New Jersey Nets Preseason Report 2014 posted by Nets Fan
New Jersey Nets has experienced several ups and downs in 2013-14 season. Starting slowly, the team managed a dismal 9-21, but there was a turnaround when Joe Johnson dominated over Oklahoma City. The team went to finish in the East at sixth seed. The Nets knocked out Toronto Raptors in first round's seventh game, and then were defeated by Miami Heat in the second round with only five games.
In free agency, New Jersey Nets lost two main pieces. Paul Pierce left for the capital, and Shaun Livingston joined the Golden State Warriors. The team made acquisitions of young players, and their star addition was Bojan Bogdanovic, who was highly touted as the team's Euro stash. In a three team deal, New Jersey Nets had to give up Marcus Thornton, for Sergey Karasev and Jarrett Jack.
The Nets have kept changing their coach, and since 2012-13 season they have had their fourth coach. Lionel Hollins was brought in to replace Kidd, who joined Milwaukee. Hollins is known to focus on defense mainly. He has been an effective coach and was able to get Memphis Grizzlies to the finals of the Western Conference two seasons ago.
The acquisitions made by New Jersey Nets are not outstanding, especially when you consider the experience level of these players. Even if Kevin Garnett, Deron Williams, and Brook Lopez somehow bounce back and perform better, the Net will again finish with being sixth seed in the Eastern Conference. Experts predict 44-36 for the Nets, provided all the players are healthy and are giving their top performance. Deron Williams might get back to point guard position in the top seven, provided his ankle is fine. Expectations are running high for this player, who has yet to earn his contract amount. Lionel Hollins is expected to help Brook Lopez, just as he helped Zach Randolph and Gasol in Memphis.Continue reading "New Jersey Nets Preseason Report 2014"