New Jersey Nets Season Preview

2 10 2008

My NBA Atlantic Division preview continues with the New Jersey Nets:

New Jersey Nets 

2007-08 Standings 34 – 48, 10th Eastern Conference 

2008-09 Predicted Record 20 – 62, 5th Atlantic Division, 15th Eastern Conference 

Projected Starting Five:  Brooke Lopez, Sean Williams, Yi Jianlian, Vince Carter, Devin Harris 

Sixth Man:  Stromile Swift 

The Nets are hoping that Devin Harris develops into the dominant point guard that Jason Kidd was.

The Nets are hoping that Devin Harris develops into the same kind of dominant point guard that Jason Kidd was.

LeBron James has been linked with the Nets for 2010 that you almost believe that the contracts have already been signed. How else do you explain the moves that the Nets have made in the off-season? They lost Nenad Krstic to Europe then traded Richard Jefferson, their best player away – all in the name of cap room. Nets fans better hope LeBron comes otherwise their team is munted for no good reason. 

At least they have some good young talent to build around. Devin Harris was acquired mid season for Jason Kidd. Harris is good and he’s still developing as a player but Kidd is a future Hall of Famer and his loss will be felt. 

Brooke Lopez, the rookie centre with the supermodel style name will provide energy and hopefully some post presence but he will have to work hard to replace Krstic’s production. 

Yi Jianlian and Bobby Simmons will fail to replicate what Jefferson brought to this team. They’re solid but Jefferson was class and worth many more wins than this duo can bring. 

And then there is the nominal star of the team: Vince Carter. He’s still capable of the odd highlight move but is there anyone who believes he is a star or even All Star worthy anymore? 

This team is better off playing the kiddies. They’ll lose lots but hopefully they’ll learn enough that when LeBron does come they’ll be ready. 

Coach:

Lawrence Frank looks like a fan has wandered down from the stands to coach the team. He’s had a winning record while in charge of the Nets but this year is going to be brutal. It wouldn’t surprise me to see Frank replaced sometime this season. That’s the consequence of rolling the dice for LeBron.

Bench:

The bench doesn’t inspire much confidence. It’s full of journeymen and youngsters. The season is stuffed already – why don’t they just give the kiddies as much playing time as possible?

Star Player:

Vince Carter will produce a few highlight clips but that’ll be all. It wouldn’t shock to see him develop an injury, oh maybe in February after the All Star voting is done, and then pack it in for the season. 

Team MVP:

Devin Harris deserves better than playing with the Nets. By rights he should still be with the Mavericks as their point guard but he’ll play with professionalism and we’ll see how many wins he’ll garner for the Nets.

Final Prognosis

The plan for 2010 and King James has munted the present. If he comes across it’ll be genius but if not, ouch. The Nets of 08 -09 will be one of the worst teams in the NBA.

 

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2 10 2008
Travis Outlaw

Yi Jianlian can turn into Yao Ming the Nets have a chance to make the playoffs.

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