Season Kick Off Edition

Season Kick Off

By: NBASCOUT / Special to nets

The 2009-2010 NBA season gets underway Wednesday for the New Jersey Nets. The team will be on the road against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Tip-off is at 8:00pm, and the game will be broadcast on the YES Network.

Many questions abound about the new-look Nets, but some answers will be forthcoming during the early part of this season. For example, which rotation affords the Nets the best chance to win? What kind of substitution patterns work best?

If the preseason is any indication, the starting lineup should look something like PG Devin Harris, SG Courtney Lee, SF Chris Douglas-Roberts, PF Yi Jianlian and C Brook Lopez. The reserve rotation is yet to be fully determined, but expect PG Rafer Alston, SG/SF Terrence Williams, SF Jarvis Hayes, PF Tony Battie and C Josh Boone to see action together with any other combinations including SF/PF Bobby Simmons and SF Eduardo Najera*

The biggest enigma will be whether the team plays better with Rookie Terrence Williams at the point along with wings like Lee and CDR or with Harris at the point. It seems that the Rookie is a talented passer that may give the team real service at the point.

Now that it appears that new Owner in-the-wings Mike Prokhorov and his advisory group will be calling the shots, the Nets have no reason to lose and discourage free agents. Accordingly, All-Star PG Devin Harris has to step up and lead the team as he did the Mavericks in their 67 victory Finals appearance.

While Harris had a free hand here in the swamp to develop his statistics as an all-star last year, he needs to return to the discipline of defense and passing that his old coach imposed that resulted in victories over individual stats. Indeed, Devin\’s best position may be as a combo-guard playing a lot of SG and running the wing like the speedy Kerry Kittles did with Terrence at the point. Still, it\’s Terrence\’s rookie season and you can\’t put a load like this on him so quickly … Though Magic Johnson won in his first season!

In any event, it should be a lot of fun watching this team grow and realize its potential. Stay tuned!

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