Happy Birthday, Kenyon Martin!

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Happy Birthday to Kenyon Martin, 39, who stands as one of the most exciting players in New Jersey Nets franchise history. Martin was the no. 1 overall pick by the Nets out of the University of Cincinnati in the 2000 NBA Draft and is the reason why many Nets fans are fans today — including […]

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 […]

Holiday Gift Guide for the Biggest Nets Fans You Know

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Holiday Gift Guide for the Biggest Nets Fans You Know Hey, you — yes, you — it’s me. It’s December 11th, which means there officially just two weeks before Christmas. Mhm, it snuck up on all of us this year, undoubtedly, but that’s not why we’re here — no, we’re here to save your holiday […]

Nets look for first back-to-back wins of the season in San Antonio

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Nets seek revenge in Milwaukee following blowout loss at home

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Opponent: Milwaukee Bucks Time: 5:00 p.m. Location: BMO Harris Bradley Center Watch: YES Network Listen: WCBS 880 AM Following Thursday’s blowout loss at the Barclays Center, the Nets travel to Milwaukee to play the Bucks for the second match up of a home and home. Brooklyn has lost both games against the Bucks this season, […]

Nets look to get revenge against the Bucks and their buzzer-beating tip-in

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Nets look to get revenge against the Bucks and their buzzer-beating tip-in Opponent: Milwaukee Bucks Time: 7:30pm Location: Barclays Center Watch: YES Network Listen: WCBS 880 AM How long does the miraculous last? That will be the question tonight at Barclays Center as both the hometown Brooklyn Nets and visiting Milwaukee Bucks are coming off […]

Nets look to go streaking on second night of back-to-back against the Bucks

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Nets look to go streaking on second night of back-to-back against the Bucks Opponent: Milwaukee Bucks Location: BMO Harris Bradley Center Time: 8:00 EST Watch: Yes Network/Fox Sports go Listen: 660 AM WFAN 101.9 FM Spirits are high for the Brooklyn Nets following their first official win under head coach Kenny Atkinson, as well as their […]

2016-2017 Brooklyn Nets Season Preview: Up From Below

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The Brooklyn Nets 2016-2017 Preview: Up From Below “Cause I’ve already suffered, I want you to know God I’m riding on hell’s hot flames, coming up from below.” — Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeroes Last year, the Brooklyn Nets, by any liberal definition of the word, were an absolute trainwreck. Surely, expectations had plummeted after […]

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 […]

TBG Player Previews 2016-2017: Jorge Gutiérrez

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Jorge Gutiérrez, point guard 2015-2016: 5.3 MPG, 1.8 PPG, 1.4 APG, 0.6 RPG, 0.3 SPG, 0 BPG, .545 FG%, 0 3PT%, .909 FT%, .694 TS%, .545 eFG %, 12 G, 0 GS Who is Jorge Gutiérrez? With less than a month until the start of the NBA regular season, the Brooklyn Nets are looking to solidify their […]

Woj: Nets sign Jorge Gutierrez to training camp deal

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The Brooklyn Nets have signed Jorge Gutierrez to a training camp deal, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical. Free agent guard Jorge Gutierrez has agreed to a training camp deal with the Brooklyn Nets, league sources tell @TheVertical. — Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) September 21, 2016 This news comes less than a day after beat writers […]

NetsDaily: Brooklyn works out P.J. Hairston, Jorge Gutierrez, and Kendall Marshall ahead of training camp

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NetsDaily: Brooklyn works out P.J. Hairston, Jorge Gutierrez, and Kendall Marshall ahead of training camp The always eagle-eyed NetsDaily noticed that the Brooklyn Nets had at least three players in yesterday to workout during the first Sean Marks and Kenny Atkinson presser of the season. The trio, consisting of P.J. Hairston, Jorge Gutierrez, and Kendall […]