Network Report: Assessment of Brooklyn's turbulent first half


It's hard to imagine a team having a more turbulent six months, from owner Joe Tsai confirming his take on the drama of the China trip to the injuries that devastated a talented squad.

Kevin Durant has not played this season and will not be expecting it. And Kyrie Irving missed 33 of the Nets' 53 games while Caris LeVert sat 25. The defensive disclosure of David Nwaba was also lost to an Achilles injury.

Despite years of struggles against winning teams, wins in Indiana and Toronto have sent the Nets (25-28) into the All-Star break with a high grade. They currently have the last playoff slot in the east.

Before we see how the second half will develop in Philadelphia from Thursday, let's look back at their mid-season grades.

Jarrett Allen: A.

The nets have always been obsessed with everyone, but now he is exploiting this potential, his improved rebound (9.7 boards) closer to the level of his role play and rim protection. They even declined an offer for him that Clint Capela brought them.

DeAndre Jordan: A minus

Fans see its limited mobility and a rich contract ($ 40 million four-year warranty), but the networks have got their money's worth. Jordan leads the team in PIE, is second in Win Shares and offers size and strength. No one knows what the fourth year of this deal will look like, but the first year was a clear victory.

Kyrie Irving: B +

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If you do not downgrade for health reasons, this is an A. Irving achieves an average career high of 27.4 points and 6.4 assists. But he's injured again after serving the last five games with a sprained knee and when he comes back he's in the air.

Spencer Dinwiddie: B.

Dinwiddie carried the nets while Irving and LeVert were out. He has an average of 21 points and a team high of 6.6 assists. Even with his new deal of $ 10.6 million a year, he's a bargain and can sign out after the next season.

Joe Harris: B minus

In a turbulent season, Harris was one of the rare constants. He is second in the team within minutes and shoots 0.408 percent behind the bow. As a pending unrestricted free agent, he's facing a big increase in his team-friendly $ 7.6 million deal.

Nic Claxton: C-plus

20-year-old Claxton looks like theft in the second round. His youth and wiry body have largely restricted him to G-League action. But in his 14 NBA games – including 15 and 14 points in consecutive moves in the past month – he teased with strength and experience what he could become.

Garrett Temple: C.

He was always in the locker room, surprisingly recording the fifth most minutes in the team and was critical to both defensive communication and veteran leadership. At 33 he is better when less is asked of him.

Caris LeVert: C.

Like Irving, he is a victim of injury. After missing 24 games due to thumb surgery, he got off the bench in his next 14 before finally returning to the lineup in the last five games. His 24-point average with five assists in them shows what could have been this season.

Taurian Prince: C.

On the one hand, Prince was on the starting grid every single game this season. On the other hand, he only shoots 0.383 and needs to improve his decision making for a player who has received a $ 29 million two-year extension.

Timothy Luwawu-Cabarrot: C.

Not even with the Nets earlier in the season, TLC signed a two-way contract, then not one, but two 10-day contracts before getting a two-year NBA contract by demonstrating that he was on it Could defend level.

Rodions Kurucs: C minus

In and out of the rotation, he didn't look like the same player who was a rising star as a rookie last season. It's his own business, after an off-season offense charge accused of suffocating his girlfriend at the time. A sports psychologist helped. In a limited time he shoots .463 from the depth.

Wilson Chandler C-Minus

He was strong defensively but fought aggressively. and like Kurucs, suffering is partly his own fault. A 25-game PED ban earlier in the season kicked him back and he only shoots 0.333 this month.

Dzanan Musa: C minus

After only 39 minutes as a rookie, Musa took a step forward. There is some creativity and confidence there; But the 20-year-old still has a lot to do in terms of defense and efficiency.

Theo Pinson: D.

Went from unsecured rookie to two-way deal to NBA contract last season. But injuries forced Pinson to play Backup Point Guard, and he was unsuitable and only shot .295, .195 out of 3 in total.

Sean Marks: A-

This was an A-Plus on June 30th when he colored Durant and Irving. Marks massaged the cap to squeeze in Jordan, Temple and an extra year for Claxton. But an extension for Prince and deals for Chandler and Pinson are question marks that slightly lower the grade. Still a rousing success.

Kenny Atkinson: B.

After years of training newbies, overtaking and recultivation projects, Atkinson finally has expectations. But the nets were so injured that it's hard to assess what kind of work he's doing. He has kept them from quitting and his ATOs are solid. However, it took a while for him to get to know his new players and fully face the challenges of the coach.

NOTE: Two-way players (Chris Chiozza, Jeremiah Martin) and players who are no longer in Brooklyn (Nwaba, Iman Shumpert, Henry Ellenson, Justin Anderson) were not rated.