The ripping on these two has gotten a little out of control. I understand the general frustration right now, but far too much of it has been on Lopez and Harris. They are FAR FROM the big problems with this team. Just because you're frustrated doesn't mean you can take it out on everybody, just the people who actually deserve it. I am NOT saying Lopez and Harris are championship caliber stars. But I personally believe they have the ability to be decent 2nd and 3rd options on a very good team, and the problem is that we lack a top dog, a closer, a star.
Brook Lopez hasn't rebounded well this season. Everybody knows it. But there is a reason for this that has not been discussed. Sure, Lopez looks thin and a little weak. But the underrated reason for the decrease in rebounds: KRIS HUMPHRIES. Hump is stealing a lot of rebounds from Brook. On the defensive end, sometimes they will both be there ready for the board, and Hump is just a little quicker to the ball, thus stealing Brook's rebound. But as long as the Nets get that rebound, who really cares who gets the little dash in the box score? It's about the team, and if the team is rebounding well I see no reason why we should all get mad at Lopez for his rebounding. Look, I get that Lopez is no Dwight Howard. But I certainly think he's got the potential to get back up to his 8.5 RPG in the right situation. Note that I'm not saying get rid of Hump. I'm just saying that if the Nets as a team rebound, who cares who gets credit for it?
Also, Lopez's offensive game has been very good this year, and he hasn't gotten enough credit for that. He has improved as the year goes on and he is taking more shots down low on that little jump hook, which is EXTREMELY effective, he scores or gets fouled most times in the post. He is going at the hoop more lately, and it shows with his 24 PPG in his last ten. I saw some people arguing that Lopez doesn't score enough in the post, which is absurd. Brook Lopez is a phenomenal offensive center, and he will be a big part of our building for the future.
Devin Harris likes to score. Everybody knows it. But people say the problem with the Nets is that Harris doesn't pass enough, doesn't involve his teammates, and bring up his poor assists rates as a backup. But first of all, Harris gets the ball to his teammates in a good spot a lot of the time, but they can't make the shot. Seriously, a lot of the guys getting minutes on this team (I'm looking at you, Stephen Graham) can't do (expletive) on the offensive end. That hurts his assists production. But you know what else? He actually gets a good number of assists!! Harris is averaging 10 APG in his last 11, showing that he CAN pass and he CAN make the Nets better. Keep Devin Harris and use him as the eventual third option on the Nets, and the only reason I see to trade him is if we somehow get Kyrie Irving in the draft.