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Brooklyn is home to one of the best trios in the game.
Brook Lopez, Deron Williams and Joe Johnson
Points Per Game: 52.9
Rebounds Per Game: 13.5
Assists Per Game: 12.1
Combined PER: 56.8
The Nets have a very solid, yet expensive, trio of stars.
Brook Lopez is one of the best young big men in the league, averaging over 18 points per game with a 24.6 PER, fourth in the NBA. He has also raised his rebounding and blocks to 7.2 and 2.2 per game, respectively.
Deron Williams was in the conversation for top point guard in the league a couple years ago, but he has fallen a bit. He is averaging just 7.5 assists per game, 1.5 below his career average. Nonetheless, he is still a top-five point guard.
Joe Johnson is still a very solid scorer, averaging 16.8 points per game, and at 6'7", 240 pounds, he is a tough matchup for most shooting guards.
However, he is averaging his fewest points since the 2004-05 season, and his shooting percentage is the lowest since 2003-04. His production is not what the Nets thought it would be when they traded for him over the summer.
The Nets have the seventh-best trio in the league, but it remains to be seen if this core can contend for a championship. The team is just sixth in the East, and they have almost zero financial flexibility moving forward.
Lopez, Williams and Johnson will make more than $50 million per season through 2015-16, according to Hoopshype. Johnson is 31 and Williams is 28, so this may be the ceiling for this Nets team.