Sustainably Sourced: Adding the Ingredients for an Efficient Nets Offense, Part II

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Sustainably Sourced: Adding the Ingredients for an Efficient Nets Offense, Part II Rebuilding an NBA franchise is a painful process that every NBA team — aside from the San Antonio Spurs — must undergo. Without their own draft picks, the Brooklyn Nets must look everywhere to find players that fit Sean Marks’ envisioned program and the […]

Nets look to snap their longest losing streak in the Brooklyn era against the gritty Grizzlies

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Time: 7:30 PM EST Location: Barclays Center Watch: YES Network, Fox Sports Go Listen: WFAN 660 AM/101.9 FM The Brooklyn Nets find themselves in the midst of yet another exhausting losing streak after a heartbreaking 108-99 loss versus the Miami Heat on Friday night. The loss marked 12 in a row for the Nets, which is […]

Scotto: Nets, Pelicans talk Lopez for Evans, Galloway, Frazier, and a pick

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by Justis Doucet


Resolution: Keep firing three-pointers, but use your length on the defensive boards to limit second-chance points


The NBA has turned into a shooter's league and that’s no exception for traditional NBA big men. This year, Brook Lopez has extended his range outside the arc, connecting on 37% of his three-pointers this season -- but it's a completely new unearthed skill for the center. Looking back on his career numbers, this adaptation to his game has come out of the blue entirely. Prior to this season, Lopez had shot 31 deep bombs as a career-total; but through 28 games this season alone, he’s hit 57 of 153. 


So, yeah, that's a game-changer for the once-nearly-extinct big man.


To this point, Lopez has often been the difference between a five point loss and a twenty point loss this season for the Nets, which is kind of what we expected. Lopez’s shooting has drastically improved his game too, as he’s able to drag opposing centers out of the paint, which opens it up for either Trevor Booker's insane offensive rebounds or for guards driving to the basket as the opposing shot rim protector must guard Lopez in the corner.


Although Atkinson and Lopez have made the decision for the big man not to really play in back-to-backs, this has obviously hurt the Nets in the win column, but with an eye of long-term health, it's tough to get too upset about that.


Lopez is nearing career-highs in most categories, and his scoring average of 20.5 a game is two-tenths off his career-best. In addition, he has quadrupled his assist numbers over the last two years (0.7 per game to just a hair under 3), a remarkable improvement for a veteran at the center position. With Lopez now scoring from outside, his inside numbers have improved as defenders must cover more space on the floor, seeing as, on top of the 37% three-point percentage, he’s shooting 53% from two-point range -- the third highest mark of his nine-year career.


One thing that Lopez could hope to improve on for the 2017 calendar year is rebounding. You've likely read two trillion (guesstimate) articles about Lopez's poor rebounding numbers and while he's always surrounded by strong players in that category (Reggie Evans, Kris Humphries, Trevor Booker, etc), he could stand to help out a bit more there. Of course, as he finds himself out by the three-point line more and more, those numbers aren't likely to rise -- but, hey, Lopez can't do it all by himself, so he mostly gets a pass there.

The Brooklyn Nets have been discussing a trade that would send Brook Lopez to the New Orleans Pelicans for Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway, Tim Frazier, and a protected 2018, a source has told Michael Scotto of Basketball Insiders. As always, the hold-up appears to be the Nets’ resistance to dealing the franchise’s near-leader in every […]

Vince Carter’s legacy will never die

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Tonight, the Brooklyn Nets will host a team with Vince Carter on it for what may be the last time. It’s a sad time to be an NBA fan for anyone over the age of 25. Our heroes — the ones that are left, that is — are getting old, and it’s hard to know […]

Sustainably Sourced: Adding the Ingredients for an Efficient Nets Offense

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Sustainably Sourced: Adding the Ingredients for an Efficient Nets Offense Constructing an NBA roster requires balance. The general manager needs to understand on-court schemes, but also must account for attitude and effort. Putting big-name talent that fails to gel usually results in disappointment (see Brooklyn Nets, 2013-2014). Assembling a high character team that lacks raw […]

