Saturday , Sep , 04 , 2010 J.N.

The Russian carries the New Jersey Nets out of last place with the money.

New Jersey didn’t have much to cheer about in 2009-2010. The team is relocating to Brooklyn while performing as dog feces around the league. 12 wins. That’s right. 12 wins. Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov swooped in to be their savior complete with bad accents from people emulating him across message boards. They tried to get LeBron James, but Jigga Man and the Russian were not enough. Picture John Malkovich as Teddy KGB in the film, “Rounders,” imitating Prokhorov. You get the picture.

Why do fans on the Internet continue to overhype Terrence Williams, Devin Harris, and Brook Lopez? They are young good talent. They just don’t have much experience. They do not know how to win, which was witnessed with 12 wins. So why are you guys still hyping them up? This funky bunch has a long way to go. They were 3-13 within the division and 8-44 against Eastern Conference competition. Yeah, they have a long way.

Billions do not get billionaire talent. It’s time to do it the hard way – develop within.

Troy Murphy and Derrick Favors
The Nets got Troy Murphy from the Indiana Pacers. He is averaging 12.1 points and 8.6 rebounds in 621 career games. Last season he averaged 14.6 points and 10.2 rebounds. He’s solid. Murphy is a legit starting power forward, which means that Derrick Favors is not ready to start. He will have to come off the bench and will take over as soon as he gets it and Murphy starts to rot.

Brook Lopez
Nets’ management might have had a tough time weighing the pros and cons in a Lopez for Carmelo trade. If you swap out Brook and put in Melo on the Nets, the team still doesn’t reach the playoffs. Sorry. They do not. Lopez will always be the number 2 center in the East behind Dwight Howard, statistically speaking. Anyone with half a brain can see him becoming a perennial 20+ points, 10+ rebounds, and 2.5 blocks per game center. He hits 81 percent at the foul line and seems to be durable. Brook is also a legit seven footer. Do not involve him in any trade, unless it is for Dwight Howard or the next Michael Jordan, because good quality skilled centers are extremely difficult to get today.

Terrence Williams
*Yawn* Wake me up when he becomes consistent. Otherwise stop overrating him as some kind of walking triple double. Yes, he can get triple doubles, but he is no LeBron or Russell Westbrook. His shooting is awful, too.

Devin Harris
This guy better regain his All Star form. He was averaging 21.3 points per game in 2009 to 16.9 points. His assists went down a bit from 6.9 to 6.6. You’d think Harris would average above 7 assists at the rate he was ascending, but he descended instead. Is it wrong to say that Devin Harris is a one season wonder? He cannot even stay healthy to play a full 82 game season. Don’t forget that he got punked by Stuart Tanner one on one on Youtube. I haven’t forgotten. That’s not a good look, Devin the dude.

Final verdict: They’re not the worst team in the NBA, but the Nets will not make the playoffs in 2010-2011 either. Over 20 wins. 4th in the Atlantic Division.


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