New Jersey Nets Breakdown: Which Players Fit Into Jersey’s Future?

December 20th, 2009 by Erick Blasco Leave a reply »
After surprisingly challenging the Los Angeles Lakers for about 30 minutes or so, the New Jersey Nets reverted to their familiar place as losers, this time 103-84.

Truthfully, little that happens on the court for New Jersey matters this season. With all the expiring contracts and cheap, young talent on the roster, the Nets will be major factors in free agency next season.

So while the Nets are atrocious, at least they aren’t a middling veteran team that might miss the playoffs, but has long expensive contracts—say, the New Orleans Hornets.

In fact, if this is a throwaway year, the Nets should focus on developing the young players that might stick.

However, the embarrassment of being the worst team in NBA history not only dulls the lure for free agents to go to New Jersey, but also may stick in the minds of their young players for years to come. Because of this, the Nets also must field a roster that can grab eight more wins.

Let’s use the game against the Lakers to see which players have long-term staying power, who can provide a boost in the short term, and who needs to be dumped ASAP.


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