How the Nets are building up their momentum
The Brooklyn Nets have been a busy team for the 2021-22 season. Aside from missing Kyrie Irving’s services, the team made a lot of changes in their game which says a lot about their winning form. They hope to survive in a season full of tough challenges.
The good news is that the Nets are now the league’s top eight club in defence - which is a huge growth since they were in the bottom 10 in the past season. A big part of that growth is the fact that they are defending well from all angles.
For starters, they are contesting a huge number of threes than they did in the 2020-21 run. Their opponents have also been held to 18.5% possession rate in transition, which is the second-highest in the league.
The Nets have also reduced their screen switches and they have better coverage so far. Their opponents are getting more shots at the rim but they are all mostly contested. That is a huge sigh of relief for the team as they gear up for a huge rally in 2022.
On top of that, the Nets aren't a great team on the glass to begin with. They were soon crashing the boards and had done a great job to control the rebounds. Most of those are credited to the likes of DeAndre Jordan, LaMarcus Aldridge, Kevin Durant, and Blake Griffin.
With their struggles to control the paint and score baskets inside, the Nets rank third in effective field goals. The answer is mostly Durant along with Aldridge, Joe Harris, and Patty Mills. In the last 24 years, the highest efficient number was with the Phoenix Suns set at 47.4%. The Nets are doing better on that note with 50.4%.
As Irving continues to miss games in the league, the Nets are depending on jump shots right now. They are allowing more shots at the rim but then they make up for it with their efficient shooting.
Coach Steve Nash knows that the star’s absence means a lot for their games than most people think.
‘We can’t just walk down the court, space the floor, and go’, the coach said. ‘It’s just not the same. It’s that gravity that Kyrie would bring in, not to mention his talent. You take a big cog out of it. We have to find different ways to do that’.
As the Nets continue to thrive in the 2021-22 season, the team is on a strong push and they are doing a lot of work to improve on both ends of the floor.
They are one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference just like they did last year, but they are far from being the same team that finished 48-24 last season. However, they have adjusted well and are doing better than they did when they lost to the Milwaukee Bucks.
Words: Paul Daniel Flores