At the moment, the Brooklyn Nets are looking at a starting lineup of Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Brook Lopez. There are a lot of big names in that lineup and the obvious question is how all five of those players will share the basketball.
Lopez needs his touches in the post. Williams needs to run the pick-and-roll action. Johnson will need to satisfy his need to isolate on the wing. Garnett will be looking for the ball in the mid-range area. In between all that, you have to give the ball to Pierce as well. Needless to say, if the Nets go into next season with that starting lineup, it’s going to take a while for everyone to figure it out and to feel comfortable in their roles. Heck, it took the Miami Heat more than a season to get used to each other and they only had three star players.
Of course, both Pierce and Garnett realize that they will play smaller roles and they are more than used to adjusting to that type of a situation, but bringing Paul off the bench would really make this easier. First of all, Brooklyn landed Andrei Kirilenko, who would be perfect in that starting lineup. He is a good wing defender and, most importantly, doesn’t need plays called for him. He would chip in offensively where needed and do his job. At the same time, Pierce would come in and run the show with the reserves and provide instant offense.