As we play out the final month of the 2011-'12 NBA season, we take a look at each franchise. Who emerged, what went wrong, what lies ahead. A look at post season chances, long term potential and upgrades possible in this summer's NBA draft. We continue in the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference with the New Jersey Nets..
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The early injury to Brook Lopez crushed any playoff hopes New Jersey may have had this season. The loss of Lopez also killed efforts to package him to Orlando for Dwight Howard before the deadline. Deron Williams has been watching events (or lackthereof) and has all but promised an exit. If Williams walks, the price tag they paid of future superstar Derek Favors and a pair of lottery picks, will set back the franchise a generation.
The Nets have $17 million in cap space, having positioned themselves to take on Howard. It's going to be feast or famine at the new Brooklyn Arena with Deron Williams and Superman on hand, or neither,
New Jersey's first round pick is property of Utah as continued payment for Williams. The Nets have Houston's first rounder from the Terrence Williams deal. While their second round pick was dealt to Golden State (Troy Murphy), they have Miami's pick (Chris Quinn). North Carolina's John Henson or Tyler Zeller should be available when the first pick comes rolling around, with Kansas combo guard Tyshawn Taylor good value in the second.
New Jersey exercised their amnesty clause on small forward Travis Outlaw's four-year, 28 million dollar deal.
The Good: .MarShon Brooks has been easily one of the biggest surprises from tthe 2012 draft class. When healthy, Lopez gives the Nets a legitimate low post center to build the franchise around. Anthony Morrow may be the best long range shooter in the Association.
The Bad: Getting Howard to the new arena in Brooklyn is the only priority. Failing to do so spells disaster as Williams will take his talents elsewhere. If Deron does in fact depart, the franchise starts over with Lopez their only elite chip.
Disaster may lie ahead as both Deron Williams and Gerald Wallace have player optons for next season. New Jersey wants to bring Kris Humphries and Gerald Green back, but Deron is looking like a lost cause. You can be certain he won't be back without a mega deal and more talent around him.
Brook Lopez, Johan Petro
Gerald Wallace, Jordan Williams. MarShon Brooks
Deron Williams, Jordan Farmar, Anthony Morrow
Kris Humphries, Gerald Green, Damion James, John Henson, Tyshawn Taylor, Tyler Zeller
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