A lot has changed for the Brooklyn Nets since the beginning of the season, and one of the biggest changes has been which big guys have been playing well. Heading into the season, Kris Humphries and Brook Lopez were the starters, with two question marks, Reggie Evans and Andray Blatche coming off the bench.
Now, Brook Lopez is still starting, but Kris Humphries is completely out of the rotation. He didn’t play a single minute in Sunday’s win over Philadelphia. Andray Blatche has been great, especially on offense off the bench and Reggie Evans has been one of the best rebounders in the league.
Although Andray Blatche and Brook Lopez have yet to play a minute together on the court this season, Avery Johnson has hinted that they might see some time together in tomorrow’s game vs. the Celtics.
Kris Humphries is unlikely to play in tomorrow’s game because of some abdominal pain he has been experiencing, along with him being in Coach Avery’s doghouse. The Hump is now on the trading block and it will be interesting to see if a team will want to pick him up. He is owed $12 million this season and $12 million next year, which makes him an expiring contract. The Milwaukee Bucks have been rumored as possible trade partners, with Ersan Ilyasova being the center of that trade. Whatever happens, Humphries cannot be traded until January 15th because he was a free agent last summer. The Nets have not appeared to show interest in Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins.
Because of Humphries’s absence, expect Nets rookie Tornike Shengelia to get some playing time. He played for a few minutes in Sunday’s game and expect more time for him in the future. In a recent game for the Springfield Armor, the Nets’ D-League affiliate, Toko had a triple double and played very well. Avery Johnson likes him and it will be interesting to see how much playing time he gets on Christmas on national television against Boston.