NBA Fantasy Basketball Early Review: Devin Harris and the New Jersey Nets
Starting the season at 9-23 the New Jersey Nets are almost past the woeful number of games that they won all of last season (12). While New Jersey isn’t a team that should be counted on to make the playoffs, there are a few players that are worth considering adding to your fantasy squad...along with some that aren’t.
An average of 17.2 ppg, 6.7 assists and 1.0 steal is great for fantasy basketball, but not great for an elite NBA point guard. You can’t blame Devin Harris for putting up these numbers because often times he’s forced to take the lead of a team with only five players averaging more than ten points per game.
Harris often finds himself driving to the basket for a score and not distributing the ball. The offensive load forces Harris to jack up more shots, thus inflating his scoring average.
Harris is shooting 45 percent from the field and is taking 12.2 shots per game. That field goal percentage is Harris’ highest since joining the Nets, but is scoring four points lower than he did in 2008-09 at 21.3.
The drop in scoring could be partially attributed to him taking two less shots per game (while also playing less minutes), despite shooting over 30 percent from beyond the arc. This could also be the byproduct of Harris not having a great shot selection.
Because Harris tends to hold on to the ball a little longer than he should it makes him susceptible to turnovers at a rate of 2.9 per game.
This season has been a season of lows for Brook Lopez in a lot of areas with scoring being the only bright spot. While Lopez is averaging a career high 19.3 ppg (22nd in the league), he’s averaging a career low of 6.2 rebounds.
Kris Humphries is averaging 9.2 despite only playing 24.9 minutes per game. The seven-foot Brook has posted double digit rebounding figures only twice this season and the last time this happened was on December 1st. Only in one of those games Brook managed to get a double-double, a far cry from 33 double-doubles last season.
Playing without Vince Carter...
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