NBA Preseason: Brooklyn Nets Player Power Rankings
Even a few starters surprised the league with their play—both good and bad—and it should lead to an increase/decrease of minutes in the early goings of the season.
The Nets concluded the preseason with a respectable 3-3 record. After winning the first three games, Brooklyn dropped three straight.
A different player led the team each game, something that could prove valuable during the regular season.
With several players playing differently than what was expected this offseason, the Nets' original plans may be subject to change at this point.
15. Jerry Stackhouse
Jerry Stackhouse played in just one game this preseason, scoring four points while dishing out one assist and pulling down one rebound. He shot 33 percent from the floor.
The 17-year veteran doesn't figure to play a big role with Brooklyn this season. At shooting guard, he has both MarShon Brooks and Joe Johnson ahead of him.
There's also a chance that Keith Bogans and Tyshawn Taylor see time there.
This could very well be Stackhouse's last season in the NBA.
14. Keith Bogans
The Nets went out and picked up a defensive specialist this offseason in Keith Bogans. He'll help to fill a a major need on the team this season.
It's difficult to judge defense in the preseason, so this ranking may not be as accurate as some of the other guys on this list.
Even though he's not really an offensive threat, let's take a look at his production.
He shot just 27 percent from the floor, averaging 2.5 points, 1.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists.
I'd look for similar numbers from him during the regular season.
13. Mirza Teletovic
Mirza Teletovic did not perform well in his first preseason in the NBA.
It's difficult to fault him, though. Everyone knew there would be an adjustment period for the international import.
While 6.0 points per game, 1.8 rebounds per game and 0.2 assists per game may not be horrible for a forward coming off the bench in the NBA, the fact that he shot just 28 percent leaves much to be desired.
It'll take some time for Teletovic to adjust to the NBA style of play. Because of his poor shooting percentage, though, he receives a low ranking from me for this preseason.
12. Josh Childress
Josh Childress, the former No. 6 overall pick by the Atlanta Hawks, returned to the NBA after a stint in Greece just a few seasons ago.
He put together two relatively unproductive seasons with the Phoenix Suns and now finds himself deep on the Brooklyn bench.
Childress is one of several guys who could see time at the small forward position this season and put himself in decent position to see a decent number of minutes.
He dropped 3.2 points per game while adding in 2.5 rebounds and 0.3 assists. He shot a solid 47 percent from the floor.
This will be similar production to what we see from him this season.
11. Tyshawn Taylor
Rookie Tyshawn Taylor appeared in just three games this preseason, so his relatively low ranking is based on the fact that we didn't really see all that much of him.
In those three games, Taylor averaged 8.0 points per game while also dishing out 3.0 assists a game.
Taylor may not get much playing time this season, as C. J. Watson and MarShon Brooks are ahead of him in the depth chart at point guard and shooting guard, respectively.
When he does play, though, the Nets should expect to get great hustle and a spark on both sides of the court.
Had Taylor played in another game or two his ranking would likely have been higher.
10. Tornike Shengelia
Tornike Shengelia outperformed the Nets' other international import (Teletovic) this preseason, showing he is better adapted to the NBA at this point in time.
Shenglia shot 38 percent from the floor—much better than Teletovic's 28 percent, but still below what's expected of an NBA shooter.
He didn't average as many points (just 4.7), but grabbed more rebounds (2.3) and dished out more assists (1.3).
Even though he's not competing all that much against Teletovic, Shengelia should be pleased that he outperformed the Nets' other international rookie.
Shengelia is a strong shooter and will likely see time at either forward position this season.
9. Reggie Evans
Reggie Evans was brought in to fulfill a need this offseason, and steps were taken in the preseason to make sure that he fills that role well.
The Nets needed a rebounder off the bench, and Evans was able to grab 3.7 rebounds per game in very limited minutes.
He even averaged 1.5 points per game on 60 percent shooting. Even though the Nets aren't looking for much offensive production from Evans, anything they do receive will be a welcome bonus.
Evans' ability to perform like the player the Nets expected him to be keeps him out of the bottom-third of this ranking.
8. MarShon Brooks
MarShon Brooks is expected to play a smaller role in 2012-13 than the one he played last season, as the addition of Joe Johnson at shooting guard will give Brooklyn a consistent starter.
