The Nets currently have the best collection of young talent in the NBA. Let's take a look:
Anthony Morrow : 24-year-old, 6'5" two-guard who's the best three-point shooter in the league. In two seasons, he has connected on 46 percent of his 491 attempts. In the 31 games last season in which he played at least 30 minutes, Morrow averaged 19.4 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.1 threes and shot percentages of 50-50-91.
Travis Outlaw : At 6'9", the 25-year-old is an elite athlete who can play spots two through four on both sides of the ball. He was injured last season, but in the two previous years Outlaw averaged 13 points and 4 rebounds in just 27 minutes of action per game. He's a good three-point shooter and always plays big in the fourth quarter.
Jordan Farmar : A poor man's Tony Parker, the 23-year-old Farmar is a super quick, scoring-minded ball handler who's strength is getting to the rim. In 18 minutes per game last season with the champion L.A. Lakers, Farmar averaged 7.2 points and shot 38 percent on threes. He makes for a great reserve.
Terrence Williams : The 23-year-old, second-year player out of Louisville came on strong the final two months of last season, averaging 14 points, 6.8 rebounds and 5.4 assists in just 31 minutes of action per game. Williams may never be a consistently good shooter, but he does everything else on the court on an above-average level.
Derrick Favors : The No. 3 overall pick in June's draft, some scouts call him the most athletic big man (6'10", 250) to enter the league since Dwight Howard. At 19, Favors still has much to learn about the game, but he should be able to contribute immediately (at least with rebounds, put-backs and defense) and get votes for Rookie of the Year.
Damion James : Selected at No. 24 in the draft by the Atlanta Hawks, James was acquired by the Nets via trade in exchange for the No. 27 and No. 31 picks. At 6'8" and 230 pounds, the 22-year-old is one tough customer. He's the Big 12's all-time leading rebounder and has the ability to guard positions two through four. His energy and tenacity are otherworldly.
Johan Petro : The 24-year-old, 7'0", 250-pound center will serve as a quality rebounder and defender off the bench. Petro averaged 3.6 rebounds in just 12 minutes of action per game last season. Adjusted for 36 minutes, that's the equivalent of nearly 11 rebounds per game.
Courtney Lee : A former member of the 2009 Orlando Magic team that reached the Finals, the Nets acquired Lee in the Vince Carter swap. The 24-year-old started 66 games last season and averaged 12.5 points and 3.5 rebounds. He's an excellent free throw shooter (87 percent last season), doesn't turn the ball over and, at 6'5", is an exceptional perimeter defender.
In addition to these eight talented youngsters, the Nets feature a core of Lopez (22) and All-Star Devin Harris (27), as well as rookies Brian Zoubek and Ben Uzoh.
Zoubek is a 7'1" center out of Duke who helped the Blue Devils win the National Championship (8 points, 10 rebounds, and 2 blocks). Uzoh is a guard from Tulsa who is a physical freak of nature at 6'3" with a 6'9" wingspan.
Let's not forget 25-year-old Kris Humphries, the No. 14 pick of the 2004 draft.
In all, this Nets roster features:
-Two players older than 26 and none over 30 (Defensive specialist Quinton Ross is the oldest player at 29).
-Four lottery picks (Harris, Lopez, Williams, and Favors).
-10 players whom were first-round draft picks.