Monthly Archives: July 2010

My Thoughts’ On LeBron’s Decision

By: John Fraty

Since LeBron announced his decision, on “The Decision”, I’ve heard the opinions of many people from The Great One to Jason Kidd to Kelly Dwyer. I have my own opinion on this whole situation, one that is probably the consensus among everybody around the country who watched this unfold: He made a decision which is fine, but the way he carried himself throughout the entire process was embarrassing. The guy is 25 years old, was thrust into national spotlight in his late teens (something he didn’t object to), and made a fool of himself. But, for people to begin to question his competitive fire and his passion for the game is absolutely uncalled for.

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Terrence Williams Summer Recap and Trade Rumors

By: Victor Nash

Before the summer league started, I was hoping that Terrence Williams would show me that he can be the leader of the team and show the ability to take over games. I ended up with mixed results.

In his first four games (I’m not counting the fifth game because he only played 5 minutes), T-Will averaged 23 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 3.8 apg, 5.3 tpg (turnovers per game), and shot 44.7% from the floor. These are incredible stats for Terrence and show that he could have a good year. Throughout the summer league, T-Will was able to rip apart opposing defenses and get to the basket at will. He was the Nets’ best performer and go-to guy in the summer league and was very consistent. The key stat to take away from this is the 44.7 shooting percentage. One of Williams’ biggest problems last year was that he couldn’t create his own shot, simply because he couldn’t make shots. He would brick numerous long 2s and 3s, and killed the Nets for long periods of time during these periods. It seems like he has worked on his shot in the offseason, and if he can continue to work on it and improve, Terrence can become an offensive force and an impact player.

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Summer League Player Recap: Derrick Favors

By: Adam Callahan

Prior to the 2010 NBA Draft, there were many questions on how raw Derrick Favors actually was. He was getting ripped by many scouts due to his lack of a quality face up game and inability to just look comfortable on the floor. In my opinion, a lot of this was credited to Georgia Tech not being able to run a half court set successfully due to poor guard play. Derrick Favors and Gani Lawall could have put up much bigger numbers had they been in different systems.

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The Hiring Of Billy King

By: John Fraty

Billy King is not a well known name. He was the GM for the Philadelphia 76ers from 1998-2007,¬†until former Nets’ GM Ed Stefanski replaced him. King had a nice run as 76ers’ GM as he helped take the team to an NBA Finals in the 2000-01 season. I’ve been hearing that King was Avery Johnson’s preferred GM to replace Rod Thorn. He seems to know the game very well and will hopefully do a lot to help this franchise make smart decisions in the coming years. That’s not what concerns me about this hiring.

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Summer League Player Recap: Damion James

By: John Fraty

This is the first in a series of Summer League Player Recaps which will consist of a recap for: Damion James, Terrence Williams, Derrick Favors, Brian Zoubek, and Ben Uzoh.

I have to say, when I watched the Nets’ Summer League team play their four games, the player who stood out to me the most was by far Damion James. When the Nets’ traded the rights to Jordan Crawford and Tibor Pleiss to the Hawks for the rights to James, I didn’t know what to think about it. James is a player I’ve heard of, Crawford made headlines by dunking on LeBron last season, and Pleiss was a foreign center. If anything, the name power of Crawford probably excited a few Nets’ fans. In the end, the Nets came away with James, and with his performance in the Summer League he has late-1st round steal written all over him.

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Anthony Morrow To Nets Via S+T

By: Adam Callahan

With Golden State unexpected to match the Nets offer for sharp-shooter Anthony Morrow, the two sides reached a sign-and-trade deal that will send Anthony Morrow to Newark next season. In exchange for Morrow, the Nets trade a mere 4 million dollars in cash. The trade looks good so far because of what Anthony Morrow will bring to this Nets squad.

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Travis Outlaw’s Game

By: Victor Nash

Now that the Nets have finalized the signing of Travis Outlaw to a five year, 35 million dollar deal, we at The Nets Nation are here to give you the X’s and O’s of his game.

Many people think that the Outlaw contract was grossly overpaying for a lifelong bench player with no potential to improve. This is an incorrect assumption. Outlaw is only 25 and has plenty of potential to improve. His contract was not the best possible contract, but in this free agency market, it was not terrible.

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