Nets try to make it a trifecta against the Wizards

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Opponent: Washington Wizards Time: 7:00 PM EST Location: Verizon Center, Washington D.C. Watch: YES Network, Fox Sports GO Listen: WCBS 880 AM Whew. For the first time this season, the Nets won consecutive games. They beat the Phoenix Suns handily last night, 126-98. On Friday night, Brooklyn will try to make it three in a […]

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 Nets Look To Spoil St. Patrick’s Day For Isaiah-less Celtics

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Opponent: Boston Celtics Time: 7:30 PM EST Location: Barclays Center Watch: YES Network, CSNE Listen: 660 AM, 101.9 FM The Brooklyn Nets will take another crack at winning consecutive games for the first time this season as they take on their Atlantic Division rivals, the Boston Celtics. Coming off of their 121-110 victory at Madison […]

How’d We Get Here: Andrew Nicholson

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How’d We Get Here: Andrew Nicholson Andrew Nicholson is the YMCA The biggest Brooklyn Nets move in the 2017 deadline bonanza was the Bojan Bogdanovic trade, but perhaps not for the reason you might think. The Nets’ second-leading scorer was traded to the Washington Wizards, along with Chris McCullough, for their upcoming first rounder, Marcus Thornton, […]

Woj: Nets agree to trade Bogdanovic, McCullough to the Wizards

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The Brooklyn Nets have agreed to trade Bojan Bogdanovic and Chris McCullough to the Washington Wizards for Andrew Nicholson, Marcus Thornton and their 2017 first-rounder, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical. The Brooklyn Nets are trading Bojan Bogdanovic to the Washington Wizards, league sources tell @TheVertical. — Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) February 22, 2017 In order […]

Nets lower price on Lopez, choosing best deal for Bogdanovic

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by Jaymz Clements


Resolution: Get a fresh cut, take over the world


It’s been a weird 2016 for Swaggy B aka Bojan Bogdanovic. He took Croatia to the Rio Olympic quarterfinals, and led all players in scoring with 25 points per game. Bogdanovic was so hot in Rio that many speculated that this might be year he finally made good on his NBA potential. Under Atkinson, he spent the almost all of 2016 portion of the 2016-2017 season as the Nets' starter… until he was demoted from the starting lineup against Charlotte in Brooklyn’s final home game of the year. In that game, he promptly cruised to 26 points and Brooklyn won -- coincidence?


Oh, also, there was the time in the offseason when he had to escape Turkey as a military coup was taking place. Weird, right? 


Either way, Bojan seemed to solidify his role on Atkinson’s new-look Nets and in December, Bogdanovic averaged 15.1 points per game on 43.6% shooting and, importantly, hoisted five three-pointers a game, making 38.5% of them as well. Even more importantly, his free throw rate has skyrocketed, more than doubling from 1.7 attempts to 3.6 this year. That’s crucial to Bogdanovic's game and his continuing relevance in the NBA as he averaged over 9 FTA per game in Rio. 


So, then, what does Bogdanovic need to wish for in 2017? The easy answer is to focus on capturing some of that Swaggy B Olympic scoring and free-throw-gaining chutzpah. It’d also be nice if he worked on improving as a secondary ball-handler as the Nets have run into plenty of issues without Lin at times, leaning on Bogdanovic hard during the offense-creation -- but those are the obvious answers. 


Doesn’t it feel like a new look might change Swaggy B’s prospects? If there’s one thing holding Bojan back, it’s his hair: a feathery dusting of thinning-brown thatch. It looks like the hair of a Greek shipping scion. It looks like the hair of an accountant who specializes in small business taxation. It looks like the hair of a politician with a past that will come back to haunt him. So… shave it. It’s thinning, so just, y’know, be done with it already.


If Bojan shaved his head and maybe grew his beard out, suddenly he becomes a basketball-playing version of a second-tier henchman Liam Neeson fights in Taken 4... now that's a Swaggy B no-one would ‘eff with. 


So there’s your real resolution, Bojan: shave that bonce. It means a fresh look, a fresh start, a fresh injection of badassery, and no one will ever screw with you again -- well, apart from maybe Liam Neeson.

Nets lower price on Lopez, choosing best deal for Bogdanovic Now that we’re past the DeMarcus Cousins frenzy, it’s about time for rumors on the Brooklyn Nets front to ramp up — and, according to some sources, they are. First, Bojan Bogdanovic’s market has finally begun to heat up, says Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical. Bogdanovic will […]

Woj: Bojan Bogdanovic could fetch first from Wizards

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The Washington Wizards are in the market for a wing player this trade deadline and one potential target is Bojan Bogdanovic, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical. In a pre-deadline discussion with Chris Mannix, Wojnarowski mentions the Croation as a sturdy scorer off the bench that could bolster the Wizards’ weak second unit — and, even […]

Scorching Wizards visit sunken Nets

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Tonight, the Washington Wizards visit the last-place Brooklyn Nets as the Eastern Conference’s fourth seed that’s running on an 8-2 run over their last ten games. The Nets, in contrast, have dropped ten straight as the team struggles to meet the modest benchmark of even 10 wins this season. Both squads are coming off of […]

Before the Super Bowl, catch the Nets in a divisional matinee against the Raptors

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Opponent: Toronto Raptors Time : 12:00 PM EST Location: Barclays Center TV: YES Network Radio: WFAN It’s funny how so close can seem so far… The Brooklyn Nets have led in the fourth quarters of both of its previous games to the New York Knicks and Indiana Pacers, but, of course, both ended with the […]

4 Potential Nets Targets for 10-Day Contracts

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4 Potential Nets Targets for 10-Day Contracts The Brooklyn Nets are at the bottom of the NBA, the absolute basement. You cannot make an argument for a situation worse than the Nets in the NBA — they’re simply in no man’s land. They lack the talent to compete in the present, but also lack the […]

Without Jeremy Lin, Nets must move on against the Chicago Bulls

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Opponent: Chicago Bulls Time: 8:00pm Location: United Center Watch: YES Network Listen: WFAN 101.9 FM Calling a game a “rock fight” is meant to convey an inelegant approach to competition. A rock fight is determined by grit and determination as opposed to skill or strategy. A rock fight is precisely the type of game the […]

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 […]