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With 13 roster spots filled, thinking about a Brooklyn Nets depth chart

Brooklyn Nets

The signing of Joe Harris, expected in the next few days, will bring the number of fully guaranteed roster spots to 13, meaning the Nets have two to fill. Or maybe they're done and will let training camp invitees battle it out for the last spots.

That said, the team's depth chart is now coming into focus, with one caveat: Sean Marks and Kenny Atkinson keep talking about what many call "position-less basketball," meaning a system where players are versatile, can play two or even three positions.

That said, here's a breakdown of who's been signed and where they might play...

Point Guard

Jeremy Lin is the starter, with Greivis Vasquez his back-up and perhaps Isaiah Whitehead at both the point and shooting guard. Atkinson has talked about playing Lin and Vasquez together.

Shooting Guard

Bojan Bogdanovic heads a list of young players who can fit here, along with Sean Kilpatrick, Caris LeVert and Harris.  Whitehead might work here as well, although Nets brass like his court vision at the point.

Small Forward

Assume Rondae Hollis-Jefferson as the starter, with limited back-up right now. Marks has said he thinks LeVert, when healthy, can play the 1, 2 or 3.  This, along with center, is the position with the least depth. Could Chris McCullough or Harris get some minutes here?

Power Forward

An interesting mix: Luis Scola, the veteran with solid credentials who has recently added a deep game: Trevor Booker, an energy player who can defend and rebound but has a limited range; and McCullough, the long-term hope going through his first summer league and soon, his first training camp. Atkinson says he likes the three players' diverse skillset and left open the possibility of a training camp battle


Brook Lopez starts as he has since 2008. The Nets signed Justin Hamilton, another 7-footer with range out to the three-point line, as his back-up. Could the 6'10" Scola see some minutes here? Henry Sims, who backed up Lopez at the 5 late in the season, is playing for the Nets summer league team.


Summing thinks up, it seems that the biggest holes left to fill are at small forward and center. Atkinson spoke the other day about the need for wing players ... plural. Harris would seem to fill part of that need, but one would expect the next move, if there is one, is finding another wing or a back-up center.

Looking at the summer league, the team's best non-roster players are Yogi Ferrell, a pure, if undersized (5'11") point guard; Egidijus Mockevicius, a big, undersized (6'10") rebounder who played the 5 at Evansville; Beau Beech, who at 6'9" played shooting guard in college, but the Nets see as a stretch 4, and Sims, the 6'11" center. .

Do we expect Brooklyn will go the RFA route on Maurice Harkless or Dion Waiters? They've reportedly considered both, but at this point it seems doubtful. Anthony Bennett reportedly remains a possibility although with the signings of Scola and Booker, is it likely? Depending on what the Nets are paying Scola, the Nets have either just above or just below $20 million left in cap space ... as well as the $3 million room exception. So there's plenty of flexibility.

It's not what Marks and Atkinson envisioned. They hoped to have Tyler Johnson at back-up point guard and sixth man, Allen Crabbe at starting shooting guard. But this is the hand they got dealt.