Deron Williams averaged 24.6 points and 8.4 assists on 52 percent shooting in April.
The Nets revamped their roster for the 2012-13 season, bringing in Joe Johnson, Reggie Evans, Andray Blatche, Jerry Stackhouse, and C.J. Watson. The team signed 27-year-old Bosnian power forward Mirza Teletovic to a rookie contract, and acquired Tyshawn Taylor in the 2012 NBA Draft.
General manager Billy King and billionaire owner Mikhail Prokhorov rewarded returning players Deron Williams, Brook Lopez, Kris Humphries and Gerald Wallace with massive multi-year contracts.
The franchise also underwent an identity change, adopting a new logo and color scheme while moving from the Meadowlands to a new state-of-the-art arena in downtown Brooklyn.
The Nets finished the regular season with a record of 49-33 and earned the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference Playoffs after winning just 22 games in 2011-12.
Let’s take a look back at how each player performed in the regular season to see how the Nets were able to achieve success during their first year in Brooklyn.
Please note: This list does not include Kris Joseph and Tornike Shengelia because they spent the vast majority of the season in the D League.
Regular Season Stats: 5.8 points, 5.6 rebounds, 0.5 blocks, 0.5 assists, 44 percent FG, 78 percent FT
Best Game: 14 points, 21 rebounds, 1.0 blocks, 11/11 vs. Orlando Magic
Kris Humphries averaged a double-double in his two previous seasons with the Nets and was rewarded with a two-year, $24 million contract last Summer.
Unfortunately, Humphries failed to live up to his new contract this season, averaging just 5.8 points and 5.6 rebounds in 18.3 minutes per game.
Humphries was phased out of the starting lineup after P.J. Carlesimo became coach, and averaged a meager 13.7 minutes per game in February and March.
The 28-year-old power forward had the divorce trial with reality-TV star Kim Kardashian looming over him throughout the season. This could have contributed to his poor performance and lack of playing time.
Gerald Wallace shot just 28 percent from beyond the arc in the regular season.
Regular Season Stats: 7.7 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.4 steals, 0.7 blocks, 39 percent FG, 63 percent FT
Best Game: 25 points, 10 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 2.0 blocks, 2.0 steals, 12/14 vs. Detroit Pistons
Gerald Wallace was traded by the Trailblazers to the Nets on March 15, 2012. On July 11, 2012, he re-signed with the Nets for $40 million over four years.
Like Humphries, Wallace has failed to live up to his big contract. He struggled mightily on the offensive end in 2012-13, shooting 28 percent from beyond the arc and 63 percent from the charity stripe.
Wallace still brings it on the defensive end, but it’s hard to justify paying $10 million a year for such a one-dimensional player. Take a look at Tony Allen, for example. Like Wallace, he’s an above average defender with limited offensive ability. But the Memphis Grizzlies are only paying him $3.3 million this season.
The Nets were counting on Wallace to help take them to the next level in 2012-13, but that hasn’t been the case.
Regular Season Stats: 2.2 points, 0.6 assists, 0.5 rebounds, 0.3 steals, 36 percent FG, 55 percent FT
Best Game: 14 points, 3.0 assists, 2.0 steals, 4/15 vs. Washington Wizards
The Portland Trailblazers selected Tyshawn Taylor with the 41st pick in the 2012 NBA Draft and traded him to the Nets for cash considerations.
Taylor signed a contract with the Nets on July 6, 2012. He saw limited action in his first NBA season, appearing in just 36 games.
Taylor saw significant time in the two games that Deron Williams missed before the All-Star Break. He scored 12 points in his first game in the rotation against the Indiana Pacers on Feb. 11.
The rookie point guard spent a good portion of the season in the D League and it’s unclear what his future with the Nets will be.
MarShon Brooks showed flashes of offensive brilliance, but was mostly inconsistent in his second NBA season.
