In July, the Nets have committed over $300 million to Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Brook Lopez, Reggie Evans, Mirza Teletovic, C.J. Watson, and Tyshawn Taylor. Also, based on reading reports, Kris Humphries will almost definitely sign with the Nets for upwards of $20 million. The Nets have definitely shown they can spend money and assemble a good roster. They are not quite done yet, though. Let’s take a look at what the Nets have at the point guard and shooting guard positions.
Point Guards: All set.
Obviously, Deron Williams is a world class point guard and the Nets are very glad to have him.
C.J. Watson is a very solid player and legitimate backup point guard. For the Bulls last season, he averaged per game about 10 points, 4 assists, 1 steal, an 80% foul shooting efficiency, and 40% three point efficiency. However, his overall field goal percentage was low: 37%.
The Nets’ top rookie is also a point guard. Taylor was a high volume shooter and scorer for Kansas last season. According to reports, he played well for the Nets’ summer team in Orlando. He is the right type of guy to be the Nets 3rd string point guard because he is young and has the opportunity to learn from Deron Williams – perhaps the most well rounded point guard in the game.
Shooting Guards: All set.
Joe Johnson is an elite scorer and I am very excited to see him paired with Deron Williams. I expect him to easily make the All-Star Game for the seventh time next season.
MarShon had an up and down rookie season, but he certainly showed promise. He still needed time to develop and if he can be more consistent next season, he can get the playing time he needs to stay on course. As a backup/role player, he will need to work on his spot up three point shot and less on scoring in isolation.
Joe Johnson and MarShon Brooks should be able to carry the load at shooting guard next season. The Nets do have Jerry Stackhouse, though. Stackhouse is not to be taken seriously as a player anymore. He was amazing earlier on in his career, but now he is 37 years old and facing retirement. He will spend a lot of time on the bench next season and might learn something about coaching in the NBA. He helps fill out the Nets roster.