Vince Carter compares Nets’ roster construction to Lakers’
Carter, who joined the then-New Jersey Nets that had the likes of Jason Kidd and Richard Jefferson along with good role players, expressed his belief that the combination of Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, DeAndre Jordan and the role players around them are enough to take any team in the league.
“I want to see them work together because now I kind of look at them like Anthony Davis and LeBron James. If Kevin Durant is rolling and a team sends the double, well guess who gets the ball now? Kyrie Irving,” Vince Carter said of the Nets, per Kristian Winfield of the New York Daily News. “And then you have a bunch of shooters and a bunch of young guys who play hard. I think because they have a lot of talent, it’s going to allow them to play more freely.”
Carter would go on to heap praise on the other guys on the Nets, like Joe Harris and Spencer Dinwiddie.
“You can’t just say, ‘hey we’re gonna let somebody else beat us’ when Spencer Dinwiddie is the other guy getting the ball and creating in one-on-ones,” Carter added. “Or Joe Harris is the weak-side guy coming out of the double team getting 3s. Or the young guy out of Michigan. That’s what I’m saying. You now create opportunities for these 2 superstars, elite superstars to be great while everybody else can have the opportunity to shine as well.”
This is high praise from the future Hall of Famer. Now, the question is if they can live up to the hype when fully healthy.
Kyrie Irving played only 20 games during the 2019-20 regular season due to a shoulder issue that eventually required surgery. Meanwhile, Kevin Durant was out all season as he recovers from a ruptured Achilles tendon he sustained during the 2019 NBA Finals.
Chemistry and fit alongside each other will be the main issues the Nets will have to face come 2020-21. Not to mention that they will also have to deal with a new coach as they try to reach the championship expectation laid on their shoulders.