Gpod points. However Lin plays the best when the center doesn't clog up the paint (which Lopez exactly does). Iirc Lin really gets running when the coach gives him a run and gun style of offense and the center is usually Justin Hamilton rather than Lopez (not saying Lopez is bad and affects the team but I think Lin wouldn't be affected as much without him than the other way round in terms of wins).
He's really the best player on their team. I'd like them to trade Lin before moving Lopez (nets with lopez isn't as good as nets with Lin)
Avery MUST guard Jeremy Lin or we'll lose...I've been saying that he's the best player on the nets and they've won 4 games since his return....also for next year's pick we should hipe hat Jeremy leaves Brooklyn
Love hipe hats.
No way they trade him though. When they trade away Brook this summer they will only have 43 million in guaranteed salary for next year.
Is that really true, though? There's no doubt that the Nets with Lopez and no Lin are an awful team, but there's nothing to suggest that a Brooklyn team with Lin but without Lopez is any better. Lopez has missed 6 games this season and they're 0-6 in those games (that sample size is too small to draw any definite conclusions from regarding Lopez' value, though, especially since all 6 games were against playoff teams), so it's not as if there are wins to point to to say that they are good without him. If they shut Lopez down in April again (assuming Lin stays healthy) we might be able to get a decent sample size to see if Nets with Lin but no Lopez is better than Nets with Lopez but no Lin, but until then there's nothing to suggest that Lin is more important to winning than Lopez (all we can see is that Lopez isn't enough)
If Brooklyn gets rid of either Lin or Lopez next year, they should be truly awful yet again. Even if they keep both (barring any big additions) they should be an awful team.
Fair enough. Lopez has worked on his outside shooting this year, though (now hitting 1.8 per game on 35.0% shooting, as opposed to his 3/31 3 point shooting in his CAREER before this year), so he shouldn't really be clogging the paint (although he does spend a fair amount of time inside - hardly surprising for a good post scorer). A good drive-and-dish point guard is a huge asset in a pace-and-space team like the Nets, though
I think everyone can agree that the best case scenario for our pick next year is the Nets trading both Lopez and Lin (who isn't as valuable an asset, but is only making $12 million next year, so good teams should be interested) for future (2018 draft or later) picks and contracts of useless players