Radioman wrote:I guess the East is an open race until the Conference Finals so good luck to the Nets.
NovU wrote:As I said before the Nets surely are an interesting team. But then really the difference from last season is blown up salary and addition of Joe Johnson. And rest of starters are same(ofc Brook healthy might make a difference but how much). No offense to the Nets fans but the ceiling realistically sounds like a second round to me than 'at least'.
Yes East is open for grab tho. We will see.
graybakflip wrote:best back-court in the league(yeah,nash and kobe might have that, but IMO I don't think they can gel that well to have that status)
graybakflip wrote:If only brook could have an ave. defensive C discovered inside him
Radioman wrote:I guess the East is an open race until the Conference Finals
Lamrock wrote:I could see them winning the Atlantic and maybe get swept in the conference finals should they get the 3 seed and draw Indiana in round 2. However, this is basically just last year's lottery Nets with Joe Johnson and a healthy Brook Lopez added. Sure, they'll improve, but at this stage in everyone's career, Deron's the only real star on the roster.
The Nets are built for a run like the Hawks have had the last few years. I'm skeptical of their strategy of long-term commitments to aging players, so the only way I see them contending is Brook Lopez blowing up or them finding a late-round gem in the draft.
But this is the respect thread, and I commend the Nets for putting together a solid team for their first year in Brooklyn. Easily the most exciting season for them in years.
Brooke Lopez who possibly still has tremendous potential (anyone watch his 38pt game last season? It came effortlessly) is quite impressive.
Badshotter wrote:LOL at the pics. But who knows what can happen right. There are lot of unexpected thing happening in the NBA each year.
rise wrote:He should attempt to occasionally rebound and defend some and he just might crack my top 10 centers list.
graybakflip wrote:I think we out-rebounded the opposing teams almost all of the games except last game? not sure.
graybakflip wrote:His FT % is waaay off, might be caused by the added muscles
Ah come on, I'd take Howard, healthy Bynum, Chandler, Noah, Horford, Marc Gasol, Monroe, healthy Varejao, healthy Bogut, Jefferson, Demarcus Cousins, and maybe Pekovic and last season's Roy Hibbert (who I think is just in a slump to start this season) over him in a heartbeat. You could include Garnett, Duncan, and Bosh as well, as they are playing C for their teams. That's 12-17 better players playing center better than Brook Lopez. Until his rebounding and defense skyrocket, he will be a mediocre starting center. 6 rebounds a game is Bargnani-like. There are players who are a foot shorter and nearly a hundred pounds lighter who are rebounding nearly as well as Lopez (Kyle Lowry comes to mind). While the rest of his game is improving, that holds him back from being a premier center.Andrew wrote:I'd agree that Lopez is a top ten centre in the league, but it bears mentioning that there isn't a lot of stiff competition at that position at present.
Andrew wrote:I'd agree that Lopez is a top ten centre in the league, but it bears mentioning that there isn't a lot of stiff competition at that position at present.
I go hate him tho about his rebounds IF we are out-rebounded by the opposing teams.
rise wrote:Ah come on, I'd take Howard, healthy Bynum, Chandler, Noah, Horford, Marc Gasol, Monroe, healthy Varejao, healthy Bogut, Jefferson, Demarcus Cousins, and maybe Pekovic and last season's Roy Hibbert (who I think is just in a slump to start this season) over him in a heartbeat. You could include Garnett, Duncan, and Bosh as well, as they are playing C for their teams. That's 12-17 better players playing center better than Brook Lopez.
graybakflip wrote:If people just watch the games
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NovU wrote:This is a statement game for the Heat. BKN will learn it the hard way that they're a distant second, third, or even fourth. But since this is a respect thread, I am calling the Heat by 10.
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