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NBA All-Potential 1st Team: Brooklyn Nets

Essentials

  • Teams: Brooklyn Nets (38-28) at Detroit Pistons (23-45)
  • Date: March 18, 2013
  • Time: 7:30 p.m.
  • Television: FSD

What to look for

With every frontcourt player for the New York Knicks seemingly injured, the Brooklyn Nets have emerged as the best professional basketball club in New York. Granted, Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler and Ama’re Stoudemire will be back at some point in time.

Then we will be having another discussion.

At this very moment though, Brooklyn is creeping up on the Knickerbockers in the standings and it was about time.

All it took was a four-game losing streak by New York on their current Western Conference road trip to narrow the gap between both clubs. Mike Woodson’s team was defeated for the fourth straight time by double digits this past Sunday while P.J. Carlesimo’s unit has won three-of-five entering tonight.

The Nets have a shot at the third best record in the conference. And yet, somehow they leave many underwhelmed.

Joe Johnson returned to the lineup last night against the Atlanta Hawks after missing last Tuesday’s game due to a sore heel. J.J. was once a dynamic shooting guard capable of defending a multitude of positions all the while serving as both a scorer and playmaker on offense.

The talent is still there but Johnson has struggled some this season. He is nonetheless one of the most feared players in the league in late game situations, a reputation Pistons fans are all too familiar with because of his heroics against Detroit earlier in the season.

Deron Williams was once upon a time not only in the discussion with Chris Paul for the title of best point guard alive; but was in the lead for a brief moment. At this juncture, with the terrific play of Paul, Russell Westbrook, Tony Parker, Kyrie Irving, Rajon Rondo and Stephen Curry so far this season, Williams might not even make the top six.

And then there’s Brook Lopez.

The modern game has changed so much that big men are now expected to stretch the floor for teams to be efficient on offense. Lopez fits that mold but still manages to bully defenders on the low block for scores.

He leads the Nets in scoring and converts 52 percent of his shots. Although he will not be mistaken for a throwback center, he should still be a dominant center by today’s standards.

Teams with great backcourts and stud centers typically contend for titles.

Dwyane Wade and Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant and Shaq, Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and so on goes the list. The Nets players obviously aren’t on those levels, but they certainly have the talent to perform as All-NBA caliber players.

We just haven’t seen it from them collectively.

They are a borderline great offensive team, while their defense is mostly average.

In addition, it’s difficult to put the finger on just what it is that this team does truly well. Figuring out what they hang their hat on is a bit perplexing.

The Brooklyn Nets certainly seem to have the potential to be great, but they have been anything but in the 2012-13 campaign. They most probably are a second tier team that will have nights where they look as though they can compete with the big boys but cannot in actuality.

But then again, things change quickly with injuries and the Knicks are living proof.

Maybe the Nets shock us.

Or maybe they remain as is: a potential contender.

Read about the Nets

Brooklyn’s Finest.

26 Comments

  • Mar 18, 20136:06 pm
    by Brandon Knight

    Reply

    Will Knight play?

  • Mar 18, 20136:31 pm
    by Mr.BlockedShot

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    Don’t expect BK7 to play tonight. i think he’s gonna miss most of the remaining games of the season if not them all, the same applies to Drummond’s status. Tonight’s game will be a tough one, and don’t expect the Pistons to win.But, do you know guys who’s gonna stop the wining streak of the Heat? looking forward to the next game, hehehe

  • Mar 18, 20137:53 pm
    by Brandon Knight

    Reply

    Yeah here we go again. Wow Calderon can’t guard anyone in the NBA….and you guys want the Pistons to resign him….SMH

    • Mar 18, 20138:30 pm
      by bvpiston

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      Well, it’s not anyone, it’s D-Will on fire. Plus, he’s got flu-like symptoms. So…good call, bud!

      • Mar 18, 20138:37 pm
        by Brandon Knight

        Reply

        LOL please if you don’t watch him play don’t comment!

        • Mar 18, 20138:38 pm
          by bvpiston

          Reply

          Again, good call ;)

        • Mar 18, 201310:44 pm
          by tarsier

          Reply

          So you’re putting D-Will’s night on the guy who played 8 minutes?

    • Mar 18, 20139:27 pm
      by oats

      Reply

      You really like having the same thing explained to you repeatedly, huh? Why do you feel the need to constantly point out the limitations that everyone concedes that Calderon has? I guess the hope is that if you do it enough people will quit trying to explain it. Anywho, let’s try this again. Calderon is a very efficient offensive player and a bad defensive player. He averages out as a roughly average starting point guard, which is better than the team’s other options. He’s not a long term solution, just a stop gap while the team works on getting a younger point guard ready.

      • Mar 18, 20139:56 pm
        by Brandon Knight

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        Because I hate the Idea of having him as our PG for next year. He is very limited offensively, he can shoot the jump shot only if he is widely open; Guard him and he will get zero point! and Sure he is a good passer but these passes mean nothing if you can’t defend your guy! 

        • Mar 18, 201310:22 pm
          by oats

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          Yet he’s only scoring 2 points less than Knight a game, so he must be pretty good at getting wide open. Not a bad skill if you ask me. And defending your guy doesn’t help if you can’t run an offense. Considering the team has some big guys that kind of need competent point guard play to help their development it makes sense to bring Calderon back.

  • Mar 18, 20138:04 pm
    by Brandon Knight

    Reply

    Rodney Stuckey is not dead folks! He is a live and back!

    • Mar 18, 20139:11 pm
      by gmehl

      Reply

      Are you for real??

      • Mar 18, 20139:17 pm
        by Brandon Knight

        Reply

        LOL this comment was at the beginning of the game!

  • Mar 18, 20139:27 pm
    by I HATE FRANK

    Reply

    We are so bad its almost comforting

    • Mar 18, 20139:35 pm
      by Brandon Knight

      Reply

      Knight Knight where are you…. your teams sucks without you

      • Mar 18, 201310:41 pm
        by tarsier

        Reply

        Yeah, it’s rough when the team’s 4th to 7th best player is out.

  • Mar 18, 20139:29 pm
    by gmehl

    Reply

    The silver lining to this ass whooping is we get to play the Heat next. Top 3 pick here we come.

    • Mar 18, 20139:32 pm
      by Brandon Knight

      Reply

      Nope actually if we get Andre Drummond and Knight back by friday there is chance that we can beat them

      • Mar 19, 20139:01 am
        by G

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        Right. There’s a chance I could win the lottery tomorrow, but it’s about as remote as the Pistons beating the Heat. You’re deluded.

  • Mar 18, 20139:31 pm
    by gmehl

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    Did anyone just see the Wizards tank that last 5 minutes?? David Stern i hope you were watching!

    • Mar 18, 20139:38 pm
      by Brandon Knight

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      lol, The Pistons are tanking too. I still don’t get why Drummond is not back yet and why Knight is out for that long

    • Mar 18, 201310:58 pm
      by tarsier

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      Why do you hope Stern was watching? Because you think tanking is against the rules?

      But yeah, unfortunate night. The Pistons did lose, but so did almost all their competition. 

  • Mar 18, 20139:37 pm
    by Clint in Flint

    Reply

    Franks back, you can tell by the score.

    • Mar 18, 201310:00 pm
      by Brandon Knight

      Reply

      LOL this is funny

    • Mar 18, 201310:00 pm
      by Brandon Knight

      Reply

      LOL this is funny, good one!

  • Mar 18, 20139:37 pm
    by George

    Reply

    Speaking of Wizards, John Wall has been lights out of late.  He must really want a max extension…or he has actually been hearing all the “not a franchise player” talk.

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