The New Jersey Nets Front Court
New Jersey free agent Nenad Krstic signed a
two-year contract worth about $9
million annually to play for a Russian team. Krstic joins joining
teammate Bostjan Nachbar in leaving the NBA to play overseas.
The move of Kristic somewhat helps to lighten the number of Nets
the frontcourt. As of now on the roster the following players could
some at center - Josh Boone, Sean Williams, Stromile Swift, and
Anderson and Brook Lopez. Also on the roster are Yi Jianlian and
Najera. Even at small forward there is a gaggle of players
Carter, Trenton Hassel, Jarvis Hayes, and Bobby Simmons. (my
Vince Carter for including him in the same sentence as those other
With the number of players under contract in New Jersey it seems
Vince Carter and Devin Harris, the other three positions may be
manned by a
committee of sorts. Not fertile ground for fantasy players.
So which players might have the greatest chance of emerging as
players? One candidate is Josh Boone who did start 53 games for the
last season and showed he could contribute some rebounds. But for a
he will struggle to get more than a block per game and he can not
half of his free throws. He saw his playing time dip some towards
the end of
Another candidate is Sean Williams. He is an intriguing prospect
as in only
17 minutes per game last season he managed to block 1.5 shots per
beyond the blocks and some rebounding potential, he has not shown
he also saw diminishing time last season.
Yi Jianlian might have more upside than Williams and Boone. He
6th overall in the 2007 draft and is still in his early twenties.
potential not only for offensive output but on a per minute basis
contributions in steals and blocks. As he gains strength and
efficiency and overall production should increase. At least he can
free throws at 84% - that is something his fellow big men Boone and
can not do.
Jianlian also faded towards the end of last season and was somewhat
traded to New Jersey giving him obscurity compared to other highly
2007 rookies such as Kevin Durant, Greg Oden, and Jeff Green. Keep
an eye on
the Nets in the preseason to see who might claim front court