The New Jersey Nets enter the second half of the season with a record of 17-40, and with 25 games remaining, including two, Friday, March 4, 2011, and Saturday, March 5, 2011, in London, England versus the Toronto Raptors, they will enter the post all-star break portion of the season working to develop their young players and head into the
off season on a positive note.
The Nets are said to be still looking into potential trades before the 3pm Eastern time deadline on Thursday, February 24, 2011, with a deal pending for Deron Williams of the Utah Jazz for Devin Harris and Derrick Favor. This would occur after their failed effort to obtain four-time All-Star and current New York Knick forward Carmelo Anthony with a package said to have included Devin Harris, Derrick Favors, Troy Murphy, Ben Uzoh and four first-round picks. (http://razzandjazzsports.wordpress.com/2011/02/22/carmelo-knicks-rejoice/ )
Ironically, the Nets had their best stretch of the season in the five games after Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov announced they were not going to pursue Anthony anymore Wednesday, January 19, 2011, (http://razzandjazzsports.wordpress.com/2011/01/20/prokhorov-carmelo-nets-jazz-103-95/ ) winning four of five games against the Utah Jazz, Detroit Pistons, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Memphis Grizzlies, losing only to the Dallas Mavericks
87-86 on a clutch basket by Dirk Nowitzki with six seconds left in the game. ( http://razzandjazzsports.wordpress.com/2011/01/24/mavs-nets-87-86/ )
Through the first 57 games of the season, center Brook Lopez leads the Nets with 19.4 points per game, but the decreased production rebounding (5.8 this year compared to 8.7 last season) has caused some Nets fans to worry.
Harris, still rumored to be possibly traded, is averaging 15.0 points and 7.6 assists, including consecutive games against the Milwaukee Bucks and Denver Nuggets where he set new career highs in assists, with 16 and 18, when backup point guard Jordan Farmar was out.
Kris Humphries is averaging career-highs of 8.8 points and 9.3 rebounds, and rookie Favors is averaging 6.3 points and 5.3 rebounds.
Sasha Vujacic has been a bright spot since coming over December 15, 2010, in a trade from the Los Angeles Lakers, and has averaged 11 points for the Nets, including a career-high 25 points against the New Orleans Hornets February 9, 2011.
With 17 wins and 25 games remaining, the Nets Head Coach Avery Johnson will strive to get the team as close to 30 wins as possible, a building block after only winning 12 games in the 2009-2010 season.