Brooklyn Nets: 5 attainable goals for the 2019-20 season

Kenny Atkinson, Brooklyn Nets. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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1. Building chemistry with newcomers

After last season’s success, the team chemistry grew as the wins began to pile up more consistently last December. More importantly, the young core stepped up and performed and thrived in Atkinson’s system. Thankfully enough, Kyrie and KD have had a preexisting relationship with several Nets players, which will help them fit in both now and long term.

Kyrie, in particular, has done a great job at scheduling off-season team workouts. Theo Pinson has gone on record to say these workouts have been “player-driven,” which is already a positive sign of leadership from Irving before he begins his new chapter with the Brooklyn Nets.

It is reassuring that the Nets players are already in preparation for 2019-20, by focusing on their team chemistry. An intangible that can make-or-break any team (see last year’s Boston Celtics). By the time the new season begins, Brooklyn will be prepared to play as a team and start the year off strong.

Regardless of their average production across major statistical categories, Brooklyn became one of the most underrated teams in the league last season. Thriving despite the numbers demonstrates their team-first mentality. Now the spotlight is upon them, which has its own demands. It still wouldn’t be a stretch to say the Nets can exceed KD-less expectations and become a force in the Eastern Conference.