Originally written on Jb Smooth's Spot  |  Last updated 11/17/14
Now that the drama of trading for Dwight Howard is over, the Nets can focus on trying to become a legit contender in the East. They traded for Joe Johnson to pair with Deron Williams which instantly gives them one of the top 5 back courts in the NBA. If Brook Lopez can stay healthy and build off of his 19 points and 4 rebounds average for his career he could give the Nets a valid mismatch versus most teams in the league. What I don’t see is depth that is going to be needed. Who’s going to be the sixth man, who’s going to provide the scoring punch off the bench? Andray Blatch, Josh Childress, C.J. Watson are nice pieces, but none of them are scaring anybody with their ability to go for 20 points on any given night. Yes, Blatche should play better being out of Washington, but if his attitude was that wishy washy there, who’s to say he won’t become disinterested if coach Avery Johnson says something he doesn’t like. I’m just not willing to go out on a limb with him yet; he has to show me something before I give him benefit of the doubt. They should be able to get into the playoffs, but nothing more than a first round and done. But coming from where they were last year, that’s a great on year improvement.
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