The Brooklyn Nets endured a very challenging offseason to emerge as a title contender heading into the 2022-23 NBA season. Despite the sky seemingly falling on the Nets, they still boast one of the best rosters in the entire NBA, and if everything can work out for them, they will be one of the toughest teams to beat this season.
For Brooklyn, their path to success is simple; they have two of the best splayers in the game on their roster in Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. Add another potential superstar in Ben Simmons and a rotation that got stronger this offseason, and it’s easy to see why the Nets are feeling good about the upcoming season despite dealing with constant trade rumors all tsummer long.
Still, last season showed us that things could end up going wrong fast for Brooklyn, and their tense offseason has left a lot of people feeling skeptical about their odds of winning it all this season. The Nets have the talent, but it remains to be seen whether that will lead to victories this season. Let’s take a look at three reasons why the talent won’t be enough, and the Nets will end up coming up short in their quest to win the 2023 NBA Finals,
3. The Nets rotation at center is still very weak
Throughout the 2021-22 season, it became clear that the Nets weren’t really going to have any other choice but to start Nicolas Claxton at center. Claxton had upside, but he was still very raw on both sides of the court, and he got exposed far too often for a starting center throughout the course of the season for Brooklyn.
Despite that, Claxton will be heading into the season as the Nets starting center. That’s not the worst thing to happen, and Claxton could be set to improve knowing that the starting spot is his this season. The problem is they have virtually no rotation behind him currently. There were veteran options such as Blake Griffin and LaMarcus Aldridge behind Claxton last season, but they are no longer around.