The Nets are not the best team in basketball. They aren’t the best team in the East. They aren’t even the best team in the Atlantic Division, in fact they’re tied with Toronto for the detestable title of the worst. Looking at the Nets, it’s hard to see any signs of hope from this squad. If only they could give up on the season, send Deron Williams to the Knicks and give them a much needed point guard in the spirit of New York unity when they move to Brooklyn. Unfortunately they are competing with the Knicks so New Yorkers are stuck with two bad teams.
It’s a shame that Williams’ talent is wasted on this team because he has played very well this season. He has shown the ability to take over the team and score at will, but he desperately needs a running mate. The point guard ranks 14th in the league in points per game and the next closest Net is rookie Marshon Brooks at 51st. Brooks, who is having a nice start to his NBA career, Williams and the most hated Kris Humphries, are the only New Jersey players averaging double-digit points. With this team, unlike the Knicks, there is a clear lack of talent. As the team is currently constructed it does not appear to have the fire power to even make it to the playoffs.
Fortunately for the Nets, there is a gap between the upper echelon teams and the borderline playoff contenders. In the East the eighth and final spot is presently held by the Milwaukee Bucks with their stellar 7-10 record. It is difficult to imagine that a team won’t catch fire at some time this season, but it is hard to predict this early on. No team is really out of it just yet and if the Nets can play better than .500 ball the rest of the way (literally one game better) it stands to reason they could make it to the post season.
Their upcoming schedule is favorable. Tonight they travel to Cleveland in a match up of rookie phenoms as Kyrie Irving, the number one overall pick, will match up with Brooks. The Cavaliers are right in the hunt for the eighth spot, but that doesn’t make them a good team. It is a winnable game for Jersey. Next they welcome the Toronto Raptors for a battle to see who will be the bottom rung on the Atlantic Divisional ladder. The next game will be a tough one as they take on the surprising Indiana Pacers, but on Wednesday night they were able to outlast the Philadelphia 76ers in an overtime game. They have shown the ability to beat decent teams now let’s see if D-Wil and Marhson Brooks can lead them over the Humphries.
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