59 G, 10 GS, 15.6 MPG, 4.2 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 0.8 APG, 0.4 SPG, 0.4 BPG, .421 eFG%, .452 TS%, 10.3 PER, 6.7% PIE
From the minute Travis Outlaw left the Nets, Johan Petro has become the fan punching bag and for good reason. There is little he does offensively or defensively that make him worthy of starting ten games and playing fifteen minutes a game. Add in some comically bad offensive post moves, his inability to finish great Deron Williams looks, and the fact that the Nets were 6-1 in games where he posted zero minutes (which is probably a coincidence more than anything) and it’s easy to see why the fanbase dislikes him.
I guess what’s most frustrating about Petro is the fact that he has this big body — really, an ideal build for an NBA center — and he simply doesn’t know how to use it. He is soft in the paint, never goes up for a block, and makes the offense worse when on the court because he is either not able to reel in a look, taking out-of-range jumpers or getting stopped effortlessly.
I don’t want to give Petro a complete “F” on the season, because, believe it or not, he did have his moments. I’m thinking back to his eight-rebound performance in a win in Dallas, as well as his eight-pound, seven-rebound show in Golden State (another Net win). Sure, these are few and far between, but goes to show that even the worst of the worst can have a few bright spots.