It’s finally over, Brooklyn Nets fans. The team we love finished the season with 21 wins and 61 losses. Now that we’ve had some time to reflect on the season, take a look at the 2016 Nets superlatives.
Sean Kilpatrick was called up from the D-League and given 10 days to prove his worth. Needless to say, he took this opportunity and ran with it. He became a bright spot during a rough 82-game season for the Nets in 2015-2016. Sean won over the fans with his relentless effort at first, but then his game and jumpshot spoke for itself ultimately earning him a multi-year contract. Expect Sean to have a big impact moving forward with this Brooklyn team in the foreseeable future.
Most Disappointing Player
With the Nets deciding to part ways with Mirza Teletovic, Bojan was the lone shooter left on the team with a green light to shoot the rock as he pleases. He came into this season with high hopes to counterpart Joe Johnson and help the offense run smoothly. With Joe not playing up to his standards, there was more placed on Bojan’s shoulders. Unfortunately Bojan couldn’t find his confidence, which seems like a reoccurring story, and had a sub-par year. There were games in which he shined, but coming into this season this was the year the Nets expected to see growth in the Croatian’s game. Seeing him play gives you hope that he can figure it out since he hasn’t reached his ceiling just yet.
This shouldn’t come to many as a surprise. Brook was consistently consistent all year long posting an average of 20 PPG along with 8 RPG. On any given night Brook can come out and give you 25+. The only issue with Brook has been his health, and this year wasn’t anything different. He had a few scary moments with his health, but overall he found a way to stay on the floor and the big man produced. He has found a good running mate in Thad Young, who could easily be co-MVP with his consistent play and effort throughout the year. Both Brook and Thad compliment each other’s games perfectly, and hopefully more of the same will come next season.
High Point of the Season
Signing of Both Sean Marks and Kenny Atkinson
The Nets really didn’t have many high points on the court, rightfully so with only 21 wins all year long. Therefore the signing of both Sean Marks and Kenny Atkinson were the high points for Brooklyn this season. The Nets moving forward have the right mentality from the top downwards to make hopefully get this franchise to the promise land one day. Marks has already shown off what he’s learned at San Antonio and Atkinson has said all the right things thus far. The players also have had great reviews by both. If there is one thing for certain, its that the Nets won’t be this abysmal in the future as long as these two stick around.
Low Point of the Season
When you played as horrifically as the Nets did during this season, you really can’t pinpoint one low point of the season, so I thought it’d be ideal to categorize the whole season as a low point. At times this season was worse than any brutal season the Nets endured in New Jersey. In Jersey they weren’t under such a microscope as they are now in Brooklyn. The Nets were the laughing stock of the Eastern Conference and hadn’t it been for the Sixers, they would have been the worst team statically as well. Although the Sixers won 11 fewer games than the Nets did, at least they didn’t go out every night trying to win like the Nets did. Hopefully a season like 2015-2016 won’t ever make a comeback in Brooklyn or else we’ll be seeing some wholesale changes coming with the Nets…again.