A new home and a New team. The Newly named Brooklyn Nets have gone from bottom to top with a summer of transformation. Last summer around this time the Nets had All-star Deron Williams to look up too but, not much else besides Brook Lopez and draft hopeful Marshon Brooks. But how much does a year bring? Well it brings you from fighting for A top ten team in the eastern conference to top five in the eastern conference.
Last year starting line up was as followed PG:Deron Williams SG:Anthony Morrow SF: Damion James PF: Kris Humphries and C: Brook Lopez to this summer of happily re-signed PG: Deron Williams to top five shooting guard Joe Johnson (yes his contract is bad but he can still put up numbers) to last year deadline trade for SF: Gerald Wallace to double double machine PF: Kris Humphries and to injury free and soon to be playing five on five ball again C: Brook Lopez.
From trying to make the playoffs or hoping to make the playoffs, this years starting line up seems a sure as ever for bringing this newly named Brooklyn named Nets into the playoffs. How deep into the playoffs?
Well that does depend on a few things the first: is the most important especially for us Nets fans, we are all to familiar with the injury bug. If this years Nets can stay healthy and mostly injury free we can be a top four team in the east in my opinion. The second: is the starting line up, I’m not questioning the starting five but how fast they can come together as a team. Also jel and have chemistry which will give way to the outcome of games. If they finish games the way it should be finished the way a team who already has the chemistry down for example; the Miami Heat and the Oklahoma Thunder will depend on what the Nets record will be. Finally the third is the bench, every deep playoff team has a good bench. A solid bench Carry’s a team when the starters are resting, if this bench can carry the way we hope then we should be fine.
Here is a deeper look: PG: Deron Williams (Coming out of Free Agency wooing and re-upping with the Nets is the best news any Nets fan would have heard this summer but not to mention Deron’s PPG were the second highest of his career at 21.0 only falling short to 10-11 season with 21.3 PPG but now we have Joe Johnson to help with some scoring but nice to know our starting PG can score if needed). SG: Joe Johnson (With Never having played with a PG of Derons’s level it’s safe to say the Johnson might have the rejuvenating year that he needs. Also he does not have to be the only person to carry the team as he was in Atlanta. Less pressure and better performance). SF: Gerald Wallace (After only playing 16 games with the Nets Wallace will know what team he will be with for the next several years. Most say he’s on the decline but with Gerald just turning 30 in July, that is a better option then what we had last year at this time. But also playing those 16 games with so much effort. Every time he was on the court he was playing his game, no matter what the score was. With Gerald finishing the season with highs in 3-point percentage 38.5 and free throw percentage 85.9 I’m not at all upset about having him as our starter). PF: Kris Humphries (Most said we can do better but I feel we did good with keeping the hump with highs last year in PPG 13.8 Blocks per game 1.2 steals per game 0.8 APG 1.5 and RPG 11.0. Plus With all that was going on with the Kardashian-Humphris saga last season the hump still brought it each and every single night and was a walking double double. We could of done a lot worse). C: Brook Lopez (With Lopez missing most of the last two seasons and Brook saying he will be playing five on five ball soon it seems to be the foot injury and ankle injury is behind him, so we hope. With Brook putting up 38 points last season vs. Dallas and with career averages of 17.4 PPG 1.6 BPG 7.5 RPG and 1.6 APG is it safe to say will see that return or better)?
The Bench: PG’s: C.J. Watson (With C.J. taking the vets minimum to sign with The nets after talking with Avery and Deron at 5.5 APG that is clearly a nice back up PG numbers. After backing up for the injured Rose last season C.J. sure got noticed and got some nice minutes in the playoffs). Rookie Tyshawn Taylor (Was the top scorer in this past summer league and did give some good effort considering he was taken with the 41st pick in this summers draft). SG’s MarShon Brooks (was called last years steal of the draft and with some amazing flashes last year Brooks put up Rookie averages last year of 12.6 PPG 3.6 RPG 2.3 APG not bad at all for a back up to JJ). With the Nets re-upping Keith Bogans this summer he will give them some added depth and veteran leadership. Which the Nets lacked last year and with Bogans able to play the 2 and 3 spot he might see some nice minutes as well.
SF’s Tornike (Toko) Shengelia after Toko played well during summer league and playing hard nose hustle. Can he carry that into training camp to be a back up to Gerald Wallace?) Jerry Stackhouse (While Stackhouse might not get more then 10 minutes a game, its nice to have a 17 year vet in the locker room and hey he is two years younger then Jason Kidd, 39 and Jerry, 37 and Kidd still can have his moments and I think at times the leadership will show on the court from Stackhouse. PF’s Mirza Teletovic (With Tele being claimed by some the best player to come out of Europe last year with him averaging 21.7 PPG 1.0 BPG 6.0 RPG and shot a slick 43% form three for his old team Caja Laboral. Most compare him to a better Ryan Anderson). Reggie Evans (With another vet and a sign and trade that brought him over from LA Clippers he is a rebounding monster. This is needed as a backup PF averaging 4.8 RPG in 13 minutes last season and 7.3 RPG in 18 minutes during the playoffs for the Clippers last year. Also Evans can draw nice Fouls from his opponents). C:TBD (training camp? or another Summer Free agent Signing? Maybe Evans or Tele can play some 5 but safe to say the Nets will get a more fit Center by opening night on November 1st).
All in all, a more rounded team then last year and a deep team at that. But there are some good and bad’s just as with the other 29 teams in the league but only time will tell how far the now Brooklyn Nets will go next season. Well first things first Hello Brooklyn.
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Written by Michael Smith