Lowe, Windhorst reveal a guard-focused free agency plan for Nets

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Lowe, Windhorst reveal a guard-focused free agency plan for Nets The Brooklyn Nets will likely target guards in this summer’s free agency class — like George Hill and Kyle Lowry — noted Zach Lowe and Brian Windhorst of ESPN on “The Lowe Post.” While most of the Nets’ anxiety right now is about the status […]

Sean Marks: The First 367 Days

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Sean Marks: The First 367 Days Almost one year ago today — February 18th, 2016 — Sean Marks was hired as the Brooklyn Nets’ next general manager. With the Nets, Marks inherited a franchise with possibly the bleakest future in the entire NBA, suffering a draining of assets rarely seen in professional sports. With no […]

Woj: Bojan Bogdanovic could fetch first from Wizards

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The Washington Wizards are in the market for a wing player this trade deadline and one potential target is Bojan Bogdanovic, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical. In a pre-deadline discussion with Chris Mannix, Wojnarowski mentions the Croation as a sturdy scorer off the bench that could bolster the Wizards’ weak second unit — and, even […]

Nets look to limp into All-Star Break with some remaining dignity

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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 As the All-Star Break looms, the Brooklyn Nets will look to snap their 13-game losing streak against the hot-and-cold Milwaukee Bucks, who currently sit at 24-30, just outside of the playoffs. Still searching for their first home win […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

Before the Super Bowl, catch the Nets in a divisional matinee against the Raptors

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Opponent: Toronto Raptors Time : 12:00 PM EST Location: Barclays Center TV: YES Network Radio: WFAN It’s funny how so close can seem so far… The Brooklyn Nets have led in the fourth quarters of both of its previous games to the New York Knicks and Indiana Pacers, but, of course, both ended with the […]