In honor of Brooklyn's inaugural season, we're rolling out analysis, highlights, and more on each Brooklyn Nets player, one per day. Welcome to Tyshawn Taylor Day, AKA #TyTy.
Anyone not named Deron Williams who plays point guard for the Brooklyn Nets over the next four seasons is in a lucky and unlucky position all at once.... MORE →
Some pointed to the lack of production and inability to space the floor from forwards Gerald Wallace and Reggie Evans. At SBNation, Mike Prada delves into these spacing issues with a thorough piece on how much the Bulls have been sagging off of Evans and Wallace in order to double, sometimes triple team the likes of Joe Johnson, Deron Williams and Brook Lopez. In conclusion, Prada says:
But something has to change if the Nets are to come back in this series. Carlesimo may be reluctant to give up size on the defensive end, but his offense is in such bad shape that the tradeoff is necessary. If I were Carlesimo, I wouldn't play Evans and Wallace together for another minute this series.
PJ doesn't necessarily need to change his starting lineup, but he also doesn't need to play Wallace & Evans together for the entire quarter.
— John Schuhmann (@johnschuhmann) April 26, 2013
This has not been a good half for PJ Carlesimo.
— Stefan Bondy (@NYDNInterNets) April 26, 2013
Evans & Wallace have played 25 minutes together. Unbelievable.
— John Schuhmann (@johnschuhmann) April 26, 2013
P.J. is saving Brooks for his successor....
— Peter Vecsey (@PeterVecsey1) April 26, 2013
Everything that scared me about the Bulls is coming true…led by them having a big coaching edge
— Evan Roberts (@JoeandEvan) April 26, 2013
You get the point. Schumann also offered a stat that will assuredly leave most Nets fans shaking their heads: in the last two games, Brooklyn is a -26 in 42 minutes with both Wallace and Evans on the court together and a +15 in the other 54 minutes with them off.
So how does P.J. Carlesimo respond? He had this to say:
“Thoughts about it (changing the starting lineup)? Yeah.... But we’re not going to change the starting lineup. If we’re struggling offensively then we need to address that. If changing the lineup or changing who we put on the floor helps us to score points then we’re going to have to do that.... It’s a tough balance because some of the problems we have is not because those guys (Gerald Wallace and Reggie Evans) are not scoring. If we do some of the things that we normally do – if we make some threes, if we finish in the paint, then we’re okay and we can take advantage of other guys skill sets.
Not long after, Gerald Wallace sounded off about his role (or lack thereof) on this Nets team:
“I don’t know. I couldn’t tell you my role now,” Wallace said Friday at the team’s hotel in Chicago. “I don’t have a clue what my role is on this team.”
How did Carlesimo respond to that?
“I think we’re going through a tough time right now and that’s what playoffs are all about,” Carlesimo said. “We’re all frustrated. And we have to -– I have to -– do a better job of constantly defining roles and redefining roles so we perform the way we’re capable of performing.”
Wallace isn't alone in expressing disappointment with his role. Rookie point guard Tyshawn Taylor says he's been upset that he hasn't gotten a chance to perform this season on a consistent basis and that there's a chance he may need to go to a different team in order to play. We would tell you to check out the full interview somewhere, but unfortunately it appears as though the video has been taken down for reasons unknown. Luckily though, Netsdaily has transcribed much of the content here.
On top of all of this, Nets swingman MarShon Brooks sounded off on his role as well:
"It seems like I'm the last resort, honestly.... If things aren't going well for the team, throw MarShon out there. That's been the rhythm all year. I kind of know when my name is going to be called, in a sense."
In game 81, with four of five starters, Role Star Hip Hop Keith Bogans, and immortal skeleton Jerry Stackhouse all sitting out with various "ailments," The Brooklyn Nets still pulled out a 106-101 victory over the Washington Wizards, thanks to the greatest, most absurd bench mob performance ever. Between a 20-10 game from Andray Blatche that barely begins to describe his night, a 20-9 game from Kris Humphries, Tornike Shengelia's first career double-double, Tyshawn Taylor's 3-for-3 night from deep, and Mirza Teletovic's two threes, the Nets barely missed their starters.
Watch the bench mob in its most glorious performance of the season:
wheels up ✈✈..
— tyshawn taylor (@tyshawntaylor) March 27, 2013
Once again, the Brooklyn Nets announced today that they have recalled rookies Tyshawn Taylor and Toko Shengelia from the Springfield Armor, the Nets D-League affiliate. This will the the fifth and fourth times that the Nets have recalled both players, respectively. Under the new collective bargaining agreement, NBA teams are allowed to send and recall players in their first two years to the D-League as many times as they wish.
In 10 games with the Armor this season, the seldom-used forward Shengelia has posted some fantastic numbers; 24.3 PPG, 8.2 REB, 4.0 AST, and 2.3 STLS. His career high came on January 24th vs. the Maine Red Claws when he dropped 39 points to go along with 18 boards.
As for Taylor, his numbers are not too shabby either; 24.6 PPG, 7.5 AST, and 4.1 REB. He has played eight games in the Developmental League this season and his career high came in his D-League debut on December 21st against the Erie Bayhwaks. Taylor scored 32 points in that game.
Both players will re-join the team Thursday in time for Friday night's game against the Denver Nuggets.
Brooklyn Nets rookie Tyshawn Taylor showed off his athleticism Tuesday night with the Springfield Armor, putting down a 360 dunk on a fast break that would probably be the team's best dunk of the season had he done it in a Brooklyn Nets uniform.
In an Armor loss Thursday night, Taylor again didn't disappoint, finishing with 25 points on 10-16 shooting, including this athletic reverse layup where the ball hung on the side of the rim for multiple seconds before spinning in. Watch:
Shengelia finished with 27 points on 11-21 shooting (2-3 from deep), adding six rebounds. Taylor finished with 25 points on 10-16 shooting (also 2-3 from deep), adding seven assists, but also seven turnovers. Former first-round pick Dominique Jones led the Armor with 28 points and nine assists.
The game story, per the Armor:
The Armor (17-26) held a 66-54 halftime lead and led by as many as 21 points in the third quarter, but the Toros (24-18) made their move in the fourth quarter. Trailing by 17 points (99-82) heading into the fourth, Austin began the quarter on a 19-2 run to erase the entire Armor advantage. Springfield battled back to earn a seven-point lead (121-114) with 40.9 seconds to go, but the Toros ended regulation on a 7-0 run, punctuated by a JaMychal Green layup, to send the game into overtime.
The Toros’ Lester Hudson buried back-to-back threes to start the three-minute overtime period and Austin never looked back. Kris Joseph got the Armor within four points with a driving layup, but another Green layup pushed the Toros’ lead back to six points, 129-123, as Austin held on for the road victory.
D-League player of the week Willie Reed of #CallWillieUp fame did not dress due to bursitis in his right elbow.
Armed with a roster flush with talent -- including Brooklyn Nets rookies Tyshawn Taylor & Tornike Shengelia, former first-round draft pick Dominique Jones, former Boston Celtics forward Kris Joseph, and D-League Player of the Week Willie Reed -- the Brooklyn Nets D-League Affiliate Springfield Armor took down the Erie Bayhawks last night 102-96. Even on this talent-laden (for D-League standards) roster, it was Taylor that stole the show, finishing with 30 points (10-19 shooting), seven assists, and four steals in 31 minutes, including the D-League dunk of the night: a fast-break 360 dunk in the second quarter. Watch:... MORE →
Shengelia finished last night's Armor game with 15 points, five rebounds, and two assists; Taylor finished with 21 points, eight assists, four rebounds and two steals. The Armor lost to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, 121-106.
This is just the third time this season that the Nets have assigned Taylor to the Armor. He has played a total of four games, putting up special numbers; 26.5 PPG, 7.5 AST, 4.3 REB, shooting 45.7% FG, 38.5% from three, and 73.9% from the free throw line. He has averaged 41 minutes in those four games. In Brooklyn, Taylor has averaged just over five minutes per game while only playing in 32 of the Nets' 65 games this season.
This is Shengelia's fourth stint with the Armor. In six Springfield games, Shengelia too has put up gaudy numbers; 26.8 PPG, 9.2 REB, 5.0 AST, shooting 57.7% FG, 41.4% from three and 69.8% FT. He has averaged 37.8 MPG with the Armor. With the Nets, Shengelia has yet to crack the rotation this season. The 21-year old Georgian rookie has averaged just under four minutes per contest with the Nets with his season high in minutes coming in a blowout loss to the Miami Heat in just the Nets' third game of the season, back on November 7th.
The Armor play tonight vs. Fort Wayne at 7:00pm while the Nets play their next game Sunday at home vs. the Atlanta Hawks. It is unknown how long the two neophytes will stay in the Developmental League.