Who would’ve thought?
We’re now a little over a month away from the 2019 NBA Playoffs and in the Eastern Conference, there is a team that no one thought would be in the playoff picture, sitting number six in the standings, the Brooklyn Nets.
Their roster doesn’t stand out as one of the league’s best, but it’s their competitive nature and they’re unity that sets them a part from some teams around the association.
Led by All-Star point guard D’Angelo Russell (20.3 ppg, 6.4 apg, 3.6 rpg) and one of today’s most underrated players Spencer Dinwiddie (17.4 ppg, 5 apg), the Nets will probably finish the regular season with a winning record for the first time since the 2013-2014 season.
Their roster is full of players that have taken advantage of the opportunity that has been placed in front of them. Joe Harris is one of those guys. Harris is averaging a career-high in points per game at 13.6 and he’s currently shooting the three ball at 46.4 percent, which is also a career-high.
Jarret Allen is another key player on this roster. Night in and night out, Big Jay has shown how valuable of an asset he is. He has started in 67 games this season and has showcased himself very well on the defensive side of the ball. He has shown that he is fearless and willing to take on any challenge that comes his way.
Caris LaVert was putting up good numbers (18.4 ppg) early in the season before missing a significant amount of time due to a dislocated ankle suffered back in November. He has since returned to action and will be vital to the Nets being successful from this point forward.
Those are just a few players, but there are other guys who’ve bought in as well, Allen Crabbe, rookie Rodions Kurucs, Ed Davis, and veterans Jared Dudley and DeMarre Carroll, which makes them a well-suited team for the playoffs.
The excitement seen on the bench after plays, especially when a 3-pointer is made tells you the type of locker room this team has. When the bench erupts, it shows unity and chemistry that most teams would love to have, a “we over me” mentality. That’s how it’s supposed to be, that’s how you play the right way.
The Nets next game is tomorrow against the Oklahoma City Thunder at 7:00 p.m.