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 […]

The Reclamation of Anthony Bennett

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The Reclamation of Anthony Bennett As far as the eye can see, Anthony Bennett was the perfect risk for the Brooklyn Nets to take on this summer — the former no. 1 overall selection in the 2013 NBA Draft had bounced around from team to team, and nearly found himself out of the league completely […]

Jeremy Lin returns as Nets battle James Harden and the Houston Rockets

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Opponent: Houston Rockets Time: 8:00 PM EST Location: Toyota Center Watch: YES Network Listen: WCBS 880 AM He’s back! It’s not quite Michael Jordan wearing number 45 on his back but the Brooklyn Nets key free agent signing has returned. Point guard Jeremy Lin will play tonight against the 17-7 Houston Rockets, which should be […]

Nets look for semblance of hope against the lowly Denver Nuggets

Will Barton


A former five-star high school recruit thought to have loads of untapped potential, Barton was mostly ineffective in limited minutes for Portland, but flourished in Denver following a midseason trade to the Nuggets. Barton excels at running in transition, and at 6’6", he has the size to defend three positions. But he’s not much of a shooter, hitting just 28% of his three-pointers in Denver, and he’s not quite good enough on defense to compensate. 


Barton is reportedly a favorite of Nuggets GM Tim Connelly, but the Nets may be able to lure him away if the Nuggets want to keep a clean cap sheet.

Nets look for semblance of hope against the lowly Denver Nuggets The Brooklyn Nets fell to 5-15 on the season after faltering late against the Washington Wizards on Monday, despite a good effort from Brook Lopez, Trevor Booker, and Bojan Bogdanovic. Of course, the defeat meant their third-straight loss in a row and that they’re are […]

Nets take on Wizards, Caris LeVert to make his NBA debut

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Opponent: Washington Wizards Time: 7:30 p.m. Location: Barclays Center Watch: YES Network Listen: WCBS 880 AM This could be a big day for Brooklyn Nets fans — and, perhaps surprisingly, it has nothing to do with wins or losses tonight. Later on, of course, the Nets will find out if the Houston Rockets will match […]

TBG Player Previews 2016-2017: Trevor Booker

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Trevor Booker, power forward 2015-2016: 20.7 MPG, 5.9 PPG, .490 FG%, 5.7 RPG, 1.1 APG, 0.7 SPG, 0.5 BPG, 1.0 TOV, 79 G Who is Trevor Booker? Trevor Booker is a 6’8 power forward that functions as a more souped-up version of Reggie Evans and he immediately joins the Brooklyn Nets as one of the […]

Nets’ Summer League Roster Taking Shape

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Update: Here’s the final roster for Brooklyn’s Summer League team: Here's the Nets summer league roster, which includes Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Chris McCullough & Isaiah Whitehead. pic.twitter.com/hzDzBmE23V — Andy Vasquez (@andy_vasquez) July 4, 2016 With the NBA Draft complete and the Las Vegas Summer League quickly approaching July 8th, some members of the Brooklyn Nets’ roster […]

Senol: Nets interested in signing Jan Vesely

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The Brooklyn Nets are reportedly interested in 6’11 forward Jan Vesely, according to Ismail Senol, a respected Turkish writer. Vesely, the #6 overall pick in 2011, lasted just three seasons with the Washington Wizards before spending 21 games in Denver to cap off his first stint in the NBA. Vesely averaged just 4.4 points and 3.7 […]

Woj: Tony Brown to become lead assistant for the Washington Wizards

Brooklyn Nets interim head coach Tony Brown gestures in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs, Monday, Jan. 11, 2016, in New York. In Brown's first game as interim head coach, the Spurs defeated the Nets 106-79. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Tony Brown is expected to become the Washington Wizards’ lead assistant coach, reports The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Brown, who took over for the fired Lionel Hollins in February on an interim basis, interviewed for the head coaching role that was eventually given to Kenny Atkinson. In Washington, Brown will join a revamped staff that includes the […]

Kennedy: Shane Larkin opts out of final year with Nets

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Shane Larkin has opted out of the final year on his contract with the Brooklyn Nets and will become an unrestricted free agent, reports Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders. The speedy point guard averaged 7.3 points and 4.4 assists over 22 minutes per game for the Nets, seeing a huge role boost after Jarrett Jack tore […]