The 2010 New Jersey Nets were beyond bad. They were terrible, awful, disappointing, and horrendous. However, not all is lost for the fine folks of East Rutherford, or is it Brooklyn now. As hard as it may be to comprehend now, the Nets will be just fine.
At point guard they have a perennial All-Star in the making, Devin Harris. He made it to his first All-Star game in 2009 as a reserve. In the 2009 season he averaged 21 points, seven assists, three rebounds, and nearly two steals per game. Those expecting Harris to improve may have been slightly disappointed, but his 2010 numbers were still solid (17 points, seven assists, and three rebounds.)
The Nets also have Brook Lopez, a young center who is yet to reach his full potential. In his second NBA season he has averaged 19 points and nine rebounds while starting every game so far this year. He can still improve as a passer, and needs to work on defending without fouling.
Beyond Harris and Lopez, the Nets have two capable players on the wing: Chris Douglas-Roberts and Terrence Williams. Douglas-Roberts fell to the second round of the draft due to his inability to impress during individual workouts. Teams must have forgotten he was one of the best players in college, leading Memphis to the national championship game where they fell to Kansas. This year CDR started the season on fire going for 17 points, six rebounds, and two assists. Since, he has cooled off, but with increased playing time he could find himself shouldering a big load for the Nets.
Terrence Williams has the physical makeup to become one of the true superstars of the NBA. He played his college ball at Louisville, a team that took pride in their stiff defense, and has really come into his own late in the season. For the month of March, Williams was arguably the Eastern Conference's best rookie averaging 14 points, seven rebounds and five assists in 30 minutes per game.
Unfortunately for the Nets, the brightest stars of the team also make this a difficult draft for them. Due to their terrible record this year, the Nets can do no worse than fourth overall in the 2010 NBA Draft. Recognizing their team weaknesses, we recommend they select any one of the following four players.
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