|2009-10 Team Rating|
|30 Overall||25 Overall|
2009-10 Season Stats
Troy Murphy will stretch the floor and complement Brook Lopez well. Travis Outlaw can score and Derrick Favors can eventually be a star, but this frontline might struggle defensively.
Anthony Morrow and Jordan Farmar are not real difference makers, but were good buys for the money the Nets are paying them. Morrow's shooting should open the lane for Devin Harris.
On the floor, the Nets' best acquisition on defense was rookie Damion James. But it will be the job of new coach Avery Johnson to improve the team on that end.
With Farmar, Terrence Williams and James, the Nets have some perimeter talent coming off the bench. But they're still thin up front.
After last season, this team needed a coach that will hold guys accountable, especially on the defensive end. Johnson will do just that.
The Nets have nowhere to go but up. Having struck out on the top free agents, they wisely chose not to break the bank to fill out their roster. That allowed them to acquire Murphy in early August. And with Murphy's expiring deal, some young talent and a bevy of future draft picks, they still have the assets to acquire a star down the line.
Even if that doesn't happen, the Nets will be vastly improved on both ends of the floor. Johnson should get them playing defense again, and all the shooters they've added will make things easier for Lopez and Harris.
But the key to the Nets' season will be those two returnees. A bout with mono this summer might have curbed Lopez's development, but if he can improve his post skills (especially his passing), he'll be one the league's best centers. Harris will need to be more of a distributor, while also getting back to caring about defense.
-- John Schuhmann
Explanation of Marking System
|Golden State Warriors||D+|
|Los Angeles Clippers||C|
|Los Angeles Lakers||A|
|New Jersey Nets||B|
|New Orleans Hornets||C|
|New York Knicks||B|
|Oklahoma City Thunder||A|
|Portland Trail Blazers||B|
|San Antonio Spurs||B+|