Brooklyn Nets Power Rankings: Evaluating Full Roster After First Six Weeks

Frank Cesare@frank_worldContributor IINovember 29, 2014

Brooklyn Nets Power Rankings: Evaluating Full Roster After First Six Weeks

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    The Brooklyn Nets are healthy and slowly inching their way to a winning record. 

    Deron Williams and Joe Johnson are playing quality basketball that has the franchise pegged as the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference. 

    With Brook Lopez on the court, anything is possible for an organization that has been mauled and limited by injuries the past two seasons. 

    Let's take a look at Brooklyn's roster and rank each player. 

Role Players: 11-15

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    11. Andrei Kirilenko, SF/PF

    Andrei Kirilenko may not be the stat-filling, do-everything swingman he was in his prime, but he's still talented enough to help a team with his hustle and intangibles. For whatever reason, he hasn't played more than 10 minutes in any game, and he's missed his past six contests. If he could get back on the court and do the little things he's capable of, Brooklyn will be impacted positively by the 33-year-old. 

    12. Jorge Gutierrez, PG

    Like Kirilenko, Jorge Gutierrez's playing time has been sporadic. The 25-year-old point guard isn't as productive as Jarrett Jack, but he's a good enough player to be on the floor for a few minutes per game. Last season, in the 15 games he played, he was on the court for 16.3 MPG, and posted a stat line of 4.1 PPG, 2.0 APG, 1.5 RPG, 0.7 SPG and 0.9 TPG. He's a decent enough role player to run the offense for limited stretches if he could be strong with the ball and not turn it over. 

    13. Sergey Karasev, SF

    Sergey Karasev isn't seeing the court much, but the 21-year-old Russian is a small forward with good range. He's only taken two shots this season from the three-point line, and he's missed them both, but if he's given the opportunity to get in rhythm, he would help spread the floor for head coach Lionel Hollins' team. He's a little raw and his lack of playing time reflects that, but eventually he should see himself cracking the rotation and nailing a few jump shots. 

    14. Corey Jefferson, PF

    Corey Jefferson may be a little small for his position, checking in at 6'9", but he's the type of player to play with energy and make the most of his few chances. He's a good athlete that should develop into a decent role player if given the opportunity to gain experience. He's played in 17 minutes total this season, but if Brooklyn's front court sees any injuries, he should be able to step in and be a decent stopgap for the Nets. 

    15. Markel Brown, PG

    The 22-year-old rookie point guard made his debut against the San Antonio Spurs (Nov. 22) and made the most of his three minutes of action. He went 1-of-2 from the field and knocked down his only free-throw chance. He's a high energy guard that can become a spark plug with experience. Brooklyn is deep at the 1, but if any injuries occur, Brown will be able to step in and maintain depth. 

10. Jerome Jordan, C

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    Jerome Jordan is slowly seeing his playing time increase. 

    The 7'0" 28 year old center is a good athlete that runs the floor well and has no problems cleaning up the glass. 

    In only 7.8 MPG, Jordan is posting a player efficiency rating of 18.35 and he has a modest stat line of 2.5 PPG, 2.4 RPG and 0.5 BPG. Jordan isn't a premier talent, but he provides solid depth for the Nets and is an excellent backup center for Brook Lopez.

    With Lopez's injury history and Kevin Garnett's age, as much size as possible is needed in the middle. Jordan is a low maintenance player that doesn't need to be fed the ball to be involved in his team's offense or defense, and he goes out there making the most of minutes each outing. 

    He's a good insurance policy for Lopez and Garnett, pending either of them catches the injury bug or needs time off to rest and keep their bodies fresh. 

9. Alan Anderson, SG

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    Alan Anderson can be a little sporadic at times with his jump shot, but when he's coming off the bench, he's always capable of knocking down big shots for Brooklyn. 

    The 32-year-old shooting guard is knocking down 41.1 percent of his shots from the field, which is slightly above his career average of 39.7 percent. 

    He isn't a tremendous player by any means, but he's a low-cost gunner that plays with confidence and a willingness to make big plays for his team when needed. 

    Anderson may need to be a little more selective with his shots and focus on opportunities within the flow of the offense, but the talent is there to be a serviceable reserve shooting guard for head coach Lionel Hollins. 

8. Mason Plumlee, PF/C

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    Mason Plumlee's minutes have been scaled back in this recent slate of games, but the 24-year-old big man is a tremendous athlete with a phenomenal motor.

    He runs the floor well and could always be counted on to give 100 percent when he's out there. In 12.8 MPG, Plumlee is putting up 4.8 PPG, 4.6 RPG and 0.7 BPG with a player efficiency rating of 17.06. 

    Plumlee is the type of high energy guy that does everything his coach asks of him and he rarely complains.

    His field-goal percentage is down immensely from his rookie season, knocking down 40.7 percent of his shots, as opposed to the 65.9 percent he made in 2013-14, but if he can find more consistency and comfort within Hollins' offense, he should see his field-goal percentage rise.

    He's 6'11" and he could guard both the 4 and 5 if needed. He's an excellent asset for Brooklyn, especially when considering the health and age concerns of Lopez and Garnett. 

