If the major difference between having them or having Dwight Howard is jersey sales, then the Nets' front court might not suffer that much of a drop-off as some might think. Lopez can score Howard numbers, and Humphries can board like D12. The fact they do it in tandem is what makes it team basketball. Their selflessness will also keep the All-Star guards happy.
Lopez is coming off a December injury, but he's not injury prone (he played 82 games each of his first three seasons in the NBA). Humphries knows how to keep his body healthy too.
Despite the injury curse in New Jersey since Williams was traded to the Nets in 2011, we've seen flashes of D-Will, Lopez, and Hump on the floor together. During the first taste of the trio a year ago, the Nets went on a five-game tear, and Humphries averaged 17 and 17 over that span. When Lopez tried to return from his broken foot in 2012, the three teamed up on the road to beat the world-champion Mavericks, and Lopez poured in 38 that night.
There's promise, and it goes beyond a Dwight Howard consolation and the potential trade bait come January 15th.
These two might just be better than you think, and the Brooklyn Nets might end up better off with them than with a flighty Dwight.
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