Joe Johnson, Deron Williams, Brook Lopez

Who fits best next to these guys? The answer may surprise you. (AP)

While you may disagree on the order of importance, any reasonable fan, analyst, or writer would agree that Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, and Brook Lopez are the three most important players to the Brooklyn Nets. Each player serves as an important fulcrum to the lineup, which is why the Nets play sparse minutes without at least one of them on the floor.

Because of that, I decided to take a look deeper into the numbers, to see how the Nets play when the "Big 3" share minutes with the team's role players. Specifically, I wanted to answer this question: how is the starting lineup best handled with the team's best players?

Because of that, I took a look at five Nets players who have the best chance of shaking up (or getting shaken out of) the rotation as the season winds down. Using the team's plus-minus when the Nets "Big 3" shared the floor with those players as a baseline, here's a list of what I think are the best role players to have in the lineup with those three guys.

Before we look at those five players, here's a list of (dis)honorable mentions... MORE →

 

Brooklyn Nets backup center Andray Blatche is one of the more unconventional scorers in the NBA: rather than a straight back-down or spot-up game, Blatche relies on numerous fakes and creative moves to find small slivers that he can shoot into. Watch him grab an offensive rebound and sneak his way to the opposite side of the basket for a one-handed scoop layup.

My Dinner With Andray

Posted on: February 18th, 2013 by Mark Ginocchio Comments

 

Andray Blatche

Andray Blatche (AP)

MY DINNER WITH ANDRAY

Copyright 2013

ANDRAY BLATCHE
MARK GINOCCHIO

in a film presented by
THE BROOKLYN GAME

[Mark Ginocchio is walking along Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn, NY. On the right is the Atlantic Terminal mall and across the street is the Barclays Arena. We hear his voice commenting the action, as a narrator would. This narrating voice will be labeled MARK’S NARRATION to distinguish it from Mark’s actual words within the story]

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Kris Humphries, Joe Johnson, Brook Lopez, Deron Williams, Gerald Wallace

Seems like a lifetime ago. (AP)

Though it hasn't always been good, the first half of the first season in Brooklyn Nets history has been nothing if not interesting. A franchise-record start led by Jerry Stackhouse and Reggie Evans, a Coach of the Month fired less than a month later, a sudden resurgence led by an interim coach nobody expected to last long, an inevitable slide, a first-time All-Star voted in only after being snubbed... It's been a roller-coaster ride worthy of Coney Island.

As we slide into the All-Star Break with the Nets all but assured a playoff spot and still very much in the hunt for first place in the Atlantic Division, it only makes sense that we take our game-by-game feature -- grading the game -- and stretch it across the season. In honor of the first half, what follows are midseason grades for each Brooklyn Nets player, plus interim coach P.J. Carlesimo.

Enjoy. (Or don't. Don't let me tell you what to do.)

  Start: Andray Blatche

Your Josh Smith Trade Ideas

Posted on: February 13th, 2013 by Devin Kharpertian Comments

 

Or; Giving You An Idea Of How Ridiculous The Josh Smith Nets Trade Ideas Are

Josh Smith, reading some of these ideas. (AP)


I'm notoriously bad with ESPN's Trade Machine. Or maybe I'm really good. I honestly don't know because I have a tendency to think that every potential rumored trade is ridiculous, lopsided, or just never going to happen. I second-guess everything constantly because I never believe it's actually going down. That's why when I heard the rumor that the Brooklyn Nets were making a hard push" for Josh Smith, I poo-poo'd it; how in the hell are they going to make that happen? They don't have nearly the assets necessary, I argued. It's just not possible.

But, this is the NBA. Weird trades and stupid signings happen all the time for reasons that remain unclear. I thought that Joe Johnson's contract was untradable. I thought Rashard Lewis was untradable. I thought the Knicks would match up to a billion dollars for Jeremy Lin. I thought the Nets would never end up getting Dwight Howard... Okay, so I was right once. Point being, I always err on the side of trade caution, and so rarely come up with deals I'm comfortable with.

So in lieu of sitting at the Trade Machine for four hours trying to concoct a perfectly balanced three-team trade where everyone can go home ecstatic (I've done this before far more times than I care to admit), I decided to call on you, the amateur Mozarts, to put together your best Josh Smith trade proposals that end with Smith on the Brooklyn Nets. And you guys delivered: about fifty trade proposals in my twitter mentions in 15 minutes. I've highlighted a few that I think deserve comment in the following sections.

Now, I'd like to preface this by saying I personally think all of these are mildly ridiculous -- especially the Wall of Shame, which I saved for last. But given my track record, that's probably a good sign that Atlanta Hawks GM Danny Ferry considers at least one of them mildly plausible. This is where amazing happens, right?

Start Here: The Obvious

 

Andray Blatche, in the midst of a career season, filled out some Valentine's Day cards with the help of BCTV's Alyonka Larionov. She was grateful enough to share Blatche's message to Joe Johnson for us through her Twitter account: ... MORE →

 

Sam Amico of Fox Sports Ohio, in a trade rumors roundup, cited multiple sources stating that the Brooklyn Nets have an interest in trading backup center Andray Blatche, seeking a draft pick in return. According to Amico, Portland is looking to shore up its league-worst bench and could be interested in the deal.

Blatche has undergone a sharp turnaround since his years in Washington, shooting a career-high 49.6% from the field and posting a 22.7 player efficiency rating, tied for 12th-best in the NBA. He had struggled in recent weeks until helping carry the Nets past the shorthanded Chicago Bulls Friday night, and was allegedly involved in a sexual assault case in Philadelphia at the beginning of the month.

A league source at NetsDaily dismissed the rumor.

Read More:

Fox Sports Ohio -- NBA Report: Ferry all the potential trade rage

NetsDaily -- Andray Blatche on the trading block?

 

MarShon Brooks, Taj Gibson, Jimmy Butler

Brooks finds Lopez for a dunk in the 1st. (AP)

With MarShon Brooks (9 points) and Andray Blatche (11) leading the charge in the fourth quarter, with Deron Williams rendered ineffective in the second half, with Joe Johnson battling a flu, with Brook Lopez sitting the entire(!) fourth quarter, the shorthanded Chicago Bulls had no answer for the might-as-well-have-been-shorthanded Brooklyn Nets, and Brooklyn escaped with a 93-89 victory over Chicago at Barclays Center AKA The Black House in Brooklyn. The bench mob returned in full force, particularly in the fourth quarter; the Nets outscored the Bulls 30-22 in the final twelve minutes, 25 of those points coming from the bench.

“I wouldn’t say I went with Blatche over Lopez, that group was going so good," Brooklyn Nets coach P.J. Carlesimo said after the game, later adding that "Andray had it going and he was making good decisions.”

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Andray Blatche puts his own spin on the famous Dream Shake, faking two fine defenders in Luol Deng and Taj Gibson out of their shoes -- twice -- before hitting a key and-one near the rim with four minutes left in the fourth quarter in a close game. Watch:

 

Reggie Evans, Ersan IlyasovaLeBron James: NBA Champion, NBA MVP, NBA Finals MVP, Olympic Gold Medalist, and just another guy, according to Brooklyn Nets starting power forward Reggie Evans. From the New York Daily News:... MORE →