Dropping a curling net, from Kevin Durant to the bench

Bootcamp is a few weeks away, and the Nets still have places on the list to fill. With the Kevin Durant drama set in motion and general manager Sean Marks returning from the Basketball Without Borders Africa event in Egypt, there should be a move on that front soon.

Marks and Brooklyn have done most of the heavy lifting already, so Remaining moves You will probably focus on the disc around the edges. Trying to predict lineups and cycles has gone from premature to possible. And while there’s no legitimate way to project how the Nets will fill the 19,680 scheduled minutes into the upcoming season, The Post will do its best.

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Kevin Durant – 2000 Predicted Minutes

Kevin Durant #7 of the Brooklyn Nets shoots in the second half at Madison Square Garden.  The Brooklyn Nets defeated the New York Knicks 110-98 in New York, April 6, 2022.
Kevin Durant
Jason Sinnis

The owner of the net is Zhou Tsai Hazem against Durant’s trade order A wise move when you have the best player in the NBA tied to a four-year deal. But after Durant’s 38.6-minute ride per game after the All-Star break and a league-high 44th in the playoffs, that should shrink. Durant’s age (34 on September 29) and recent history suggest he’ll play around 60 games, with massive productions in all of them.

Kyrie Irving – 1950 minutes predicted

Round 1 NBA Play Offs, Game 1 - Kyrie Irving #11 of the Brooklyn Nets heads down the field as Jaylen Brown #7 of the Boston Celtics chases during the second quarter.
Keri Irving
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After failing to secure mega contracts worth more than $200 million awarded to Bradley Bell and Zach Lavigne, expect Irving to play the motive in a one-year deal. With no mandates for a COVID-19 vaccine on its way, many across the league are anticipating a massive refund campaign from Irving. However, no matter the mandates, the injury-prone goalkeeper has passed 60 games or 2,000 minutes just once in the past five years.

Ben Simmons – 1500 Minutes Predicted

Brooklyn Nets guard Ben Simmons prepares before Game Three of the first round of the NBA Playoffs between the Brooklyn Nets and the Boston Celtics, Saturday, April 23, 2022, in Brooklyn, New York.
Ben Simmons
Corey Sibkin

The X factor is as big as networking. By opening night, he had not played for 16 months (since June 20, 2021) due to his postponement, and his physical and mental health. Will he be athletically weakened, or is he the same dominant, first-star defender he was? In what kind of headspace is it? His preparation can end much higher or lower; But either way, expect him to play Not just a point, but A small ball five.

Probably appetizers

Nick Claxton – 1300 Minutes Predicted

Brooklyn Nets forward Nick Claxton (33) dunks over Philadelphia 76ers forward Tobias Harris (12) and quarterback Joel Embiid (21) in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, December 30, 2021, in Brooklyn, New York.
Nick Claxton
Corey Sibkin

Brooklyn ran through a series of centers in Claxton’s first three seasons. For the first time he finally has a real shot at the job. His framing, conditioning and free throw shooting could limit his appearances in the 60-game range and minutes to under 20 seconds; But with his transferable defense, It is his responsibility to make it impactful. And stay healthy.

Royce O’Neill – 2000 Minutes Predicted

Utah Jazz forward Royce O'Neill pauses with the ball during the team's NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors in San Francisco, Jan. 23, 2022.
Royce O’Neill
AP

A reliable 3D Ironman, he’s logged at least 71 games each year since his starter campaign, and 2,000 minutes in each of the last three. Expect this threshold again. O’Neill hasn’t been off the bench since the 2019-20 season, and his defense of the Nets in desperate need of some could make him invaluable if coach Steve Nash decides to build a more balanced starting unit.

Possible appetizer

Seth Curry – 1700 minutes predicted

Seth Curry leads #30 of the Brooklyn Nets to the basket during the first quarter.
Seth Carrey
Charles Wenselberg/New York Post

In all honesty, he could start in a more offensive lineup. He’s out of surgery off-season, but his 0.4395 career out of a 3-point range trumps Joe Harris as the best player among all active players and makes him a great complement to Durant and Irving, and an attractive target for Simmons.

Joe Harris – 1200 Minutes Predicted

Joe Harris of the Brooklyn Nets #12 runs down the field after hitting a three-point shot to take first place as the Nets' all-time franchise for a three-point shot during the third quarter.
Joe Harris
Charles Wenselberg/New York Post

In many ways, he’s a bigger and more powerful clone of Curry, but with more health questions after he cut his season short by surgery, and Then you need a second procedure. The Nets were adamant about not trading him, and his 6-foot-6, 4,390-foot tire has made his career from deep, ensuring he’ll play a big part. The only concern is how far he can be on the field, and how are defenders O’Neill and Kesler Edwards feeding on his minutes?

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Patty Mills – 1500 minutes predicted

Patty Mills #8 of the Brooklyn Nets tries to steal the ball from Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks during the third quarter.
patty mills
Charles Wenselberg/New York Post

A trusted worker, like O’Neill. But the Nets learned a lesson from pushing the veteran goalkeeper to the ground last season, earning diminishing returns along the weary Australian stretch. Mills almost certainly won’t start, and he might not even be the sixth man – but he’s sure to be important in 70-plus games.