7. Bojan Bogdanovic, SG/SF

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    Bojan Bogdanovic has been a solid scorer for the Brooklyn Nets

    The 25-year-old rookie is putting up 9.6 PPG and 2.6 RPG. He's playing 30.4 MPG, and he could impact the franchise further if he ups his field-goal percentage from 41.9 percent. 

    The Nets have waited a couple of seasons for Bogdanovich to join the organization, and he's found a place in Hollins' rotation, starting in every game thus far. 

    He's a good scorer, but he's been inefficient from the three-point line, knocking down only 33.3 percent of his shots. For the Nets to become a playoff team and a serious threat in the East, Bogdanovic needs to elevate his performance and consistency. 

    The talent is there for the 6'8" swingman, but he's still adjusting to the physicality and pace of the NBA game. 

6. Jarrett Jack, PG

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    Jarrett Jack has been an excellent replacement for Shaun Livingston.

    The 6'3" backup point guard is scoring 10.3 PPG, while dishing out 3.2 APG and a player efficiency rating of 15.38. He's also knocking down 50.5 percent of his shots from the field.

    With Deron Williams' ankle woes over the past few seasons, a competent backup point guard is a must have for the Nets to make the playoffs. 

    The nine-year veteran is a solid addition to a team looking to make a run in the wide open Eastern Conference. He's got a solid jump shot and he can get into the paint and knock down shots whenever needed.

    Jack isn't a premier talent, but he's an intelligent player hungry to win. 

5. Kevin Garnett, PF

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    Kevin Garnett is one year closer to retirement, but he's still the defensive force he's always been, only now he's slightly less athletic and a step slower. However, he's still a challenge for any player to face. 

    The 38-year-old has a player efficiency rating of 13.46 to go along with 7.5 PPG and 8.3 RPG. 

    This may be KG's final season and there's nothing he wants more than to have one more shot at winning another championship. 

    Garnett isn't capable of being a focal point anymore, but his role as a leader is as prominent as it's ever been. KG is the kind of old school player that leads by example and demands the most out of his teammates, and as long as he's with the Nets, Brooklyn will play tough basketball and be a difficult opponent. 

4. Mirza Teletovic, PF

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    Mirza Teletovic is averaging a career high in minutes and field-goal percentage this season with 25.2 and 44.5 percent, respectively. 

    The 6'9" power forward has a player efficiency rating of 16.12 and is putting up 11.5 PPG and 5.1 RPG. Although he's started only one game thus far, he's an integral piece in Hollins' rotation. 

    He has tremendous range and is a threat from the perimeter, however, he isn't as consistent from behind the arc as he should be. Teletovic is only shooting 35 percent from the three-point line, which is down from the 39 percent he shot in 2013-14. 

    If Teletovic could be more consistent from the perimeter Brooklyn will be a threat in the East and will finish the year over .500. With Teletovic spreading the floor less focus will be placed on Lopez, Joe Johnson and Williams, and Brooklyn's offense will be more fluid. 

3. Brook Lopez, C

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    With a healthy Brook Lopez, anything is possible for the Nets. 

    Lopez hasn't been his dominant self yet, but he's maintained consistency thus far. He's scoring 15.6 PPG, grabbing 5.5 RPG and swatting 1.8 shots per game, while posting a player efficiency rating of 17.52.

    Lopez needs to be more assertive on the glass for the Nets to become a serious contender. He's rebounding below his career average of 7.2 per game. If Lopez could remain healthy and be more competitive on the glass, Brooklyn should be in decent shape moving forward.

    If Lopez struggles with his health and continues to be a rebounding non-factor, the Nets could find themselves teetering between the seventh and eighth seeds. 

2. Joe Johnson, SG

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    Joe Johnson plays so effortlessly you have to wonder why he doesn't score 20 PPG. 

    The 6'7" shooting guard is consistently productive, but for the Nets to reach the playoffs and make noise, he needs to turn up some more. 

    Johnson is scoring 16.9 PPG, grabbing 4.8 RPG and dishing 4 APG, while shooting 45.7 percent from the field and posting a PER of 17.02. He's having a solid season, but the talent is there to do a little more and be ranked as Brooklyn's best player. 

    The 13-year veteran hasn't scored 20 PPG since the 2009-10 season, and if he could get back to that level, the Nets will be in good shape to be a sixth seed or better. 

1. Deron Williams PG

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    Deron Williams looks like a completely different player from the 2013-14 season.

    He's contributing 18.4 PPG, 6.6 APG and 3.8 RPG with a PER of 19.20. Unfortunately for Williams, he's been a little too turnover prone, losing the ball 3.1 times per game. 

    Although he's healthy and scoring about four more points per game than he did last year, his carelessness with the ball needs to be curbed in order for Brooklyn to have a winning season. 

    Williams isn't the distributor that he was with the Utah Jazz, but he's still a competent playmaker that gets his teammates involved. If he can limit his turnovers, remain healthy and continue scoring well, he'll be ranked first for the rest of the season. 

    All advanced stats come from, unless otherwise noted.