Kyrie Irving is electing to have season-ending shoulder surgery. Irving averaged 27.4 points per game 20 games this season. When Irving was on the court, he played well. The problem he didn’t play enough.
While Irving will not play the rest of the season, this could become a blessing for the Brooklyn Nets.
Irving has barely spent any significant time on the court building chemistry with his teammates and getting totally accumulated in coach Kenny Atkinson’s system. In fact, the Nets were better this season without Irving (17-17) than when he played (8-12).
Much of the core of last season’s playoff team — including Spencer Dinwiddie, Caris LeVert, Joe Harris and Jarrett Allen — remains. Throw in additions like DeAndre Jordan, Garrett Temple, and Taurean Prince, this team should remain a 7th or 8th seed in the Eastern Conference.
If the Nets are playing the long game with Irving and Kevin Durant, now would be the best time to evaluate the talent on the roster. The plan should be to see which players look like they would fit well with their two All-Stars going forward.
The Nets paid $68 million dollars for Irving and Durant this season. Unfortunately, they only had 20 games this season between the two of them.