Nets and Magic under duress ahead of 2022 NBA draft

2022 NBA The draft is coming up and a few big names are in the spotlight.

Chris BroussardThe Under Duress roster includes a group of NBA teams and players who desperately need to make a difference.

Brooklyn Nets tops Broussard’s Under Duress list

Brooklyn Nets tops Broussard's Under Duress list

See why the Orlando Magic, Oklahoma City Thunder and the Brooklyn Nets front office top Chris Broussard’s Under Duress list.

5. Kevin Wilds, “First Things First”

Appearance: Broussard’s co-host made the list after threatening to leave the “playful” Orlando Magic unless they draft Gonzaga’s Chet Holmgren with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2022 NBA draft.

Broussard’s thoughts: “You already gave up Ja Morant for Patrick Beverly and the Minnesota Timberwolves. [and] now you’re threatening to leave the orlando magic if they don’t pick chet holmgren? Here’s the deal. You need Chet Holmgren to be amazing – a superstar – and you also need Jabari Smith or Paolo Bankerowhoever they choose to fail. So there’s a lot of pressure on you because I don’t think any of that is happening.”

four. Kevin Duran, Brooklyn Nets

Appearance: Last season, Durant averaged 29.9 points on 51.8% shooting and 7.4 rebounds per game. The Nets earned a spot in the postseason only to be eliminated in the first round of the playoffs while Durant’s former team, Golden State Warriorskept winning it all.

Broussard’s thoughts: “Decisions, decisions. Should I mess with Kyrie [Irving] contract negotiations? If I don’t interfere and he leaves, should I ask or demand an exchange? If I demand an exchange or ask for an exchange, I might end up in Chicago, or Orlando, or Sacramento, or God knows where I might end up, so maybe I’ll just chill.” Tough situation for Kevin Durant.”

3. Kyrie Irving, Brooklyn Nets

Appearance: All eyes seem to be on Brooklyn as the Nets continue to falter in their relationship with Irving. That’s why this week the organization has the most seats on Broussard’s list. This season, Irving has played in only 29 of 82 regular season games, averaging 27.4 points per game. Irving has made it clear he wants to play for the Nets, but does the Nets need him?

Broussard’s thoughts: “Decisions, decisions. “Should I risk leaving the place I love?” He lives in the same city where he grew up. He wanted this his whole career. Now he’s here and can he leave? He grew up rooting for the Nets… He wanted to play with his buddy Kevin Durant. a chance to win a championship… “I’m going to give it all up because they won’t give me a contract.” [that] I want. But you know what? I’ll take 30 million less to go play in LA where I don’t want to be and play with LeBron. [James]who I left behind. How [does] It makes sense? Kyrie [has] something to think about.”

2. Orlando Magic front office

Appearance: The Magic hold the No. 1 overall pick in the draft, which is sure to set the tone for the rest of the evening. They also hold the 32nd and 35th elections. Orlando finished last in the East last season with a 22-60 (.268) record, missing the playoffs for the eighth time in 10 seasons.

Broussard’s thoughts: “They have to decide, ‘Are we going to jump fences and pick Chet Holmgren… or are we going to play it safe and pick Jabari Smith or Paolo Banchero, who also look like they could be stars?’ It’s going to be a tough decision because if Chet becomes who Wilds thinks he can be, then they might look bad if they don’t.”

1. Nets front office

Appearance: The Nets finished seventh in the East last season with a 44-38 (.537) record on their way to their fourth consecutive postseason appearance that ended with a first-round win for the second time in four years.

Broussard’s thoughts: “We relented and fired Kenny Atkinson, who we really liked as a coach. We relented and let Kyrie start playing away games even though he wasn’t vaccinated. We didn’t really want to, but we gave in. again and show… that our culture is not the culture of the winning NBA franchise, but the culture of the AAU team, and our players just let us do what?” So they have a lot of decisions to make.”

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