Today was the last day of a successful training camp at Duke University for the Brooklyn Nets and the team is now on its way back home to Brooklyn to prepare for their first preseason game on Tuesday. The best news out of camp, according to head coach Jason Kidd, was that there are no new injuries to report, although Deron Williams and Jason Terry were limited throughout camp, while Toko Shengelia was out.
Kidd also said that he was happy how the team was bonding, and not only on the court. Players were going out to dinner together every night, according to the coach.
More good news is that the Nets’ bench appears to be nearly as good as the starters. According to Paul Pierce, in scrimmages, the bench beat the starters every day until Saturday, the last day of camp. The Nets’ second unit of Shaun Livingston, Jason Terry, Andrei Kirilenko, Reggie Evans, and Andray Blatche could beat some NBA lineups.
One issue out of camp continues to be Deron Williams’s health. Although he is expected to be 100% ready for the start of the season, he did not participate in the scrimmages and will likely miss the first preseason game or two.
Starting in place of D-Will, could be second year point guard Tyshawn Taylor, who reportedly had a very good camp according to Deron Williams. If Taylor starts, this will allow the second unit to be kept intact with Shaun Livingston.
The Nets hope that this backup point guard position will not become a problem this year. Although Taylor is very athletic, he was inconsistent both last year and for the Nets’ summer league team this year. His jump shot isn’t great and he has had some turnover problems. If Deron Williams has any lingering ankle injuries, the Nets may need a lot of minutes from Taylor, which could be risky.
Still, the rest of Brooklyn’s starting lineup could make Taylor look good if he needs to play extended minutes.