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Friday, April 26, 2013

SDH Presents the NBA's Worst to First for January and and February: 10. Brooklyn Nets

Overall Win/Loss Record (as of February 28th) :  34-24 (second place, Atlantic Division)  

This Month:

Team Statistics and League Rank (as of February 28th)

  • Points Scored: 95.2 (19th)
  • Points Allowed: 94.8 (5th)
  • Team FG%: .441 (21st)
  • Opponent’s FG%: .463 (24th)
  • Team FT%: .737 (22nd)
  • Team Three Point FG%: .359 (13th)
  • Rebounds per game: 42.3 (15th)
  • Opponents rebounds per game: 39.7 (2nd)
  • Turnovers per game: 14.6 (11th)
  • Opponents turnovers per game: 13.3 (27th)

Individual Statistical Leaders (as of February 28th)

  • Scoring (ppg): Brook Lopez (18.8)
  • Rebounds per gameReggie Evans (9.3)
  • Minutes per game: Joe Johnson (37.9)
  • Assists per game: Deron Williams (7.6)
  • Field Goal Percentage:  Brook Lopez (.513)
  • Free Throw Percentage:  Deron Williams (.860)
  • Three Point FG Percentage:  Joe Johnson (,379)
  • Steals per game: Gerald Wallace (1.3)
  • Blocked Shots per game:  Brook Lopez (2.1)
Worst Player of the Month:  Kris Humphries

Okay Kanye West, you need to take heed to this warning--this is what happens to men who get themselves involved with Kim Kardashian.  They start off getting plenty of exposure only to find themselves kicked to the curb with their careers in virtual ruins.  Just take a look at poor Reggie Bush who was at time an NFL star on the rise who had a Superbowl ring to his credit only to have it all blow up in smoke once he dipped into Double K's coochie.  Now the latest victim of her accursed vagina has become the sad pathetic case of Kris Humphries who went from up and coming player who had signed a two year extension worth 24$ million to a complete bust and overpaid salary cap dead weight that the Nets will possibly be never be able to get rid off.  The man went from having the best season of his career last season to having possibly the worst in his career--take this as a sign and leave while the getting is good Kanye, because the last thing we want to see is another bright superstar get destroyed by the Kardashian curse.   
First Player of the Month: Reggie Evans

In a matter of months, Reggie Evans went from veteran role player coming off the bench to full time starter removing overpaid waste of space Kris Humphries to the bench.  At 32 years old awhile being paid the NBA's veterans minimum of 1.6$ million, Reggie Evans has become the team's most valuable asset on the boards as he has led his team in rebounds while playing under 30 minutes per game.  His last two months have been simply spectacular as he averaged more than ten boards per game in just a little over 25 minutes of playing time.  Evans rebounding rate is also quite impressive as it is equal or more than some of the best in the league.  Even at the geriatric age of 32, Evans continues to show that there is plenty left in the tank as he has truly become an unsung hero for this underwhelming Brooklyn Nets squad.  

Despite bouncing back from a very less than stellar start of the season, the Brooklyn Nets still remain the most underwhelming and disappointing performing team currently in the NBA.  Here is team that not only boasts three NBA All stars, but is blessed with some of the most athletics and talented players that the NBA has to offer, and possibly the league's highest payroll; however, if you watch them play, the Nets certainly does not look like it.  One would expect such a team with its wealth of size and talent to statistically rank amongst the top teams in the league, but that cannot be any farther from the truth.  The team ranks near the bottom in scoring whose margin of victory against their thier opponents is less than one point.  Defensively the Nets are a complete joke allowing their opponents to shoot close to .470 from the field and while they ranked among the league's best in rebounds allowed, the only reason that is the case is because the Nets' opponents don't miss many shots to begin with.

How this team has been able to post a record that is ten games over .500 is boggling to say the least as they not allow their opponents to shoot any which way against them on the floor, but also allow them to keep possession of the ball as well. The Nets rank near the bottom in the league in turnovers forced per game while at the same time turn the ball over more than their opponents.  Fortunately for the Nets, the team's majority stake owner, Russian billionaire Mikhail Prohkorov, does not directly oversee the team, because if he were, he certainly would not be pleased watching the near 100$ million he spent to build the roster play so poorly.  If he lives up to numerous Russian sterotype portrayals, there will certainly be heads rolling down the stairs of the Barclays Center starting with that of team GM Billy King along with interim head coach PJ Carlisimo.  There is just simply no excuse for a team whose roster is as stacked on paper as the Brooklyn Nets to be performing so mediocre-ly poor.

Here is a team that consists of one of the NBA's top points guards in Deron Williams, along one of the best shooting guards in Joe Johnson, an All Star caliber center in Brook Lopez and Gerald Wallace, a swing man who has the reputation as one of the best rebounding small forwards in the league.  These four players are also backed up by some of the finest talents in the league such as CJ Watson, who last season carried out most of the point guard duties last season with the Chicago Bulls that missed Derrick Rose for much of that season.  Include Marshon Brooks, who last season played so well that he could have been in the running for rookie of the year along with veterans such as a resurrected Andray Batche, a blue collar bruiser in the paint in Reggie Evans, and swingmen such as Keith Bogans and Jerry Stackhouse to that list as well.  This is a team that should have been competing for first place in the Eastern Conference against heavyweights such as the Miami Heat and New York Knicks.  Instead they simply rest as a simple middle of the pack team whose current performance ranks between average and mediocre which makes watching this team even more frustrating because they should be capable of more.

In most cases, a team that arrives to a new city and has such a solid winning record would be welcomed with open arm to its new fanbase; however that is certainly not the case with those in Brooklyn.  With all of the hype and off season acquisitions, Brooklynites came in already with highly elevated expectations, and who could blame them?  With all the money spent and offseason roster moves, fan were certainly expecting more that what they have been providing and have been received with this a shoddy and poor example of a team.  Sure the Nets are winning, but in a city where they share the spotlight with their cross town New York Knicks, just winning is not enough to this Brooklyn crowd, especially with all the close to 100$ million invested and the hype surrounding their new team.  Nets fans expected greatness, but all they have gotten has fallen rather short of that leaving many of them feeling cheated and disenchanted.

Despite their rather less than spectacular play, the Nets need not worry about securing a high playoff berth, even home court in the first round, simply because there is no one really better than they are.  The Chicago Bulls are a joke, the Indiana Pacers play has been equally as underwhelming, the Atlanta Hawks continue to plod around as a team headed nowhere fast and the geriatric Boston Celtics are on the verge of complete collapse.  With such a sad lineup, the Nets can easily be seen as grabbing the fourth or possibly even the third seed come playoff time.  Nonetheless this still remain to both Brooklynites and casual NBA fans following this team as one of the biggest letdowns in the 2013 NBA season.  Most certainly once their season comes to a merciful close, they will be plenty of shakeups in both the roster, coaching staff and front office, in order to not have a repeat of this season and hopefully finally live up to all the hype and become the championship contender it was envisioned to be.