Why the new-look Brooklyn Nets are guaranteed to surprise

Mikal Bridges, Cam Johnson, Brooklyn Nets (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Why the Brooklyn Nets have a bright future

Finney-Smith and Claxton gave trust in anchoring the defense behind Vaughn, and Dinwiddie proved he can not only provide consistent scoring but also his premiere passing capabilities. He was among the league leaders in APG through the final 20 games. But what is arguably the most significant instrument, like a diamond in the rough? Ben Simmons is at full health.

Previously in the summer, Marc J. Spears stated on ESPN’s NBA Today that a source close to the three-time All-Star said he looks as healthy as he did when he last played for Philadelphia, clearing all benchmarks. Ready for training camp, the Nets view Simmons as their primary ball-handler. His presence and what his true game could bring on both ends make it such a luxury to imagine his old dominance meshing flawlessly next to Brooklyn’s new athletic build with the Twins and transition play.

Their positionless style of basketball will be exciting to watch, transforming them into one of the more fun teams in the East. One could argue that Brooklyn’s top seven-eight guys can defend all five positions with the wings and Simmons at the helm. Cam Thomas can also be a great piece if he plays the minutes, and Walker IV can be a rewarding acquisition after his postseason moments in LA.

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If Johnson can take that next step, maybe beyond a 20-point scorer with his evolved all-around game next to Bridges’ growth, this Nets team is looking at a really special future and season ahead. Combining this fitting group will come at ease.