The Brooklyn Nets expected a lot of great things from their team in the 2012-2013 NBA season. After landing Joe Johnson in the off-season to join Deron Williams and Brook Lopez, this looked like a team with a ton of talent that could really make some noise in the Eastern Conference.
However, the Nets fell short of expectations last season. They finished at just the fourth seed in the East and ended up being eliminated in the first round of the NBA Playoffs. With all of that talent, they failed to live up to expectations. However, Andray Blatche was one part of their team that far exceeded preseason expectations.
Blatche played in all 82 games for the Nets last season, most of which were off of the bench. He averaged a solid 10.3 points, 5.1 rebounds, one steal and one assists in 19 minutes per game. Moreover, Blatche also shot a career-high 51.2 percent from the field.
In his seven previous NBA seasons with the Washington Wizards, Blatche was a guy that always had the skills to be a successful player, but never really put it together mentally or seemed to fully commit to being a solid player. That seemed to change last season, though.
The question that people have to be asking, though, is if Blatche can repeat his success from last season. Once again, the Nets have incredibly high expectations and a ton of talent on their roster. They also have a ton of veterans to help lead the way on this team. Given that Blatche’s issues have always been about his mental approach to the game, don’t be surprised if he is a successful player off the bench for the Nets again next season.