The State Of The Nets
So now that things have settled down some and the picks have been made its time as a Nets fan to take a step back and look at where we are as a team.
First and foremost though I'd like to give my formal goodbye to Vince Carter. I was never a fan of his until he came to NJ, I now have been transformed into one of his biggest supporters.
Getting to watch him play everyday was truly a special thing. Vince is something of a basketball genius, I think about how he plays the game. His IQ, unlimited range, and passing ability makes him one of the top players. He was a true professional off the court and on.
Now onto the Nets as they are set currently. Devin Harris the ball and the team is clearly yours. From a marketing standpoint I think Devin is the 'star' of the team now. Brook is just as important but I don't think he has the charisma that young Devin brings, so Devin I hope you take those reigns and run with them.
From a basketball point of view, the Vince trade brought us two things mostly: youth and cap space.
Courtney Lee is clearly a proven starter in this league judging from his starting performance for the NBA runner up Orlando Magic. I got to see a good deal of Lee in the playoffs and liked what I saw. He defends, he can shoot and he gives us the type of player we haven't had, someone who can play without the ball in his hands. A guy we can run sets for and he come off screens and hits an open jump shot.
Playing alongside Harris who commands the ball, it was important we acquired someone who can play off the ball.
Bringing in Rafer Alston is a good move as well. He's also proven in this league and bringing him off the bench to relieve Harris won't allow for much drop off. Also Harris has shown that he can face some injury issues, so having another PG around helps.
Bringing in Alston, the attitude though may be a different story.
Alston has been used to winning, with him playing with the Rockets and then Magic. For the Nets now he will most likely be losing and sitting. Can his ego adjust, and will he have a positive influence?
Hopefully being back in the NY area can keep Skip in check.
Tony 'Malik Allen' Battie gives us a little more depth in the front court and hopefully he can provide some of the energy lost with the departure of Ryan Anderson as well.
I love what Terrance Williams brings from a competitive and defending nature. He can really be a lock down guy in this league. I also love his flair for the big play.
What I don't like, In his four years playing under legendary Coach Rick Pitino he didn't really improve by leaps and bounds, which is a concern. I also don't like the whispers being heard of his character, especially after a locker room influence like Carter has left.
Once again, though, the team clearly is in the hands of Devin Harris and Brook Lopez. More sets are going to be run for Brook I imagine now, similar to what we saw at the end of last year.
I'm also hoping there are big things in store for Chris Douglas-Roberts. He's been working hard this off season and I think he's going to get a big chance to play major minutes either as the starting SF or as the 6th or 7th man.
He and Terrance Williams can each handle the ball as well and CDR is especially effective when we're running our dribble drive stuff that we used last year.
Finally it brings me to Yi. Apparently, Yi is getting the shot to be a power forward again. He needs to step up.
Hopefully with a year under his belt and playing a little less this summer and working out more, Yi will come back re-charged and re-focused, we certainly need it.
A good summer will hopefully give Yi the confidence to again hit his jump shot. There is certainly going to be ample opportunity.
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