When a season is on the brink of destruction, a superstar usually rises to the occasion and saves the team.
The Brooklyn Nets and Andray Blatche are travelling in different paths this season. while one is going to the bottom of the standings, the other is headed to the top for his contributions. Blatche has produced for the Nets, whether he is coming off the bench or filling in for an oft-injured Brook Lopez.
With season averages of 11 points and six rebounds on 23 minutes, he paces the Nets’ second unit with inside and outside shooting. His production has picked up over the last two weeks as his minutes has increased due to frontcourt injuries. His defense and rebounding needs to improve if he wants to become a dominant figure and contend for the Sixth Man of the Year award this season.
I have been very adamant about Blatche starting in place of Kevin Garnett. I think it will open up the floor more for Lopez because Blatche does not need to operate in the paint as much as Garnett does. Blatche is capable of taking his defender off the dribble and driving to the hoop, or he can step back and knock down a perimeter shot.
Garnett is the present, but the future is looking mighty bright for Blatche and the Nets. Just because the Nets’ season has turned into a mulligan wish, Blatche has shown up every game and made his presence felt. If Blatche continues to grow as the season progresses, you can bet your life savings that his name will be thrown in to the Sixth Man award hat unless Jason Kidd comes to his senses and realizes he has a better chance at saving the season if Blatche starts.