Who better then me to make a post like this? I guess its my job. I sat through 2 full years of criticism being totally ignored, and ridiculed. Now its year 3, and the very same problems I have had with Brook are being intensified, mostly I think because he has become the complete focal point of the Nets. This is more about how does he fit on a Nets team, rather then just saying he stinks.
There has been a LOT of talk about Melo, obviously, and it still looks like the Nets want to deal for him, and the latest rumors still have Favors being a part of that. IF we get Melo through a Favors trade, I propose we will be worse off compared to a trade involving Brook. Lopez is our best player, but can he bring what a team will need from a #2 man? I don't see it, that's for sure. Brook has always shot ugly, but still good. It seems with more attention on him, those miracle ugly shots are not going in. Its a small sample size, but the past few games Brook has been either shut down, or forced into shots simply by the D keeping their hands straight up. A #2 guy on a team if coming from the Center position, should be someone who is a hard worker on the boards, can be athletic enough to get to the rim for easy buckets, and most importantly, he needs to be a defensive force in the paint. Brooks defense comes from just being tall(he is not very mobile/athletic) and he puts his hands up and gets some rejections, but this year more then ever, he is shying away from any sort of physical play, assuming so because he wants to avoid foul trouble so he can stay on the court and help the team score. I think if he was the #2 that might get better a bit and he could get more physical because it would be more important for the #1 option(Melo) to stay on the floor.
But what else does he bring as a #2 big man? His forced shots which have been there forever, would they stop? Would he all of a sudden be able to rebound? Would he become more athletic and be able to roam the paint more on D and become a better defender instead of just a shot blocker? Would he be able to get inside more for easier buckets instead of settling for shots from 20+ feet away?(do we get rebounds if our C is so far out?)
I don't think so, I feel like if we had to get rid of one of them, it would be Brook. Favors has a lot of great qualities suited for a perfect supporter for a high volume shooting guy like Melo. He is tall enough to play the C, and we have already seen his ability to reach those long arms up and jump to get the offensive boards(after Melo misses), and he already has the supreme athleticism which would help in just about every area. I just don't see what parts of Brooks game would be good for being a #2, I mean even now when others take over, Brook literally disappears from the game.
If we do go after Melo, I hope that its not Favors that leaves us, he is too valuable an asset to have next to Carmelo Anthony. We can find players to replace Brook. Just off the top of my head, Kevin Love has become a legitimate scorer, and he has the range. He doesn't play much D, but all those other areas are a major step up.
* Also, I know a lot of people would like to not get Melo and go with developing what we have, this is not what we are talking about here, so don't even bother. There are plenty other posts where we can discuss that, stick with this scenario.