Former NBA Champion Details the Major Issues For Brooklyn Nets After LaMarcus Aldridge Signing

Published 03/30/2021, 12:29 AM EDT
Mar 1, 2021; San Antonio, Texas, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Landry Shamet (20) shoots over San Antonio Spurs center LaMarcus Aldridge (12) at the AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Dunn-USA TODAY Sports


Just as one thought that the Brooklyn Nets couldn’t get any better, they went ahead and added another player that will only widen the gap between them and the other teams. As of now, the Nets are standing second in the Eastern Conference with a 32-15 record. This isn’t too far from the Philadelphia 76ers’ who are leading the East. However, the latest chit-chat is about the Nets adding LaMarcus Aldridge to an already star-studded roster.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

While most think that this makes the Nets unmatched and strengthens their shot at a title this season more, former NBA player Matt Barnes has some concerns that he thinks Brooklyn needs to address.

Adding LaMarcus Aldridge doesn’t solve all problems

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

On ESPN’s ‘The Jump’, Jorge Sedano, Richard Jefferson, and Matt Barnes had a detailed discussion about the Nets’ recent big move. Although Jefferson believed that the Nets are beyond reach now, Barnes had a somewhat different viewpoint.

Mar 15, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets center DeAndre Jordan (6) reacts after being called for a foul during the third quarter against the New York Knicks at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Barnes said, “Looks good on paper. Great on paper. All the accolades this team has as individuals is incredible. My two concerns are that obviously, chemistry is important. They are putting all these pieces late in the season together. Obviously, your big three is going to carry that team… But the deficiency they were lacking from the beginning was defense. And that’s still something that they did not address. So, I think a lot of pressure is going to be on DeAndre Jordan, whether or not he can hold this defense down this season moving towards the playoffs.”

How does Aldridge fit with the Brooklyn Nets?

Aldridge’s signing makes Brooklyn’s rotation more complicated. With DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin in the starting lineup, the Nets will have to come up with a way to get all these stars considerable playing time.

Moreover, the concern is defense. While Barnes makes a good point, Jefferson explained that players play differently and even better when they’re happy in the team. He gave Blake Griffin’s example, who hadn’t dunked in almost two years and has now seen a turnaround.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Another big testimony to this statement is the Nets’ superstar James Harden. This is a man who was struggling to take the Houston Rockets to a title and was often criticized for lacking defensively. However, with the Nets, he is playing incredibly on both ends of the floor.

Undoubtedly, LaMarcus will take some time to get the hang of how the Nets function. But do you think he has the ability to contribute like Harden and solve the Nets’ defensive issue?

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Read also- Blake Griffin Comes Back With a Savage Response After Critics Question Brooklyn Nets Superteam

SHARE THIS ARTICLE :

Yashima Bhatia

1346 articles

Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT