Brooklyn Nets

Brooklyn Nets depth chart for 2021-22 NBA season

The Brooklyn Nets will tip-off the 2021-22 season with a championship on their mind.

Eliminated in the second round last postseason, Brooklyn has re-tooled during the offseason and will be hoping for some luck on the injury front.

The Nets begin their season in Milwaukee against the defending champion Bucks on Oct. 19 (ET).

Depth chart

Brooklyn Nets depth chart (2021-22)
Starters Second Third Fourth
PG James Harden Patty Mills Jevon Carter
SG Kyrie Irving DeAndre' Bembry Cameron Thomas
SF Joe Harris Bruce Brown Jr. Sekou Doumbouya
PF Kevin Durant Paul Millsap James Johnson Day'Ron Sharpe
C Blake Griffin LaMarcus Aldridge Nicolas Claxton

Two-way: Kessler Edwards (forward)

Key additions and subtractions

The Nets made multiple high profile additions during free agency but perhaps none bigger than Patty Mills.

Coming off a dominant Olympic campaign with the bronze medal-winning Australian team, Mills will slot directly into the backup point guard role. Leaving San Antonio after a decade with the franchise, Mills is still one of the top offensive guards off the bench in the league.

In the big man department, the Nets added Paul Millsap in what essentially became a free agent swap with Jeff Green signing with the Denver Nuggets. Green became a vital member of the Brooklyn rotation so Steve Nash will be hoping Millsap can fill a similar role.

LaMarcus Aldridge produced one of the shocks of the offseason by announcing he had been medically cleared to return after heart issues forced him into retirement prior to last year's postseason. Aldridge only played five game with the Nets in 2021 but projects to play a role this season.

Positional battles

The majority of the rotation looks set in Brooklyn, but one spot up for grabs will be at the five spot.

Blake Griffin looks set to battle with Nicolas Claxton and LaMarcus Aldridge for the starting center position, with the rejuvenated veteran impressing during the playoffs. Brooklyn did opt to use small-ball lineups during the playoffs, which could also throw Millsap into the mix to close out games.

Too much talent is hardly a problem, right?

At the guard position, it will be interesting to see if the electric Cameron Thomas can work his way into playing time. The Brooklyn rookie lit up Las Vegas Summer League with his scoring ability, it's just hard to see much of an opening with Irving, Harden, Mills and the veteran DeAndre' Bembry in his way.

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