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 […]

Woj: Rockets match offer sheet to Motiejunas

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The Houston Rockets have matched the Brooklyn Nets’ 4-year, 37 million offer sheet to restricted free agent Donatas Motiejunas, Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reports. Houston has matched Brooklyn's offer sheet and retained Donatas Motiejunas, league sources tell @TheVertical. — Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) December 5, 2016 On Friday, the Lithuaninan big man signed a 4 year/$37 million dollar sheet, […]

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

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Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! When the Brooklyn Nets faced the Los Angeles Clippers two weeks ago, the elite franchise was dominating the Western Conference, humiliating opposing sides, and the Nets were still without Jeremy Lin. Now, on the crux of December, not much has changed, unfortunately. Your Nets are current losers of seven-straight games and while the Clippers’ […]

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 […]

Nets look to reach .500 against the NBA’s best team

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Nets look to reach .500 against the NBA’s best team Opponent: Los Angeles Clippers Time: 10:30 PM EST Location: Staples Center Watch: YES Network Listen: WFAN 660AM/101.9FM There are two ways to look at the Brooklyn Nets’ most recent outing, a 122-104 win over the Phoenix Suns. On one hand, it was a bad-to-mediocre team beating […]

TBG Player Previews 2016-2017: Rondae Hollis-Jefferson

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, guard/forward 2015-2016: 21.2 MPG, 5.8 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 1.5 APG, 1.3 SPG, 0.6 BPG, .457 FG%, .286 3P%, .712 FT%, 29 G Who is Rondae Hollis-Jefferson? I wrote and re-wrote this section a few times, as I found myself on opposite ends of the hype spectrum. The first take was far too subdued and […]

Woj: Trail Blazers match 4-year, 75 million offer sheet on Allen Crabbe

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The Portland Trail Blazers have matched the Brooklyn Nets’ 4-year, 75 million offer sheet that restricted free agent Allen Crabbe signed this week, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical. The Portland Trail Blazers have matched Allen Crabbe's four-year, $75M offer sheet with Brooklyn, league source tells @TheVertical. — Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) July 10, 2016 So, […]

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 […]

Woj: Miami loses Dwyane Wade, but Tyler Johnson still signs Nets’ offer sheet

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Tyler Johnson has still signed the Brooklyn Nets’ 4-year, 50 million offer sheet, reports The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski, despite the Miami Heat losing franchise player and legend, Dwyane Wade. Sources on @TheVertical: Miami RFA guard Tyler Johnson has signed offer sheet w/ the Brooklyn Nets: 4-years, $50M. Heat has 3 days to match. — Adrian Wojnarowski […]

Pick: Nets sign Allen Crabbe to 4-year offer sheet, Portland will not match

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Update: Sam Amick of USA Today has said that reports of the offer sheet are premature. So, for now, we wait: The reported Allen Crabbe offer sheet agreement with Brooklyn is being refuted. He has meetings coming on the 5th, I'm told. — Sam Amick (@sam_amick) July 3, 2016 Update 2: Marc Spears from ESPN […]

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 […]