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New Jersey Nets

2010-11 Record: 24-58
(12th in East, 4th Atlantic)

Playoffs: N/A

Stats
Points Per Game: 94.2 (28th)
Points Allowed: 100.4 (15th)
Rebounds: 40.8 (18th)
Assists: 21.0 (20th)
Leading Scorer: Brook Lopez 20.4ppg

Additions: F Shelden Williams, G/F Ime Udoka, F Shawne Williams

Subtractions: F Brandan Wright, G Sasha Vujacic, F Travis Outlaw (amnesty)

Synopsis: The Nets actually improved their win total from 2009-10 by a whopping 12 games last season.

One problem - they still only won 24 times. That's how bad they were two years ago. In fact if you took their win totals from the last two years combined they still wouldn't have made the playoffs.

But after two absolutely dreadful years things are looking up for the Nets.

 

Coach's Corner

Avery Johnson | 5 seasons
Record: 218-128
Playoffs: 23-24
NBA Titles: 0

When Mikhail Prokhorov bought the team he promised to make changes and turn the Nets into a winner.

He wasn't just blowing smoke either. The Nets brought in one of the best point guards in the game, Deron Williams, at the end of last season and are hoping he can be their cornerstone for the future.

The team has a ton of cap space at the moment and is also moving to Brooklyn which should make the Nets a much more attractive option for luring free agents.

 

Drafted

1st F JaJuan Johnson
(27th overall - traded on draft night)

The Nets flipped this pick to the Celtics to get back MarShon Brooks, who will help them fill the void on the wing.

2nd C Jordan Williams (36th overall)

If the Nets can find an All-Star to pair with Williams they become very dangerous very fast.

The next big fish the team desperately wants to land is Dwight Howard. If D-12 and D-Will were to hook up the Nets are a top-3 team in the East easy.

While they wait (and hope) that Howard will make his way to Brooklyn the team is staying pretty frugal with their cap space.

GM Billy King used the team's amnesty provision on Travis Outlaw and only dipped his toes into the free agent waters to sign relatively cheap forwards Shawne and Shelden Williams.

He also brought back Kim Kardashian's ex-husband Kris Humphries on a one-year deal. That deal lets the Nets turn over his cap space next summer.

The way their roster currently stands their biggest asset (and best piece of trade bait) behind Williams is centre Brooke Lopez. Lopez scored better than 20 points per game last season and the Nets were thinking he would flourish with Williams feeding him the ball. At least until he was traded that is.

Unfortunately, Lopez suffered a broken foot in the pre-season and will be out until at least mid-Frebruary. So much for showcasing him for the Magic.

With Williams this team will see a jump in wins this year. The real focus for this team though is finding a way to bring in Howard.

The plan could backfire, especially with the Lopez injury. But it won't be for a lack of trying.


 

Conversation Starters

 

1) Mikhail Prokhorov - I love this guy. The Nets billionaire Russian owner is one of my favourite off-court stories in the NBA. How can you not be intrigued by a guy who does jet-ski stunts and in a tour of his Moscow home with 60 minutes showed off his machine gun and said that he owns a yacht and doesn't even know where it is most of the time. And he could be the next president of Russia. That's awesome

2) The Ex-Mr. Kardashian - If you were to guess who the most hated player in the NBA was who would you guess. I probably would have said either LeBron or Kobe. But according to a recent poll that is the wrong answer. The most hated player in the NBA is none other than Kris Humphries aka Kim Kardashian's ex. Wow did he get booed hard at MSG during the pre-season. Serves him right for breaking up with royalty.

3) Mr. Bowtie - Marshon Brooks wore a bowtie to the draft and to his introductory press conference with the Nets. That got me thinking about some of the best draft day outfits - I mean you have Erick Dampier's bright red suit jacket, Hakeem's tux, the Mailman's really tight whatever that was and many more. Check out this photo gallery of the worst 25 ever.


Chisholm's 3 in the Key

TSN.ca basketball blogger Tim Chisholm's takes a look at three players in different stages of their career from the Thunder that will make a difference (good or bad) this season. You can read more from Tim in his weekly blog: '3 in the Key'.

Breakout

Jeff Teague

MarShon Brooks: No team in the NBA is as barren on the wings as New Jersey, so rookie Brooks should be able to provide some scoring punch to open up the paint for his teammates.

Prime Time

Al Horford

Deron Williams: Williams is one of the best point guards in a point guard rich era, and heading into a contract year he should be particularly motivated to show what he can do. Even if he leaves the Nets after this season they should still get quite a show.

Last Legs

Tim Duncan Shelden Williams: A past fifth overall pick, Williams has never amounted more to a serviceable journeyman in the NBA. That role won't change in New Jersey.

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Western Conference

(1) SA 1, (8) DAL 0 (4) HOU v (5) POR
(2) OKC 1, (7) MEM 0 (3) LAC 0, (4) GS 1


Eastern Conference

(1) IND 0, (8) ATL 1 (4) CHI 0, (5) WSH 1
(2) MIA 1, (7) CHA 0 (3) TOR 0, (6) BKN 1


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