2009-10 Record: 12-70
Fifth place, Atlantic Division
Did not make the playoffs
• 98.1 (30th)
• 108.0 (25th)
G: Keyon Dooling
G: Devin Harris
G: Courtney Lee
C: Brook Lopez
G-F: Terrence Williams
F: Yi Jianlian
C: Tony Battie (Unrestricted)
F-C: Josh Boone (Restricted)
F-G: Chris Douglas-Roberts (Team option)
F-G: Trenton Hassell (Unrestricted)
F: Jarvis Hayes (Unrestricted)
F: Kris Humphries (Player option)
G: Chris Quinn (Unrestricted)
F-G: Bobby Simmons (Unrestricted)
Areas of Strength:
Youth and potential. The Nets have a promising young core with Devin Harris (27 years old), Courtney Lee (24), Brook Lopez (22) and Terrence Williams (22). Lopez gives them a low-post presence, someone who can draw double-teams, for years to come. He has the skills to be one of the best centers in the league in the near future.
Shooting, defense and rebounding. For Harris and Lopez to be most effective offensively, they need shooters around them. But the Nets don't have any. A defensive mind should be their first priority as they interview potential coaches, but they also need a defender/rebounder to play next to Lopez on the frontline.
Two Stats That Matter:
• 18 -- The Nets set an NBA record with 18 straight losses to start the season.
• 164 -- Brook Lopez has played in all 164 games of his two-year career.
The Way To Go:
The first or second picks in the draft would have been no-brainers. But at No. 3, the Nets have a dilemma. DeMarcus Cousins would night make an ideal pairing with Lopez, they might have to wait for Derrick Favors to be ready to contribute, and anyone else might be a reach that high in the Draft. The good news is that they also have a lot of cap space to fill their holes in free agency.