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Old 04-12-2011, 04:29 PM   #2
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Default Re: Thomsen: "Nets 5th-least efficient team in payroll, BUT..."

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http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/201...des/index.html

Britt Robson's NBA Regular-Season Grades:

New Jersey Nets- C


The Nets have doubled their win total, to 24, with one game left. But this season will be remembered for the acquisition of star point guard Deron Williams and the Nets' gamble that the potential 2012 free agent will be willing to stay long term. Aside from center Brook Lopez, a reliable scorer and subpar rebounder, the team is short on the sort of quality rotation players who can entice Williams. New Jersey might have to overpay to retain free-agent power forward Kris Humphries, who averaged a double-double in a breakout season and complements Lopez's skill set. But the most valuable building blocks -- rookie power forward Derrick Favors, 19, and two first-round picks, including a high-lottery selection in June -- were sent to Utah to obtain Williams. With the uncertainty over the new collective bargaining agreement, the construction of the team's new arena in Brooklyn, the wooing of Williams and the willingness of billionaire Russian owner Mikhail Prokhorov to invest in the franchise, the situation is volatile in Jersey.

and with the inevitable comparison:
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New York Knicks- B

There are plenty of reasons to criticize the Knicks since they put Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups alongside Amar'e Stoudemire. Chief among them is a generally awful defense and the fact that the pick-and-roll style preferred by Stoudemire is incompatible with the jab-step-and-jumper approach favored by the Denver imports. But in a year when even all of the elite teams (except Chicago) have endured a five- or six-game funk, the Knicks' growing pains are something their win-starved fans should gladly accept. True, by giving the Nuggets three young starters who had New York over .500 for the first time in years, Knicks management is testing the conventional wisdom that the team that lands the best player automatically "wins" the trade. But even with a depleted roster, Stoudemire and Anthony have enough firepower to beat anyone on a given night. It remains to be seen if these two formidable scorers (and coach Mike D'Antoni) can take the next necessary step and develop more of a defensive mind-set. But at the very least, the new status quo is a force to be reckoned with.
is it my imagination, or do most of the national writers seem to like the knicks more than the nets while most of the scouts and NBA insiders seem to like the nets more than the knicks?

*shrug*
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