Things are rough in New Jersey right now. While the state braces for a Spencer Pratt-Heidi Montag-like backlash sure to grip the nation after “Jersey Shore” premieres on MTV, Jersey’s sports teams are falling apart. The Jets are floundering, the Giants have been slowed after a great start and the New Jersey Nets, well, let’s just say the Nets are struggling and Suzy Kolber isn’t in the arena to distract anyone.
The Nets have opened the season 0-12, which is bad, but not the worst start in NBA History. The Miami Heat started 0-17 in their first year in the league (1988-89) and the Los Angeles Clippers tied that mark a decade later. Could the Nets be in line to make some history? According to ESPN’s John Hollinger, if New Jersey doesn’t beat the Knicks on Saturday, they could end up in the record books.
After the Knicks game the Nets head out west to face Portland, Denver, Sacramento and the Lakers. Other than the Kings, those are all sure losses. If they fall to the Knicks on Saturday and drop all those games on the road, they’d be tied for the record. Their next game after that would be at home on Dec. 2 against Dallas. Again, they’re almost guaranteed to lose that one, putting them in the record books at 0-18. Woohoo, history baby! Jerrrrseeeeyy!!!
So, why are the Nets so bad?
Well, they’re currently 29th (out of 30 teams) in scoring at 84.4 points per game. Meanwhile they’re 11th in scoring defense, allowing 94.8 ppg. That puts them 29th in the league in point differential with a -10.4 ppg.
The Nets are also 30th in field goal percentage (40.1 percent), 29th in 3-point percentage (27.4 percent), 25th in turnovers per game (16.7), and are being out-rebounded on the season by 2.1 per game.
So they’re not just bad, they’re fantastically bad. In every facet of the game, the Nets are being run off the floor by the opposition. When you factor in nagging injuries to point guard (and the team’s best player) Devin Harris and Courtney Lee you’ve got a pretty tough roster situation. Brook Lopez has emerged as a nice player, averaging 17.3 points and 8.5 rebounds per game, and Chris Douglas-Roberts has stepped up to lead the team in scoring at 17.4 points per game, but that’s just not enough to win in the NBA.
Hey, everyone loves to see history, so here’s hoping the Nets go out there and make some!