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In recent years, the Nets have had a bit of a revolving door at the small forward and power forward spots. They've typically had a strong back court, but often times lacked a front court that was a sufficient compliment. Brook Lopez emerged as an All-Star last season as the Nets got back to the NBA postseason, but the two forward spots were still obvious weak spots that needed to be addressed this offseason. And addressed they were.

A lot of times, filling a need works better in theory than in reality, but for Brooklyn, the reality of filling those holes in the front court manifested in a way few could have dreamed of. Out go Gerard Wallace and Kris Humphries, in come future Hall of Famers Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. Suddenly, the Nets' front court is as good on paper as it's been in a long time, and it goes far beyond the two Boston imports.

The trio of Lopez, Garnett and Pierce will get the majority of the attention, and with a combined 26 All-Star selections, that's no surprise. But the big men coming off the bench are no joke either, as Jim Mancari discussed earlier. Andray Blatche is coming off an outstanding first season in Brooklyn, and he may see a lot more minutes this year as part of a "Twin Towers" package alongside Brook Lopez. The two 7-footers have been a dynamic duo when they've played together, and that hasn't gone unnoticed by the coaching staff.

Tags: andray blatche, Andrei Kirilenko, brook lopez, Brooklyn Nets, front court, kevin garnett, NBA, Nets, nets, paul pierce
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