This year’s Brooklyn Nets team have one of the best offenses in league history. When looking at the team on paper, the first names that pop out are obviously the stars. Everyone knows how great Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and James Harden are when it comes to scoring the ball. The recent acquisitions of Blake Griffin and LaMarcus Aldridge only strengthened the team’s offense more. Even role players such as Joe Harris, Jeff Green, and Bruce Brown have gotten their fair share of the spotlight.
However, there are still two players on the Nets who haven’t seemed to receive any mainstream attention. These two players are guards Landry Shamet and Tyler Johnson. Shamet was traded to the Nets this past offseason as part of a three-team deal with the Clippers and Pistons. Johnson re-signed with the Nets on a minimum contract after playing with the team in the Orlando Bubble.
More Dynamic Shooting for the Nets
The Brooklyn Nets are ranked fairly high in multiple offensive categories. Brooklyn is currently ranked first in true shooting%, first in field goal%, and fourth in three-point%. Landry Shamet and Tyler Johnson are major factors to why the Nets are great offensively.
After a slow start to the season, Landry Shamet has shot nearly 43% from three over his last 25 games. Johnson in his last 23 games has shot nearly 39% from three. The shooting prowess on this team is insane. Both Shamet and Johnson are among the 12 players currently on the team with a true shooting% of at least 55%. Anything at or above 55% is considered very good.
The main reason for their shooting success is the amount of open shots they’re getting. When a team has as much star power as the Nets, certain role players are going to be left wide open on the floor. What’s really scary for other teams is the Nets aren’t even at full health and they’re succeeding this much.
Unfortunate Injuries for Both
Although the Nets still have been great this season, they have often been wrecked by injuries. Recently Landry Shamet and Tyler Johnson were hit by the injury bug. Shamet re-aggrevated his right ankle, which will keep him out for an undisclosed amount of time. Johnson had an even worse injury by having a non-contact knee injury, which was later revealed to be a right knee sprain. He will probably be out for multiple weeks.
The Nets don’t really have a backup point guard due to James Harden’s recent hamstring injury, so Tyler Johnson’s impact will be greatly missed. Landry Shamet’s impact will be missed because Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot will be getting minutes. TLC getting any sort of playing time is not ideal for the Nets.
If this Brooklyn Nets team can finally become healthy, we may be witnessing the greatest offense of all time. Every team would double-teaming either Durant, Irving, or Harden, which would result in open shots for everyone else. Having Shamet and Johnson as backup role players, is just unfair to the rest of the league.