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Enough of this "core four" talk; let's give some credit to the Nets' role players instead.
Sure they have four elite, or borderline, All-Star players in their starting lineup, but it's the rest of the players who are going to help push this team from a playoff contender to a championship contender.
C.J. Watson, Reggie Evans, Kris Humphries, MarShon Brooks and Andray Blatche (as mentioned earlier) are the players who will elevate this star-studded roster to the next level. They all have different roles and can contribute to certain aspects of the game to cover up the mistakes of the core four.
Evans and Humphries are both dynamic rebounders who neutralize Brook Lopez' mediocre rebounding ability—although he has been working on that as of late.
Humphries is a tad better scorer, but they both recognize their respective roles on this team and know their limits.
Brooks is an energetic, young scorer who hasn't seen much action recently but can still light up the scoreboard at any night if given the opportunity.
Blatche is capable of starting on most teams, so it's definitely a luxury to have a guy like him producing from the bench. Watson proved last year that he was capable of handling starting point guard duties after starting 25 games during Derrick Rose's various injuries, and he's another player that can provide valuable minutes on any team.
Keith Bogans is still a decent defender at his age, and Jerry Stackhouse is nowhere near contributing at the high level he maintained earlier in his career, but he's a great locker room presence and a tested veteran that every team would love to have as the ninth or tenth man on the roster.