The Nets' offense is being held back by its lack of production at the point guard position.
ESPN's Mike Mazzeo notes that, in Brooklyn's loss to Toronto on Tuesday, Nets point guards combined for a six-points, eight-assists, and five-turnovers, while shooting just 3-for-11 from the field. By comparison, the Raptors' Kyle Lowry scored 23 points, had nine assists, and five turnovers, while shooting 7-for-16.
Donald Sloan started at the point and managed just two points in 28 minutes.
We knew this would be a problem when the Nets bought out Deron Williams, and it really went off a cliff when Jarrett Jack went down with a season-ending injury. But it really goes to show just how dangerous this Nets offense could be with someone competent running the charge. I don't want to beat up on Sloan too much, because he had been playing well of late, averaging 8.8 points and 4.5 assists over his previous four games. But if the Nets hope to contend for a playoff spot any time during this rebuild, point guards have to be at the top of their shopping list.
When you're in a division with Lowry, who - for my money - is one of the best in the league, or to a lesser extent, Isaiah Thomas, it's going to be hard to compete night-in, night-out with those guys by just running everything through the low post. As we saw on Tuesday, even when Brook Lopez has a monster game, Brooklyn is vulnerable, and it just shouldn't be like that.