Brooklyn has been notorious for heavy wing depth, and that continues this season. They have about five-six players that are all worthy of minutes, and they likely will all see work. This does hurt the fantasy value, and also the development a bit for some of the guys trying to earn more time. At some point this will be a team that clears up, but management leaves this scenario on the table for now given their decision making with signings and trades. Unless injuries occur, we are looking at more time shares at the shooting guard and small forward positions.
Brooklyn has lacked size over the last few seasons, and especially more athletic bigs. The Nets brought in Ed Davis and Kenneth Faried this offseason. Faried and Davis are both diverse enough to give some depth at power forward and center. With Rondae Hollis-Jefferson being the only real option at the four, you should see some minutes open up for them. Davis and Faried will both bring help on the glass, and also a little bit more size to give them more diverse lineups after being a predictable team that went small a lot last season. This will help matching up against bigger lineups.
Jarrett Allen is a 20-year-old center out of Texas, and was drafted 22nd overall back in 2017. He averaged just 20 minutes a game last season, but averaged 8 points and 5 rebounds with 1.2 blocks per game. Allen is more than ready for a minutes increase, but the Nets have yet to commit to him for a full time role. They also signed two other bigs which should cut into his workload. Allen isn’t likely headed for a full role, but 20-25 minutes again this season should be the floor with room for more if he does well.
The Nets have been without draft picks for most of the last few seasons which has severely limited their rebuilding process. The Nets went out to Europe and made two draft signings this offseason, including Dzanan Musa and Rodions Kurucs. Musa is likely the one to spend the season with the Nets, while Kurucs is going to be in their G-League. European draft picks can carry some risk in the later rounds, but we have seen some pay off more often than not of late. The Nets will be hoping one of them can at least pay off and give them a more prominent role player in the front court.
Brooklyn ranked 25th in rebounding last season, and 28th the year before. The additions of Faried and Davis will help given their rebounding is above average. Jarrett Allen needed more focus on rebounding, which is odd given his size and position. If Brooklyn tends to keep going small, you are likely looking at another year where they struggle on the glass. If the Nets can run out their bigs more often, they definitely should improve. The bigger issue is that their wings tend to play away from the glass and the three point shooting leads to more boards for other teams.