As far as their record goes, the Brooklyn Nets are obviously struggling. However, what their record doesn’t show is the progress that’s been made with their players.
To say the least, the Brooklyn Nets are not having a successful season so far, based solely on wins. Despite this, that isn’t to say that they’re having a completely awful year.
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It’s a broken record by now, but remember: Nets general manager Sean Marks is using this season for progress, not wins. And while the Nets aren’t winning, as anticipated, they’ve been making significant progress with their players.
When looking at this six-win team nearly a third into the 2016-17 season, it’s easy to discount them from achieving any success in the immediate future. After all, the Nets won only 21 games last season, and are expected to have about the same amount of wins this year. If they continue at their current pace, they’re set to finish the season with 21 wins, again.
What’s different about this year and last year is that last year (or at least for a majority of it), the Nets did not have Marks and Kenny Atkinson. For once in a very long time, the Nets finally appear to be heading in the right direction under a first-year head coach and first-year general manager. Marks and Kenny Atkinson have shown that while the Nets are still far from becoming a respectable contender in the league, they are doing everything they can as miracle workers to get Brooklyn to this stage.
The first part of this long, arduous journey we call a rebuild is player development. Without needing to bow down to any expectations this season, numerous Nets have been able to shine.