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Frontcourt Fruition



In some ways, basketball is like chess:  To be successful, each team must identify and exploit mismatches.  In chess, these are called "imbalances."  An imbalance is neither good nor bad; what matters is how the player utilizes them to his advantage by maximizes the positives and minimizes the weaknesses of the position.

So too with basketball.  If the coach is worth his salt, he uses the team imbalances to develop a "team identity" to create mismatches on the court.

If all goes well, tonight will be Troy Murphy's debut with the Nets.  With Murphy in the fold, the Nets will have a significant advantage in the frontcourt over most teams.  These guys are multi-talented, they are versatile.    Murphy, Lopez, Petro, Humphries and, as we are seeing, Favors, are all plus rebounders.  Lopez and Petro have solid mid-range jumpers, and Murphy can shoot past the three-point line. 

I'm going on the assumption that the Nets will try to resign Murphy (at a lower salary) in the offseason.

There is no reason to break up this group to acquire a wing like Carmelo when it would cost the Nets their frontcourt advantage!  The Nets need to build their team around this strength, not destroy it.  There are few teams that can defend at both the 4 and 5 simultaneously.  

Could the Nets use a better, more versatile shooter on the wing?  Of course.  Morrow is a solid shooter, and we hope that Outlaw will prove to be one, but both are limited in other areas.  But here's the thing:  With the Nets' advantage inside, they don't need a superstar wing.  Any decent wing should be licking their chops at the prospect of playing with the Nets' frontcourt, because of all the open looks he'll get.   Stars are made, not born.

How many teams can boast having three bigs that each average a double-double?  That's where the Nets are going to be in the near future.  Use it--don't destroy it.  Let's watch this group of frontcourt players perform together for a few months before considering breaking it up in a poorly-thought-out deal for a volume-shooting wing.  Let's make the opposition try to match up with this frontcourt before deciding to make drastic changes.

[this post brought to you by the "Keep Derrick Favors" movement]

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