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The Brooklyn Nets boast a number of great options throughout their rotation, but power forward presents the Eastern Conference contenders with a pretty sizable problem.
Reggie Evans is a great role player, but that's about it. He's an incredible rebounder and a solid defender, especially in pick-and-roll situations, but playing Evans on offense is essentially equal to forgoing a fifth option.
And when I say Evans is an incredible rebounder, I truly mean it. Defensive and offensive rebounding require different skills, yet the 32-year-old thrives on both types of glass, leading the entire NBA in both offensive and defensive rebounding percentages (per Basketball-Reference.com).
It's clear that he has value, but can you win a championship with Evans in the starting lineup? At the heart of each of these question marks, that's the ultimate question, so it's one I'll be answering at the end of each slide.
This question is especially relevant for the Nets since Kris Humphries and Mirza Teletovic are the primary backups at the position.
As for Grantland's Zach Lowe, well, I'm going to assume he votes no:
Here's a general rule: If you're this dependent on Reggie Evans, you're not a contender. He has bad hands, zero range, and almost no scoring ability — his recent 22-point explosion in Portland and 15-point game against Denver notwithstanding — and his elite offensive rebounding stems in part from the fact that defenses don't guard him. But he has done his job this season — a bigger job than the Nets ever intended for him. (Hi, Kris Humphries.)
As talented as Deron Wiliams and Brook Lopez may be, I'll be voting no as well.
Can you win a championship with this question mark?