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The Brooklyn Nets Are Building a Foundation

by Glenn Kaplan
by Glenn Kaplan

The Brooklyn Nets might finally be turning the corner after they have had a few years of misery and no first-round draft picks. The last time they made the postseason was the 2014-2015 season. Brooklyn has not reached the 30-win mark in the past three seasons.

They already have won 17 games this season but they have lost 19 games. The Nets only are only 0.5 games back of the Miami Heat for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. They are only one game back of the Detroit Pistons for the number six spot.

The Brooklyn Nets actually own a first-round pick this season and they haven't really had any over the past few years because of a blockbuster trade several offseasons ago with the Boston Celtics.

Sean Marks has been the general manager for the Nets since February 18, 2016. Kenny Atkinson has been the coaching this team since the 2017-2018 season. He has gotten a lot of out of his players. The players play very hard for him.

Spencer Dinwiddie has been their top player and he could be an All-Star this season. Dinwiddie is 25 years old and he has been on several teams before he found a home in Brooklyn. Spencer Dinwiddie is averaging 18.1 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 5.3 APG, and 0.6 SPG so far this season. He has been coming off the bench for this team.

Caris LeVert has not played since November 26 against the Charlotte Hornets because of a leg injury. He could very well be back at some point this season. LeVert has only played in 14 games and he is averaging 18.4 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 3.7 APG, and 1.2 SPG so far this season.

Joe Harris has had a very good season up to this point for the Brooklyn Nets. He is averaging 13.7 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 2.5 APG, and 0.6 SPG so far this season.

Jarrett Allen is averaging 11.8 PPG, 8.2 RPG, and 1.4 BPG so far this season. D'Angelo Russell is averaging 17.5 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 6.2 APG, and 1.2 SPG so far this season. He was traded from the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2017 offseason.

DeMarre Carroll, Allen Crabbe, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, and Shabazz Napier have been some other key players on this roster.

Rodions Kurucs is 20 years old and he was the 40th pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. Kurucs is from Lativa. He is averaging 9.2 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 0.6 APG, 0.3 BPG, and 0.6 SPG so far this season. Rodions Kurucs has been of the best rookies in the NBA so far this season. The Brooklyn Nets scouting department deserves credit for this and he could be a future All-Star for this team.

Drafting well is going to be key for this team's future success. They also drafted Dzanan Musa in the 2018 NBA Draft and he was drafted 29th overall. Musa hasn't played much this season, but he is expected to be a big part of their future. Dzanan Musa is only 19 years old. He is averaging 1.7 PPG, 0.4 RPG, 0.1 APG, and 0.3 SPG so far this season.

The Brooklyn Nets will have their own first-round pick this season. They could potential have two first-round picks this season depending where the Denver Nuggets finish in the standings. As of right now, Brooklyn would own that pick. They could also have a couple of second-round picks.

The Nets will have at least one first-round pick for the next several years, unless they decide to trade some more, but I doubt they will decide to do that anytime soon. Brooklyn will also have a ton of cap space to possibly sign a key free agent. It will be hard this offseason to attract free agents this season because they are still on the come up.

A lot of key players in the NBA might want to play for the New York Knicks, but the Brooklyn Nets are building a better foundation right now and they hope key players will want to play for them in the neat future. In 2021-2022, this team could develop into an Eastern Conference contender. Sean Marks has built this team from the ground up.

This article was originally published on @gk18