Brooklyn Nets 2012-13 NBA Preview
Photo Credit: Mark Runyan, Basketball Schedule
22-44, 5th in Atlantic Division, 12th in Eastern Conference
93.1 ppg/99.1 opp ppg
Keith Bogans – SG
MarShon Brooks – G
Reggie Evans – PF
Kris Humphries – PF
Joe Johnson – SG
Ilkan Karaman – PF
Brook Lopez – C
Tornike Shengelia – F
Jerry Stackhouse – SG
Tyshawn Taylor – PG
Mirza Teletovic – F
Gerald Wallace – SF
C.J. Watson – PG
Deron Williams – PG
Joe Johnson, Mirza Teletovic, C.J. Watson, Reggie Evans, Keith Bogans, Tyshawn Taylor, Jerry Stackhouse
Anthony Morrow, Jordan Farmar, Gerald Green, Johan Petro, Jordan Williams, DeShawn Stevenson
PG – Deron Williams
SG – Joe Johnson
SF – Gerald Wallace
PF – Kris Humphries
C – Brook Lopez
The Brooklyn Nets went out of their way to put some superstars together and they’ve done just that. Their starting lineup rivals the best in the NBA but a major issue will be depth. The bench is filled with has-beens, never-beens and will-never-bes.
Some are questioning how adding Joe Johnson and weakening the bench is going to do much for the Nets but it goes deeper than that. The motivation and desire has returned and they all have something to prove. This starting lineup, when healthy, will provide a great mix of offense and defense that they sorely lacked last year.
The starters stay healthy and each play more than 70 games and 35 minutes per night. The Nets have a better top-five than the rest of the division, which could carry them to the division title and the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference. They’re not getting by Miami this year.
Injuries ravage the team and chemistry becomes an issue. There’s no real center backing up Lopez and if he goes down, the team will follow. They could finish in the No. 9 seed at worst unless major injuries happen early and to more than one starter.
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