Regular Season Stats: 5.4 points, 1.4 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 0.5 steals, 46 percent FG, 73 percent FT
Best Game: 27 points, 7.0 assists, 4.0 rebounds, 1.0 blocks, 4/3 vs. Cleveland Cavaliers
MarShon Brooks showed flashes on the offensive end during his second year in the NBA, but he was too inconsistent to earn the full confidence of interim coach P.J. Carlesimo.
Brooks averaged just 12.5 minutes per game for the Nets in 2012-13 and failed to make the leap many anticipated he would in his second year. The Providence product shot an abysmal 27 percent from three-point range and was prone to making mistakes at critical moments in games.
But the Nets are a veteran-laden squad, and didn’t need Brooks to be an impact player this year.
His 27-point eruption against the Cleveland Cavaliers on April 3 was encouraging, and he’ll continue to improve as he gains more experience.
Mirza Teletovic wasn't able to play himself into the rotation in March.
Regular Season Stats: 3.5 points, 1.8 rebounds, 0.4 assists, 0.2 blocks, 38 percent FG, 81 percent FT
Best Game: 14 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 2.0 blocks, 1/5 vs. Sacramento Kings
Mirza Teletovic agreed to a three-year, $15.6 million contract with the Nets on July 3, 2012. The deal has since been adjusted to $9 million over three years.
There was a lot of hype surrounding the Teletovic when he was signed by Brooklyn. The Bosnian power forward won the Spanish League Rising Star award in 2008 and was named MVP of the Spanish King’s Cup Tournament in 2009. He averaged a career-high 21.7 points and 6 rebounds per game during the 2011-12 Euroleague Season.
Teletovic earned a reputation for being a sharpshooter while playing in Europe, but the big man failed to impress from beyond the arc in Brooklyn. In his first season with the Nets Teletovic shot 34 percent from three-point range and 38 percent from the field.
P.J. Carlesimo tried to work Teletovic into the rotation in early March, but the 28-year-old rookie struggled in his expanded role and fell out of favor.
Regular Season Stats: 4.9 points, 0.9 assists, 0.9 rebounds, 38 percent FG, 87 percent FT
Best Game: 17 points, 3.0 steals, 1.0 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 11/28 vs. Boston Celtics
The Nets signed Jerry Stackhouse to a one-year, $1.3 million deal on July 11, 2012.
Stackhouse spent the majority of the season nursing injuries and working as a player/coach. The 38 year old appeared in just 34 games this season, so it’s hard to properly assess his play.
He performed decently during limited action, averaging 4.9 points and shooting 33 percent from beyond the arc in 14.7 minutes per game.
He averaged 19.2 minutes per game in April, making it clear that P.J. Carlesimo planned on including him in the playoff rotation.
Keith Bogans brought toughness and veteran leadership to the Nets' second-unit.
Regular Season Stats: 4.2 points, 1.6 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 0.4 steals, 38 percent FG, 64 percent FT
Best Game: 13 points, 2.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.0 steal, 12/23 vs. Philadelphia 76ers
The Nets re-signed Keith Bogans last Summer after waiving him in February 2012.
Bogans played 74 games for Brooklyn in 2012-13, and started in 23 of them. He was a solid role player for the Nets, averaging 4.2 points on 38 percent shooting.
Bogans provided toughness and veteran leadership to the second unit. His versatility allowed him to play at shooting guard or small forward. The 32-year-old spent most of the season hoisting three-point attempts from the corners. He shot 34 percent from beyond the arc in 19 minutes per game.
C.J. Watson shot 41 percent from three-point range in the regular season.
Regular Season Stats: 6.8 points, 2.0 assists, 1.8 rebounds, 0.8 steals, 41 percent FG, 78 percent FT
Best Game: 25 points, 6.0 assists, 2.0 rebounds, 2.0 steals, 2/13 vs. Denver Nuggets
When C.J. Watson passed through waivers the Nets were able to sign him to veteran minimum contract.
Watson was excellent coming off the bench this season. He’s capable of playing point guard and shooting guard and shot 41 percent from downtown.
The 29 year old scored in double-digits 20 times and led the Nets to victories over the Pacers and Nuggets in place of an injured Deron Williams before the All-Star Break.
