Marks Madness: Understanding The Nets’ Draft Pick Position

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Marks Madness: Understanding The Nets’ Draft Pick Position March Madness is here! The NCAA’s most profitable (for some) venture has already seen first round action. Brackets have been busted and stocks have and will rise. (Except for Lonzo Ball.) Back in the NBA, teams are gearing for playoff runs and the inevitable the-Warriors-are-in-trouble takes are […]

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 Conference 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 […]

Nets-Sixers — what else is there to say?

Bojan Bogdanovic Per-Game Statistics: 79 G, 39 GS, 26.8 MIN, 11.2 PTS, 3.2 REB, 1.3 AST, 0.4 STL, 0.1 BLK, 1.5 TOV, .433 FG%, .382 3PT%, .833 FT%, .519 eFG%, .550 TS%, 10.7 PER After a strong second half to close the 2014-15 season, many fans felt optimistic that Bogdanovic would take the next step forward in his NBA career. Whatever the reason was (sophomore slump, Lionel Hollins’s system, waning confidence), the second year Bosnian was very disappointing during the first half of the season. Certainly his performance improved post All-Star break, but there were still inconsistencies in his offensive game and limitations on the defensive side of the court that make you wonder if can truly be a cornerstone piece of a competitive team. For every 20-point output (or the 44-point explosion against Philadelphia) there seems to be a 2-12 dud just waiting to happen. At 26 years old, maybe this is just who he is as a player -- an inconsistent, streaky shooter. -Jonathan Griggs

Opponent: Philadelphia 76ers Time: 6:00pm EST Location: Wells Fargo Center Watch:YES Network Listen: WFAN 101.9 FM 660AM  The Brooklyn Nets look to get their eighth win of the season, taking on a Philadelphia 76ers team that is one of two teams that has fewer wins than the Nets. (Yes, that other team happens to be […]

Nets, Magic face off in matchup between Eastern Conference cellar dwellers

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Nets, Magic face off in matchup between Eastern Conference cellar dwellers The Brooklyn Nets picked up a big 107-97 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday to improve their record to 7-17 for the year. Since the Nets have won just 3 of their last 15 contests, it is imperative that Brooklyn continues to build momentum […]

Nets wrap up road trip against Russell Westbrook and the Thunder

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Nets wrap up road trip against Russell Westbrook and the Thunder The Brooklyn Nets will look to improve their record to 5-8 as they conclude a tough four-game Western Conference road trip against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Brooklyn fell in consecutive losses to the Los Angeles Clippers and Lakers earlier in the week, but things […]

Thanks, Joe (HIGHLIGHTS)

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The Nets waived seven-time All-Star Joe Johnson Thursday, after nearly four seasons as the most consistent player in Brooklyn. Johnson leaves the team as their franchise leader (in the Brooklyn era) in points scored, games played, games started, and minutes played, both in the regular season and in the playoffs. Since the team acquired him […]

Lionel Hollins, Billy King head to Africa for first NBA game on continent

Lionel Hollins will coach Team World vs. Team Africa. (AP)

With the Nets offseason all but wrapped up, two core members of the organization will head to Africa this week for the first-ever NBA-sanctioned game on the continent. Nets coach Lionel Hollins will coach “Team World,” with Celtics coach Brad Stevens as his assistant, while Nets general manager Billy King will be a co-general manager […]

The danger for the Nets in 2016 free agency

Durant & LeBron are 2016's big names. (AP)

Barring the type of Grand & Unexpected Wild Offseason Move the team trademarked between 2011 and 2014, this year’s Brooklyn Nets roster is close to set. Thirteen players are on guaranteed contracts, with at least four more vying for the final two spots out of Nets training camp. The Nets don’t look primed to make […]

Fantasy Basketball: Week 22 Steals

Fantasy Basketball is all about outsmarting your opponents, and much of that is done through grabbing the unfound star in free agency. Here’s our best way to do that in Week 22. Note: All OWN%’s come from ESPN Fantasy Leagues. Point Guard: PHI- Ish Smith (8.8%) Now heading Philly’s tank, the waiver wire addition has […]