Nets’ pick swap continues to fall, but who could they target? Part II

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Nets’ pick swap continues to fall, but who could they target? Part II Here are some facts for you: the Brooklyn Nets are 9-44 and easily own the NBA’s worst record, Jeremy Lin has played all of 12 games thanks to a difficult hamstring, and numberFire puts their odds of making the playoffs officially at […]

Scorching Wizards visit sunken Nets

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Tonight, the Washington Wizards visit the last-place Brooklyn Nets as the Eastern Conference’s fourth seed that’s running on an 8-2 run over their last ten games. The Nets, in contrast, have dropped ten straight as the team struggles to meet the modest benchmark of even 10 wins this season. Both squads are coming off of […]

Video: Whitehead on opportunity, physicality, and favorite players

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by Ben Nadeau


Resolution: Keep improving, keep doin' you


After the aforementioned injuries to Jeremy Lin and Greivis Vasquez,  Isaiah Whitehead was hurled into the fire against the likes of Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul, and Damian Lillard -- and, hey, for a second round rookie, he's covered ground pretty quickly. 


At the beginning of the season, Whitehead was prone to silly turnovers -- most often by jumping without an endgame in mind -- and struggled to tap into his range. With almost half a season under his belt now, Whitehead has proven to be a capable game manager and, if he starts hitting the three-pointer more consistently, can be a regular contributor to the crippled side. Of course, his assist numbers aren't particularly great, although that's fair given Atkinson's rapid-ball movement offense, but he's saved the Nets from having a historically poor season in all likelihood.


In 2017, Whitehead should look to continue working that #BrooklynGrit moxie, get to the free throw line more, and find that three-point shooting range that made him a collegiate star at Seton Hall.


It's an incredibly early diagnosis on Whitehead, but Atkinson must be pleased with the rookie's play and his quickly matured confidence way ahead of schedule.

<br /> &lt;div&gt;Please enable Javascript to watch this video&lt;/div&gt;<br /> &lt;p&gt; Video: Whitehead on opportunity, physicality, and favorite players Brooklyn Nets’ rookie point guard Isaiah Whitehead spoke about his favorite players growing up, adjusting to NBA-level play, and how he’s taken advantage of his opportunity in an in-depth interview with Michael Scotto of Basketball Insiders. Whitehead, […]

Nets announce partnership with Infor, will add logo to jersey

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Nets announce partnership with Infor, will add logo to jersey The Brooklyn Nets have partnered with Infor, a centralized digital platform that will aim to enhance data visualization and to further unify all of Basketball Operations, the franchise announced today. Of course, this means that starting next season, the Nets will also be adding Infor’s logo […]

Nets look to take the sting out of the Hornets on the road

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Time: 7:00 PM EST Location: Spectrum Center Watch: YES Network, Fox Sports Go Listen: WFAN 660 AM/101.9 FM The Brooklyn Nets are looking to snap a 9-game losing streak, which coincidentally started after snapping an 11-game losing streak in New Orleans. The last time the Nets picked up a win on the road against an Eastern […]

The Struggles Continue: Nets’ 4th Quarter Woes, Part II

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The Struggles Continue: Nets’ 4th Quarter Woes, Part II The Brooklyn Nets face new struggles every game. Just a few days ago, I documented two games where the Nets had victory slip away from them. But now, The Struggles Strike Back (Again.) This past week, in particular, Nets fans have gone through an emotional roller […]

Woj: New Orleans interested in Lopez-centered trade

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Woj: New Orleans interested in Lopez-centered trade The New Orleans Pelicans have inquired into Brook Lopez’s availability, Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reports. New Orleans has been engaged on several fronts to land a center, including pursuit of Brooklyn's Brook Lopez, sources tell @TheVertical. — Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) February 6, 2017 We’ve all been here before and […]