TBG Trade Deadline Roundtable Extravaganza

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With another trade deadline in the rearview mirror, the Brooklyn Nets have found themselves in purgatory once again. Already having plummeted to the Eastern Conference basement without Jeremy Lin’s guidance, the Nets are the only team yet to reach double-digits in the win column. On Twitter, The Brooklyn Game and their writers have been asked […]

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 […]

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 […]

Nets ride offensive explosion to first win of 2017

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Nets ride offensive explosion to first win of 2017 The Brooklyn Nets snapped an 11-game losing streak in New Orleans on Friday night with a 143-114 victory over the Pelicans. Eight different Nets players scored in double-figures as Brooklyn scored their highest point total in a non-overtime game since 1982. Not only was this the […]

Nets look for revenge in the Big Easy

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Opponent: New Orleans Pelicans Time: 8:00PM EST Location: Smoothie King Center Watch: YES Network/FOX Sports Go Listen: WFAN 101.9 660 AM The Brooklyn Nets will look to end their 11-game losing streak as they travel to New Orleans for a Friday night showdown against the Pelicans. Of course, the year of 2017 has not been […]

Nets-Raptors: Can it get any worse?

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Nets-Raptors: Can it get any worse? The Brooklyn Nets lost their eighth-straight game Thursday night to the New Orleans Pelicans, 104-95, despite playing without Anthony Davis. The Pelicans finished the game on a 13-1 run and outscored the Nets, 31-16, in the fourth quarter as the Nets scored just one point in the final 3:35. Things […]

The Reclamation of Anthony Bennett

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The Reclamation of Anthony Bennett As far as the eye can see, Anthony Bennett was the perfect risk for the Brooklyn Nets to take on this summer — the former no. 1 overall selection in the 2013 NBA Draft had bounced around from team to team and nearly found himself out of the league completely […]

TBG Player Preview 2016-2017: Brook Lopez

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Brook Lopez, center 2015-2016: 33.7 MPG, 20.6 PPG, .511 FG%, 7.8 RPG, 2.0 APG, 0.8 SPG, 1.7 BPG, 2.4 TOV, 73 G Who is Brook Lopez? If you’re a reader of The Brooklyn Game, this player is one that doesn’t need introducing. Or, in an even broader stroke, if you’re a fan of the NBA in general, you’re […]

Mazzeo: Atkinson was key component in Nets landing Lin

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Jeremy Lin says that the hiring of head coach Kenny Atkinson was instrumental behind his decision to sign with the Brooklyn Nets, reports Mike Mazzeo of ESPN.  Lin, the Nets’ prize addition of the summer, notes that he had entertained the idea of playing alongside NBA-behemoth Anthony Davis, but they ultimately weren’t offering as much money as the […]

The Nets are inevitable

Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) is defended by Portland Trail Blazers center Mason Plumlee (24) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)

The Brooklyn Nets are inevitable. Ever since they let Paul Pierce go, bought out Deron Williams, watched Joe Johnson slowly slide into ineffectual isolations, and dug in the bargain bin hoping to shake gold out of Andrea Bargnani’s pantalonis, the Nets have been in an inevitable decline, from 49 wins to 44 to 38 to […]

How Valuable Is Brook Lopez?

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A discussion.