When the off-season began, the Nets knew their top priorities were adding depth and a power forward. At the top of the list of wanted PF's were Shareef Abdur Rahim, Stromile Swift and Donyell Marshall, all unrestricted free agents.
In addition, Reggie Evans, a restricted free agent, says that Vince Carter and Jason Kidd let it be known, through third parties, that the Nets could be interested in him. Nets management confirms they took a look , but not a hard look, at Evans.
Marc Jackson, who the Nets wound up with after the Abdur-Rahim fiasco, wasn't even a blip on the radar screen until the Nets announced they had acquired him in what now looks like a very one-sided deal with the Sixers.
So how are all these players doing? We figured we would keep track as the season went on. Here is our first edition of the NetsDaily PF Watch...the mid-preseason edition. Jackson is more than holding his own so far.
Shareef Abdur Rahim: 9.8 ppg, 3.0 rpg in four games...50% from the floor, 3.3 apg, 24.3 mpg.
Stromile Swift:16.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg in two games...2.5 bpg, 62.5% from the floor, 24.5 mpg.
Donyell Marshall: 9.2 ppg, 4.4 rpg in four games...31.8% from the floor, 30.8% from beyond the arc, 20.8 mpg.
Reggie Evans: 3.6 ppg, 5.8 rpg in five games...27.8% from the floor, 19.8 mpg.
Marc Jackson: 15.5 ppg, 3.8 rpg in four games...51.4% from the floor, 85.2% from the stripe, 5.4 free throw attempts a game, 26.8 mpg.