Three moves that could push the Nets forward
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By Chris Milholen

Ed Davis is simply a one-year rental. Or is he?

Kenneth Faried is a salary dump. Or is he?

Alan Williams is just a two-way deal? Or is he?

Three seemingly random moves stretching from early July to mid-September that at first take seem very un-Nets-like. They don’t take 3-pointers ... among the three, they’ve made two in their career, both by Faried. They don’t score much either. None has averaged 10 points in a season. They certainly don’t qualify as “position-less” either. They’re unapologetically bigs.

Each does one thing well: rebound with a flourish, a huge Nets problem last season. With them, Brooklyn isn’t going to rely on undersized players like Quincy Acy or Dante Cunningham to back-up Jarrett Allen and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson. No more retreads like Timofey Mozgov. No more experiments like Jahlil Okafor either.

The Nets finished 24th last year in offensive rebounding percentage; 20th in defensive rebounding. They were 25th in rebounding differential and were dominated (by 10 or more boards) on 16 separate occasions. On 27 occasions, opponents went for 20 points and at least 10 boards. Dwight Howard went for 32 and...



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