The additions of Andrei Kirilenko and Jason Terry bring considerable depth to the bench of the Brooklyn Nets, but there’s someone that should not be overlooked or forgotten going into this season of championship expectations.
And that someone would be backup center Andray Blatche.
Blatche, who was amnestied by the Washington Wizards back in March of 2012 for reportedly being out of shape, decided to be totally committed to getting his career back on track last season after signing a one-year deal with the Nets. He found plenty of success, averaging 10.3 points and 5.1 rebounds in only 19 minutes per night, as he played in all 82 games.
But now that the Nets have added veteran scorers to their second unit in Kirilenko and Terry, they cannot forget about what Blatche is capable of as a scorer. It would be in new head coach Jason Kidd’s best interest to draw up a considerable amount of plays for the versatile seven-footer. His ability to handle the ball and shoot from the outside, as well use his size with his back to the basket, makes him a matchup nightmare for defenses.
It’s also important to make sure Blatche remains highly involved in the offense because of how things ended for him in Washington. His confidence must remain high so there’s no fear that he’ll stop working as hard, if that really was the case when he and the Wizards parted.
Overall, however, Blatche must be utilized simply because of the impact he can have on games. As long as he’s happy, he can be a huge difference-maker.