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After free agent frenzy, Nets' starting center role is this player's to lose

Sep 7, 2021 0 comments

 Adding LaMarcus Aldridge and Paul Millsap to the Nets frontcourt means Steve Nash will have flexibility and blue chip options to hold down the five spot for Brooklyn.

Bruce Brown has also run as the designated big in the Nets' small ball lineup, but based on scheme fit and last year's body of work, Blake Griffin is the clear cut best option to start at center on a nightly basis.

Griffin, 32, shot a career high 38.3 percent from beyond the arc and played with exceptional energy and intensity to bring intangibles into the equation.

Aldridge and Millsap at 36 will have a chance to complete, but at advanced ages and with prototypical bigs seeing their minutes decrease across the league in favor of the three-and-d movent, Griffin becomes the obvious choice.

Against the Milwaukee Bucks of the world and Philadelphia 76ers where the Nets will need all big men on deck to battle against Giannis Antetokounmpo and Joel Embid respectively.

Nash and company are much better suited to compete with the East's top teams as aforementioned, but don't need to reinvent the wheel based on the success the team had last year with Griffin in the starting lineup.


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