Hey Guys & Gals,
With all this talk of possibly landing Carmelo Anthony, JR Smith, and of course all the free agents we missed on, I must say I am still quite optimistic about this team. In fact, I am really excited to see what this team can do. I have been a diehard fan since (I'm about to age myself) the days of Dr. J, and I must say this team has talent. Further, I believe that this is the deepest Nets team in the last decade. A bold statement. But if you look at this roster compared to everything since the 2000-2001 season, what is really much better?
It all begins with the front office and coaching staff. This is the best staff we have had around in quite some time. 2 coaches of the year, Billy King... you know the drill. But this actually makes a difference. Avery is a great coach and will do a fantastic job. LFrank was very good, but I think Johnson will prove to be much better / I think the players will listen more to him.
As far as the players are concerned, I think we have one of the best built teams in the league, with a solid talent at each position.
PG - Harris, Farmar, Uzoh. Under the Kidd days, our best backup was Anthony Johnson and that was short lived. McInnis was an epic fail. The Nets always needed a solid backup PG and now they finally have one that is better (IMO) than Keyon Dooling in Jordan Farmar. This kid can play and is waiting to show everyone he's more than Derek Fisher's backup. Harris is going to be back at All-Star level this year under Avery and because of Lopez, the shooters.
SG - speaking of shooters, we finally have some! YAY! Last year we couldn't hit the side of a barn. Morrow is a steal, highway robbery. Kid is lights out. Plus he is crafty and can get to the basket. I think that he along with "Mr. T" will prove to be an excellent combo at the 2 guard spot.
SF - the best we've had was RJ, but he's shown he's not the same without Kidd, VC there. Outlaw, James, Ross will be a great combo because they all play that thing Bobby Simmons wasn't too good at - DEFENSE. This is the best combo of SF this team has seen in a while.
PF- KMart is another example of how Kidd made people better. But as soon as we traded him, this team began to have issues. No true PF since he left. Now he have a superior rebounder, shooter, and great team player in Troy Murphy. And no, Yi is not even close to his level of talent. The Murphy/Favors combo is the best PF combo the Nets have had in quite some time.
C- McColluh was ok, Mutombo was old, Set Shot Willie (Collins) was awful... but Brook Lopez is a stud. All Star. 3rd best center in the NBA... whatever you want to call him, he's great.
My point: We're really deep and really underestimated. We won't have to worry what's going to happen when the bench comes in because there is actual talent there. The Nets are going to be just fine. If Melo comes along without giving up Favors or Lopez, then maybe I'd do it. But one part of me wants this team to develop and see how it all works out.
BOLD PREDICTION: Nets win 40 games, make playoffs in 6th seed, lose in 2nd round.