NBA Roundtable

Nets Test Lineup

In General NBA on October 23, 2009 at 8:30 pm

Dave D’Alessandro reports

A coach’s prime directive is to put his five best players on the floor whenever practical, and since it has become apparent that three of the Nets’ top five guys all play the wing position, Lawrence Frank has a dilemma to wrestle with.Is there a legitimate way to play Chris Douglas-Roberts, Courtney Lee and Terrence Williams for stretches together – along with point guard Devin Harris, and Brook Lopez as the only big man in the quintet?

Perhaps not for long stretches, the coach said.
But for short stretches, anything goes – and probably will.

“Well, we’ve played that unit — done it in practice, done it in games,” Frank said. “That’s what you’ve got to do. Throw them in there and see how they do.”

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They’d do just fine, as long as they rebound. But Frank doesn’t know how long he could count on it. Douglas-Roberts is 6-7, Williams is 6-6, and Lee is barely 6-4. All three are built like shooting guards. Matching up with a conventional lineup could be problematic.

Rebounding

Yup, rebounding would be a big problem. Both Courtney Lee and Chris Douglas-Roberts are very poor rebounding wings. That lack of rebounding production on the wing will limit the unit’s overall rebounding … Terrence Williams, while an outstanding rebounder for a guard, is extremely likely to be below average for a power forward. Furthermore, Devin Harris is only a mediocre rebounder for a point guard. That’s a lot of lost possessions.

Defense

Then you arrive at the defensive issue of who can guard the power forward slot. All four players are guards rather than forwards … and none of them have the size or the defensive ability to defend the four spot.

Offensively

The team would be terrific in transition and a bit better offensively in the halfcourt but I’m not sure it would gain enough offensively to out-pace the points the team lost defensively + on the boards.

Overall, I don’t think the lineup would work unless matching up against a similar small unit.

Lineup

I do love, absolutely love, the idea of Terrence Williams, Courtney Lee and Chris Douglas Roberts playing alongside one another. Just drop Devin Harris from the picture and play Williams at the point.

Point Guard Heavy Roster

Unfortunately the Nets are jam-packed at the point with Devin Harris, Rafer Alston and Keyon Dooling.

I say unfortunately because … the point guard position could very well be Terrence Williams best position, and if he is able to play there in NBA — I’ve seen very little of Williams, and never at the point, why I’m somewhat uncertain … but still highly intrigued about Williams there — he has the potential to be a very special player at the position.

More so, ceiling-wise, than Devin Harris has at the point guard position.

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  1. Good point about the PGs.

    Since this is a lost season waiting for 2010 – it would seem prudent to trade Alston and Dooling in order to let Williams play.

    The Nets just have too many guards.

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