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New Jersey Nets Roster Report 2008-06-30 News New Jersey Nets

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News » New Jersey Nets Roster Report 2008-06-30

New Jersey Nets Roster Report 2008-06-30

New Jersey Nets Roster Report 2008-06-30

Brook Lopez, C, 7-0, Stanford -- A gift at No. 10, Nets projected him going much higher. The best center in the draft, he is a scorer who can shoot with range and establish an inside presence. Will bring toughness but his defense is not a strong point.

Ryan Anderson, F, 6-10, California -- Lopez said Anderson possessed the best stroke in the Pac-10. Nets need him to stretch defenses and be the recipient of kickouts from Devin Harris and Vince Carter. He needs to get better at creating his own shot.

Chris Douglas-Roberts, G/F, 6-7, Memphis -- Could be a real steal at 40. Not flashy but a player. Not a great shooter, but a scorer. "Deceptive," was how Nets GM Kiki Vandeweghe labeled him. With the departure of Jefferson, Nets needed wing help.

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER: For much of the first half of the season, Vince Carter seemed destined to be most "disappointing," not most "valuable" Net. And although he surrendered the team scoring lead to Richard Jefferson, Carter took on the team leadership mantle as well as anyone and raised his game after the trade of Jason Kidd. He raised his averages in virtually every category after the All-Star break, going from 20.5 points per game to 22.7 (627 points in 27 games) while lifting his shooting from .445 to .475. All that on an ankle that probably will need surgery in the offseason.

MOST DISAPPOINTING PLAYER: He left in February, but the negative imprint Jason Kidd put on the team carried through the entire season. The team captain wanted out, made it be known and too many times played with extreme indifference. Ultimately, he was traded and the Nets tried to change on the fly but never recovered.

BIGGEST NEEDS: The Nets are like virtually every other team in the league: They want, and need, additional shooting. And with a drop from their usual top-10 defensive positioning (17th in points allowed, 100.9; 12th in field goal percentage defense, .456), they want an interior presence to guard the rim. They feel they answered some of those problems on draft night with 7-foot Brook Lopez of Stanford at No. 10 and 6-10 shooter Ryan Anderson of California at 21.

FREE AGENT FOCUS: The Nets repeatedly have said they want to keep their key free agents: two unrestricted types, forward Bostjan Nachbar and center DeSagana Diop, both prime bench players who should attract a fair amount of interest, plus restricted forward Nenad Krstic, whom they gave a qualifying offer.

The Nets can match any offer Krstic receives, but there is no guarantee they will match because they do not want to be a luxury-tax team. Also, Krstic struggled terribly in his return from a torn ACL and subsequent knee surgery.

Unrestricted free agent Darrell Armstrong is not likely to return. Diop may be the toughest of the three to re-up. He has indicated a return to Dallas is very possible.


--F Bostjan Nachbar was hampered down the stretch with a bum back. He hoped rest would prove a cure and apparently he was right.

"The back is doing well. I'm running, doing some light lifting with weights and shooting," said Nachbar who figures to draw interest from multiple teams as a free agent.

--F Sean Williams is one of the Nets utilizing the teaching skills of GM Kiki Vandeweghe, who is considered a superb skills teacher. Williams has been a regular at the team's practice facility which was busy virtually daily with pre-draft workouts.

"Kiki is trying to stress not wasting energy and movement, things like that," said Williams, who admits he is unfamiliar with Vandeweghe as a player. "I heard he could score."

--F Nenad Krstic received a $2.7 million qualifying offer from the Nets the day after the draft. The qualifier allows the Nets to hold the right of first refusal on Krstic, who is a restricted free agent coming back from major knee surgery. Now the Nets can match any offer he receives.

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