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King's biggest concern is rebounding

The Brooklyn Nets are loaded with shooters and can score in a variety of ways.

But one major area of concern last season could be an issue again –- rebounding.

Last year, Brooklyn finished 29th in the NBA in rebounding at 38.1 per game. Only Miami’s 36.9 rebounds per game were fewer than the Nets.

The Nets were outrebounded by 4.8 boards per game. While Brook Lopez’s return to the lineup should help the Nets on the glass, general manager Billy King knows rebounding could be a problem again.

“The biggest area I’m concerned about is rebounding the basketball,” King said. “We’ll be able to score. We’ve got enough scorers. I think our defense is gonna be better. But to be a good defensive team, you’ve gotta rebound the basketball.”

Lopez averaged 6.0 rebounds a game in 17 games last season before suffering a season-ending foot injury. The Nets will need his size on the glass, but the 7-footer has averaged 7.3 rebounds per game in his career and hasn’t averaged more than 6.9 rebounds in a season since his second season, in which he averaged 8.6 boards.

Kevin Garnett averaged 6.6 rebounds last season while averaging just 20.5 minutes per game. Lionel Hollins says Garnett may play more this season depending on his health and how the 38-year-old is playing.

Mason Plumlee should see more playing time in his second season after averaging 18.2 minutes and 4.4 rebounds per game. He should help the Nets on the glass. Same goes for Andrei Kirilenko if can stay healthy.

The Nets will have to replace Andray Blatche’s 5.3 rebounds per game. Also, 6-7 swingmen Paul Pierce and Shaun Livingston combined to average 7.8 rebounds. All three moved on as free agents.

We’ll have to see how new addition Bojan Bogdanovic does on the glass. Bogdanovic and Mirza Teletovic, who could see key minutes, will have to use their size inside as well.

The Nets also have some height in newcomers Sergey Karasev and Cory Jefferson. But it's unclear what kind of roles await the 6-7 Karasev, who is more of a shooter, and the 6-9 Jefferson, a second-round pick.

Jarrett Jack, who nearly averaged four rebounds per game in 2011-12, might have to hit the glass, as will Joe Johnson and Deron Williams.

“To me, that’s the one area that we’ve gotta get better at from last year, and even so far in practice,” King said. “We’ve gotta be a better rebounding team, and it’s not just gonna fall on Brook or KG. It’s gonna fall on all five guys on the court to rebound the ball, because we don’t have that traditional rebounder, so it’s going to take a team effort.”