What is Brooklyn’s identity?

Posted on: October 17th, 2013 by Max Weisberg Comments


Brook Lopez, Tony Wroten, Thaddeus Young, Spencer Hawes

Where will the Nets make their mark? (AP)

Ever since Jason Kidd was hired as the head coach of the Brooklyn Nets on June 12th, his focus has been on defense. As he's stated multiple times; you cannot achieve success in the playoffs without defense. Last season, the Nets ranked 18th overall in defensive efficiency despite former head coach Avery Johnson's request that his team rank in the top 10.

The Nets had neither the personnel nor the proper schemes to be a top 10 defense last season, and the Nets did their diligence. GM Billy King acquired two of the best defenders in the NBA in Kevin Garnett & Andrei Kirilenko, and Kidd pushed for Lawrence Frank, one of the best defensive minds in the NBA, as his de facto defensive coordinator.
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Speaking to reporters before today's game, Brooklyn Nets coach Avery Johnson stressed the need for the Nets to get into -- and stay in -- their offensive sets, avoiding the isolations that they tend to fall into in the second half of games.

"The main thing is, when we talk about our offense, it was just too much one-on-one," Johnson said. "I don't mind the one-on-one at the end of the shot clock, but we're playing the one-on-one in the beginning of the shot clock.

"We've had to take a look at how we function in those situations, have a little bit more ball and player movement, a little more continuity, but none of it is going to work unless we make good passes, set good screens, space the floor properly, and don't turn the ball over."

Joe Johnson also stressed earlier this week that the isolationist offense the Nets tend to fall into is not designed in the offensive playbook, and is the fault of the players, not the coach or system.

13.4% of the Nets plays have been classified as isolations this season, the fourth-highest percentage in the league, according to Synergy Sports Technology. They score 0.91 points per possession in the isolation set, the second-best mark in the league, but below the league average among all play types.