Brooklyn Nets Kris Humphries & Brook Lopez: Better or Worse Than You Think?

Pete Tenney@@PeteTenneyContributor IIIJuly 18, 2012

Brooklyn Nets Kris Humphries & Brook Lopez: Better or Worse Than You Think?

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    Just as soon as the Dwight Howard deal fell through, the Brooklyn Nets scrambled to re-sign their big players.

    With Kris Humphries inking a 2-year deal Tuesday to go with Brook Lopez and his 4-year contract, the Nets are set in the post.

    Or are they?  Is this one of the best frontcourt tandems in the NBA, or are they soft and flawed?

     

    [READ ON FOR THE PROS AND CONS OF THE BROOKLYN NETS' BIGS >>> ]

Con: Both Have Major Gaps in Their Games

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    Just as soon as the Dwight Howard deal fell through, the Brooklyn Nets scrambled to re-sign their big players.

    With Kris Humphries inking a 2-year deal Tuesday to go with Brook Lopez and his 4-year contract, the Nets are set in the post.

    Or are they?  Is this one of the best frontcourt tandems in the NBA, or are they soft and flawed?

     

    [READ ON FOR THE PROS AND CONS OF THE BROOKLYN NETS' BIGS >>> ]

Pro: Lopez and Humphries Complement Each Other

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    Any time Lopez needs help rebounding, that's where Hump comes in.  And while Humphries can't have the ball stop in his hands, he doesn't need to.  Lopez gets the ball from D-Will, draws the help defense, and Humphries makes his hay with putbacks and defensive breakdowns.

    They're perfect as complementary players, erasing each others' flaws on offense.

Con: Neither Guy Sells Jerseys

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    Exactly why the Brooklyn Nets fought so hard to trade Lopez and Humphries for Dwight Howard.  

    It would have been a costly gamble, putting all eggs in the basket of a malcontent returning from back surgery, but it totally would have paid off in the merchandise department!

    […of course, for each CON we offer a PRO >>> ]

Pro: Brooklyn Can Get Behind This Group

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    There's no Dwight Howard in Brooklyn, but this bunch is way more likable without D12.  Brook Lopez is quirky but he's a quiet anchor for the offense.  Kris Humphries is misunderstood because of tabloid madness, but in reality (not reality TV) he's a team-first hustle guy who's great in the community. 

    […so…are they BETTER OR WORSE THAN WE THINK? >>> ]

Brook Lopez and Kris Humphries Together Are Better Than Most Give Them Credit for

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    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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