The Brooklyn Nets have undergone a massive roster overhaul this offseason, not only signing Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant, but also bringing in players such as DeAndre Jordan, Taurean Prince, Wilson Chandler, and Garrett Temple.
Of course, Durant is set to miss all of the 2019-20 campaign while he recovers from a torn Achilles, but the Nets will still be an interesting team to watch next season.
But, like with every other team in the NBA, with expectations comes pressure.
So, here are the three Nets players facing the most pressure going into next year.
3. Caris LeVert
You wouldn’t normally think much of Caris LeVert, who is merely a decent 2-guard that can get hot on occasion, but the kid is entering a contract year, and since entering the league in 2016, he has played 57, 71 and 40 games, respectively.
LeVert had that horrific ankle injury this past season, which was a freak accident, but he has been injury-prone in general since joining the NBA, and let’s remember he had injury issues back at Michigan, too.
In order to secure a big deal next summer, LeVert really needs to get a full season under his belt. He also needs to be more consistent with his shot, as he has made just 32.9 percent of his three-pointers over the first three years of his career.
Plus, in order for Brooklyn to reach its potential in 2019-20, LeVert will need to be one of the club’s top scorers.
2. Jarrett Allen
Jarrett Allen has been a major positive for the Nets over his first couple of years in the league, demonstrating great defensive potential and solid rebounding prowess.
However, with Brooklyn signing Jordan to a four-year deal, Allen’s future with the Nets is in jeopardy, and he really has to make some improvements to his overall game to prove his worth.
Allen certainly seems to understand that, as he raised a lot of eyebrows by playing in Summer League this offseason. He could really stand to expand upon his limited offensive game, and he also needs to put on some weight to avoid being pushed around by larger centers.
Playing Jordan and Allen together is a nightmare waiting to happen on offense, so Allen will likely come off the bench next season when he could start on a whole lot of other teams. That means Allen will have to find a way to remain productive with less minutes.
1. Kyrie Irving
Irving had problems dealing with the younger guys in Boston’s locker room, and he seems to be giving the impression that joining the team he rooted for growing up will solve all of his issues.
It remains to be seen if that’s the truth, but based on his exit from both the Cavaliers and the Celtics, Irving has not exactly built a great reputation as a locker room presence, and it’s solely up to him to change that narrative with the Nets.
No one is questioning Kyrie’s talent, but his strange no-show against the Milwaukee Bucks in the playoffs has some doubting his overall commitment, which is never a good thing.
Irving is getting another opportunity in what might be his last one to show everyone that he isn’t a locker room problem, and for the sake of his legacy, he better make sure he delivers.