The Brooklyn Nets have been out of the realm of relevancy for the last few years to those fans outside of Brooklyn. For fans looking for consistent playoff caliber basketball, let’s be honest, the Nets aren’t really it.
But that doesn’t mean they aren’t fun to watch. The regular season for the Nets is over and the playoffs are well underway. That means for the team who play their regular season games at Barclays Center and those who are fans, there isn’t much to focus on that pertains to your favorite squad.
So despite the playoffs happening right this minute, our job today is to talk about who the Brooklyn Nets need to focus on developing if they want to be playing in their own playoff series sometime in the near future.
Two players that the Brooklyn front office needs to focus on are guard Spencer Dinwiddie and center Jarrett Allen.
Dinwiddie had been an offensive weapon for the Nets during the 2018 campaign, especially with his high energy play and ability to knock down from the three-point line during the season. Dinwiddie however was inconsistent and as a result sported a low 3p%.
Dinwiddie has had pretty effective and dynamic performances against really good teams this season as his two highest scoring totals of 31 and 27 against the Raptors and 76ers respectively, the No. 1 and No. 3 seeds in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
There are times when the hustle, court vision and shooting are there. For Dinwiddie, it’s just a matter of repeating the good and eliminating the bad. As is the case for most developing players but the 24-year-old Dinwiddie has a scoring potential that the Nets, who don’t have a first-round pick until 2019, should definitely want to see improve on his percentages with the amount of talent he possesses.
Dinwiddie has also proven to be a solid distributor as evidence by him averaging 6.6 assists in 2017-2018. The fourth-year guard shows potential to be as good if not of a better player than D’Angelo Russell the highly drafted point guard acquired from the Lakers in 2017.
While the Nets don’t have draft picks in the first-round this year with guards such as Trae Young and Colin Sexton available, they certainly should be looking ahead to who will be the guard to help lead their franchise to the playoffs. With some added consistency and efficiency, Dinwiddie’s game may fit to be that next guy.
This is 2018 where most teams like to pul-up from half court with their eyes closes and chase after long rebounds, so who needs centers?
No but really, while that joke may have some truth to it, the league has transformed to an outside shooting league as most know. The big man as we know it is a changing position. Teams use more versatile bigs along with smaller more athletic shooting lineups. But make no mistake, the center position still holds value in the NBA.
Allen is only 20-years-old, but has shown a presence and athleticism in the paint that should have the Nets fanning for air. Allen, a 6-foot-11 center has been dominant at times defensively for the Nets as he already averages over a block per game in his NBA career.
Allen has a bit more development to do overall than Dinwiddie but his sheer size and athleticism should make for a powerful force down low if he commits to footwork and giving high energy on the offensive side of the ball.
Allen has shows some monster jams on alley-oops as well as posterizing opponents with his seven-foot wingspan and jumping ability. The upside to be a dominant player in the post is there and Allen could really help solidify the paint defensively if he continues on the same career trajectory in that category.