Good news broke yesterday evening, when Deron Williams agreed to play for the Brooklyn Nets for five more years. Now, the Nets have an excellent front court featuring Williams and Joe Johnson. Now, they must turn their attention to acquiring big men. Dwight Howard, Brook Lopez, Ersan Ilyasova, and Kris Humphries are the Nets’ options this summer. Let’s take a look at the power forwards: Ersan Ilyasova and Kris Humphries.
Per game career averages: 9.7 PTS, 6.0 REB, 0.4 BLK, 44.5% FG PCT, 78.5% FT PCT
Ersan Ilyasova is a Turkish power forward for the Milwaukee Bucks. He had a breakout season last year, in which he almost averaged a double double. He had two monster performances against the Nets: in February he put up 29 points and 25 rebounds and in April he had 17 points and 17 rebounds. The Bucks won both of these games. A friend of mine who is a Bucks fan said that Ilyasova “played out of his mind” this past season and that some team will overpay him this summer.
Ilyasova has already been offered a five year contract from the Bucks. The Nets would need to acquire him via a complicated trade. The Nets would probably offer Kris Humphries (via sign and trade) and cash and/or future draft picks. I hope the Nets don’t get Ilyasova and they probably won’t, because they will need to make a complicated trade.
My prediction – will Ersan Ilyasova be a Net next season: No
Per game career averages: 13.8 PTS, 11.0 REB, 0.6 BLK, 46.7% FG PCT, 65.7 FT PCT
Kris Humphries had a monster season, averaging a double double. He was a fan favorite because of his whole reality TV disaster, marrying and divorcing Kim Kardashian. Even though Humphries put up nearly 14 points a game, he is not an offensive player. He is a good, though undersized rebounder and a hard working defender. Humphries is durable and reliable, though he often struggles when playing against athletic forwards who have good jump shots. In sum, Humphries is a good role player, but he is far from perfect.
If the Nets fail to acquire Ersan Ilyasova, Humphries is a solid consolation prize. Humphries has repeatedly told the press that he wants to play for the Nets next season. If Humphries is willing to give the Nets a discount, he should get the opportunity to play in Brooklyn next season.
My prediction – will Kris Humphries be a Net next season: Yes