Check out the advanced box score from last night's 113-96 Nets victory over the Mavericks here.

A few takeaways from last night's game:

  • First and foremost: Check out these two shot charts.

    Pretty similar, right? The first is Lopez's shot chart in his game last season in Dallas, when he put up 38 points in a 93-92 victory. The second is Lopez's short chart from last night's game in Dallas. Lopez took care of offensive business in nearly the exact same fashion: hanging around the rim, shooting just one or two jumpers, and dismantling Dallas's interior defense with cuts to the basket and post-ups that Chris Kaman didn't know how to defend. Too bad they won't face off in the playoffs.

  • Similarly encouraging: Lopez's 11 rebounds, 18% rebound rate, and seven big offensive rebounds. The Nets and Mavericks shot nearly identically from the field -- 50.6% from Brooklyn, 50% from Dallas -- but the Nets picked up nine more field goal attempts, many thanks to those second chances created by Lopez.

  • I've said it in this space before, but it bears repeating: Deron Williams being great is starting to get mundane and I love it. He got a bit lucky hitting consecutive midrange jumpers in the fourth quarter, but Branch Rickey once said that luck is the residue of design. So, solid design, Deron Williams. A 31-point game in his hometown, a continued trend upward of shots at or near the rim, and another solid game from beyond the arc? Good start to this road trip.

  • Mark Cuban's struggle face is now my new favorite face:
    Mark Cuban Struggle Face

    I do not have the ability to make GIFs. I'm counting on you, internet.

  • Another exciting thing: the Nets were down 10 after the first quarter and won by 17. That type of comeback never happened in previous years. You could often tell the direction of a Nets game after the first 12 minutes, and if they went down 10 last season after one they'd basically pack it up. Not anymore.

  • Worth noting that the Mavericks attacked Lopez and Blatche inside -- as most teams do -- but shot a below-average mark from within five feet (14/26). Usually I think that Lopez is a good man defender in the post but struggles on help; last night I thought the opposite was true.

  • Andray Blatche scored 14 points, all in the second quarter on perfect 6-6 shooting, because Andray Blatche is an indescribable maniac. He hit a fadeaway over Dirk Nowitzki and the space-time continuum began to rip.

  • Mirza Teletovic and MarShon Brooks were the first two players off the bench (with Keith Bogans), played about a two-minute stretch in the first quarter... and then sat until garbage time. Neither player did anything of consequence in either stretch.

  • The Big 3 of Joe Johnson, Deron Williams, and Brook Lopez was a +13 in seven minutes when they shared the floor with Role Star Hip Hop and three-point/defensive wing specialist Keith Bogans. I'M JUST SAYING.

  • Reggie Evans rebounded 42% of all live rebounds and 66% of all defensive rebounds available when he was on the floor. The league average is 10%. Yawn.

 

BY JOHN HOOD

An interesting way to look at the Brooklyn Nets season so far: the first chart looking at the value Nets players bring on the floor (by win shares per 48 minutes), and the second from their salaries. Click on the circles at the top of the chart to toggle between each chart.

You'll see that six players had salaries so small they couldn't be included individually -- including Andray Blatche, who's provided by far the best value compared to his salary of all Nets players.

Graph after the jump.... MORE →

 

Check out the advanced-stat box score from last night's 95-78 Nets victory/Deron Williams explosion here.

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Check out the advanced box score from last night's 92-83 Lakers upset over the Brooklyn Nets here.

Some brief takeaways:

  • Kobe Bryant had the lowest points produced of any professional basketball player that plays for the Lakers (Chris Duhon doesn't count), and was without question the catalyst for their victory. That's Kobe Bryant in a nutshell. P.J. Carlesimo said that Gerald Wallace's job on Kobe Bryant was "exceptional," and that's true, to some degree -- Kobe struggled to score through most of the night. But, well, you know.

  • Brook Lopez had a monster line that, when you adjust for playing time and possessions, is roughly what his line would look like if he played 40 minutes in every game. On the one hand, it's refreshing that Lopez can maintain a high level of production even when Carlesimo stretches his minutes to his longest regulation game of the season. But on the other, he played what he called "the worst 2 1/2 minutes of his season" in the final 150 seconds.

  • I'm going to contribute as much analysis to the bench mob as they contributed to last night's game.

  • Three difficult numbers to look at: the turnover rates from Deron Williams, Gerald Wallace, and Reggie Evans. Evans did grab over 50% of available defensive rebounds, and overall played a fine game within his role. But he played about 23 minutes, and probably shouldn't play much more than that.

 

Brook LopezI’ll admit I was once a non-believer. A little less than a decade ago after reading Michael Lewis’ Moneyball and watching the 2003 Boston Red Sox –- with noted statistician Bill James as part of their front office team -– collapse in the playoffs against the New York Yankees, I questioned why there was a contingent of people who follow baseball that were so insistent on moving away from the traditional models we used to judge quality. What was wrong with home runs, RBIs and batting average as the be-all, end-all metric? Don’t even get me started on basketball. How was it possible to take a team game like basketball and develop new metrics to determine who’s better than who?

But I’ve since seen the light, and I firmly believe if others did, rather than focusing on antiquated criteria like points or rebounds per game, or silly perceived intangibles like past reputation, Brook Lopez would have been named an All-Star last night. ... MORE →