Brooklyn Nets Lack A Real Center Outside Of DeAndre Jordan
DeAndre Jordan has started most of the games for the Brooklyn Nets at center, but sometimes, the Nets do roll out their “small-ball” lineup with Jeff Green at center. Sometimes, they even have Kevin Durant be the team’s “center” in a rotation or two and primarily have perimeter threats on the court along with their three superstars.
Unless Brooklyn adds another center to their roster, they are really going to struggle in big games since they are extremely undersized and do not play great defense. Hopefully, for their sake, they will figure things out rotation wise on defense as the season progresses, but right now, not having another true big behind DeAndre Jordan has to be worrisome for management.
Nets have been mentioned in NBA trade rumors as being in the market for some well-known centers, but Nerlens Noel would be a great fit because of his versatility. He does not bring much to the table in terms of offensive production, other than being a high-flying big man to lob the ball to, but that is all the Nets would need from him on that end of the court.
This team does not need another dynamic offensive weapon because they have three of the best pure offensive talents in the NBA right now! You could very much make a case that the Brooklyn Nets have two of the top five players in the league and one of the top five point guards in the league!
This team is one of the best offensive teams ever assembled in NBA history, but they need to look for those key pieces around them to help out with other things like rebounding, blocks, steals, defense, etc. Nerlens Noel can do a lot of those little things to help the Nets win games and they would not need him more than 15 minutes per game either.
With him being one of the better shot blockers in the league right now and playing only 17.5 minutes per game, Noel would be the ideal big man for Brooklyn to target ahead of the trade deadline.