With the second preseason loss in the books for the Nets, I think there is only one word to describe the basketball that we saw so far; U-G-L-Y.
A few good things that we can take away from the preseason:
1) Deron Williams is still one of the premiere PGs in the game. He can get in the paint at will (granted he was playing the Knicks who are horrendous on the defensive end).
2) Brook Lopez can still get his shot when he wants. His post up game is in the top tier of the NBA and he showed he can rebound on the offensive end too.
3) Damion James is a good young player. At 6-7 225, he shows a nice defensive game and can get to the rim too.
4) MarShon Brook sand Anthony Marrow will hit perimeter shots (eventually) that should open up lanes for Deron Williams and prevent double teams on Lopez.
Newly signed Kris Humphries got a nice warm welcome from the New York fans tonight. He got booed everytime he touched the ball as if he was sleeping with D’antoni’s wife. The fans even chanted “We want Humphries” in the closing minutes of the game. I have a gut feeling that the Knick faithful’s reaction is just the beginning of what is going to be a long season for Humphries. He just received a new one year, eight million dollar deal. Many people question as to why the Nets would give him that kind of money. What most people do not know is that Kris was one of only nine NBA players to average a double-double last year. He was in the same category as the likes of Kevin Love, Dwight Howard and Blake Griffin. I think that he deserves to get paid, since he apparently is not getting anything from the fiasco that was the Humphries-Kardashian “wedding”.
Another new Net that we haven’t seen yet is Shawne Williams. After seeing the three-point production that he gave the Knicks last year, he should be a good compliment to Williams’ penetrate and kick game.
As for a season outlook, have to be honest here, I see the Nets giving the Raptors a battle for fourth place in the Atlantic Division. The Knicks and Celtics are obviously going to be at the top of the division with Philadelphia not too far behind. NOW that can all change with the signing of some big center guy who plays down in Florida. If the Nets acquire him during the season (hopefully sooner than later), instantly they are up in the top of the division with New York and Boston. On the other hand, if Mikhail Prokhorov does not make a move for Howard, I do not see Williams staying past this season. So the Nets should try as hard as possible to get Dwight because they could see their all-world point guard walk away at the end of the season.
The Nets open their season Monday at Washington.
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Written by Matt Owens
I am a huge metropolitan sports fan. Cannot get enough basketball in my life.