On May 1, 2013, Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers was named NBA Rookie of the Year. Lillard, who played college basketball for Weber State, had a great rookie season, averaging 19.0 points and 6.5 assists per game. The Portland Trail Blazers drafted Damian Lillard with the sixth overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft.
Damain Lillard was drafted with the Brooklyn Nets first round draft choice traded to Portland Trail Blazers for Gerald Wallace
The Trail Blazers had the sixth pick in the 2012 NBA Draft because they traded Gerald Wallace on March 15, 2012, to the Brooklyn Nets for the Nets first round draft pick in the 2012 draft. That draft choice ended up being Damian Lillard.
So, in effect, Gerald Wallace was traded for Damian Lillard. That is exactly what is wrong with the Brooklyn Nets. The team gave up the opportunity to draft the NBA Rookie of the Year, a player who is going to be a great point guard in the NBA for the next decade. In return, the Nets now have a washed-up small forward who can’t play.
Gerald Wallace averaged 7.7 points and shot 39.7% from field in 2013
Gerald Wallace averaged 7.7 points per game, while shooting 39.7% from the field in 2013. The only good thing Nets fans can say about Wallace is that he is a slight upgrade over Travis Outlaw.
Travis Outlaw would miss layup after layup playing for the Nets, and he could not shoot from the outside. Gerald Wallace misses layup after layup for the Nets, and he can’t shoot from the outside either, but he misses a few less layups and shoots slightly better from the outside than Travis Outlaw did.
Neither player is any good, and the Nets are stuck with Gerald Wallace for the next three year, while paying him a guaranteed $10 million plus per season. What a joke.
The Nets fired P.J. Carlesimo who coached team into playoffs and extended contract of GM Billy King who made terrible Gerald Wallace trade
If the New Jersey Nets want to be taken seriously in the NBA they can’t trade for washed up players like Gerald Wallace, giving up the opportunity to draft a star player like Damian Lillard in the process.
The Nets recently fired P.J. Carlesimo as coach after Carlesimo guided the team to a 35-19 record and a playoff berth in 2013, after taking over a team that started the season at 14-14.
The Nets also gave GM Billy King, who made the Gerald Wallace trade, a contract extension. Are you kidding me?
Firing the man responsible for getting the team into the playoffs, and giving the man who made a horrible trade that denied the team a chance to draft a young superstar player a contract extension makes no sense.
That is what’s wrong with the Brooklyn Nets.