Who’s Best With The Nets’ “Big 3”? Because It’s Not Reggie Evans

Joe Johnson, Deron Williams, Brook Lopez
The Brooklyn Nets’ current talent only goes so far. (AP)

3. Kris Humphries: 387 minutes with Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Brook Lopez,
+5.1 per 100 possessions

Maybe the move to the bench was a bit misguided. Humphries has struggled through arguably the worst season of his career relative to expectation, but when playing with the big 3, Humphries has performed well. With Williams on the court, Humphries shoots roughly the same amount of dunks and layups, but Williams assisting on open attempts beats Humphries trying to create offense for himself; Humphries shoots 54% from within five feet with Williams on the court, and 43% with him off. In total, Humphries has both shot and rebounded better with Johnson, Lopez, and Williams on the court with him, both as a group and with each player individually.

Having Lopez and Johnson out there also gives Humphries room to focus on other parts of the game, attacking the rim less by design and focusing his game more on the unsexy aspects of basketball. Humphries rebounds significantly better, shoots better from the floor, and the team as a whole benefits, scoring 108.3 points per 100 possessions with Humphries sharing the floor with the Big 3. That’s the second-best offensive mark of any Nets four-man tandem with at least 200 minutes played.

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