Andrea Bargnani to the Nets: Breaking Down The Signing

Andrea Bargnani (AP)

The Brooklyn Game goes around the horn on the Brooklyn Nets agreeing to terms with Andrea Bargnani, who will sign a two-year deal for the veteran’s minimum, the second year a player option. Best-case scenario for the Andrea Bargnani signing: Devin Kharpertian: He plays 15 minutes per game, shoots ~36 percent from three-point range, he […]

2015 Nets Draft Roundtable: Grading The Draft

Chris McCullough went to the Nets at 29. (AP)

The Brooklyn Nets’ 2015 NBA Draft entered with a whimper and left with a bang. For most of the first round, the Nets dangled Mason Plumlee to jump into the lottery, likely to draft a point guard. They were unsuccessful. But later, they’d deal Plumlee and the rights to Pat Connaughton to Portland for Steve […]

The Chris Shearn Show: Wrapping Up The Brooklyn Nets Season

via YES Network

What lies in Deron Williams’s future? What could happen with Brook Lopez? Is this a black mark on Billy King? The Brooklyn Game’s Devin Kharpertian got on line with YES Network’s Chris Shearn and Lou DiPietro for a post-mortem on this Nets season, breaking down the last year of Nets basketball, and a broader look […]

Video: Potential Landing Spots For Brook Lopez, Deron Williams, Joe Johnson

Joe Johnson, Deron Williams, Brook Lopez

Another offseason of questions lies ahead for the Brooklyn Nets. Will they re-sign Brook Lopez? Will they trade Deron Williams or Joe Johnson? The Brooklyn Game’s Devin Kharpertian spoke with Bleacher Report’s Stephen Nelson about Brooklyn’s uncertain future on an episode of Team Stream Now. Bleacher Report — Possible Landing Spots for Brook Lopez, Joe […]

Roundtable: Where Do The Nets Go From Here?

Stats: 80 GP, 34.9 MIN, 14.4 PTS, 3.7 AST, 4.8 REB, 0.7 STL, 0.2 BLK, 1.7 TOV, .435 FG%, .359 3P%, .801 FT%, 103.6 ORtg, 106.2 DRtg

Analysis: Steady, never speedy, strong, never bruising, talented, never unstoppable. Joe Johnson is a symbol that stands for everything you know for certain about this Nets team -- which is very little. He was your morning coffee cup, the view outside your window. Unlike the rest of the roster, he was always there, and rarely deviated from his norm.

There was one major change. After two seasons as the team's stalwart with the game on the line, Johnson hit no game-winning shots this season, taking a back-seat to Jarrett Jack and acting more as a decoy than a dominator. Fittingly, his best play in crunch time this season was a pass to Jack. He only "took over" one game -- the second of the season in Detroit, scoring 15 points in the fourth quarter to propel the Nets to victory. He did not score more than 27 points in any other game this season.

But beyond that, Johnson was largely the same player he's always been. He hit open three-pointers. He created shots for himself and others out of isolations and post-ups. He was an underrated passer -- my favorite game of his might have been March 28 against the Cavaliers, when he dished out nine assists to eight different teammates. He defended enough to get by and focus on the offensive side of the ball. 

But Johnson's best was only so good. In a tragic twist, he was ultimately done in by his former Atlanta Hawks, who built their Eastern Conference juggernaut out of the flexibility they got following his departure.

Johnson dealt with numerous bumps and bruises throughout the season, which contributed to a mid-March slump. But he still found a way to run well over 200 miles in the regular season and the playoffs, far more than any other Nets player.

Johnson may have played his final game in a Nets uniform. He knows the end in Brooklyn is nigh: no one is safe from this offseason's potential purge, and Johnson's giant expiring contract and diverse offensive game will have some teams calling. If another team picks him up, at least they know what they're getting.

Since moving to Brooklyn, the Nets’ win total has dwindled each year. add in Deron Williams’ stumbles, the drama surrounding Mikhail Prokhorov and Brook Lopez’s potential free agency and you’ve got a super important summer for the franchise. The Brooklyn Game tackled the hard-hitting questions that will define the Nets this summer and for many years […]