth Faried are pure posters. They offer limited defense and contribution outside of the paint, which may be a problem when compared to the diversity of the Eastern Conference big men. Joe Harris, Caris LeVert, and Spencer Dinwiddie all offer team experience, which is something that can keep this second unit as an effective relief option.
Q: Does D'Angelo Russell adopt a leadership role in the 2018-19 season?
A: Russell is a very talented player. He can score at a high rate and reaches success from all areas of the court. His passing skill set has been questioned and he struggles to influence a pace of play that would emulate top point guard status. A full off-season load of work should offer him the tools he needs to refine his skills into a pass-minded mentality.
Q: Where will the veteran leadership come from?
A: DeMarre Carroll is the team's most seasoned athlete. His production remains consistent from season to season. He knows his role and performs to scale, which is something the younger players can learn from. He is a leading advocate that will help players slot into their necessary roles. He doesn't try to take over game plans and change the mentality of the team, which is a silent attribute that can assist this team in the 2018-19 season.