Kessler Edwards – 1100 minutes predicted

Roy Hashimura #8 of the Washington Wizards drives to the basket as Kesler Edwards #14 of the Brooklyn Nets defends during the third quarter.
Kessler Edwards
Charles Wenselberg/New York Post

For a team in dire need of bigger, sportier wings, a sophomore should see plenty of playing time. Sure, it might not be very influential minutes with Simmons and O’Neale protecting the wing’s top scorers, but He must find a roleespecially as his modified three-point shot continues to improve.

Cam Thomas – 1100 Minutes Predicted

Cam Thomas #24 of the Brooklyn Nets rises to take a shot while Emmanuel Quikley #5 of the New York Knicks follows behind him during the second half.  The Brooklyn Nets defeated the New York Knicks 111-106.
Cam Thomas
Jason Sinnis

Scouts’ opinions about Thomas were divided before last year’s draft, and after his junior campaign they remain divided. Shooting guard with sound I outdid his draft slot and proved that he is capable of scoring; But his record will be more defined by the defense, the game industry and of course the opportunity/need. Will Curry and/or Mills take most of the backup guard minutes?

Day’Ron Sharpe – 800 minutes expected

Brooklyn Nets' Day'Ron Sharpe #20 reacts while on the field during the fourth quarter.  The Toronto Raptors defeated the Brooklyn Nets 133-97.
Dyron Sharp
Charles Wenselberg/New York Post

UNC’s Bruise is currently the only natural position on the roster behind Claxton, but poor positioning and a tendency to miss are costing him playing time as a beginner. He hasn’t seen the floor of the last 20 regular season games, and only 22 seconds into the playoffs. Sharpe should take advantage of the big teams, as Simmons and newcomer Markiev Morris will have their share of running in the smaller ball units.

Reserves

TJ Warren – 1050 Minutes Predicted

New York Knicks forward Bobby Portis (1) and guard Frank Ntelikina (11) defend Indiana Pacers forward TJ Warren (1) in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Feb. 21, 2020, in New York, New York.
TJ Warren
Corey Sibkin

The veteran has not played since his first four games in 2020-21 due to a left foot injury. After exceeding 2,000 minutes in three of the four seasons before that, the nets can win up to half that amount him in this next campaign? If that were the case — and if Warren could restore a tiny bit of his old form — his minimal contract would be a steal. But Durant has one front spot, and there are numbers in the other.

Markive Morris – 1000 Minutes Predicted

Miami Heat's Markiv Morris, left, and San Antonio Spurs' Dejaunt Murray fight for the ball during the first half of their NBA preseason basketball game, Friday, Oct. 8, 2021, in San Antonio.
Markive Morris
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Obtained unsecured proof Minimum deal last week. Morris won a ring after coming off the Lakers bench in 2020 and scored 1,200 minutes for them the following season before injuries were limited to 300 minutes a year ago in Miami. But he can bring the toughness and grit needed while being permeable to the floor and a veteran voice in the locker room.

Utah Watanabe – 500 minutes expected

Japan's Yuta Watanabe, center, scores a shot past Iranian Arman Zanganeh during the group stage match of the 2022 AFC Asian Cup in Jakarta, Indonesia, Sunday, July 17, 2022.
Utah Watanabe
AP

Other not guaranteed late signatureWatanabe got the record deal David Duke Jr was looking forward to. The Japanese-born striker takes the back end off the roster with a proven NBA player. He can defend in a pinch, if Brooklyn encounters injuries or misses in the turn.

Edmond Sumner – 500 Minutes Predicted

Edmund Sumner #5 of the Indiana Pacers defends his Moses Brown #9 shot from the Oklahoma City Thunder at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on April 21, 2021 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Edmond Sumner
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Between Irving and Simmons and Patty Mills (if needed), the nets are deep in the guard post. But Simmons didn’t play all last season, Irving often wastes time, and it’s best to introduce Mills as a sixth man/shooter off the bench. Sumner – who loves to push the ball – provides insurance on the play industry after playing an important role in college.

Alonds Williams – 200 minutes predicted

Alonds Williams #31 of the Brooklyn Nets and Grant Riller #26 of the Philadelphia 76er chase a loose ball during the 2022 NBA Summer League at the Thomas & Mack Center on July 10, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Alons Williams
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Coming out without being drafted, Williams surprisingly got a two-way contract in lieu of a 10 offer. His shaky sweatshirt was revealed in the Las Vegas Summer League, and the defenders manipulated him to get rid of the drive-and-kicking game. He will benefit from a year of spice with G League Long Island.

Rest of the list – 280 minutes expected

This is the only number that is sure to grow. Four spots remain on the Nets bootcamp list, and they still have two directions to view. Will Duke Jr. accept it reluctantly? To be sure, there will not only be late signings, but the list will fluctuate throughout the season, acquisitions, etc. Over twenty players scored minutes last Brooklyn season, and 27 minutes the previous year.

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