Although Deron Williams continues to battle an ankle injury, expect to see plenty of the advertised depth against John Wall and the Washington Wizards.
"We've got a second team that on most teams would start," Paul Pierce said. "So you've got two starting units pushing each other every day."
Jason Terry, Andrei Kirilenko, Andray Blatche, Shaun Livingston, and Reggie Evans highlights this vaunted second unit. And they gave the starters headaches at Duke.
"[Saturday] was the first day we got a win," Pierce told reporters. "Every day, the 'white' has been beating us by one. It's been really close and it's come down to the last minute each and every day. But that's what we ask out of 'white.' We are a deep team."
With the mileage on some of the Nets starters, any one of the five could emerge as a key piece to their championship aspirations.
Kirilenko's length and defensive versatility should force Kidd's hand when delving out crunch-time minutes. The Brooklyn coaches will also look to spell the likes of Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Joe Johnson as the season progresses, making Kirilenko an underrated NBA signing.
Kirileno fits right in with the Nets' emphasis on team defense.
"We put in a little offense, but we are strictly thinking about defense right now," Kidd said.
Just because Kidd wants to think defense does not mean he hasn't put any thought into the offense.
Consider that assistant coach John Welch's role.
Welch served as a lead assistant to George Karl, a coach who knows how to get the most out of his offense. Comparatively, the Nuggets generated nearly six more possessions per game and almost four points more per 100 possessions.
Welch compared the Nets' style more to the "run-and-gun" offense of the Nuggets as opposed to the methodical pace employed by Avery Johnson.
Under Johnson and interim replacement P.J. Carlesimo, the Nets ranked 28th in the league with 91.2 possessions. For a team with Deron Williams and All-Star linemates Brook Lopez and Joe Johnson, that's underwhelming.
Nets fans will get a glimpse of the new-look offenses and defenses starting Oct. 8 against Wall, another uptempo point guard.