Nets Notes: Dinwiddie, LeVert, Claxton, Irving

Having a healthy Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving will mean major changes for Spencer Dinwiddie and Caris LeVert, writes Brian Lewis of The New York Post. Both players had the ball in their hands a lot last season, but they will have to adjust to complementary roles as the Nets‘ offense focuses on the two stars.

“One is the greatest scorer of all time,” Dinwiddie said. “You’ve got to really recognize that, and get the ball where it needs to go. So you know everybody else needs to process and act accordingly, and then do what’s best to help the team win. There hasn’t been any explicit conversations, but to think that you’re going to be trying to take the ball out of KD’s hands probably isn’t the smartest thing.”

LeVert ranked fourth in the league in isolation attempts last season and had a 29.5% usage rate, which was the highest of his career. He spent the offseason working on his catch-and-shoot game to try to capitalize on the open opportunities that Durant and Irving will provide.

“I haven’t really been asked to do that stuff in the NBA,” he said. “So I love playing off the ball. It’s fun for me. I can’t wait to do that this season; it’s going to be very beneficial for all of us.”

There’s more from Brooklyn:

  • Power forward/center Nicolas Claxton has been diagnosed with right knee tendinopathy and may miss the rest of training camp, Lewis tweets. Claxton felt discomfort in the knee while working out this week, according to the team. He will begin a rehabilitation and strengthening program, and any updates on his status “will be issued as appropriate.” It’s the latest injury concern for Claxton, who wasn’t able to participate in the NBA’s restart after having shoulder surgery in June.
  • Head coach Steve Nash understands that improvement on defense will be necessary to compete for a title, Lewis adds in a separate story. That part of the game will be entrusted to former interim coach Jacque Vaughn, who is now Nash’s lead assistant. “Jacque started to put his imprints and adjustments into the defense in the bubble,” Nash said. “I think that many of them were similarly aligned with the way I see things, so we’ve had a really enjoyable process going through the film and looking around the league and figuring out what suits our team and the game the way it’s played nowadays.”
  • The written statement that Irving gave to reporters this week in lieu of interviews doesn’t mean he plans to bypass traditional media all season, tweets Ian Begley of SNY.tv.
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19 thoughts on “Nets Notes: Dinwiddie, LeVert, Claxton, Irving

  1. Sillivan

    Playoffs lock
    Bucks
    Heat
    Nets
    Celtics
    Raptors
    Pacers

    Fight for 8th seed
    76ers – Embiid is injury prone
    Hawks
    Wizards

      • Sillivan

        Westbrook + Beal = Embiid + Simmons

        76ers have only 3 quality starters

        I predict Danny Green will be traded

        • Sillivan

          Milton and Thybulle have poor court vision and poor passing skills
          They are not quality starters for playoffs team

          • Black Ace57

            Thybulle showed extreme defensive skill in his first year and Milton greatly improved. Putting Curry and Green in the starting lineup will stretch the floor for Embiid and Simmons. I don’t know what you are smoking.

      • PhillyPhan69

        Your talking to silly-van…it’s ok! He does not get it! Yes, barring a horrendous continuous covid outbreak or major injury (injuries) 76ers are a lock…but I do think Bucks/76ers/Celts/Heat/Nets/ are locks with Raptors/Pacers right behind and the Wizards/Magic/Pistons? Battling for the 8-10 spots IMO

  2. harden (mvp),wall, and wood

    Media person: Why do you think your team is performing well below expectations?

    Kyrie Irving: No comment

    • xxtremecubsguy89

      Media Person: how does it feel to know you’ll never win a ring in Houston and will have to chase one somewhere else?

      Harden: I just wanna play with KD again.

      • KnickerbockerAl

        Where did they perform. Man did I miss that. I guess you’re warming up the hate. For when Harden goes to Nets lol. Are you sure you are not Sillyman

  3. x%sure

    Is there a better guard foursome than Irving-Dins-Thomas-Lavert? (my version of trolling)
    The addition of intensities Bruce Brown & Tyler Johnson will help keep the group on-point.
    Gotta note, though, that Durant is listed as G-F, presumably at player request. Not a good sign for those who remember what he was doing when last injured: futzing around changing direction with the ball above the foul line when everyone wanted him to post safely in the corner.

  4. buttholesurfer69

    Shortened season + Durant needing to get back in rhythm + Kyrie’s mood swings + role player adj = 5 seed

    East seems up for grabs tho …

  5. KnickerbockerAl

    I know the Two new stars. Have talked about trading for another. But to me this team is deep. And young guys can step up when they go to playoffs. Claxton is a nice young big. So the one guy they can afford to move is Allen. Who is a solid young Center. The thing the Bets need most imo. Is an old school PF. Or even who plays D and rebs. Team still has to jell. But they got some good pieced. It’s why KD and Ky came here in first place. Not a Nets fan. But I’m dying to see how this team plays.

  6. D-Rock718

    I can see Steve Nash convincing Caris LeVert and Spencer Dinwiddie to come off the bench. It gives them a better opportunity to play their strengths.

    Joe Harris and Taurean Prince would probably start at the 2 and 3.

    Kyrie/ Spencer
    Joe/ LeVert
    Prince/ Shamet or Brown
    KD/ Kurucs, Claxton, or Reggie Perry
    Jordan/ Allen

    If we can get our backups behind KD to contribute, not only will Sean Marks keep this team intact, we may have a championship locked up!

    • phenomenalajs

      I am a huge fan and have been one since the days of Buck Williams, Mike Gminski, Darwin Cook, Sugar Ray Richardson, etc., but I don’t think it’s safe to say we’re a championship lock. It’s all about how healthy we are and how we gel to come out of the East. The champs are still the favorites in the West.

      • D-Rock718

        Your enthusiasm for the team goes back longer than mine. Glad to have you representing.

        I did write “we MAY have a championship locked up”. Believe me, I’m very cautious making declarations with this team. I see one major flaw, which is the absence of a true 4, and that may prevent us from getting to the Finals, specifically if we have to play the 76ers.

        That’s why Steve Nash must get something out of either often injured Nicolas Claxton, our rookie Reggie Perry, or 3rd year Power-Forward Rodions Kurucs. If not, we may have to sacrifice a valuable role-player to acquire Aaron Gordon

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