Position Grades for Brooklyn Nets Through Week 2
Brooklyn Nets Position Grades Through Week 2
The Brooklyn Nets continue to make a mess of their season as they head into week three. Week two saw the Nets finish with a record of 3-7 good for fifth place in the Atlantic Division.
There are many reasons why the play has been sloppy at best. There are issues with chemistry, injuries and bad coaching. The main reason for their poor start to the season has been bad play from every marquee player, even Brook Lopez. Players are not playing with the type of urgency that will get them out of the hole they have dug themselves in. I know as veterans they believe they will right the ship, but by the time that happens they could be waiting for the ping-pong balls to drop in hopes of getting one of the stellar college underclassmen that will enter the 2014 NBA Draft.
The Nets rank 19th in scoring, 17th in rebounds, 21st in assists and 22nd in points allowed. I see why they have one of the worst records in the league. A week into the season and I could see these numbers, but two weeks in and nothing has changed is a big problem. I know the season is a marathon and not a sprint, but time is running out. This is a game of runs, and if the Nets are not careful some of these future Hall of Fame players could be stinking it up for another team before the trade deadline.
Jason Kidd has to loosen up his tie and start getting in these guys' faces. No more Mr. Nice Guy for Kidd. It's time to put his foot down or in someone's backside. If the front office does not want to get rid of a player right away then Kidd will be watching the game from his one percent owners' box that he brought from Jay-Z.
Here are my position grades for the Nets through week two.
5. Point Guards
Deron Williams is still not 100 percent healthy, but he has been playing a little better than the first week. He said he will be ready to go against the Charlotte Bobcats. Williams needs to penetrate more and hit the open shots that defenses keep giving him
Shaun Livingston has been outstanding filling in for the injured Williams. He just needs to get his assist totals up. His explosiveness seems to be back, and going forward he will provide a much needed spark off the bench for the second unit
Tyshawn Taylor has seen an increase in playing time due to the injuries to Williams, but he has not contributed much this season. With Williams coming back from injury expect Taylor to hit the pine.
4. Shooting Guards
Joe Johnson has the skill set to dominate but seems reluctant to do so. His job is to be a perimeter threat, and he has not lived up to that so far.
Jason Terry is supposed to be the scorer for the second unit, but a knee injury is limiting his abilities. When healthy he can give you 10 points or more a game, and the Nets need him to be the go-to guy off the bench
Alan Anderson's last two games were great, but he has not been able to be consistent with his play.
3. Small Forwards
Paul Pierce is one of the two consistent players on the roster this season. Pierce gives his all every game and must be more vocal on the court to get his teammates in better position defensively.
Andrei Kirlenko has been out with a back injury, and that is part of the reason why the Nets stand where they stand. He is such a major player for the second unit with his ability to score, rebound and defend.
Tornike Shengelia does not fit into the regular rotation but has played sparingly the last few games.
2. Power Forwards
Kevin Garnett has to start knocking down his open looks. Those are the shots that have made Garnett the player he is today, but they are not falling for him this year. He needs to pick up his defense and rebounding more.
Reggie Evans has the uncanny ability to get after boards, but his scoring is nonexistent. He is a tenacious defender and a high energy man off the bench.
Mirza Teletovic possesses a great outside shot but has not seen the floor enough to show it off this season.
Brook Lopez has been a solid contributor every night before an ankle injury had him sit his last three games including tonight against the Bobcats.
Andray Blatche has stepped up his production with the increased playing time due to the injury of Lopez. He is a great mid-range shooter but needs to work on his defense and rebounding more if he is to play major minutes at the center position.
Mason Plumlee will produce if given the minutes and shots. With Lopez out he should continue to produce with an increase in chances.