Nowadays, NBA players are enjoying their offseason period in preparation of a full 82-game regular season that is less than two months away. The latest round of NBA matchups are set to kick off on October 19th. The first game will feature none other than defending Finals victors, the Milwaukee Bucks, going face to face with the Brooklyn Nets. Although the Nets will be going up against all-league champions in Week 1, there are more than a few reasons fans should be hopeful this season.
Momentum from 2021 Season
The Brooklyn Nets managed to breeze past their competition in the regular season and post season, making it all the way to the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals. Although they were ultimately defeated by the Bucks, the final score was very close (115-111) which just proves that the Nets have been serious contenders since the very beginning.
Not to mention that, after the game, Durant addressed Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo by stating that he better go ‘get him one’, referring to an NBA Finals championship title. So, not only are the Nets playing better than they have in decades, they are also quite humble about it. Because they are riding off of serious playoff momentum from last season, it won’t be hard for them to get motivated to win this season.
Kevin Durant's Contract Extension
It's no secret that Kevin Durant is one of the best basketball players currently making waves in the NBA. The star proved this even more in the recent postseason as he carried the entire Nets team on his back when Harden and Irving were out because of injury. In Tokyo he shone bright yet again, scoring 29 points in a faceoff with France, leading team USA to Olympic gold. After winning the same medal in London in 2012 and Rio in 2016, this became Durant's third straight Olympic gold achievement.
With all that being said, fans should be extremely happy to know that Durant has recently signed a contract extension with the Nets worth $198 million, securing his spot-on Brooklyn's squad for the next four years.
The Olympic-tier power forward clearly has what it takes to bring the Nets to the playoffs yet again, and maybe this time, even to a Larry O' Brian trophy. Additionally, because both New York and New Jersey have online sports betting options available for residents, Nets supporters can continue placing their trust in Durant before, after, and during this upcoming season's matchups. Especially when it comes to NJ sports betting options and stats, wagering on basketball is even more popular than in other major sports like football and baseball. Now that the contract is official, fans can rest easy knowing that betting on Durant is once again a safe bet.
The New Draft Class
Another reason to get excited about seeing the Nets play this time around is the fact that they have beefed up their squad roster following the annual NBA Draft. The franchise selected four players this year: guard Cameron Thomas, forward Kessler Edwards, forward RaiQuan Gray, and guard Marcus Zegarowski. They have also acquired Day’Ron Sharpe, a former Tar Heels center who recorded an impressive 9.5 points per game average in just his freshman year. This group of rookies is undoubtedly giving fans something to look forward to, a great addition to the offensive and defensive skills that Brooklyn already has at its disposal.
Head Coach Steve Nash Has Found His Groove
Steve Nash has only been the Brooklyn Net’s head coach for a little over one year, making his debut in 2020. However, in just his first season with the franchise, he helped go deep into the playoffs and secure an impressive W-L record. Additionally, he was presented with the Eastern Conference Coach of the Month award, becoming only the fifth Nets head coach in history to have been given the title. For him to obtain such a notable award in just his first season is truly remarkable and just shows that Nash has found his groove in Brooklyn.
Brooklyn's Big Three is Unstoppable
All Nets fans know that the team’s Big Three is one of, if not the best in the league. This powerhouse trio, made up of Kyrie Irving, James Harden, and of course, Kevin Durant, has a way of stopping competition in its tracks. Although the three did not get so much playing time together last season due to injuries, in the games they did appear together in, they completely dominated. This can be seen in May’s Nets-Celtics matchup in which Brooklyn won 141-126. In this game, the trio scored a collective 104 points of those 141 points, a truly extraordinary feat.