Position Grades For Brooklyn Nets Through Week 3
Brooklyn Nets Position Grades Thru Week 3
The Brooklyn Nets finished Week 3 with a 4-11 record which is good for fourth place in the Atlantic Division. This week was not a kind one to the Nets as they dropped four of their five games. The team is reeling while dealing with serious injures to their two All Stars and two top reserves.
If this was a healthy team I believe their record would be much different, but this is the life of the NBA where nothing is promised. If you want success you have to work for it because nothing is ever handed to you on a platter. Many figured the Nets would be an intimidating force coming into the season with their veteran starting lineup and bench players. But everything has fallen apart for them since that win over the Miami Heat. While the early diagnosis was “team chemistry,” the truth of the matter is that injuries and a lack of an experienced coach has been the downfall for the Nets.
The season can be turned around if Deron Williams and Brook Lopez can make it back on the court with the next week or so. If they continue to sit out games then what was once an Championship or bust season will be a bigger let down than the 2012-13 Los Angeles Lakers. I can sense the frustration in the players voices and their on-court demeanor but they must find a way to fight thru the obstacles and come together as a team and weather the storm.
Here are my weekly position grades for the Nets through Week 3.
5. Point Guards
Deron Williams has played only one half during last week schedule. He injured his ankle again against the Charlotte Bobcats and has not been back on the court.
Shaun Livingston has struggled this week after putting up solid numbers last week. I don’t know if he is starting to feel the pressure of having to perform on a nightly basis but it's time for him to get his mind right if the Nets wish to get out of this slump.
Tyshawn Taylor has been productive in the little minutes he has seen on the floor and if Livingston keeps struggling it might be time to turn over the reigns to Taylor.
4. Shooting Guards
Joe Johnson is finally showing the Nets that he can be a go-to scorer for them. He has been the one bright spots for the Nets since the rash of injuries depleted the roster.
Jason Terry has been dealing with injuries as well and only played four minutes during last weeks games.
Alan Anderson has been dealing with an increase in minutes by playing great basketball and needs to continue to be a solid scorer off the bench in the absence of Terry
3. Small Forwards
Paul Pierce has been consistent throughout the week as he has been the whole season. He needs to pull his team together to get them focused on the bigger picture or this season will be a major disappointment.
Andrei Kirilenko has not played a minute during last week games and his injury is one of the big reasons the team sits where they are now in the standings.
Tornike Shengelia has barely seen the court this season and unless another rash of injures hit again that trend will and should continue.
2. Power Forwards
Kevin Garnett is still struggling to find his shot this season. He is getting the open looks, but nothing is falling for him. His rebounding is not bad, but if you are not scoring like you used to, then you have to up your game in other areas.
Reggie Evans had an up and down week as his minutes started to decrease for whatever reason Jason Kidd has.
Mirza Teletovic played his best ball last week and Kidd should reward him with more playing time as the season progresses. He is a reliable three-point shooter off the bench.
Brook Lopez did not play a minute last week and the All Star is truly missed in the middle. The Nets can survive without Williams, but cannot live without Lopez in the middle.
Andray Blatche has done a remarkable job filing in for Lopez but his defense and rebounding has hurt the team when playing bigger lineups.
Mason Plumlee will not score a lot of points for you, but he will be your hustle and energy guy off the bench. Every team needs a blue-collar guy and Plumlee has not disappointed the Nets so far.