The Nets are coming off back to back losses this weekend to the Dallas Mavericks (98-90) at home and the Chicago Bulls (96-85) on the road. The weekend may not be a complete loss when taking another look back.
P.J. Carlesimo has made it known that there will be some rotation changes for the Nets. This is something that has been talked about for a while although it seems Carlesimo is finally ready to move forward with it.
The rotation could be shortened rather than a drastic change in the starting lineup. This means a few players time will decrease and they will find themselves watching a bit more barring an unforeseen injury.
The power forward position might be the place to start.
Carlesimo said it might be time to tinker with a few things, two in particular: his rotation and increasing Mirza Teletovic’s court time.
Although Carlesimo said he doesn’t know if he is going to make any changes with the starting lineup, tightening up the number of players who see extensive game action apparently will be a priority. At the moment, he’s going 11 deep, and he understands that can’t continue much longer. “We are going to talk about a lot of things,” he said, “but it would be more of tightening up.”
Those were sweet words to Deron Williams, who perked up when he heard the news. If settling into a consistent substitution pattern is something Carlesimo is considering, Williams is all for it.
“That would be nice,” he said. “I think everybody would welcome that. It’s so guys know when their minutes are going to be there, when they are going in, when they are going out. It’s easier to be ready. No matter what, you should be ready to play. We are professionals, and when your name is called, you should be ready. But it helps guys mentally.
John Paolantonio, ContributorThe Nets are scoring less than a point per possession over their last 21 games and something has to change. We have seen Mirza Teletovic show some flashes in his limited and inconsistent minutes. He has looked very good at times, and he has looked very bad at times, but that should be expected of a rookie. Another important thing to consider are Williams’ comments. He knows how important it is for a professional player to know exactly what is to be expected of him and how many minutes he will play. Although Reggie Evans is a gifted rebounder and a great intangibles guy, he is only effective on one end of the court and his limits may be limited moving forward.
As for the other option at the power forward spot, Gerald Wallace could see increased minutes there, as well, especially with most other teams in the conference often electing to play smaller players at the 4 spot.
There has also been talk of MarShon Brooks’ minutes increasing and it will be interesting to see how that works out, because the Nets have a very deep contingent of backcourt players. It seems like all we know for sure at this point is that Tyshawn Taylor and Toko Shengelia will continue to see minutes sparingly. We should also expect Andray Blatche to continue to be the first man off of the bench, but other that? It’s anyone’s guess.