Shabazz Napier - Shabazz Napier joined Brooklyn this offseason after playing a meaningful role in Portland. That likely won’t be the case this season, with the Nets having a handful of guards. This can be tricky for Napier to establish himself, especially with the Nets always being willing to spread out minutes. He has yet to practice, and could be out for most of October. The hamstring injury is one that can be recurring, which is not something you want to enter the season with.
Allen Crabbe - Brooklyn has a couple of injuries to worry about in the beginning of the year, and Allen Crabbe is one of them. He had a nasty sprained ankle in a preseason game, which leaves him missing time to start the season. This will open the door for Caris LeVert and Joe Harris to pick up some minutes. The Nets spread out their minutes so no huge minute moves will happen for anyone. You will likely see them moving around guards at times during games, so it is hard to say what will happen.
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson - Rondae Hollis-Jefferson hasn’t missed a ton of time in his NBA career, but has been dealing with constant nagging injuries that cause him to show up on injury reports. This can be a bit frustrating at times, and this early season report of a groin strain could just further these troubles for Hollis-Jefferson. The plan is to slowly work him back in at the beginning of the season, so expect his minutes to be fluctuating at least in the month of October.
Top Injuries in Franchise History
Of course we can look back at the Nets when they were in New Jersey and had names like Jason Kidd and Kenyon Martin. Richard Jefferson was in his prime back in 2005, and his season took a bad turn. He ruptured a ligament in his left wrist, which caused him to miss the rest of that season, and the first half of 2006. Deron Williams was someone that was constantly on the injury report for various nagging injuries. Towards the end of the 2013 season, Brook Lopez had to have surgery on his right foot, but it wasn’t anything that derailed his career moving forward. After Paul Pierce came to the Nets in the Celtics trade, Pierce broke his hand in 2013, which caused him to miss several weeks.
A few seasons later, Kevin Garnett started to have more nagging injuries at his age, and then that was it for the Nets quick window with a bunch of aging superstars. Over the last few seasons, we have seen major injuries that required surgery to both Jeremy Lin and D’Angelo Russell. Lin has developed an injury prone tag, while Russell’s situation should be just temporary as he is recovered and ready to roll in 2018. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson also finds himself on the injury report quite often, but has dodger some major injuries.