so a lot has been made recently of the nets' overcrowded frontcourt and the issue of divvying up playing time. meanwhile, the Nets
failed to acquire a backup SF at the deadline and we remain thin behind Gerald Wallace
. We often play 3-guard sets with some combination of Deron/JJ/Marshon/CJ on the floor to compensate for the lack of a backup 3.
What we need is a larger small forward who can knock down threes, but also someone who has good Bball IQ and can help move the ball around. preferably this person would be a good rebounder for his size and someone who brings high energy when he's on the floor.
Most Nets fans, thus, suggest that we trade one of our bigs (most likely the expiring contract of Kris Humphries
) after the season for someone who fits that description.
Wait... what? you mean we already have someone like that? someone who can knock down threes AND has some ball handling skills & court awareness?
Yes. His name is Mirza Teletovic
and for some reason people seem intent on sticking him with his European 4-spot.
Ever since he has gotten here, Mirza has been fighting for playing time as an undersized 4 who doesn't quite have the power to body up bigger NBA 4's. He's been played as someone who can fill a Josh Harrelson or Matt Bonner
role--a big-body who can knock down 3's. But he's proven he can be much more than that. Mirza has great offensive awareness and solid ballhandling skills for a guy his size. He has a variety of NBA-caliber moves that you wouldn't expect from a guy coming over from Europe and has the quickness to stay with most NBA SFs. If we look at him as a stretch 3/4, like Gerald Wallace, rather than an undersized PF with a 3 point shot, he immediately becomes more valuable.
My solution to our playing time problems? PLAY MIRZA AT THE 3
HUMP/Reggie (Yes, Hump should start over Reggie again)