Even with that in mind, Brooks performed well in the preseason.
He scored 8.0 points per game on just 38 percent shooting, but he did grab a surprising 3.7 rebounds per game.
The Nets are probably looking for Brooks to rack up a few more assists than rebounds, but added rebounding numbers would definitely be appreciated by Avery Johnson.
His usual scoring numbers and surprising rebounding keep Brooks in the top half of the rankings.
7. Kris Humphries
Power forward Kris Humphries was the worst-performing starter for the Nets, but his numbers were actually very respectable.
He has averaged a double-double each of the past two seasons, and he showed that same consistency even early on in 2012-13.
Humphries averaged 6.6 points per game and 5.4 rebounds per game on 44 percent shooting.
There's a good chance that Humphries puts up another double-double season. His preseason shows that he has that in mind, and he'll likely see plenty of opportunities under basket to both score and pull down boards.
I predict 12.0 points per game and around 10.0 rebounds from Humphries.
6. C. J. Watson
C.J. Watson established himself as one of the premier reserve point guards in the NBA last season. When Derrick Rose went down with an injury, Watson stepped up in a big way as a starter for the Chicago Bulls.
That performance made him a prime target for Nets' general manager Billy King.
He lived up to last season's performance through the first six preseason games, dropping 9.2 points per game, while also dishing out 1.6 assists. He shot 50 percent from the floor.
Watson will play important minutes for the Nets. When Deron Williams needs a breather, there's no doubt that the offense will take a big hit. With Watson stepping in, there's not nearly as much need to worry.
5. Gerald Wallace
Gerald Wallace will likely be the fourth scoring option for the Nets in the regular season, but averaged 9.6 points per game in the preseason—this ranked fifth on the team.
Even though he underperformed a little on offense, his rebounding numbers were exceptional. His 6.0 rebounds per game ranked third on the team behind Brook Lopez and Andray Blatche.
Wallace will play more of the role of a complimentary player this season in Brooklyn, a role that he should fit very well.
He's not capable of sustaining an offense by himself, so surrounding him with strong offensive threats will ultimately make him a better player.
4. Joe Johnson
When Joe Johnson was acquired this offseason, the Nets were expecting the exact production that they received from him this preseason.
Had it not been for two pretty surprising performances, he'd probably be ranked second on this list.
Johnson shot 46 percent from the floor and averaged 12.8 points per game. He even grabbed 2.0 rebounds and tallied 2.8 assists per contest.
It was clear early on how much of an impact Johnson will have on the offense this season, so the initial results seem to be positive for the Nets.
Only time will tell if the results stay positive.
3. Andray Blatche
Andray Blatche was the biggest surprise for the Nets in the preseason—end of story.
He averaged 11.7 points per game on 52 percent shooting. Oh yeah, and he grabbed 7.5 rebounds per game.
Blatche hasn't exactly been the most consistent player over the course of his career, leading to being cut by the Washington Wizards after last season.
While off-court issues make him a bit of a liability, this type of on-court production will make him a valuable piece to the Nets' rotation.
Blatche could be in line to continue surprising the NBA with the regular season less than a week away.
2. Deron Williams
Deron Williams is undoubtedly the Nets' most talented player, but even he was outperformed this preseason by the man who ranks No. 1 on this list.
Williams had a real chance at ranking first with his 15.8 points, 2.8 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game, but his 37 percent shooting from the field inhibits him from making the jump.
The Nets will be relying heavily on D-Will this season, and there's absolutely no reason to believe that he won't post ridiculous numbers.
By season's end, he'll likely have the most complete stat line of any Net.
1. Brook Lopez
After playing in just five games last season due to injury, Brook Lopez looked fantastic this preseason.
He's never had a problem with putting the ball in the basket efficiently and often, evidenced by his 57 percent shooting and team-leading 16.4 points per game.
Rebounding has been an issue for him in the past, but Lopez looked to improve upon that early on this season. He grabbed 7.4 rebounds per game, just 0.1 behind Blatche for the team lead.
Lopez will play a huge role for the Nets this season. As the team's best front court player, he'll be relied upon heavily in the paint.
If he can continue this type of rebounding, Lopez may establish himself as a top tier center in the NBA.