Nets: Midseason report card

Reggie Evans has been a pleasant surprise for the Nets this season. Credit: Getty Images
Reggie Evans has been a pleasant surprise for the Nets this season.
Credit: Getty Images

The first year in Brooklyn has been interesting for the Nets.

The calendar year started with Avery Johnson winning Eastern Conference Coach of the Year after an 11-4 start and ended with him being fired when the team was at .500 on Dec. 27.

Since P.J. Carlesimo took over on an interim basis, the Nets have won 17 of 25 games, the team’s second-best record after a midseason coaching change. Carlesimo noted before the Nets headed into the break with a win last Wednesday that he would like to see more consistency.

Metro grades the team’s first half:

P.J. Carlesimo head coach:  The Nets have responded well to the former Seton Hall head man. They have averaged 96 points and shot 44.5 percent while making 36.2 percent of their 3-pointers in the last 25 games. In the first 28 games, those numbers were 94.5, 43.8 and 34.4 respectively. The only flaw is some of the blowout losses, but those have been countered by strong responses in subsequent games. Grade: A-

Deron Williams, guard: Williams averaged 21 points in his first full season with the Nets last year,but that number has dipped to 16.7 points this season, his lowest since 2006-07. He is also shooting just 41.3 percent. Ankle issues may be the cause, but the Nets are hoping eight days in between games will help their $100 million man. Grade:  C

Joe Johnson, guard: Durable and steady would be the best way to describe Johnson’s first 53 games as a Net. Despite shooting 42.4 percent, Johnson has been in double figures in 50 games and is responsible for two game-winning shots on Dec. 14 vs. Detroit and Jan. 21 at New York. Grade: B

Reggie Evans, forward: Evans’s sole purpose is to get rebounds and his average of 9.2 per game (10.5 as a starter) is suitable enough to compensate for his limited offense. Grade B

Gerald Wallace, forward: Wallace is averaging under double digits in points per game (8.9) for the first time since 2003-04 and has missed 10 games with injuries. Even with reduced numbers and minutes, his vocal presence in the locker room and on the court is a significant asset. Grade B-

Brook Lopez, center: Lopez has gone from being dangled in the Dwight Howard trade talks to taking the next step teams look for from lottery picks. He leads NBA centers in scoring and improved his defense by being sixth in blocks His best season has resulted in a much-deserved All-Star selection. His impact was felt when the team lost five of seven games with him injured in December. Grade: A+

Andray Blatche, forward: Blatche was signed to a low-risk contract, which was due to his past history in Washington. For someone on that type of deal, production of 10 points per game and 48.6 percent shooting is more than acceptable. Grade: A

Kris Humphries, forward: Career highs of 13.8 points and 11 rebounds per game last season prompted the Nets to re-sign Humphries to a two-year, $24 million contract. So far, Humphries has been a disappointment. He lost his starting job in December and has yet to distinguish himself enough to earn it back. Grade: C-

Keith Bogans, guard: He averages just 4.2 points per game, but is consistent enough that he is trustworthy, especially from the perimeter late in games. Grade: B

Marshon Brooks, guard: Brooks has had his moments (13 points vs. Chicago, 15 vs. Sacramento and 17 vs. Phoenix) but seems to be on the fringe of the rotation as he has played at least 20 minutes just five times. Grade: C-

C.J. Watson, guard: Like Brooks, Watson has had his moments (25 points Wednesday vs. Denver) but has not quite been as consistent as the Nets would like. Grade: C

Jerry Stackhouse, forward: The former 29.8 points per game scorer played well when given minutes early on. Stackhouse has not played in the last eight games and his contributions will likely be limited the rest of the way. Grade: C

Mirza Teltovic, forward: The fact that the Nets have several veteran big men ahead of him has kept him glued to the bench more often but he has shown potential in small doses. Grade: C

Tyshawn Taylor, guard: The rookie from Hoboken, N.J. has had limited chances to play so the jury is out. The good was a 12-point, 35-minute showing in last week’s overtime win at Indiana. But like many first-year players, especially second-round picks, he remains a work in progress. Grade: Incomplete

Tornike Shengelia, guard: It’s hard to judge someone who has not received more than 12 minutes in any game this season. He had a few big games in the D-League, but like Taylor he remains a work in progress. Grade: Incomplete

Follow Nets beat writer Larry Fleisher on Twitter @LarryFleisher.


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Muslim leaders welcome NYPD surveillance changes with degree…

Leaders and advocates praise the NYPD's move to shut down a unit tied to its Muslim surveillance program but say there's more left to do.

Local

PHOTOS: More than $12 million in heroin, crystal…

Authorities seized more than 44 pounds of heroin and 17 pounds of crystal meth from two stash houses this week during a Manhattan drug bust.

Local

How to donate during the blood drive at…

The Metro-North Railroad and New York Blood Center are hosting a blood drive at Grand Central Terminal Thursday.

Local

Bloomberg launches $50 million anti-gun violence effort

Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg plans to spend $50 million on a grassroots anti-gun violence network to challenge the National Rifle Association.

Going Out

Tasty chicken and waffles in NYC

Try some soul food goodness around the city.

Television

'Dexter' star Jennifer Carpenter moves into producing role

The actress who played the title character's sister in "Dexter" is teaming up with producer George Stelzner to adapt Erika Hayasaki's book "The Death Class:…

The Word

Wahlburgers announce North America domination

Tuesday was a huge day for Donnie Wahlberg.

Books

Becoming friends with New York City's oldest known…

"The Life and Times of Richard Musto" tells the story, through a poem, of the oldest known homeless man in New York City.

NHL

Flyers, Rangers meet in playoffs for 11th time

The Flyers and Rangers will start a new chapter in a historic rivalry.

MLB

Masahiro Tanaka dominates Cubs over eight shutout innings

Masahiro Tanaka certainly had no-hit caliber stuff Wednesday as he allowed just two bunt singles.

MLB

MLB Power Rankings: A's are baseball's best, Brewers…

MLB Power Rankings: A's are baseball's best, Brewers and Braves right behind

NFL

Jets make Chris Johnson signing official

The Jets got their big-play threat as running back Chris Johnson signed a multi-year contract with the team on Wednesday.

Tech

5 surprising facts about Google Glass

Your sex life could get more interesting.

Wellbeing

Cognitive skills begin to drop at age 24

But the news isn't all that bad.

Career

How to get a job at a startup:…

We talked to Tarek Pertew, one of the co-founders behind Uncubed, about how to get your dream job at a startup.

Parenting

The 'smartest' summer camps across the country

See a list of summer camps across the country that emphasis learning, while still being fun.