TEAM PREVIEW: BROOKLYN NETS
2011-2012 Record: 22-44
Head Coach: Avery Johnson
Key Additions: Joe Johnson, Andray Blatche, CJ Watson, Reggie Evans, Josh Childress, Tyshawn Taylor, Tornike Shengelia, Mirza Teletovic
Key Losses: Anthony Morrow, Gerald Green, Jordan Farmar, Damion James, Jordan Williams, DeShawn Stevenson, Shelden Williams, Sundiata Gaines, Johan Petro
Projected Two Deeps:
PG- Deron Williams / CJ Watson
SG- Joe Johnson / Marshon Brooks
SF- Gerald Wallace / Josh Childress
PF- Kris Humphries / Reggie Evans
C- Brook Lopez / Andray Blatche
Deron Williams (20.1 ppg, 9.4 apg, 3.6 rpg, 1.2 spg)
Joe Johnson (18.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 3.0 apg, 39% 3PT)
Brook Lopez (17.4 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 0.5 bpg, 52% FG)
Marshon Brooks (13.0 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 1.4 apg, 42% FG)
Gerald Wallace (11.6 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 1.6 apg, 47% FG)
Kris Humphries (8.4 ppg, 9.2 rpg, 1.3 apg, 51% FG)
Andray Blatche (7.1 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 0.4 bpg, 37% FG)
CJ Watson (6.2 ppg, 2.8 apg, 1.3 rpg, 42% FG)
Josh Childress (4.1 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 0.7 apg, 38% FG)
Tornike Shengelia (3.3 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 0.4 apg, 0.2 spg)
Tyshawn Taylor (2.6 ppg, 1.3 apg, 1.1 rpg, 36% FG)
Reggie Evans (2.4 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 0.2 apg, 56% FG)
Mirza Teletovic (2.2 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 0.4 bpg, 8.3 mpg)
Nets' Strengths: Starting Guards, Bench Scoring, Foward Toughness, Bench Rebounding, Veteran presence, Playoff Experience
Celtics' Waknesses: Chemistry, Unfamiliarity, Forward Scoring, Backup Small Forwards, Center Toughness, Shotblocking
Roundup: The Nets made an absolute splash this offseason starting with their move to Brooklyn followed by the new arena, the new team colors, and ofcourse the millions they doled out to get a competitive roster. The Nets pretty much did a complete fire-sale and although it was costly, i was a needed move for a team that has been incredibly bad the last few seasons. Owner Mikhail Prohkorov was quite liberal with his spending as he brought in Joe Johnson and his massive contract, and re-signed Lopez, Wallace, Humphries and most importantly, Deron Williams. The starting 5 will be owed roughly $75 million this upcoming season. Along with these re-signings, Prokhorov also brought in veteran wings Jerry Stackhouse, Josh Childress, and Keith Bogans plus added some frontcourt toughness in Reggie Evans and European projects Ilkan Karaman, Tornike Shengelia, and Mirza Teletovic. An underrated move by the Nets was to bring in Andray Blatche to see if they can squeeze any bit of competitiveness out him. A few things to watch out for this year would be the development of potential-filled 6th man Marshon Brooks, the meshing of the starting 5, and the recovery of Brook Lopez's foot. The big man missed all but 5 games last season but still showed glimpses of that impressive offensive repertoire. The Nets aren't a perfect team but they have quite a few weapons on offense, plus do-it-all wing Gerald Wallace, and some willing bangers in the paint. I fully expect coach Avery Johnson to have this team returning to the playoffs barring any serious injury/catastrophe. Let's see how much bang Prohkorov will get for his buck.
Projected Record: 48-34 (6th in East)
Celtics Waknesses. LOL but good list tho (:
alot about players,Teletovic will be starter for this Nets team sooner or later...
thats a complete opinion-based comment
and you completely guessing every players stats isn't?
The difference is that he's not going around telling people they don't know anything because they don't agree.
Avery might be the 1 that Turns Blatche into a serious player...Because if he doesnt come ready to play,Avery wont take NO MESS!!!
The Nets are in a peculiar situation, they have a ton of bigs whose production is quite frankly unpredictable. We don't know how Mirza Telectovic will fare, Andray Blatche if he's in shape coud be a vital memeber of this team, but that's a HUGE If. We all know Brook can put the ball in the hole, but is he healthy enough? Can Humphries maintain the production of his breakout season last year? Can Reggie Evans be the physical presence inside he was for the Clips in the Playoffs last season for the whole season? If they can get production out of their 4s and 5s, this team will be cery dangerous. Don't forget that they have D-Will, Joe Johnson, Gerald Wallace, and Marshon in the backcourt/wing spots, if they can find some chemistry, I wouldn't be surprised if they finish 2nd in the East.
lol @ Andray Blatche shooting 37%. Dream on, but agreed on Lopez and his health will be huge if the Nets want to contend.
This year marks the return of Lopez. I am fully aware that I will get ripped if he doesn't, but I think his rebounds will "rebound" up to around the 8-8.5 per game mark he hauled in prior to the 10-11 season. He won't be relied on so much for everything and he'll have more energy to do other things.
Six rebounds per game yet again would be inexcusable even if Humphries and Evans will get around 15-20 rebounds by themselves.
From what I'm hearing Teletovic is a monster scorer in Europe. He was the leading scorer in his league and having him down for 2 points per game is actually kind of insulting. I don't know if he will start. It probably depends on where the Nets are able to get their rebounding. But he should play significant minutes and be a primary scoring option when he is with the second unit.
Also if Deron Williams is shooting enough to average 20 points per game, then this team is in big trouble. There is too much offense on it for Deron to take that many of his own shots. I want to see 10 assists and a huge increase of his shooting percentages.
Anyway, as you can see from my avatar, I'm all in on this team and very excited for the season to begin.
Kind of dumb asking this, but is Teletovic more of a stretch four or a low post scorer? Either way they could use the frontline scoring.
I also see Williams more likely getting over 10 assists than 20 points per game especially with Joe Johnson at the 2, Lopez healthy (hopefully), and more consistency out of Brooks (again, hopefully).
Nets look sick on paper but 48 wins is about right. Maybe up to 52 for the sake of them being in the East but they'll need to gel. Super excited for the Nets-Knicks rivalry to take a huge leap!
He's complete 4,he's shooting alot of 3s beacuse he's money from downtown but he also loves playing close to basket cause he has great strenght,speed and variety of post moves,very athletic also...This guy obviously didnt see him play,imo he's better then any 4 that Nets curently have on their roster
The Eastern Division is so hard to call with 4 legit play off teams in there, new faces will have to gel in places like Brooklyn and Philly in particular whilst Knicks and Celtics look good bets to retain play off positions. A lot could depend how often all these teams meet as they could cancel each others results out a lot.
But I would agree that Brooklyn should be in 45 to 50 win range and the new arena will give the team a big lift and inscrease support. It will be interesting to see how patient the new owner will be as given the money he has spent he could well look for instant success.
Deron should not be the teams leading scorer. I think he goes down to around 16-18 because he is inefficient when scoring alot
Teletovic didn't come to the NBA for the money, so it would be beyond shocking if he isn't getting 20-28 minutes to start the year. He is a Kleiza/Ilyasova type. I don't think he has that chippy-ish toughness that Ilyasova plays with (nasty screener), though maybe it reveals itself this year. I do think, however, that there is a good deal of value in having him play alongside Gerald Wallace at the forward spot. I don't think there will be enough space with Wallace and Humphries playing together. Humphries really is just an overpaid one-trick pony (rebounder), and Wallace can run down a defensive rebound too.