Brooklyn Nets 2021-22 NBA Roster: Who Joins Kevin Durant and the Big 3 this season?

Published 08/07/2021, 2:29 PM EDT
Jun 15, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets power forward Kevin Durant (7) reacts after being fouled late during the fourth quarter of game five of the second round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs against the Milwaukee Bucks at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports


The Brooklyn Nets, after toying with the league last season when healthy, just got better! Coming into last season, there were questions surrounding Brooklyn’s so-called chemistry experiment. Having added one of the greatest offensive players of the modern era in James Harden, looked invincible, until injuries pulled down them.

The Nets have gone about filling their roster rather quietly, acquiring players to actively contribute to a winning culture. While the franchise did part ways with key assets in Jeff Green and Spencer Dinwiddie, they have retained key personnel required for winning at a high level. And with Durant showing out in Tokyo, he will be aiming to ‘finish the job’ this season.

Feb 13, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) and forward Kevin Durant (7) rest near the team bench during a timeout against the Golden State Warriors in the fourth quarter at the Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Brooklyn’s free agency moves

  • Patty Mills

Aussie guard Patty Mills has been on fire throughout these Olympics. A sharp shooter who can move seamlessly off the ball, the former Spur seems the perfect pickup. With him riding a surge in performances in the Tokyo Olympics, Brooklyn’s juggernaut just got better.

Mills, who averaged 10.8ppg @ 37.5% from 3 likely signed a mid-level exception which will see him net 22-million over 2 years with the franchise.

  •  James Johnson

Forward James Johnson is a handy pickup for Sean Marks and Company. Johnson, who averaged 7.2pts/3.6reb/2.1ast with Dallas and New Orleans last season, may flourish, with little expected of him considering the firepower that Brooklyn possesses. Especially on a 1-yr deal, this is a win win for both sides as it presents them a way out if it doesn’t work.

  • DeAndre Bembry

Yet another crafty signing for the Nets, DeAndre Bembry, brings with him the defense the Nets clearly need. Entering his 5th season, the former 1st round pick may just need a bit of mentorship. With that in mind, it’s unlikely that Bembry plays big minutes this season, especially with the arsenal Marks has been after.

Amongst other contract extensions and player re-signings, the Nets also drafted Cam Thomas and Day’Ron Sharpe in the 1st round of the 2021 NBA Draft.

However, Marks’ offseason activity doesn’t end there. Brooklyn also brought back veteran all-star Blake Griffin and role piece Bruce Brown. Both Griffin and Brown were invaluable for the Nets, who struggled without their 2 superstars against Milwaukee. Both now are lined up for another pay-day, being re-signed for a year, presumably on minimum deals.

Outgoing Players

  • Spencer Dinwiddie

Given Marks’ limitations considering Brooklyn’s marriage to the luxury tax, they had to let go of Spencer Dinwiddie this offseason. With Dinwiddie out because of an torn ACL throughout last season, Brooklyn landed an upgrade and how! They went out and got James Harden! Having proved his worth in 2019-20 without Brooklyn‘s Big 3, Spencer has taken his talents to the Capital, looking to cash in.

Other notable players who have parted ways with the franchise include the Nets’ part-time Center from last season. Jeff Green would have loved to be on a championship roster. However, following a solid showing as KD’s Number 2 in the playoffs, he feels he is best served to move to Mile High in Denver.

The fresh look 2021-22 Brooklyn Nets

With the league well into free agency, let’s take a sneak peek into the Nets 2o21 roster –

Front Court

  • Kevin Durant
  • DeAndre Jordan
  • Blake Griffin
  • Nick Claxton
  • James Johnson
  • Alzie Johnson
  • Day’Ron Sharpe

Back Court

  • James Harden
  • Kyrie Irving
  • Joe Harris
  • Chris Chiozza
  • Jevon Carter
  • DeAndre Bembry
  • Tyler Johnson
  • Cam Thomas
  • Marcus Zegarowski
  • Patty Mills

Free Agents this offseason

  • Timothe Luwawu Cabarrot (F)
  • Reggie Perry (F/G)
  • Mike James (F)

It’s go big or go home for the Brooklyn Nets

Jun 19, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) and Milwaukee Bucks center Brook Lopez (11) jump for the opening tip during game seven in the second round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports
Having crashed out of the playoffs last season, Durant and company will be determined to seal the deal this season. However, the road ahead is anything but easy. With teams like Miami and Chicago loading up in the East, with the Lakers matching Brooklyn’s every move, not to mention where Dame Lillard ends up, Nets fans are in for a hell of a ride.
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Nikhil Naik

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Nikhil Naik is an NBA writer at EssentialySports. Having completed his bachelor's degree in Hospitality, he has worked with the Indian Hotels Company Limited, at the Taj in Mumbai. Nikhil has been playing basketball since 2014.

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