Is Hakim Warrick a Perfect Fit for the New Jersey Nets?

Stephen DyellCorrespondent IJuly 25, 2009

NEW YORK - JANUARY 23:  Hakim Warrick #21 of the Memphis Grizzlies looks on during a break in the game against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden January 23, 2009 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. The Knicks defeated the Grizzlies 108-88. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

While Hakim Warrick is no LeBron James, he is someone who is capable of helping out with this team right now and as well as in the future.


The Grizzlies chose to rescinded their $3 million qualifying offer to Hakim Warrick, giving them more flexibility on the free-agent market resulting in Warrick being open to any team including the Nets who passed on him on draft night years ago to take future bench warmer, Antoine Wright.


At the age of 27 years old, Warrick is not yet a veteran but in terms of experience on the New Jersey roster, Warrick would have to be that leader. While in Memphis it was Gasol’s team and then Gay’s team, Warrick was a leader at Syracuse and has recently stepped up his efforts on the Grizzlies team, though he did not have a contract.


Warrick, along with Mike Conley, Rudy Gay and OJ Mayo were working out together in Las Vegas building team chemistry even before the season began and also supporting rookie Hasheem Thabeet during his rough Summer League being at the games and talking him through the tough times.


The Nets are much like the Grizzlies in the fact that they are youth based with the talent being under 30 years of age. They could defiantly use someone like Hakim who is willing to work together as a team much like what Carter had done with Chris Douglas-Roberts and others by taking them under his wing.


While looking in the post, three guys in Sean Williams, Yi Jialian and Josh Boone step out the most in that category as each player has fallen off the track and could use some help finding the right way.


As for where he fits on the floor, the Nets truly lack low post scoring. While Warrick loves the fadaway and the occasional three pointer, he can attack the basket and draw fouls which was lacking aside from Devin Harris in 2009.


Add that with his almost 12 points per game scoring and you add a scoring threat to a Nets bench that lacks scoring from the big man which took a blow with the trading of Ryan Anderson.


On the defensive end is where he gets beat as he is smaller than most power forwards resulting in easy baskets but you also cannot win games without some sort of scoring and it’s the risk you have to give up especially when you trade away your second highest scorer for a second year player.


Does Hakim Warrick fit the Nets? It sure doesn’t hurt.


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