The Importance of Keeping Things in Perspective

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The Importance of Keeping Things in Perspective It’s January 15th, 2017, the Brooklyn Nets are 8-31, and Jeremy Lin has played in just 12 games this season. The Nets are behind the Philadelphia 76ers in the Eastern Conferences but they don’t have the distinction of rolling through the next decade with Ben Simmons and Joel […]

Just What Could The Nets Get For Brook Lopez? Part II

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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.

Just What Could The Nets Get For Brook Lopez? Part II [If you missed our first entry in this series — and the trades with the Denver Nuggets, Portland Trail Blazers, and Phoenix Suns — you can check that out over here.] … Considering his current contract — at $20 million a year — runs […]

Just What Could The Nets Get For Brook Lopez? Part I

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Just What Could The Nets Get For Brook Lopez? Sure, he just got his soul stolen by Larry Nance Jr, but Brook Lopez seems like a good guy. His voice is low, his hair is big, and he’s a massive nerd, literally and figuratively. He looks like a jocular kinda dude on the court; even […]

The ABCs of Thanksgiving

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The ABCs of Thanksgiving  In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we thought it might be worthwhile to look at the ABCs of the Brooklyn Nets just under one month into the season. Sure, it’s been rough, at times, and unfortunate, of course, that Jeremy Lin has missed so much time already — but with a renewed […]

Straining Issues: The Problem With Jeremy Lin’s Hamstring

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Straining Issues: The Problem With Jeremy Lin’s Hamstring First and foremost, the Brooklyn Nets dearly miss Jeremy Lin, that much is clear. The summer starlet will miss his eighth-straight game this afternoon, officially spilling over the initial two-week prognosis he was given after straining his hamstring on November 2nd against the Detroit Pistons. Understandably, supporters have […]

Nets look to avoid freefall against Crabbe, Plumlee, and the Trail Blazers

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Nets look to avoid freefalling against Crabbe, Plumlee, and the Trail Blazers Opponent: Portland Trail Blazers Time: 3:30 PM Location: Barclays Center Watch: YES Network Listen: WFAN The Brooklyn Nets finally return home after a five-game road trip where they only won one against the Phoenix Suns. Awaiting them at home will be the Portland […]

Woj: Nets (actually) sign Allen Crabbe to offer sheet worth 4 years, 70 million

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Take two! Action! The Brooklyn Nets have signed restricted free agent Allen Crabbe to an offer sheet worth 4 years and 70 million, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical. Sources: Portland RFA Allen Crabbe has signed a four-year, $75M offer sheet with the Brooklyn Nets. Bonuses could reach $83M. — Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) July 8, 2016 […]

Begley: Nets interested in pursuing Allen Crabbe in free agency

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The Brooklyn Nets will be interested in the services of Allen Crabbe when free agency opens on July 6th, reports Ian Begley of ESPN New York. The 76ers, Nets and Kings are among the teams interested in Portland restricted free agent Allen Crabbe, sources say. — Ian Begley (@IanBegley) June 29, 2016 Of course, Crabbe is an […]

Brooklyn Nets 2016 Offseason Primer

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The Nets are in possibly the most difficult spot of any NBA team. New general manager Sean Marks has to establish a winning culture with a 21-win team and no draft picks. Marks wowed Nets management with his vision for building in Brooklyn, and this offseason represents Marks’s first big test. Here’s our primer on […]

The Nets are inevitable

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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 […]

Nets begin long road trip against the scorching Blazers

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Opponent: Portland Trail Blazers Location: Moda Center (Portland) Time: 10:00 PM EDT Watch: YES Network, Fox Sports GO app It’s that time of year again! The circus has made its way to Brooklyn, and now the Nets will make a 20-day, nine-game road trip around the country. The Nets (15-41) ran into a hot Charlotte […]

How Valuable Is Brook Lopez?

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A discussion.