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New Jersey Nets Roster Report 2008-07-26 News New Jersey Nets

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News » New Jersey Nets Roster Report 2008-07-26

New Jersey Nets Roster Report 2008-07-26

New Jersey Nets Roster Report 2008-07-26

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.

BIGGEST NEEDS: The Nets feel they have addressed the needs they faced entering the off-season: shooting, size for defensive toughness inside and wing scoring. They drafted a 7-0 center in Brook Lopez and a 6-10 shooting big in Ryan Anderson. They're hopeful Chris Douglas-Roberts can also bring some wing scoring. They signed two 6-8 veteran free agents, a tough, defensive sort in Eduardo Najera and a shooter in Jarvis Hayes. The trade of Richard Jefferson brought 7-0 Yi Jianlian and 6-6 two-way forward Bobby Simmons. They addressed their next big need, backup at guard, with the sign-and-trade for a combo guard, Keyon Dooling. They're not done and are still looking for another shooter and a third point guard.

FREE AGENT FOCUS: The Nets signed free agents Eduardo Najera and Jarvis Hayes. Najera is an "old school" guy who will defend and can hit a three-pointer while Hayes is a shooter to be employed in the Nets' drive-and-kick attack.

They're still looking at some minimum wage types such as Kareem Rush and Royal Ivey. Of their own free agents, DeSagana Diop was lost back to Dallas about 30 seconds after the signing period began. Bostjan Nachbar, squeezed out by the Nets' signings, took a three-year deal in Russia. Restricted free agent Nenad Krstic is still waiting and the Nets maintain they want him back. The Nets couldn't sign Keyon Dooling outright, so they worked a sign-and-trade with Orlando.


--F Ryan Anderson was drafted largely for his shooting. He led the Pac-10 in scoring at 21.1 points but also was third in the conference in rebounding at 9.9. And Anderson says he wants to be known as more than a shooter.

"Rebounding is relying very little on being athletic. It's desire, positioning, footwork and timing. I'm not the most athletic guy but rebounding to me comes natural in that I've been able to seal guys with my positioning down low."

--The Nets signed F Eduardo Najera (four years, $12 million) for toughness, leadership and experience. And Najera promised to do all that.

"I'm going to be as physical as I can, and I'm going to push the rookies around. That's what I'm here for, and I'm sure they'll probably hate me during training camp, but that's the preparation you need," Najera said. "I made a long career out of playing the game the right way and playing hard. Defensively, I'm old school. I believe defense wins games."

--G Keyon Dooling was courted by the Nets as a free agent in 2005 but signed with Orlando. Finally, the Nets got him through a sign-and-trade with the Magic. Dooling fills one of the Nets most glaring needs, a combo guard to backup both backcourt positions.

"I bring consistency. I'm a guy who plays hard at all times," Dooling said, noting no problem with coming off the bench. "I'm a pretty realistic guy. I haven't been a starter consistently in my whole career."

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