“It’s important that we all have a level of impatience,” Marks informed reporters Monday. “Once more that is for certain with [owners] Mikhail [Prokhorov] and Joe [Tsai] , however that is additionally with [coach] Kenny [Atkinson] and myself.
“We shouldn’t be happy nor settled with a bounce in wins. It is bought to be ‘Subsequent 12 months our goal is X and that is how we have to do to get there.’ Quite a lot of that might be predetermined by roster strikes this summer season.”
The Nets completed this season with a 28-54 document, their third consecutive 50-loss season after three straight playoff appearances. Nonetheless, the season did finish on an up observe after the staff gained seven of its final 13 video games after shedding 19 of 22.
“I do not suppose we will argue with what Kenny and the employees have performed by way of creating expertise,” Marks said. “We’re all sitting right here saying ‘Can we do higher?’ Certain, and that begins with me. Kenny would say the identical factor. Can we enhance over the course of the subsequent offseason and years to come back? [Yes] 100 p.c.”
On the court docket, Jeremy Lin did not even make it by way of one full recreation this season. He has performed in simply 37 video games over two seasons as he enters the ultimate 12 months of his three-year, $36 million deal, however Marks is not counting out the 29-year-old guard.
“He is confirmed folks mistaken his complete profession, in order that’s one thing once we first introduced Jeremy on board intrigued us about him,” Marks said. “There isn’t any market too large for him, there isn’t any second. I would say I would not guess towards Jeremy. The way in which he is attacked his rehab over the past six to eight months is admittedly spectacular. He is come again with a brand new lease on life, which is nice. We’re intrigued.”
Lin’s harm led to the event of others at level guard.
Spencer Dinwiddie averaged profession highs with 12.6 factors and 6.6 assists. D’Angelo Russell, who took over Lin’s duties however was pressured out till mid-January with a knee harm, confirmed flashes of promise when he returned.
Add in Allen Crabbe, who struggled at occasions however set the franchise single-season document of 201 Three-pointers made; an improved defender in second-year participant Caris LeVert; a younger shot-blocker in rookie Jarrett Allen; and the rising play of Rondae Hollis-Jefferson together with the veteran presence of DeMarre Carroll, and Marks has a motive to really feel optimistic.
“At the beginning of the season, you requested how was progress going to be measured. I [said] it was by no means going to be measured with wins and losses. That is not one thing myself was or possession was saying,” Marks said. “In some unspecified time in the future, that is going to alter. Whether or not it is this coming 12 months, or a 12 months sooner or later, the place we [say] … ‘Now we have got to begin profitable video games.’
“A lot will be determined by the roster, when the roster tweaks a bit more and the current guys we know we’re moving ahead [with] will develop and seize their opportunity. We already know we have an ownership group that’s ready to fork out the big money for when that timing is right. But we don’t want to skip any steps along this rebuild. If we skip steps and think we can do it right now or we could’ve done it a year ago, that’s when franchises end up digging themselves into a hole.”
The Related Press contributed to this report.