If the Nets are really trying to win now, they have to bring back Kris Humphries. There, I said it. I don't know how much it's going to cost (7-8 million dollars, maybe?), but try arguing with me on this one: Kris Humphries kept the Nets in games with his clutch put-backs.
As fans we're currently feeling handicapped by the Travis Outlaw contract, because the team will have around 20 million to spend and some of that seemingly is going towards the bring Dwight Howard to Brooklyn fund, and if Outlaw was signed for, say, Anthony Morrow's contract, there would be a cool 24-25 million to try and improve the team with while saving money for Superman.
But we shouldn't take that out on Humphries. I'm not going to lie and say that Humphries was some kind of virtuoso defender but he definitely wasn't awful, and whenever he came in it seemed like the Nets played a little better. He ran the pick and roll well with Deron Williams, and displayed a MUCH better shot selection.
The problem with the Nets is firmly on the wing. Without wings, you can't fly, and so as weapons, Travis Outlaw and Anthony Morrow are catapults and not jets. They are good 3 point shooters with a little athleticism, but neither of them can play well off the ball and neither is a particularly good defender, although Morrow doesn't make the kind of boneheaded decisions that we sometimes see from Outlaw.
The Nets need an inside defensive presence and it should be coming from the center position and it is Brook Lopez' responsibility to become that player next year, or else I don't see why he should be on the team. Kris Humphries did positive things for us, and if he was really 'stealing' Brook Lopez's rebounds this year, maybe Brook Lopez should try and 'steal' them back and hustle as hard as Kris does.
Does anyone else agree that Hump's effect on this team was tremendous?