Brooklyn Nets general manager Sean Marks had a lot to say about the Nets’ giant 2019 offseason. He explained that their biggest free-agent acquisition, Kevin Durant, signed with the Nets because of their style of play.
“I love the system. I love how hard you guys play. You guys were never out of games and we could never take you guys lightly,” said Durant in an interview this past Tuesday on WFAN.
If you take a step back, the Nets style of play is not that far off from Golden State’s. Last season, the Nets ranked 11th in pace of play, which shakes out to be just one spot behind Golden State. The Nets also took the fifth-most three-pointers last season, which is just two spots behind the Warriors, who included Durant, Klay Thompson, and Steph Curry (ever heard of em?).
The Nets aren’t anything to sneeze at anymore. The Nets went from having one of the worst seasons in franchise history a couple of seasons ago to being the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference last year. With the addition of Durant and Kyrie Irving, the Nets seem like they’re going to be title contenders for a few years to come (minus next season due to Durant’s Achilles injury).
Marks went on to say that he doesn’t know when Durant will officially be back but wanted to let everyone know that,
“We’re certainly not going to rush him back. We’ve invested too much. We owe it to Kevin to get him back to 100%.”
Shots fired at Golden State? I think so. But one thing is for sure, and that is once Durant is back alongside Irving, they’re going to be a problem for everyone that steps in their path.
Overall, Durant feeling that he fits well into Brooklyn’s style is very good news for Nets fans, who have been long waiting for their team to enter relevant talks once again.