The Brooklyn Nets have the worst record in the league, as they are 16-58. Brooklyn has been the laughing stock of the league all year. The only positive about having a terrible record is that you usually get a high draft pick. Unfortunately, the Nets won’t have a lottery pick, as it is going right to the Boston Celtics.
It’s hard to start somewhere in terms of what or who to blame, but you must start with Brook Lopez. After all he is their “franchise” player.
Lopez is a terrific offensive weapon who is averaging 20.7 points. The center has added a 3-point shot to his arsenal. Over the first eight years of his career, Lopez has had just three 3-point makes. This season, he has made 123 while shooting 35 percent.
I can’t get over Brook Lopez shooting 35.1% on 350 3s this season after going 3-for-31 from 3 over the prior eight years. The NBA got weird.
— Kevin O’Connor (@KevinOConnorNBA) March 29, 2017
There are a few problems with Lopez. He is on his way out of his prime at 28-years-old, and is a liability on defense. Lopez is averaging 5.3 rebounds, half of what Russell Westbrook is averaging.
Yes, I know Westbrook isn’t your typical player but he is still a point guard! The Nets have the worst defense in the league (113.2 ppg), and having Lopez at center is one of the primary reasons.
The signing of Jeremy Lin in the offseason wasn’t the best idea either. The 28-year-old was signed to a three-year, $36 million contract. Lin has been on and off the floor with injuries this season, and in 29 games he is averaging 13.8 points and five assists in 23.3 minutes. While the numbers are certainly good in his limited minutes, Lin has been too injury prone while also a defensive liability. A 1-2 year contract for Lin would’ve made more sense.
Brooklyn has no star player at this stage, and it’s hard to believe that any of their young guys have “star” in them. To be fair, there are a few Nets who can have a good career as they do some things well. Caris LeVert is arguably the most intriguing one. The 6’7″ wing can defend multiple positions, and is a good shooter. The 22-year-old rookie is averaging 7.7 points in 21.4 minutes.
Sean Kilpatrick has built off a strong ending to last season. Kilpatrick is averaging 13.2 points and 3.9 rebounds. The 27-year-old shooting guard has had a few huge games this season. On Nov. 29, he had 38 points and 14 rebounds in a win against the Clippers.
Other players such as Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Isaiah Whitehead can be good glue guys.
Brooklyn fans must be patient as things can’t get any worse than they are now.