Answering the big Nets questions following the NBA Draft

Nets fans celebrate after the team selected Chris McCullough with the 29th pick. (AP)

Trying to answer six of the biggest questions for the Nets following the 2015 NBA Draft.

Roundtable: Where Do The Nets Go From Here?

JOE JOHNSON
Stats: 80 GP, 34.9 MIN, 14.4 PTS, 3.7 AST, 4.8 REB, 0.7 STL, 0.2 BLK, 1.7 TOV, .435 FG%, .359 3P%, .801 FT%, 103.6 ORtg, 106.2 DRtg


Analysis: Steady, never speedy, strong, never bruising, talented, never unstoppable. Joe Johnson is a symbol that stands for everything you know for certain about this Nets team -- which is very little. He was your morning coffee cup, the view outside your window. Unlike the rest of the roster, he was always there, and rarely deviated from his norm.


There was one major change. After two seasons as the team's stalwart with the game on the line, Johnson hit no game-winning shots this season, taking a back-seat to Jarrett Jack and acting more as a decoy than a dominator. Fittingly, his best play in crunch time this season was a pass to Jack. He only "took over" one game -- the second of the season in Detroit, scoring 15 points in the fourth quarter to propel the Nets to victory. He did not score more than 27 points in any other game this season.


But beyond that, Johnson was largely the same player he's always been. He hit open three-pointers. He created shots for himself and others out of isolations and post-ups. He was an underrated passer -- my favorite game of his might have been March 28 against the Cavaliers, when he dished out nine assists to eight different teammates. He defended enough to get by and focus on the offensive side of the ball. 


But Johnson's best was only so good. In a tragic twist, he was ultimately done in by his former Atlanta Hawks, who built their Eastern Conference juggernaut out of the flexibility they got following his departure.


Johnson dealt with numerous bumps and bruises throughout the season, which contributed to a mid-March slump. But he still found a way to run well over 200 miles in the regular season and the playoffs, far more than any other Nets player.


Johnson may have played his final game in a Nets uniform. He knows the end in Brooklyn is nigh: no one is safe from this offseason's potential purge, and Johnson's giant expiring contract and diverse offensive game will have some teams calling. If another team picks him up, at least they know what they're getting.

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