It has been recently reported that the New Jersey Nets are on the verge of obtaining superstar Carmelo Anthony in a four-team trade. In the trade the New Jersey Nets would be losing Devin Harris and the 2010 third overall pick Derrick Favors, as well as two future first round picks.
With this addition, what can be expected from the New Jersey Nets? The team will have a roster with no experience playing together, loads of talent to exploit, as well as a clear franchise player in Carmelo Anthony.
The loss of Devin Harris means the team would probably be handing the point guard duties to newcomer Jordan Farmar. It has been mentioned that the Nets might also be receiving DJ Augustin in the trade, who would provide them much needed point guard depth. Augustin and Farmar would create healthy competition for the starting point guard spot.
Many analysts had New Jersey in plenty of trade scenarios for Carmelo Anthony, but most of those scenarios included Terrance Williams. Williams played his heart out in the Vegas Summer League and showed promise of becoming a floor leader and an excellent NBA player. Keeping him likely means he will be starting at shooting guard. Also at the two spot, gunner Anthony Morrow would be able to come off the bench and provide instant scoring, specifically from long range.
The small forward spot belongs to Carmelo Anthony. Providing help off the bench would be newcomer Travis Outlaw. Outlaw provides excellent defense and athleticism that would be a perfect fit along Farmar and Williams to push the ball. Also, Summer League surprise Damion James will likely be a player making many GM’s scratch their head over passing him up in the draft.
At power forward, recently acquired Troy Murphy provides everything that a coach could want from a four-man. He rebounds the ball well, stretches the floor, and provides a veteran presence on the court. The only downside to Murphy’s game is his defense. But if coach Avery Johnson is known for something, is for defense. The Nets will see a much better Troy Murphy defensively that any other team has ever seen. Backing up Murhpy will be Kris Humphreys as well as Travis Outlaw who is also able to play the four spot as well.
The center position looks very shallow outside of Brooke Lopez. Johan Petro will be Lopez’s first replacement. Although Petro is not a horrible back-up center, he is also not very efficient offensively or defensively. Also, free agent rookie acquisition Brian Zoubek will likely be given a chance to develop into a decent back-up center.
The New Jersey Nets roster will look like this:
PG – Farmar/Augustin
SG – Williams/Morrow/James
SF – Anthony/Outlaw/James
PF – Murphy/Humpreys/Outlaw
C – Lopez/Petro/Zoubek
So, what can we expect from the New Jersey Nets? Call me an optimist, but this team can instantaneously become a top 4 team in the East behind Miami, Chicago, and Orlando. This team can go from 12 wins to over 50 wins. This team can go from the worst in the league to one of the most promising young teams of the future.
What some people called crazy in the recent past might become true. Mikhail Prokhorov’s claim of a playoff berth and a championship in the near future will not seem as unrealistic as it once did.