|2010-11 Team Rating|
|28th Overall||21st Overall|
Stats through games of Jan. 15
Until recently, Brook Lopez had regressed. But Kris Humphries has been a pleasant surprise and Derrick Favors has shown promise.
At times, Devin Harris has carried the Nets' offense. But obviously, it hasn't been often enough. And production from the wings has been non-existent.
The Nets were making progress defensively, putting together a nice string of games before Christmas. But since then, they've struggled.
The Nets have some solid role players. But with the team lacking top-shelf talent, they're all playing bigger roles than they should be.
Avery Johnson runs a tight ship and has put the focus on the defensive end, but he lost a couple of his players with his style.
After a 12-70 season, the Nets had nowhere to go but up. But their offseason moves were underwhelming, so their improvement has been slow.
As it turns out, this season wasn't about turning things around and building a foundation with the players on the current Nets roster. It was about trying to land a big fish. And the Nets are possibly on the brink of doing so.
If they acquire Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups and Richard Hamilton, this will be a completely different team in the second half of the season. And with the seventh and eighth spots in the East wide open, they have a legit shot at making the playoffs.
Of course, if a deal doesn't go through, the Nets might be in worse shape than they were a year ago, because in their pursuit of Anthony, they've alienated most of a roster that isn't that far ahead of last season's pace.
-- John Schuhmann
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