Grading each team’s offseason: Brooklyn Nets

Posted: 08/04/2012 by levcohen in Basketball

Key additions: Deron Williams (re-sign), Joe Johnson (trade), Brook Lopez (re-sign), Gerald Wallace (re-sign), Kris Humphries (re-sign), Mirza Teletovic (FA), C.J. Watson (FA), Reggie Evans (FA), Keith Bogans (FA), Tyshawn Taylor (draft), Jerry Stackhouse (FA)

Key losses: Anthony Morrow (trade), Jordan Farmar (trade), Gerald Green (trade), Johan Petro (trade), Jordan Williams (trade), DeShawn Stevenson (trade)

Grade: B

The Brooklyn Nets were perhaps the most active team this offseason. First, they resigned Gerald Wallace, to a 4 year, 40 million dollar deal. Wallace is a solid if unspectacular player. However, the Nets denied themselves a chance at Harrison Barnes when they traded their unprotected first round pick in the middle of last season for Wallace. Barnes would have been cheaper and better, so that is a bad trade. I think that if they had kept the pick they would have the cash to trade for Dwight Howard now. More on that later.

Anyway, after signing Wallace they needed to find a way to resign their franchise player, Deron Williams. To do that, they had to strength their roster so they traded a bunch of expiring contracts for a mega contract in Joe Johnson. The addition of Johnson convinced Williams to resign to a 5 year deal worth close to 100 million dollars. So they then had a roster consisting of Williams, Johnson, Wallace and nothing else.

Next, they needed to find a big man. They could resign Kris Humphries and Brook Lopez, but instead decided to hunt for Dwight Howard, the best big man in the game. After weeks of discussing possible trades, the Nets got tired of the D12 saga, so they decided to make one last offer: Humphries+Lopez (both in sign and trades)+4 first round picks+3 mill in cash FOR Howard+Jason Richardson+Chris Duhon+Earl Clark. So basically, 2 solid big men and a ton of first round talent for Howard and 3 bad contracts. The Magic refused to take it, saying the Nets needed to take on ANOTHER bad contract in Hedo Turkoglu or Quentin Richardson. The Nets didn’t have the money to do so and shut down the conversation. I think that if they had not traded for Wallace (and resigned him), they would have drafted Barnes. They then would have had enough money to acquire Howard.

But it wasn’t to be, so the Nets decided to resign their two bigs in Lopez and Humphries. Both deals could be considered overpays. Four years and 60 million to a high scoring 7 footer who can’t rebound (Lopez) and two years and 24 million to an undersized power forward who racks up the rebounds (Humphries). They finished off the offseason by signing bench pieces including backup point guard CJ Watson (filled in well for the Bulls when Rose was injured) and big man Reggie Evans (an awful scorer and dreadful at blocking shots but a good rebounder).

If you look at each sign or trade individually, the offseason would be seen as a failure. They traded valuable expiring contracts for an overpaid player in Johnson. They overpaid three players in Wallace, Humphries and Lopez. They have almost no depth, because they lost their two solid bench players in Gerald Green and Anthony Morrow. But if you look at it all put together, it turns out to be a pretty good offseason. They resigned their star, and added a great second piece. Their lineup now matches up with almost any other. They also signed an intriguing international player in 26 year old Mirza Teletovic. So their depth problem won’t be that bad, with MarShon Brooks, Watson, Evans, and Teletovic. It’s hard to deny that they will be a playoff team, which they weren’t last year. So I have to say that, overall, this offseason has been a success.

Last year’s starting lineup:
PG: Deron Williams
SG: MarShon Brooks
SF: Gerald Wallace
PF: Kris Humphries
C: Brook Lopez

This year’s projected starting lineup:
PG: Williams
SG: Joe Johnson
SF: Wallace
PF: Humphries
C: Lopez

Projected 12 man roster:
PG: Williams, Watson, Taylor
SG: Johnson, Brooks, Bogans
SF: Wallace, Shengelia
PF: Humphries, Evans, Teletovic
C: Lopez

Projected minute breakdown:
PG: Williams (36), Watson (7), Taylor (5)
SG: Johnson (20), Brooks (20), Bogans (4), Watson (4)
SF: Wallace (31), Johnson (13), Shengelia (4)
PF: Humphries (24), Teletovic (15), Evans (9)
C: Lopez (36), Humphries (9), Evans (2), Teletovic (1)

Projected minutes for each player- note, rarely ever do 12 players get into each game. So if 10 players play, the playing time numbers for the bench will be a lot higher. Guys like Shengelia, Bogans and Taylor will have a lot of games where they don’t play, leading to more playing time for Watson, Evans, Teletovic and Brooks. So these numbers won’t be incredibly accurate (as it is assuming that each player gets in every game):
Williams: 36
Lopez: 36
Humphies: 33
Johnson: 33
Wallace: 31
Brooks: 20
Teletovic: 16
Evans: 11
Watson: 11
Taylor: 5
Bogans: 4
Shengelia: 4

Last year’s stats:
Williams: 21 points, 9 assists, 3.5 rebounds, 1.2 steals per game
Lopez (2010-11 stats. played 5 games last yr due to injury): 20.5 points, 6 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.5 blocks per game
Humphries: 14 points, 11 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.2 blocks per game
Johnson: 19 points, 4 assists, 4 rebounds per game
Wallace: 14 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 1.5 steals per game
Brooks: 12.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1 steal per game- 56 games (injured rest of season)
Evans: 2 points, 5 rebounds per game- 56 games (DNP-CD in some games)
Teletovic: OVERSEAS.
Watson: 10 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal per game
Bogans: 4 points, 2 rebounds per game- 5 games (DNP- coaches decision in a lot of games)
Shengelia: OVERSEAS

Each player’s strength:
Williams: Everything.. no joke.. well, he’s only decent at defense, although even that is quickly becoming a strength
Lopez: Scoring, shooting, FT, blocks
Humphries: Rebounds, scrappy, blocks
Johnson: Scoring, 3 point shooting, FT, passing, stealing
Wallace: Defense, rebounds, FT
Brooks: explosiveness, scoring off the bench
Evans: depth, rebounding
Teletovic: scoring, good 3 point shooting for a big man, depth
Watson: floor general, 3 point shooting, passing
Taylor: shooting, penetration, defense, athletic
Bogans: depth
Shengelia: athletic, rebounding

Each player’s weakness:
Williams: none
Lopez: Rebounding, defense
Humphries: shooting, passing
Johnson: defense, streaky
Wallace: 3 point shooting, shooting
Brooks: 3 point shooting, shooting, rebounding
Evans: everything other than rebounding
Teletovic: rebounding, defense
Watson: rebounding, penetration, streaky
Taylor: turnovers, streaky, no mid range game
Bogans: everything
Shengelia: shooting, scoring, footwork

  1. philabundant says:

    An awful lot of moving parts, but plenty of room for improvement relative to last year.

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