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New Nets Season Can Only Improve

October 18, 2010 by Eaglecorps911

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By Brian Deakyne

  Last year, not much went right for the New Jersey Nets, who finished 12-70. In fact, the only thing that went right was the fact that they did not break the 1972 Philadelphia 76ers record of the worst team in NBA history. The Sixers went 9-73 that year.
  Last season, despite looking strong on paper, New Jersey floundered early, and started out 0-18, the worst start in league history. From that point-on, the Nets were virtually ruled out of any playoff chance as they witnessed attendance plummet, along with the attitudes of players and coaches.
  This year, everything is changing in New Jersey, from the man calling the plays to the arena where the Nets call home.
  The Nets hired Avery Johnson, a recommendation from point guard Devin Harris, this off-season after firing Lawrence Frank earlier last year.
  Johnson coached Harris in Dallas for several years before he was fired there, and has since been working as an ESPN analyst.
  Johnson will look to rejuvenate a Harris-lead Nets team who have moved from the Izod Center in East Rutherford to the new Prudential Center in Newark, the current home of the New Jersey Devils.
  On the basketball side of things, the Nets are once again penciling in a team that has all the abilities and talent to go as far as anyone in their division.
  Despite many off-season rumors of New Jersey acquiring a big-name player, such as LeBron James, Chris Paul, and the most serious candidate, Carmelo Anthony, the Nets will only be adding draft picks to their roster, with the exception of swingman Troy Murphy, whom the Nets acquired from Indiana.
  Murphy is a solid asset and will compliment Harris well. Harris’ biggest threat however, will be center Brook Lopez. Lopez and Harris are both all-star quality players and will be expected to put up at least 20 points per game.
  Alongside Lopez in the front-court will be first-round pick Derrick Favors out of Georgia Tech. Standing at 6’10, he provides a physical, offensive prowess that has been missing at the power forward position in New Jersey since Kenyon Martin left six years ago.
  Terrance Williams, who was drafted in the first round last year out of Louisville, needs to be a key contributor for a team who is looking for someone to help out Lopez and Harris.
  There is no question of skill for Williams, it’s simply a matter of will he settle down and become the natural scorer he was in college. If so, New Jersey may have a powerful team on their hands.
 Bottom Line: Once again, the Nets, who honestly have not been good since 2002-2003, will have a solid team on paper.
  Last year, all the players under-achieved, especially at the beginning of the season and that lead to a dismal 0-18 start, and eventually, the 12-70 final record.
  This year, things will chance if Johnson displays a winning-type attitude and it seems that he will.
  The question isn’t will Harris and Lopez be leaders because everyone knows they will. What this season will depend on, however, is how everyone else performs. If it’s all positive, then they will have a good season, if not, well, we all saw how that worked out last year.

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