With a bad start to the season, thoughts now turn to the draft and more urgently, possible pick ups for 10-day contracts. Not to be undervalued. There have been plenty of cases of little known or undrafted diamonds in the rough who just needed an opportunity to shine. The Birdman back in 2001 or 2002. Reggie Williams last year who recently averaged 22 ppg filling in for Step Curry. And, man oh man, the Nets have a high need for somone (anyone) who can provide some consistent scoring without tripping over their size 15s (cough - Outlol). Having done a little research, here are some of my own suggestions for possible players to fill the last remaining spot on the roster. Focusing moreso (but not entirely), on guys that can take Outlol's minutes - for obvious reasons.
TREY JOHNSON. A guy who can score in bunches and doesn't lack confidence in his shot.
"Trey Johnson, a standout shooting guard for the NBA D-League's Bakersfield Jam, has been named the D-League Player of the Month for December.
Johnson, a 6-foot-5 scorer out of Jackson State, is averaging a league-leading 25.6 points, 4.4 assists and 4.1 rebounds this season while shooting 48 percent from the field. This being Johnson's fourth season in the D-League, he's on his way to career highs in scoring and rebounding averages along with a much-improved field goal percentage." http://nba.fanhouse.com/2011/01/04/trey-johnson-turning-heads-in-d-league-will-nba-call-up-follow/?a_dgi=aolshare_twitter
JOE ALEXANDER. Currently averaging 19 pts and 11 boards a game in the DLeague. Super athletic 6'8" SF who if properly harnessed could provide valuable minutes.
ALAN ANDERSON. Putting up 21pt a game in DLeague, with nearly 6 boards and 5 assists. Played briefly with the Bobcats a few years ago. 6'6" swingman.
IVAN JOHNSON. 17pt and 7 boards in the DLeague. 6'8" forward
STEVE NOVAK. Outstanding outside shooter just waived by the Mavericks. Coach Rick C. called him the best shooter on the planet. Plus he's got a kid who is only a few months old, so he'll be motivated to accept a roster spot anywhere.
JOHN LUCUS III. Just waived by the Bulls.
IME UDOKA. Just waived by the Spurs. At 6'6" a strong defensive player who could fit in right away at the SF spot. And coming from the Spurs system it's probably that he has a strong work ethic and plays smart. Was a sub for RJ and Ginobli. Other than Trey Johnson, Udoka would be my pick. +1
RODNEY CARNEY. Just cut by Golden State.
Here you go Avery. Make it happen.