Regular Season Stats: 16.3 points, 3.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 0.7 steals, 42 percent FG, 82 percent FT
Best Game: 33 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.0 steals, 1/2 vs. Oklahoma City Thunder
The Nets acquired Joe Johnson in a trade with the Atlanta Hawks on July 11, 2012. With Johnson and superstar Deron Williams, Brooklyn suddenly had one of the best backcourts in the NBA.
Johnson had an up-and-down regular season that was somewhat marred by a nagging plantar fasciitis injury. His 16.3 points, 3.5 assists and 3.0 rebounds per game were all below his career averages.
But Johnson still managed to record at least 20 points in 17 games. He also hit three game-winning shots, including two buzzer-beaters.
Andray Blatche has had a lot to smile about since arriving in Brooklyn.
Regular Season Stats: 10.3 points, 5.1 rebounds, 0.7 blocks, 1.0 steals, 51 percent FG, 68 percent FT
Best Game: 22 points, 15 rebounds, 4.0 steals, 2.0 assists, 12/7 vs. Golden State Warriors
The Nets used Andray Blatche as a backup center this season and he exceeded everyone’s expectations by leading the bench in scoring.
The Wizards chose to amnesty the 26 year old big man after several on and off the court incidents and were forced to eat the majority of his $23-million contract. The Nets got Blatche at a discount price, signing him to a one-year contract worth just $854,389.
Blatche was a critical part of the Nets’ success in 2012-13. He logged 19 minutes per game and provided an offensive spark off the bench. More importantly, he exhibited exemplary behavior on and off the court.
Reggie Evans leads the NBA in rebounding rate per 48 minutes.
Regular Season Stats: 4.5 points, 11.1 rebounds, 0.2 blocks, 0.9 steals, 47 percent FG, 50 percent FT
Best Game: 22 points, 26 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.0 steal, 3/27 vs. Portland Trailblazers
The Nets acquired Reggie Evans from the Los Angeles Clippers on July 11, 2012, in a sign-and-trade deal.
Evans first season with Brooklyn got off to a rocky start when he became the first player in NBA history to be fined for flopping in 95-90 defeat to the Los Angeles Lakers on Nov. 21.
But Evans bounced back and worked his way into the starting lineup after P.J. Carlesimo was named interim head coach.
The 6’ 8”, power forward was a rebounding machine for the Nets, averaging 11.1 boards per game. He led the NBA in rebounding rate per 48 minutes, and recorded at least 20 rebounds in nine games.
Deron Williams led the Nets to a 49-33 record.
Regular Season Stats: 18.9 points, 7.7 assists, 3.0 rebounds, 1.0 steals, 44 percent FG, 85 percent FT
Best Game: 42 points, 5.0 assists, 3.0 rebounds, 1.0 steals, 3/8 vs. Washington Wizards
Deron Williams may have struggled during the first half of the season, but he was still playing better than the majority of the point guards in the NBA. Then he went off after the All-Star Break, averaging 23 points and eight assists on 50-percent shooting in March and April.
D-Will carried the Nets in the franchise’s first year in Brooklyn, finishing fifth in the NBA for assists per game and shooting nearly 38 percent from three-point range. Brooklyn’s floor general averaged a sizzling 24.6 points and 8.4 assists in April.
The transformation Williams underwent as he got healthier and played himself into shape was remarkable.
Regular Season Stats: 19.4 points, 6.9 rebounds, 2.1 blocks, 0.4 steals, 0.9 assists, 52 percent FG, 75 percent FT
Best Game: 38 points, 11 rebounds, 2.0 blocks, 1.0 assists, 1.0 steals, 3/20 vs. Dallas Mavericks
On July 11, 2012, the Nets re-signed Brook Lopez to four-year, $61 million contract extension.
Lopez responded with the best season of his career. The seven-footer out of Stanford was selected to his first NBA All-Star Game and averaged a career-high in blocks. He bulked up in the offseason and has worked hard to improve his defensive game.
In one year, Lopez went from being just another role player, to being widely regarded as one of the best centers in the league.
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