Category Archives: New Jersey Nets

Rotowire Draft Kit: Offseason Moves – Eastern Conference

With the NBA’s new CBA bringing teams closer and closer to paying bigger fines for exceeding the salary cap, player movement and contract negotiations were framed in a different light this offseason.

Couple ownership salary cap concerns with the unprecedented number of front office and coaching changes that took place this offseason, and the flood gates opened to provide a heaping helping of intrigue going into the 2013-14 season.

So, where did all of those free agents and misfit players end up up at the end of the offseason? Let’s take a look at the Eastern Conference offseason moves.

via Rotowire.com – Fantasy NBA Draft Kit: Offseason Moves – Eastern Conference.

Waiver Wire: All-Star Questions

My biggest questions for All-Star Weekend are simple:

“Is there an average NBA fan that can name – without prompting – more than one participant in the Slam Dunk Contest? And if so, does he or she win a prize?”

And …

“Will the notoriously long-winded Alicia Keys finish her halftime performance in less than 60 minutes? Because I sort of suspect that she’ll still be singing in the middle of the third quarter.”

My questions for the second half of the season are a bit more complex, starting with …

Which NBA superstar is fading fastest?

For years, I’ve been avoiding Dwyane Wade in the first round of fantasy drafts, reasoning that, given his injury history, his production will inevitably drop off a cliff. It seems I’ve been fading the wrong All-Star guard.It wasn’t long ago that Deron Williams was just a hair behind Chris Paul in the fantasy point guard rankings. But we haven’t seen him produce at that level for years now. There have been plenty of plausible reasons for his sub-par numbers. He was unhappy in Utah, and then he was playing for an awful Nets team. This year he’s surrounded by talent, but didn’t like Avery Johnson’s offense … and he has dealt with a variety of injuries.

The injuries are most concerning, as they’re really starting to add up. Williams received platelet-rich plasma treatments on both ankles last week, which could indicate that his leg problems are both worse than we thought and not really getting better.

It will be very interesting to see how he plays for the rest of this season and in the playoffs, but as things stand, I won’t be in any rush to draft Williams next year.

How long does an ACL take to heal fully?

Adrian Peterson’s remarkable season – just months removed from a torn ACL – may have given us some funny ideas about how long it takes to recover from that injury. Iman Shumpert’s unimpressive return, and Derrick Rose’s struggles in rehab – should be major reality checks.

As a rookie, Shumpert impressed NBA fans with his quickness, perimeter defense, and ability to get to the rack off the dribble. Since his return from injury, though, he’s been more tentative on both ends of the floor. I’d argue that Mike Woodson’s awkward three-guard lineup, which puts Shump on the floor with both Raymond Felton and Jason Kidd, is part of the problem, but that’s an argument for another column. Is he completely healthy? Is he having trouble trusting the knee? Or did we overrate him based on an impressive debut in a big media market?

I know, that never happens with Knicks players. Hang on, I have to go get my Landry Fields jersey out of the dryer.

Of course, Shump is a marginal fantasy prospect in most formats, unlike Derrick Rose.Like Shumpert, Rose tore an ACL during the first round of the playoffs, but the Bulls’ All-Star guard has yet to make an appearance this season, and recently told reporters that he isn’t close to a return.Rose has even suggested that he’ll sit out the entire season to get the knee back to full strength.

What does this tell us?

1. If you’re one of the players holding on to Rose in a non-keeper league – Rose is 83% owned, so there are a lot of you out there – you might want to consider the possibility of using that roster spot more productively.

2. You’ll also want to be very conservative when considering players like Rajon Rondo or likely lottery pick Nerlens Noel in next year’s drafts.

via Waiver Wire: All-Star Questions – RotoWire.com.

Waiver Wire: Bad Rotation

Not gonna lie…. I won’t miss Scott Skiles.

It’s not that he’s a bad coach. I think he’s actually pretty good, and he’s had a fair amount of success in this league. But his distribution of minutes is famously unpredictable, which has destroyed the fantasy value of quite a few players on Skiles’ teams. I’ve been consciously avoiding Milwaukee players – with the notable exceptions of Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis – in fantasy drafts for that very reason. Given the choice between a guy who will play 30 minutes consistently and one who will play 35 one night and then 13-14 for three straight games, I’ll take the guy getting regular run every time.

Inconsistent playing time might also have hurt the development of promising young frontcourt players like Larry Sanders. Sanders (71 percent owned) could get a nice boost under new coach Jim Boylan. He played 31 minutes in Wednesday’s win over Chicago – up from his season average of 24.8 – and has been a force in the paint of late (13 blocks in Boylan’s two games calling the plays). It’ll be nice to plug Sanders into lineups and have confidence that he’ll get starter-type minutes on a much more regular basis.

Of course, rotations can also be too predictable. Brooklyn’s Avery Johnson was known for having carved-in-stone substitution patterns, which may have allowed some of his more-established players to get a little too comfortable. And that level of comfort – and the lackadaisical play that followed – is a big reason why Johnson is no longer employed by the Nets.

Interim coach P.J. Carlesimo has been preaching accountability since taking over the job. Specifically, he’s said that players that aren’t playing up to par on both ends of the floor will get pulled. That probably doesn’t mean we’ll see a big shakeup in the Nets’ rotation, but it’s possible that someone like MarShon Brooks – a promising second-year guard who spent much of this season in Johnson’s doghouse – could re-emerge.

via Waiver Wire: Bad Rotation – RotoWire.com.