The rich get richer. After Blake Griffin got bought out by the Detroit Pistons, the six-time all-star reached an agreement with the Brooklyn Nets.
This isn’t the first big move made by Brooklyn this season. Just a couple months ago, the Nets acquired former NBA MVP James Harden in a monster trade with the Houston Rockets.
Of course, after trading for Harden, many questions still surrounded this Brooklyn team. Would they be able to play competent defense in crucial moments of the game? Will DeAndre Jordan be able to hold it down in the paint come playoff time?
While those questions have yet to be answered, the addition of Blake Griffin certainly helps this Brooklyn team in many ways. First and foremost, it’s another offensive weapon for the opposing team to worry about. While Griffin hasn’t had as many explosive dunks over the last couple of years, he certainly is capable of tapping into “Lob City” mode.
With two floor generals in Kyrie Irving and James Harden, Griffin can definitely expect a lot of alley op opportunities. Perhaps the biggest hole on this Nets team is their defense. While Blake isn’t exactly known for being an interior defender, his athleticism alone will certainly help the Nets on the defensive side.
Also, keep in mind Nets Head Coach Steve Nash has done an excellent job of meshing all this talent together. In Houston, James Harden was a ball-dominant guard who pretty much dribbled until the shot clock went done. In Brooklyn, he is still ball-dominant but is playing some of the best basketball of his career due to the position that Coach Nash put him in. In a very limited time with the team, Harden has bought into the system and truly trusts his teammates to be in the right spot.
The same can be expected for Blake Griffin. Although it may feel rigid in the beginning, over time he will learn his role within the team and excel at a high level within this Brooklyn system.
Let’s be honest, the NBA has become an offense-centric league. Teams are shooting more 3s nowadays than ever before. While the statement, defense wins championships, still reigns supreme I think we are all in concurrence that no one has enough defenders to stop this Brooklyn Nets team. In crunch time, going up against Kyrie Irving, James Harden, Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin, and DeAndre Jordan will be no easy task.
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