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Positional Grades for Brooklyn Nets Through Week 6

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Positional Grades for Brooklyn Nets Through Week 6

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The Brooklyn Nets finished last week with a record of 9-17, which was good enough for third place in the Atlantic Division.

The Nets were hit with more devastating news as it was reported that All-Star center Brook Lopez will miss the rest of the season due to a broken foot. This team can't seem to catch a break, but now they have to band together and try to prove the critics wrong.

The week started off well with a blowout victory over the Philadelphia 76ers, but then it all came crashing down as it usually has this season after a good win. The Washington Wizards came to town and showed the Nets they still have work to do, then the 76ers got their revenge for the lopsided loss earlier in the week.

Deron Williams has continued to prove his importance to the team with another stellar week. Kevin Garnett is still having his worst season as an NBA player and seems to show no signs of breaking out of his slump. Joe Johnson is still doing this Jekyll and Hyde act and needs to be more consistent with the injuries piling up now.

Jason Kidd has to prove that he deserves to be called a head coach now. Last week, the schedule was set up for the Nets to make a run and climb out of the Eastern Conference cellar, but they couldn’t clear that hurdle. They have tough games coming up against the league's top teams next week, and things could get really ugly in a blink of an eye.

Here are my positional grades for the Nets through Week 6.

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5. Point Guards

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Deron Williams has continued to show that he is the leader of this team and they will go as far as he takes them, if healthy.

Shawn Livingston has been dealing with a strange distribution of minutes from Jason Kidd. His play has been up and down because he has not found consistent minutes.

Tyshawn Taylor has not seen the floor much since the return of Williams, and that will not change unless Livingston gets injured.

Grade: A

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4. Shooting Guards

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Joe Johnson has been lights-out and the Nets will need him to continue to play at a high level if they want to stay near the top of the division.

Jason Terry is still out with an injury and has not played.

Grade: B

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3. Small Forwards

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Alan Anderson needs to be more consistent if he wishes to stay in a starting role for this team.

Paul Pierce has taken a hit for the team and decided it was better for the team if he came off the bench. I don’t know how long that will last if the Nets continue to struggle on offense.

Andrie Kirilenko is still injured and has not played.

Tornike Shengelia is still not seeing the floor, and I see no change in his status coming anytime soon.

Grade: C

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2. Power Forwards

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Kevin Garnett is not the player he used to be, and his lack of offense has hurt this team all season.

Reggie Evans has vanished from the rotation and so has the Nets' toughness.

Mirza Teletovic is starting to heat up at the right time for the Nets.

Grade: C

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1. Centers

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Brook Lopez has been playing great basketball, but that has come to a crashing halt with news of his broken foot.

Andray Blatche has been the key to the season and now the spotlight will shine even brighter on him.

Mason Plumlee is the high-energy guy off the bench that every team needs, and he has played his position well for the Nets.

Grade: A