NBA Predictions: MVP, DPOY, Finals Picks, & More


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Billy King loves the Nets culture change, but won’t say it’s because Deron Williams is gone

King & Williams in 2013. (AP)

The Nets have undergone a massive shift in vision and culture this offseason, and a big part of that was cutting ties with Deron Williams with a $27.5 million buyout. “I think (a buyout was the best option) for both parties,” Billy King said Tuesday afternoon in a 30-minute session with the media. “As I […]

Longtime Utah Jazz physician: Deron Williams “just decided he didn’t need coaching”

Williams (AP)

It’s no secret that Deron Williams and the Nets didn’t get along by the end. He took $16 million less (now more like $5 million after signing his two-year deal with the Mavericks) to break his contract and become a free agent. When speaking with the official Mavericks team reporter, Williams cited the “stability” that […]

Deron Williams seeking buyout from Nets so he can join Dallas Mavericks: Report

Deron Williams (AP)

Deron Williams is reportedly seeking a buyout from his contract with the Nets with the hopes of joining his hometown Dallas Mavericks, according to a report from Marc Stein of “It’s 60 to 70 percent that [Williams] winds up in Dallas,” one source told The positives to a buyout are crystal clear. Cutting […]

Roundtable: Where Do The Nets Go From Here?

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.

Since moving to Brooklyn, the Nets’ win total has dwindled each year. add in Deron Williams’ stumbles, the drama surrounding Mikhail Prokhorov and Brook Lopez’s potential free agency and you’ve got a super important summer for the franchise. The Brooklyn Game tackled the hard-hitting questions that will define the Nets this summer and for many years […]

4 Things The Brooklyn Nets Have To Improve In Game 2


The Brooklyn Nets fell to the Atlanta Hawks 99-92 in Game 1 of their first-round series Sunday night. Despite being the heavy underdogs, they kept the game close in the fourth quarter, cutting the lead to as little as four points in the waning minutes. Here’s four things the Nets can do to improve on […]

It All Comes Down To This

The Nets take on the Pacers tonight in a different kind of game. (AP)

In a season mired in the uncertainty of Brooklyn Nets trade talk, peaks and valleys, various injuries, and multiple accusations of selfishness following the hope that the Nets would implement a flex system, it seems fitting that the Nets’ fate would come down to the last day. If you’re not caught up on recent events, […]

Nets try to halt losing streak against the Pelicans

There is really no figuring out this team. After a competitive five-game road trip, followed by a big win over the league-best Golden State Warriors at home, the Nets (25-36) have dropped three uninspired home games in a row. The latest disappointment came on Sunday night against the upstart Utah Jazz. After a back and […]

Thaddeus Young, Brook Lopez to start for Nets vs. Jazz

Brook Lopez

Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez and forward Thaddeus Young will replace Mason Plumlee and Alan Anderson in the Nets starting lineup Sunday against the Utah Jazz. The move switches Joe Johnson from the “power forward” spot to the “small forward” spot against the Jazz, who start the 6’10” Derrick Favors and 7’2″ Rudy Gobert. Lopez […]

The Stifle Tower invades Brooklyn

The Nets (25-35) are dragging. After a blowout loss to the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday, the team put forth a feeble effort Friday night against the Phoenix Suns; despite numerous turnovers and poor shooting throughout, the Nets were still in prime position to win the game, up 91-76 with 5:45 remaining in the game. But […]

Nets Collapse Again As Suns Eke Out Overtime Win

The Nets are 25-35. Here's how:

Just that kind of night. What happened: The Nets debuted their stars-and-stripes jerseys to a loss, falling 108-100 in overtime to the Phoenix Suns at Barclays Center. Where they stand: The loss plunges the Nets further down the Eastern Conference playoff race. At 25-35, they’re now 1.5 games behind the Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat […]