Player News - Nets

Date: Team: Pos:

Lionel Hollins criticized Brook Lopez's game once again on Monday.

Hollins said Lopez needs to be a better teammate and be better on defense. Brooklyn's new old-school coach has shown he isn't afraid to give a blunt assessment of Lopez, and the center isn't exactly rising to the challenge. Lopez sat the entire fourth quarter of Saturday's game and played just 25 minutes.
Nov 24 - 1:40 PM

Markel Brown (hip pointer) did not practice on Monday.

Brown's last blurb was about him being on the "bottom of the totem pole" according to head coach Lionel Hollins, and that should illustrate how relevant he is in fantasy leagues.
Nov 24 - 12:45 PM

Mason Plumlee is shooting under 40 percent from the field and has fallen behind Jerome Jordan in the rotation.

"It's not what I expected," he said. "I want to stay away from the word frustrated, because you just have to look forward, focus on what positives there is and just start playing better." Plumlee is shooting under 50 percent from the free-throw line as well and has been downright awful this season.
Nov 24 - 10:31 AM

Andrei Kirilenko is likely to be traded, and a few teams have emerged with some interest.

Philadelphia (of course) is said to be interested if it nets them an extra asset or two in the form of picks, while Cleveland is monitoring Kirilenko and the Jazz may have some interest in a reunion. In the Utah scenario, Kirilenko would be dealt after December 15 for Toure Murry and Jeremy Evans. Regardless of where he's ultimately sent, Kirilenko's days as an impact player are over. He remains away from the team indefinitely.
Nov 24 - 9:25 AM

Lionel Hollins wants Bojan Bogdanovic to stop settling for long jumpers, and start attacking the basket more.

"He’s in a slump," said Hollins. "He isn’t making shots, and he doesn’t get to the free throw line, he doesn’t get to the basket, so he’s counting on long shots. And when you miss them, you go 0-fer. All I know is you gotta get to the free throw line, you gotta be tougher and you can’t just stand out there and count on making shots all the time." Bogdanovic has missed all of his shot attempts over the past two games, and his limited role in the Nets' offense makes him more of a deep league play.
Nov 23 - 5:40 PM

Nets C Jerome Jordan scored five points and grabbed five rebounds in 13 minutes on Saturday, earning more minutes than backup C Mason Plumlee.

Lionel Hollins said after the game that Jordan deserves to be in the rotation, and it's easy to see why -- he's playing solid ball on both ends, while Plumlee is struggling and shooting just 37.5 percent from the field. This position battle is only worth monitoring in the deepest of leagues.
Source: NY Post
Nov 23 - 12:42 PM

Brook Lopez sat out the entire fourth quarter of Saturday's loss to San Antonio, finishing with a mere six points, four rebounds and one block in 25 minutes.

Lopez has been very inconsistent since returning from foot surgery, and his fantasy value has relied solely upon 15.3 points, 1.0 steals, 1.7 blocks and solid percentages. He's averaging a mere 5.4 rebounds and 0.6 assists and has struggled defensively, which is part of the reason he's playing under 30 minutes per game. Fantasy owners won't complain as long as he's healthy, but it would be nice to see him find a groove before the New Year.
Source: Newsday
Nov 23 - 12:35 PM

Andrei Kirilenko still hasn't rejoined the Nets for "personal reasons" and the team is likely to either trade him or waive his contract.

A deal has been discussed with Philadelphia, involving Kirilenko and Sergey Karasev, but that wouldn't happen until Dec. 15 at the earliest. The Sixers' rotations are chaotic enough that AK and Karasev would be unlikely to hold reliable value in standard leagues, assuming they are even dealt to Philly.
Source: NJ.com
Nov 23 - 9:41 AM

Deron Williams scored a team-high 24 points against the Spurs on Saturday during a 99-87 loss with five rebounds, seven assists, two steals, two blocks and two 3-pointers.

He has put up some impressive numbers and it's nice to see him get into the lane when he's on offense. Williams should be a top-20 fantasy guard as long as he's healthy.
Nov 23 - 1:47 AM

Bojan Boganovic missed all seven shots from the field for two points with two rebounds, one assists and no turnovers.

He is awful on the road and it's so bad that his owners in deeper leagues should just sit him down. Bogdanovic is still worth owning in some formats, though.
Nov 23 - 1:45 AM

Mirza Teletovic delivered on Saturday against the Spurs with 22 points, eight rebounds, one assist and four 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

He started for Kevin Garnett (rest) and was all his fantasy owners could ask for. Garnett will likely sit later on this year and Teletovic was already putting up solid value, so he's worth owning in standard leagues.
Nov 23 - 1:43 AM

Mirza Teletovic will start in place of Kevin Garnett on Saturday against the Spurs.

This was an expected move as Mirza picks up a lot of the power forward minutes, especially late in the game. He should have some extra minutes and shots go his way, so he's a sneaky player to use in daily leagues as well as a streamer in year-long formats.
Nov 22 - 7:06 PM

Kevin Garnett will miss his first game of the season on Saturday to get some rest.

KG is averaging 22.8 minutes per game but he exceeded 30 minutes in Wednesday's triple-overtime loss, and it's not surprising to see the Nets give their veteran PF a night off. Mirza Teletovic should start in his place, making him a terrific fill-in fantasy option, with a few more minutes trickling down to Mason Plumlee.
Nov 22 - 1:57 PM
Joe Johnson - G/F - Nets

Joe Johnson scored just eight points on 2-of-5 shooting with one rebound, three assists, one block and one trey in Friday's road win over the Thunder.

Johnson played 52 minutes on Wednesday and drew some versatile Thunder defenders, so it's not too surprising that he ran out of gas. He had been playing a little bit over his head in fantasy leagues prior to tonight, and he should remain in all lineups going forward.
Nov 22 - 12:31 AM

Bojan Bogdanovic missed all five of his field goal attempts and finished with just three points over 24 minutes in Friday's win.

Bogdan had crept into the 12-team standard league discussion but he's still too much of a secondary option in Brooklyn for our tastes. After he shakes off this game, he'll be on the bubble in 14-team leagues.
Nov 22 - 12:29 AM


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