Sunday , Sep , 16 , 2012 Paul Eide

Nets Add Josh Childress, Andray Blatche; What Does It Mean?

In two separate moves this week, the Brooklyn Nets signed free agents Josh Childress and Andray Blatche.

HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: Even if you don’t like these particular additions, gotta like what Nets are doing.


You could argue that Childress and Blatche have limited upside. And while you may be 100% accurate, it can’t be bad to have them as essentially your 7th and 8th men, respectively, which means any production at all is a bonus.

Blatche is a nearly seven foot tall center who averaged career highs in points (16.8 ppg) and rebounds (8.4 rpg) just two years ago. He also averaged 2.2 apg and is just 25 years old. Sure, the Nets missed out on signing/trading for Dwight Howard but a 1-2 punch of Brook Lopez and Blatche isn’t bad at all, especially because the Blatche signing comes on the cheap.

Before Childress spent two years in Greece, he averaged 11.2 ppg and 5.5 rpg during four years in Atlanta off of the bench. At the time he was playing roughly 32 mpg as a substitute. As a member of the Phoenix Suns the last two seasons, he only played 15 mpg which limited his scoring output to just about four ppg.

Coming to the Nets gives both players exactly what they need- a fresh start where any production they give the squad is an added bonus. If nothing else this Nets squad is very deep. Check the presumed starting lineup- Deron Williams at PG, Joe Johnson at SG, Gerald Wallace at SF, Kris Humphries at PF and Brook Lopez at C. Off the bench you’ve MarShon Brooks and a couple of Bulls castoffs CJ Watson and Keith Bogans. So maybe, Childress and Blatche are the 9th and 10th men.

Are they not better than the Celtics or Bulls on paper alone? 

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