With only 22 games left in the 2012-13 NBA season, the Brooklyn Nets are currently sitting in fifth place in the Eastern Conference and appear to be playoff bound for the first time since the 2006-07 season. The moves in the off-season are apparently paying off in terms of producing a potential playoff spot in the East, but it hasn’t come without a fair amount of change.
The Nets parted ways with head coach Avery Johnson earlier in the season deciding to go with P.J. Carlesimo the rest of the way. Along with the coaching change, the Nets have also dealt with Deron Williams struggling to get back to form as an elite point guard in the league. Williams has been disappointed with his performance this season and it shows with his points, assists and steals per game all down from last season.
Despite the coaching change and Williams’ struggles, the Nets are in great position with the playoffs right around the corner, but are still making changes in an effort to improve. The most recent change came from the coaching staff with the team deciding to remove forward Kris Humphries from the rotation according to New York Daily News’ Stefan Bondy:
Kris Humphries was informed this morning by PJ Carlesimo that he’s out of the rotation, according to a league source
— Stefan Bondy (@NYDNInterNets) March 6, 2013
Much like Williams, Humphries’ numbers are all down from last season. Humphries currently averages 5.5 points and 5.9 rebounds per game this season in a little more than 18 minutes per contest.
Ironically enough, the Nets were motivated to move Humphries before the NBA trade deadline last month with a potential deal on the table with the Charlotte Bobcats. Brooklyn would’ve acquired veteran guard Ben Gordon in a swap for Humphries, but a deal wasn’t made before the deadline leaving the Nets with Humphries’ large contract which will be a challenge to move in the off-season.