|2012-13 Team Rating|
|8th Overall||18th Overall|
Stats through Jan. 22
The Nets have been at their best when Brook Lopez has been healthy, defending the rim and getting touches in the post. Gerald Wallace has brought plenty of energy, but the Nets haven't got much offense elsewhere.
Neither Deron Williams nor Joe Johnson got off to a great start, but they've each played well under P.J. Carlesimo. Johnson came around earlier; his defense is underrated.
This has been a problem area. Even as the Nets have gone 11-2 under Carlesimo, they've had just the 12th best defense since he took over. In particular, they don't defend the 3-point line or force many turnovers.
The Nets' bench, led by Andray Blatche, Reggie Evans and Jerry Stackhouse, was critical as they went 11-4 in November. The rotation has undergone changes since then, but it's been generally solid.
Avery Johnson was, in part, victim of tough December schedule. But he wasn't getting the most out of his talented roster. P.J. Carlesimo has got the offense clicking at a top-three rate since he took over.
The Nets have had an up-and-down season. They went 11-4 in November, earning Avery Johnson Coach of the Month honors. Then they lost 10 of their next 13 games, earning Johnson a pink slip. And after Carlesimo took over, they went 11-2 to close out the first half of the season.
Ultimately, the Nets are what we thought they'd be. They're a very good offensive team and a mediocre defensive one. There has been improvement on both ends (especially offensively) under Carlesimo, and there's room for more.
In discussing the teams that could finish second in the Eastern Conference and/or make the conference finals, the Nets are certainly in the picture. If Williams, Joe Johnson and Lopez all play like All-Stars in the second half of the season, then they can sustain their offensive success under Carlesimo. Defensively, they have a much lower ceiling, unless they can trade for a power forward that can help them on that end.
-- John Schuhmann
Explanation of Marking System
|Golden State Warriors||B+|
|Los Angeles Clippers||A-|
|Los Angeles Lakers||C-|
|New Orleans Hornets||C-|
|New York Knicks||A-|
|Oklahoma City Thunder||A|
|Portland Trail Blazers||B-|
|San Antonio Spurs||B+|