Are the Nets the best NBA team in NY now?
So the Nets are re-signing Deron Williams and Gerald Wallace, trading for Joe Johnson, signing Teletovic, and are likey to re-sign Brook Lopez. This probably gives them a lineup of:
PF: Teletovic (or Evans, maybe Humphries if he re-signs)
Then Marshon Brooks and Evans off the bench along with Tyshawn Taylor and likely Gerald Green. So the Nets have a true point guard with good fits at SG, SF, and C...probably PF too is the word on Teletovic is accurate and his game translates.
Compare this group to the current Knicks without any free agent movement
C: Tyson Chandler
PF: Amare Stoudemire
SF: Carmelo Anthony
SG: Landry Fields
PG: Jeremy Lin
With Shumpert who's out on the bench and likely bringing back JR Smith.
To me on paper the Nets seem to be a better team. The main reason is Deron Williams will keep everyone involved for the Nets while Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire haven't figured out how to be effective together. This all could change if the Knicks get a solid pass first point guard or Lin develops into a stronger passing point which would help Melo and Amare be effective together. I also think Avery Johnson is a better coach than Mike Woodson who believes mostly in isolation offense which was seen in Atlanta and now in New York. It seems the Knicks may have been leap frogged as the best NY NBA team in just the first year of their being two.
So do you think a healthy Nets team is the best NY NBA team now?
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