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At the beginning of the summer, it would have seemed unlikely that the Brooklyn Nets could take a step forward in the offseason without adding Dwight Howard to their roster. They managed to do so without him.
Joe Johnson is a very good player in this league. He was not worth the ridiculous contract that the Atlanta Hawks gave him. However, it seems that Johnson, in the wake of being overrated thanks to that contract, has since been underrated as far as what he can do on the court.
Johnson is a scorer, pure and simple. Often, he will have nights where you do not even notice he is in the game and yet he scores over 30 points. He is not a No. 1 player on a team. He is a sidekick, but one of the better ones in the league. He is also 6’7” and long, making him a defensive asset when he's motivated. The Nets will get that out of him, as the pressure will not always be on him to score as it was in Atlanta.
The Nets round out their lineup with one of the game’s best point guards in Deron Williams, a tough rebounder in Kris Humphries, a very good defender and rebounder in Gerald Wallace, and a talented center in Brook Lopez. Very few NBA teams can exceed or even match the talent in Brooklyn's starting lineup.
Management will need to add qualities pieces to the bench, but that should not be too hard though. The Miami Heat have been an example of how older veterans will sign for less money to play with star power. The Nets have that star power now, and that is why they have moved forward.