The Brooklyn Nets are one of the clear favorites to win the title this season. They were one of the favorites to win this season when it was just Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant on the team. With the addition of James Harden earlier in the season, the Brooklyn Nets are now expected by most to win the championship if they are fully healthy.
While there are a lot of people who believe in the star power on the Brooklyn Nets, there are others who have their doubts. The Brooklyn Nets' big three has only played seven games together this season, as the roster has dealt with injury upon injury. Jalen Rose is one of the people that have expressed their concern about the Brooklyn Nets. Rose pointed out that even with their roster, they will still have to figure out a plan to guard the premier bigs in the Eastern Conference.
The amount of injuries started to become substantial, so much so that they’ve only played together seven times this year. Which means there’s 90 days approximately left in this entire season.
They’re going to have to put together a roster of chemistry that’s going to play well together offensively and defensively, in particularly in clutch situations.
They’re also going to have to figure out how to defend the best bigs in the East.
Because when you’re playing against Embiid, Giannis and Bam [Adebayo], that’s going to be an issue for a Nets team that’s probably going to finish games with Jeff Green – who’s been giving them really good minutes shooting the three and giving them toughness, but he’s just not as big as those guys.
I’m just starting to see so much evidence that has now brought me to the conclusion – this isn’t the year for the Nets to win the East.
This isn’t like, oh me trying to give a hot take…. I’m not saying that the Nets aren’t great. Not saying that they’re not going to be great. I’m just saying the other teams are going to be in their way this year, and [are] going to knock them out of the playoffs.
Jalen Rose brings up a valid point, as the Brooklyn Nets don't have somebody who can guard the premier superstars of other contenders in the East: Giannis Antetokounmpo and Joel Embiid will likely dominate in a potential matchup. The Brooklyn Nets will need to build chemistry, but with the superstars on their roster, that might be an easy process. While the Brooklyn Nets may still end up winning the championship, Jalen Rose does bring up some valid concerns that their team currently faces.