2023-24 NBA Season Preview: Brooklyn Nets

The Brooklyn Nets are going to be an interesting team during the 2023-24 season. Depending on how they look at it, they may still have a chance in the Eastern Conference. Of Course, it’s not a big chance with both Milwaukee and Boston getting better and Miami surprising everyone last year. Though, that shouldn’t be the goal at this point as they should focus on development and making the playoffs first.

The turmoil from last year is gone and the Nets have a new star in Mikal Bridges. It remains to be seen what he can do with a full season worth of responsibilities. The Nets don’t own their first-round pick, so there’s no incentive to tank. Rather they’ll be forced to retool and rebuild through savvy moves and mid-tier picks.

Championship Odds:+100000 (FanDuel Sportsbook)

Key Additions:

Noah Clownley and Dariq Whitehead

Both of these rookies have a lot of upside. Though, we have not seen much of even a glimpse at these two yet. Clownley was the only one that competed in Summer League. He didn’t perform well either, shooting  sub-25 percent from all over the court. That small sample size is not enough to draw any conclusions.

Dennis Smith Jr.

The Nets needed some help at the point guard position. Smith was one of the better options available after a breakout season in Charlotte. He’s effective at getting to the paint and has developed into a plus defender. If he can develop his three-point shot then he could be a valuable pickup for the Nets.

Lonnie Walker IV

A fine compliment to the Lakers last season, Walker will bolster the Nets young nucleus with athleticism in the backcourt. He provides upside at 24 years old and should have a solid impact if his shooting is consistent.

Darius Bazley

An Athletic four with plenty of potential, Bazley joined the Nets on a one-year deal. He looked much improved his fourth NBA season and should have the chance to shine with the Brooklyn Nets in 2023-24.

Key Losses

Patty Mills

The Brooklyn Nets will be without the services of the veteran guard in 2023-24. The Nets may have been in need of ball-handling and point guard play, but Mills struggled last season. So the decision to move on might have been wise. Not only that but in trading the veteran point guard, the front office opened up some payroll and a trade exception for later use.

Joe Harris

A move that was expected with the direction the franchise was headed. In trading away Harris, the Nets cut some costs, consolidated the roster and created another trade exception.

Seth Curry

The sharp-shooting Curry may not be as good as his brother but he’s still capable of the big moment shots, like Harris though… Seth had different goals for his career and the direction that he was headed.

Projected Roster:

Potential Starters: Spencer Dinwiddie, Bridges, Cameron Johnson, Dorian Finney-Smith, Nic Claxton

This starting lineup features a good balance of size and athleticism that could be hard to stop. The goal should be to maximize the talent that they have here. Based on what’s been said at NBA Media Day that is the trend.

Bench: Smith Jr., Walker IV, Ben Simmons, Bazley, Royce O’Neale, Cam Thomas, Day’Ron Sharpe, Clownley, Whitehead, Trendon Watford and Armoni Brooks

Season Outlook:

The Nets have a long history of being a playoff team from their teams with Brook Lopez up until the team with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant. They still have the chance to make it this season, but they’ve got some growing to do. There’s some new faces, but the core is still there. Bridges believes in the team. This team has a high ceiling. While there is a chance that this team makes the playoffs, I would expect them to just miss with a record of 36-46.


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