The Brooklyn Nets have a long way to go before they become a legit playoff contender, but that doesn’t mean we can’t predict some over-the-top scenarios for the 2018-2019 season. The Nets are going to have their fair share of doubters once again, but with the right moves made this summer, the Nets have a chance to prove that their rebuilding plan is going to pay off.
D’Angelo Russell averages a double-double
D’Angelo Russell had his first season in Brooklyn derailed by injuries, but he did show flashes of excellence when he was healthy enough to grace the Barclays Center floor. His combination of outside shooting and pace of play makes him a lethal threat in transition and in the half court, but consistency is his main focus for concern. If Russell can stay healthy and play up to his capabilities on a consistent basis, then the once prized draft pick has a chance to be the star the Nets are looking for.
With more structure being made to the roster, Russell will have the needed shooters and forward depth to help him score when the defense hones in on him. Ten assists is asking a lot out of a player who has a career average of 4.3 assists a game, but this is the year where Russell proves he was worth the number two overall selection.
Caris LeVert becomes a consistent second option
This isn’t a crazy bold prediction if you watched the Nets last season, but LeVert is going to be in the running for Most Improved Player of the Year next season because of his dynamic skill set.
LeVert’s combination of athleticism and length makes him a force with the ball in his hand in the half court, and another summer of skill-improvement should make him even more dangerous for opposing teams to worry about.
Jarrett Allen puts up top 10 center numbers
Jarrett Allen showed as the season went on last year that he may be the steal of last year’s draft in terms of big men. His ability to use his size and length to his advantage on both ends of the floor makes him a legit threat for the Nets in their starting five.
He is only 20-years-old, but Allen’s second year in the NBA will be the one that officially puts him on the map as a top ten center in the NBA for years to come.