Things haven’t gotten better for the Brooklyn Nets after another horrid performance in the month of February
February has come to an end, and that means it’s time for Hardwood Houdini’s most beloved monthly tradition. If you’re not privy to the process the brief synopsis is thus. The Celtics are good. The Nets are terrible, and Boston has the rights to their first round draft pick the next two years. That means they can compete in the present and not hinder any opportunities for acquiring a franchise-altering talent through the draft in the future. Following two basketball teams all year is an exhausting task, so we’re simplifying it for you by providing monthly updates on what is happening in Brooklyn.
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This seemed like a fun idea when we started it, but it’s starting to feel a little mean. The Nets just finished up their first winless month of the year, and now have just a single win for the entire year of 2017. They’re twice as bad as the second worst team in the league, and while their defensive efficiency has bumped up two spots to twenty-eighth, there offensive efficiency rates out just as bad, and their point differential per 100 possessions remains dead last.
The narratives are equally as depressing as the numbers. Brooklyn shipped out its second leading scorer at the break, which should make them even more terrible in the present, but failed to cash in on their biggest asset, Brook Lopez, which means they haven’t maximized their already piddling potential to build for the future. And if that weren’t enough, they watched Yogi Ferrell, a player they released in early December, go from completely useless in their system, to about league average in Dallas’.
This type of incompetence is verging on historic. It’s highly unlikely that the Nets will go the rest of the year without winning another game, but they’ve been so bad it’s looking more and more like a legitimate possibility every day, and if they don’t they will finish the year tied for the worst record of all-time.
March is a new month, and Brooklyn starts it off against a now Boogie-less Kings team that might be there best chance at avoiding the shame of single digit wins for the year. They also have a game against the Suns and two shots a piece at the Sixers and Magic before the end of the season. I guess you could find solace in that, but really it’s hard to imagine things being any worse. We’re putting the sadness index as high as it goes.