The Nets built this roster to WIN NOW and with Lopez in it we will NOT WIN NOW. It is that simple. The Nets made Lopez a luxury with the way the constructed the roster.
It's almost like they were not planning on him returning because they thought that they were gonna get the best C in the game and then got screwed by the Lakers.... oh wait...
Johnson is a scorer. Deron is our star and can score. Wallace can score. Brooks can score. Teletovic can score. Blatche can score. Scoring for this team will not be a problem when we start getting our chemistry down.
We do no lack scoring. We lack defense in the worst way. It is so bad.
I am not placing ALL the blame on Lopez. I realize how bad Humphries is also. They are both really bad.
There are things you cannot teach a C and Lopez suffers from a lot of them. If he ever improves defensively it will be marginal and not enough for us to contend. The Nets made their bed this summer and now must sleep on it. Lopez is unnecessary in this current roster. We have scorers. We need interior defense.
#1... lopez is not responsible for 18+ points a night on the defensive end... thats just ridiculous
yes we lack interior defense... but getting rid of a 7 footer who can actually do SOME things on defense is not the answer... getting rid of the undersized PF who is actually worse than lopez on the PNR and can ONLY rebound would be the smart decision....
he looks bigger but as soft as always. I am not looking at his stats. I am looking at how he gets pushed on the blocks by smaller guys, gets blocked by guards. These are not things gathered from pre-season. These are physical issues he has had for years that i was hoping would be corrected now that he got his muscles back and is healthy again.
Lopez physically has the tools to be a decent defender at the very least which is all that matters. Not having to carry the load offensively is huge but it will take time. If Dirk Nowitzki who was easily a bottom 5 defender early in his career can learn to become a decent defender so can Brook.
haha, yeah I would actually do that. and I think it would be a fair trade all around as they are 2 solid players (Jones really looks like he has an NBA game in him already and would be the leading rook for a team with 4 top 20 rooks on it) Asik and Lopez are the complete opposite as far as centers go, but watching a 7 footer go to work with left and right handed hooks and back to the basket moves is a thing of beauty that has been lost to the nba for a long time
C: Asik PF: PatPat SF: Parsons SG: Harden PG: Lin
I mean i love Lopez. However the Nets made him obsolete with the way they constructed this roster. Deron and JJ could (in theory) make any C we put in there good for 12+ points per game when they learn the system. Deron and JJ are also scorers and Wallace is too when needed. Offense is NOT the issue i forsee with this team. When we gel we will be a good team offensively.
However having two guys who are both very bad defensively in our front court with the back up bigs ALSO being bad defensively is borderline insane in this league.
Do you realize how perfect and dangerous this team would become if we swung a Lopez for Asik or Noah trade and a Humphries+Brooks+Taylor for L.Aldridge trade?
Oh man i get excited just dreaming about it.
We need interior defense in the worst way. This Nets team as constructed is set to be historically bad defensively