The depth of the Brooklyn Nets’ bench is something that we’ve spoken about before, and as the team continues to practice and get a feel for one another, it’s becoming more and more clear that the Nets have quite a few players worthy of getting good minutes.
That’s a good problem for any coach to have.
Practices are spirited and nobody is coasting. And according to Alex Raskin of HoopsWorld.com, Keith Bogans—who is currently fighting for minutes—has a good strategy in mind for getting consistent playing time.
“The Nets’ bench isn’t going to sell tickets. That job will be left up to the starters and if they don’t validate their big contacts, fan interest will inevitably dip.
But the bench doesn’t have to worry about any of that. King and Johnson had specific roles in mind for each and every backup they brought in this season, and as Bogans said, all those guys have to worry about is kicking ‘the starter’s ass.’
‘If we do that, when they get to the game, it’s going to be easier than practice,’ Bogans said.”
Moke Hamilton, NBA AnalystI agree here. There are two very important things about a team with a lot of depth, though. First, all of the guys need to come in on the same page and leave their egos outside of the locker room. There are only so many minutes to go around and not everyone is going to be happy.
Second, the coaching staff needs to make sure they do a good job of letting players know what they should expect in terms of playing time and communicate roles clearly.
If those two things happen, then a team with a lot of talent and a good amount of veterans will be just fine. And if those two things happen for the Nets, they should be able to gel nicely.