Position Grades For Brooklyn Nets Through Week 7
Postion Grades Through Week 7
The Brooklyn Nets enter the New Year with a record of 10-20 which is good for third in the Atlantic Division.
This season has been frustrating on so many levels, not just for the players but for the fans and media as well. It’s not that easy to watch your team stink up the joint every night and then sit down and try to spin some words together to make them look good.
This was another hard week for the Nets as they continue to fight without Brook Lopez and Andrei Kirilenko. The move to put Kevin Garnett in at center has not produced the results Jason Kidd was hoping for. Paul Pierce is still nursing his hand, but he has decided to take one for the team and play through the pain.
Deron Williams and Joe Johnson are going through a mini slump and must break out of it quickly because the Nets' schedule gets tough in the next few days. If they do not find a way to get things together they'll continue to fall deeper in the Eastern Conference basement with no chance of climbing out.
It's time for the veterans and past champions to show why they were brought here in the first place and step up to put their mark on this season. The Nets still have a chance to turn the season around and make some noise, but they cannot continue to lose to inferior teams anymore.
Here are my position grades for the Nets through week 7.
5. Point Guards
Deron Williams didn’t have the best week since returning, but he was productive. He needs to step up and take control of this team now more than ever.
Shawn Livingston is seeing his minutes increase. He even had a game where he started in part of Jason Kidd’s new lineup and did rather well.
Tyshawn Taylor might be on his way to the D-League soon unless something drastic happens.
4. Shooting Guards
Joe Johnson is still struggling to find consistency this season, and last week was no different. Either he steps up or he needs to step out.
Alan Anderson is now back to coming off the bench, I guess. With the way Kidd is coaching who knows what is gong on with the rotation.
Jason Terry is back, but he has not brought his game with him quite yet. Hopefully in time it will show up.
3. Small Forwards
Paul Pierce is still not fully recovered, yet somehow he is still out there playing, risking further injury and being out for the remainder of the season. This team has enough bad luck and doesn't need anymore heartbreaking news. His play has been pretty good while on the floor, but he still needs to be careful.
Andrei Kirilenko has not suited up in what seems like years.
Tornike Shengelia is still on the roster for what reason now?
2. Power Forwards
Mirza Teletovic has played his way into a starting spot because of injuries, but he has been contributing.
Reggie Evans is back in the rotation but has proved nothing so far.
Kevin Garnett is starting because Kidd sucks as a coach, hands down.
Andray Blatche is missing in action due to personal reasons. Hopefully he gets back soon and convinces Kidd he should be the starting center.
Mason Plumlee is the energy and blue collar guy off the bench, and he plays his role well.