The Brooklyn Nets finished the preseason with a dismal record of 1-5. We had a handful of blowout losses and a couple of close losses. Despite the losses, there was a team on the floor that fans could get behind. There were players that were performing well and had potential.
There are a few things the Nets taught us fans this preseason and they should transfer over to the regular season. At the same time, the regular season usually differs mightily from the preseason, so maybe things will change. But for now…
Jeremy Lin is Really Good at Basketball
Jeremy Lin was an absolute monster this preseason. The face of the franchise averaged 17.2 points while shooting an incredible 61.9% from the field, which includes a 50% average from three-point range. Needless to say, Lin got the ball, shot the ball, and, more often than not, scored the ball.
When Lin was not scoring himself, he was usually responsible for his team mate scoring the ball. Lin had a solid average of 5.6 assists per game. He did not rebound too well, 2 a game, but he did force turnovers. Lin had 1.4 steals a game.
Lin got the ball and made things happen.
If Lin can continue to make things happen and possibly reincarnate Linsanity, Brooklyn will be a really fun place to be. Lin sustaining a 62% shot form the field and 50% from range will be a challenge. His minutes will most certainly increase, only at 23 a game in the preseason, which will result in more shots and more points and more assists and more stats across the board.
Luis Scola Was A Great Acquisition
The Argentinean had a very solid preseason. He averaged 9,4 points a game on 38.5% shooting which includes a 31.6% average from long range. He did not shoot well but he got the ball in the Net and produced elsewhere on the floor.
Scola was a contributor all over the floor. He got 5.0 rebounds a game and 3.4 assists a game. On top of that, Scola averaged a stellar 1.4 steals a game. Scola is a fighter and a tough guy who will fight for the ball.
He may not have the best shot, but he has really good heart and passion. Scola will be a solid scorer for this team, but, he will have a larger influence as a leader and as a consistent role player.
He will fight and fight and fight. He wants to win.
The Brooklyn Nets Are Not That Good
Even though there were good things about this preseason, at the end of the day, the team did not perform at the level the team needs to in order to emerge victorious.
The Nets finished at 1-5 and had a awful point differential of -61. That means we lost all five games by an average of 12.2.
If the Nets want to have a respectable record, they need to not get outscored and beaten by double digits almost every night. They need to have heart and play tough and compete .
There are good players, there is potential, but as of now, the Nets are not good and we all knew that.