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Only one other NBA playoff team had a worse defensive rating than Nets last season

Sep 5, 2021 0 comments
The Brooklyn Nets offense was the most efficient in NBA history, but the defensive side left a lot to be desired. Only the Portland Trailblazers with a 115.3 defensive rating ranked worse than the Nets' 113.1. 

 Even though the headline indicates stats don't lie, they can often be skewed and misleading. Both the Nets, 117.3 and Trailblazers 117.1 led the league in offensive rating and played a breakneck speed. 

 The Nets' frenetic, lethal offense often resulted in high scoring contests for a team without a stellar on-ball defender outside of Bruce Brown on the perimeter and Kevin Durant contesting shots at the rim.
Adding Paul Millsap and LaMarcus Aldridge will only bolster the team's mid-range and inside scoring, but both 36 year olds aren't exactly quick on their feet and able to switch on 1 through 5. The reality is that from a numbers standpoint, the Nets defensive rating could actually get worse this season despite the additions of defensive specialist Jevon Carter and the return of Blake Griffin. 

 Come playoff time, Brooklyn's offensive capabilities are so overwhelming that it will mask many of the club's defensive deficiencies. 

 During the second round ousting by Milwaukee, the Nets struggled to get their historic offense off the ground with a hobbled James Harden and sans Kyrie Irving, while Durant shouldered the scoring load.

 At the end of the day, when the dust settles from the upcoming NBA season, the Nets may actually produce worse defensive numbers, but the team is better suited for a deep playoff run with Sean Marks' off-season additions.

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