The Brooklyn Nets are fighting their way out the cellar but they are doing it carefully which means they are doing it the right way. It may have taken some time but the Nets have rid themselves of high paid players and replaced them with low budgeted- ready to earn their way guys. Gone is Deron Williams and replaced with D’Angelo Russell. Gone is Joe Johnson and replaced with Jeremy Lin and gone is Brook Lopez, replaced with Allen Crabbe.
Crabbe was the player Sean Marks wanted last year but the Portland Trail Blazers decided to match their offer thus resulting in the Nets losing out on a player with a high upside. It took a season but Marks finally has his guy. But what can he bring the Nets? The same can be asked of Russell as well. Both players took different paths to get where they are but it’s what they can do as a tandem that has Nets fans excited about the upcoming season.
When Russell arrived it signaled a new beginning for a franchise desperately in need of one. The only question was– who was going to be his running mate?
The Nets had options in Sean Kilpatrick and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson but neither is the prime scorer needed to help the Nets usher in a new era. They had to make a move and find a player who can be deadly on both ends of the floor. Enter Crabbe.
Last season with the Blazers, Crabbe averaged 11 points in 29 minutes while attempting eight shot per game but he did manage to hit on 44 percent of his three-point attempts. This is what the Nets were lacking. A player who could take his defender off the dribble plus hit from the perimeter. If Russell and Crabbe can form some kind of chemistry, this will come off as one of the best offseason moves in franchise history. Way more epic than the addition of Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. While that was a great lineup, it was just meant for the short-term.
The tandem of Russell and Crabbe is for the future, Both players are young. Russell is 21 while Crabbe is 24 and together they coould be something special for the fans in Brooklyn.