The Brooklyn Nets have endured a difficult season so far, especially in 2020. Since the beginning of this year, the Brooklyn Nets have recorded more losses than wins. As a collective, the Nets possess some of the most talented players on their roster. The acquisitions of Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant was considered a masterstroke in the beginning. However, the arrival of the two big-names has failed to make any massive impact on the team’s performances this season. The Nets were optimistic that the signing of both Kyrie and Durant would take them to the next level. However, it has instead been the opposite. The team has instead proven to be inconsistent and has failed to produce their best, especially when expectations are very high.
Despite these struggles, the Nets still find themselves in the battle to secure a playoff spot this season. At the moment, the Nets lie in seventh on the Eastern Conference and 4th in the Atlantic Division with a 30-34 win-loss record. The priority will be on finishing the season on a high note to secure the
Their run in the postseason last season did not go according to plan after crashing out of the first round after their defeat to the Philadelphia 76ers. They will be looking to go a step further than that if they are to reach the playoffs at the end of the season. However, you never know what to expect from Nets considering their performances.
Here is a look at the positives and negatives from the Brooklyn Nets’ season so far.
One of the positives from the Nets’ season has been some of the victories they have secured against some of the big teams in the NBA this season. The Nets own wins over the likes of Houston Rockets, Boston Celtics, Denver Nuggets, Philadelphia 76ers, Toronto Raptors, Indiana Pacers and Los Angeles Lakers. They have beaten third-placed Boston Celtics in two of their three encounters this season. They also have a victory over the struggling Golden State Warriors team this season. These results tell a tale of how the Brooklyn Nets tend to step up against the big guns on occasions.
Another positive from the Nets’ season has been the performances of Point Guard Spencer Dinwiddie, who is undoubtedly enjoying an incredible season. Dinwiddie has been the breakout star of the team behind fellow Point Guard Kyrie Irving. The 26-year old player is finally living up to expectations and performing consistently in his fourth season with the Nets. He is currently averaging more points this season in comparison to his previous seasons with the team. He has averaged 20.6 points per game in 64 games so far this season. Also, he has averaged 3.5 rebounds per game and 6.8 assists per game. At this rate, he could potentially become a top player soon and attract interests from some of the big sides in the NBA.
Center DeAndre Jordan, who has also been a bit-part player for much of the season, has also averaged 10.0 rebounds per game in 56 games, the highest in that category on the team’s leaderboards. However, he has only started six games this season. The numbers represent a good return from the player.
The most notable negative from the Nets’ season so far has been their terrible form on the road. The Nets have record more losses than wins on the road this season (12 victories and 20 defeats). Their win-loss record on the road stands at 12-20. They are two defeats away from matching the total number of away losses they recorded last season (22). Also, they lost another season-opening game for the seventh season in a row after losing 127-126 in overtime against Minnesota Timberwolves.
The Nets have been one of the unluckiest teams in terms of injuries this season. Both big-name summer signings Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving are currently injured. Both players’ absence depleted the quality of the team. Kevin Durant has missed the entire season due to an injury he sustained while playing for the Golden State Warriors last season. As a result, he is still yet to make his debut for the team. The two-time NBA Champion and 10-time NBA All Star’s absence is a huge blow considering his experience and pedigree. His presence on the court could have made a big difference for the team this season.
Kyrie Irving, on the other hand, began the season with the Nets after his move from Boston Celtics before getting injured. He was a consistent performer until he sustained the injury that has ruled him out of the rest of the season. The one-time NBA Champion and six-time NBA All-Star averaged 27.4 points per game, 5.2 rebounds per game, and 6.4 assists per game. He had also averaged 1.4 steals per game.