The Brooklyn Nets made the biggest move of the offseason, acquiring three key veterans in big man Kevin Garnett, swingman Paul Pierce and guard Jason Terry, from the Boston Celtics. Both Garnett and Pierce are sure-fire Hall-of-Famers and all three of them have been part of a championship team.
New Nets head coach Jason Kidd has told reporters point guard Deron Williams should be in the MVP discussion.
The Nets also have center Brook Lopez, who is a very skilled offensive player. He averaged 19.4 points per game on 52.1% shooting from the floor last season.
So who gets the last shot in a tight game?
According to Kidd, it’s swingman Joe Johnson. And Kidd has the numbers to back it up.
“If you’re into analytics, you look at Joe Johnson as the clear-cut guy taking the last-second shot,” Kidd told Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News. “He was 9-for-10 with 24 seconds or less. So that would be your guy who is the closer.”
Johnson has hit several big shots in his career, including a huge shot against the New York Knicks that Nets fans thoroughly enjoyed last season. Johnson has averaged 17.6 points per game on 44.2% shooting from the field, 36.9% from beyond the arc and 79.8% from the charity stripe over the course of his 12-year career.