4 Nets on Thin Ice After Jacque Vaughn Firing

There are a few Brooklyn Nets who have a lot to prove until the rest of the season.

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Sean Marks

The Brooklyn Nets are about to have their fourth head coach in five seasons, and fifth head coach since Sean Marks became general manager in 2016. In that span, the Nets won only one playoff game, despite having James Harden, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Durant on the team for an extended period of time.

There were plenty of misfortune and injuries to be sure, but at some point, it's not sufficient to blame the head coaches. It is the general manager and the front office that put these teams together, after all.

The Brooklyn Nets previously made the mistake of catering to the stars. Durant and Irving were running the show in Brooklyn for a couple of years, making personnel and coaching decisions. That obviously didn't work and Marks did a decent job recouping value in the trades.

However, the organization lacks direction. This team isn't good enough to be a dangerous playoff team but also doesn't have its own draft picks or high-upside prospects. They are in the worst position to be in the NBA: can't win and can't tank.

A lot of the direction comes from ownership but Marks is at least partly to blame for this. The Nets are at the risk of holding onto their players for too long and losing trade value for them. If Marks fails to build a competitive team in the offseason or kickstart a rebuild, he might be the next in line to lose his job.

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