Brooklyn Nets Analysis

Kevin Durant Will Never Resolve All The Contradictions He's Accrued

by Colin McGowan

Jul 28, 2022 1:37 PM

Kevin Durant is fickle and shortsighted and a little bit tragic, the second-best player of his generation searching in vain for a single achievement that will certify him, in some cosmic sense. Maybe fleeing to Boston is the least imperfect solution. Read more »

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The Nets And The Ambiguity Of Desire

by Micah Wimmer

Jul 25, 2022 2:56 PM

The issue of whether the Nets made a mistake in giving too much control to Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving would almost certainly be a non-issue had they simply won more games. Read more »

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Kevin Durant's Last Chance

by John Wilmes

Jul 6, 2022 12:15 PM

Kevin Durant's narrative is messy because he is so aware of the tales and incentives around him, often uncanny in calling them out, but at the same time clearly stressed by the prospect of not telling the same quality of story that his peers have told. Read more »

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Brooklyn's Crisis Of Definition

by Colin McGowan

Be careful of easy diagnoses, especially applied to teams that nobody likes, but: the Nets seem as if they were swept due to a bone-deep or perhaps cosmic apathy. Read more »
Ten-Year NBA Net Rating Rankings (Infographics For All 30 Teams)

by RealGM Staff Report

The Suns jumped from 30th in the NBA in Net Rating in 17-18 to 29th to 18th in 19-20 to third last season and first in 21-22. Read more »
The Nets, And Kevin Durant's Quest For Weirder Glory

by John Wilmes

Winning big on the heels of such a sloppy season would, in some ways, be the ultimate validation of Kevin Durant's unusual sensibility, and the very public struggle he has had with his fame and with the paradox of choice granted to him by how coveted his talents are. Read more »
The Nets, Sixers, And Whether To Cut A Bomb Wire Together

by John Wilmes

Any way you look at it, this possible swap of James Harden and Ben Simmons involves an unusual mix of both potential and risk. It could undo either franchise, but also lead either to a championship. Read more »
Not Everyone Can Create Their Own World

by Micah Wimmer

There was supposed to be freedom in Kevin Durant's exit from the Warriors to Brooklyn, but instead he has found himself besieged by bad luck that has him trapped in a new way. Read more »
Twelve Characters: Kyrie Irving

by Colin McGowan

The selfish stance of Kyrie Irving and Andrew Wiggins on the vaccine issue speaks to one of the biggest problems of our age: that we are far too deep in our own stuff, wholly unable to help each other. Read more »
The Brooklyn Nets, Our Weirdest Contenders Yet

by John Wilmes

As the Nets enter the 21-22 season as overwhelming title favorites, my question is simple: has a team ever been this good and this weird at the same time? Read more »
The 2022 Lakers And Nets, And One Ring To Rule Them All

by John Wilmes

As the NBA transitions to a new era, a Lakers-Nets Finals could function as the capstone to a certain era of stars; one last hurrah for everyone old enough to remember when David Stern was still their commissioner. This would be a Super Bowl of sorts- a collision of legacies too rich to miss, too hyped-up to possibly escape. Read more »
DeAndre Jordan's Winnowing Of Choices

by Colin McGowan

DeAndre Jordan may wish he could create a better set of options, be 27 again. Or maybe this is a fine time to get out. Read more »
The Strange, Gnarly Range Of Bucks Vs. Nets

by John Wilmes

The ultimate messy series at the end of a chaotic, pandemic-wrecked season of basketball, Brooklyn vs. Milwaukee is a gnarly feast of weirdnesses difficult to digest, and even harder to explain. Read more »
The Nets Have Solved Basketball, For Now

by Micah Wimmer

Brooklyn has found a new way to solve basketball's fundamental problem -- not by coming up with an inventive new strategy, but by reducing the game to its bare essentials. Read more »
Ten-Year NBA Net Rating Rankings (Infographics For All 30 Teams)

by RealGM Staff Report

The Jazz jumped from ninth in Net Rating last season to first in 20-21. Read more »
Kevin Durant, Philip Roth, And Letting The Haters Rule Your Life

by John Wilmes

The parallel discussions on Kevin Durant and Philip Roth are a testament to how fixated our culture is on men who are equal parts broken and brilliant. That neither have ever learned how to let anything go can be frightening to perceive. Read more »
The Reinvention Of James Harden

by John Wilmes

James Harden has dispensed with the stale algorithms with the Nets so quickly and so dramatically that few seem to have had time to notice it yet. He is expanding the game beautifully rather than bending its corners into distended statistical peninsulas. Read more »
Blake Griffin Deserves Some Final Good Memories

by Colin McGowan

Blake Griffin has nothing left to lose, which isn't necessarily the same thing as having nothing left. Read more »
The NBA's Renewed Team-Building Imagination

by John Wilmes

Unlike the peak of the Warriors' era, the emerging championship contenders of today seem not to be bent in any consistent direction. It is time, instead, to build different kinds of flying that make the sport a more marvelous stew of style. Read more »
Harden, Durant, And The Pursuit Of What Was Lost

by John Wilmes

A singular mix of past and present, of talent and narrative, the new Brooklyn Nets are an entity too dense for one moment, and will require years of observation and unpacking to comprehend. Read more »