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Brooklyn Nets Team Overview
2012-13 record: 49-33
Second place, Atlantic Division
Lost in first round to Chicago Bulls

DRAFT PICKS:

Round: 1

Pre-Draft Analysis

Areas of Strength
Varying offensive weapons. The Nets have three guys -- Joe Johnson, Brook Lopez and Deron Williams -- they can get the ball to when they need a bucket. All three have different skill sets and the ability to put up big numbers offensively. Johnson is an isolation scorer, Williams is a triple-threat point guard, and Lopez is a post presence. There are a lot of teams out there that lack even one go-to guy.

Needs Work
Defense. Lopez took a step forward defensively, but as a team, the Nets never showed much consistency or in-season improvement. And their issues on that side of the ball ultimately did them in, as they got embarrassed on their own floor by allowing the depleted Bulls (a team that wasn't very good offensively in the first place) to score 61 points in the first half of Game 7.

Two Stats That Matter
6.3 -- The Nets took care of business (going 33-7) against Lottery teams, but went 16-26 against the 15 other playoff teams, getting outscored by 6.3 points per 100 possessions in those 42 games.

4.7 -- The Nets outscored their opponents by 4.7 points per 100 possessions with Brook Lopez on the floor, but were outscored by 2.9 with Lopez on the bench.

The Way To Go
The Nets are in win-now mode, but don't have the salary flexibility to add any significant pieces. And they're not likely to find an immediate contributor with the 22nd pick in the Draft. So Billy King will need to get creative this summer, because the Nets can't go into next season starting Gerald Wallace and Reggie Evans together at the forward spots. Either way, there's the hope that a new coach can make an impact.

2012-13 Team Stats (points per 100 possessions, with NBA rank)
Offensive: 105.0 (9)
Defensive: 103.6 (18)

Under Contract
G: MarShon Brooks
F: Reggie Evans
F: Kris Humphries
G: Joe Johnson
F: Kris Joseph
C: Brook Lopez
F: Tornike Shengelia
G: Tyshawn Taylor
F: Mirza Teletovic
F: Gerald Wallace
G: Deron Williams

Free Agents
C/F: Andray Blatche
F/G: Keith Bogans
F: Jerry Stackhouse
G: C.J. Watson (player option)

Recent Draft History
2012: Ilkan Karaman (57)
2011: JaJuan Johnson (27), Jordan Williams (36)
2010: Derrick Favors (3), Jordan Crawford (27), Tibor Pleiss (31)
2009: Terrence Williams (11)
2008: Brook Lopez (10), Ryan Anderson (21), Chris Douglas-Roberts (40)
2007: Sean Williams (17)
2006: Marcus Williams (22), Josh Boone (23), Hassan Adams (54)

-- John Schuhmann