The Brooklyn Nets are flat out garbage. Ok maybe not garbage, but their play more often than not flat out stinks. I know the Nets’ are sittin’ pretty right about now in the number 4 spot in the East, but that’s primarily because the Eastern conference as whole is nothing to really get excited about. Surprisingly, they have a better road record (16-15) than the Indiana Pacers who sit at number 2 in the East, but are average against the division at 6-6. That tells me the Nets’ have somewhat feasted on the “bottom feeders” of the league.
It’s the style of play from some of their household name players that bother me most. Too often do they play as individuals and not as a team. This is a recipe for a first round exit I guarantee; with their roster it makes no sense to me.
Joe Johnson disturbs me the most. In part because he played under legendary Arkansas Razorback coach Nolan Ricardson (my favorite college team) who’s “40-minutes of hell” philosophy- I thought- should have given Joe the foundation for being a complete player; which clearly he is not. Secondly, a player with his pedigree and ability who can play both small forward and shooting guard should not be on his fourth different team (Celtics,Suns,Hawks) in 11+ years. Did I mention he is a 6x All-Star? How do you not stick? I expect more from him than 16.6 per. Oh no, here comes king of the iso!!
Brook Lopez is a true center and the team’s leading scorer at 18.8 per, but is slow and cloddy to say the least. At times, it takes him a few days to get a shot up at the rim. He needs to be stronger if not quicker around the basket. Guys like Bosh,Tyson Chandler, and Noah will eat him alive on the inside.
Deron Williams is a diva. Being the so called quaterback on the team, his play is to inconsistent for the Nets’ to have any real shot this year-or any year- at a title. If his jumpshot is not fallin’ he gets lost in the sauce. In my opinion he’s one of the most overrated players at any position in the NBA.
Gerald Wallace is one of my all time favorite players because of his hustle and tenacity. It’s unfortunate that he’s on the downside of his career. He’s going to have to do more than 8.4 if the Nets’ have any chance of getting out of the first round. What’s worse, he’s the only player who’ll give a sincere effort on the defensive end of the floor.
Andray Blatche is an interesting piece the Nets’ have. Although he’s not really lighting it up on the scoreboard (10.1/per), he does bring an energy on both ends of the floor that are mandatory for playoff basketball. Will he maintain that energy if he starts to see his counterparts playing disinterested? We’ll have to wait and see.
Kris “Kardashian” Humphries scored more with Kim than he has this season, averaging a paltry 5.5 per. What, if anything does he do well? You tell me and we’ll both know.
Reggie Evans is leading the team in rebounding (621) on the season, but to me is better at using his 6 fouls a game. He is so putrid on the offensive side of the floor, the Nets’ can’t even use him like the Clippers’ use DeAndre Jordan.
Because they have virtually no bench production to speak of, I don’t see the Nets’ winning more than 2 games in the upcoming playoffs no matter who they face in the first round. I also won’t be shocked if someone else “Sprewells” Carlesimo before the season ends.