The Nets were knocked out of the 2021 postseason much earlier than expected, their second-round exit largely a disappointment considering the talent on their roster. The challenge now is how to ensure that doesn’t happen again next year.
The responsibility lies on the shoulder of Sean Marks, the Brooklyn general manager who in June suggested the 2021-22 Nets will look much different than this past year’s version of the team.
Aside from the top of the roster, of course.
Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving are locked in as the Nets’ Big Three. But beyond them, essentially everyone is expendable to varying degrees — especially one big man who was relegated to the bench during Brooklyn’s playoff run.
DeAndre Jordan was the NBA leading rebounder in 2014 and 2015, an All-Defense First Team selection in 2015 and 2016, and an All-Star in 2017. But these days, the 32-year-old is a shadow of the dominant inside presence he was when he was racking up all of those accolades.