'Coming Up' - Utah Jazz (Nov. 5)

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This is the first in a series previewing the Nets' games against young teams "Coming Up" during the 2013-14 NBA season.

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BROOKLYN—When Nets General Manager Billy King traded for Deron Williams in February 2011, it set the Nets on a direct course to their current status as Eastern Conference contender. The flipside of the deal sent Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter (as a future pick) to Utah, and smart drafting also netted the Jazz swingmen Alec Burks (2011, No. 12) and Gordon Hayward (2010, No. 9).

Here's a look at the projected lineups:

Brooklyn Nets PG Utah Jazz
  Deron Williams   Jamaal Tinsley  
With draft-day acquisition Trey Burke out of the lineup due to a broken finger, Deron Williams will be matched up with Brooklyn-born Jamaal Tinsley. The two have rarely faced off, playing only 10 simultaneous minutes during the last three seasons.


  SG  
  Joe Johnson   Gordon Hayward  
Johnson has long been one of the NBA's best shooting guards, and Hayward is quickly becoming one of the young challengers to that throne, wielding across-the-board talent (15.0 PPG, 6.3 RPG, 5.0 APG).


  SF  
  Paul Pierce   Richard Jefferson  
Pierce has provided efficient scoring punch through the Nets' first three games, averaging 17.3 points on .552 shooting. Former Net Jefferson is averaging 11.7 points and 4.0 rebounds in 22.7 minutes as Utah's starting small forward.


  PF  
  Kevin Garnett   Derrick Favors  
Garnett has long been renowed for his ability to control a game through his team-altering defense, a skill the Jazz seem confident Favors can develop after signing him to a big-money contract extension during the preseason.


  C
  Brook Lopez   Enes Kanter  
Lopez is again leading the Nets in scoring, looking like the All-Star offensive powerhouse he developed into a year ago, but will be challenged by fellow big Kanter. The 6-foot-11 center has quickly adapted to the NBA game, averaging a double-double through the first three games of his third season.


  TOP SUBS   
Andrei Kirilenko
Andray Blatche
Jason Terry
  Alec Burks
John Lucas III
Mike Harris
Kirilenko, drafted by the Jazz in provides a do-everything skillset and annoy-everyone length, while Terry and Blatche can quickly pile up points against second (and sometimes first!) unit opposition. Burks has piled up the points as a scoring sixth man, averaging a team-high 18.0 PPG, while Lucas has soaked up most of the point guard minutes with Burke sidelined. Harris, returning to the NBA after a two-year absense, chips in 5.7 points and 1.3 steals in 18.0 minutes.
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