Does Iso Joe fit in J-Kidd O?

September, 11, 2013
9/11/13
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Hall of Famer John Havlicek paid Paul Pierce the highest of compliments over the weekend, calling the Nets small forward the “best one-on-one player of all Celtics,” according to the Boston Globe.

The Nets relied heavily on isolation plays last season -- the fourth-highest percentage of possessions in the NBA (13.7), according to Synergy Sports -- something first-year coach Jason Kidd told Newsday he wants to get away from.

Pierce’s new teammate, Joe Johnson, ranked fourth in the league in isolation usage (27.5 percent) last season, trailing only J.R. Smith (29.5), Kyrie Irving (29.2) and Kobe Bryant (28.3).

Many wonder how Johnson will mesh with Pierce, given that both players like to have the ball in their hands. But the numbers actually indicate that Pierce didn’t isolate nearly as much as Iso Joe in 2012-13, and should have an easier time acclimating himself to Kidd’s offensive system, which will be predicated on ball movement.

Johnson, in fact, should be the player worth keeping an eye on. How will he fit in to Kidd’s offensive system? Will he be relegated to being a $21.5 million jumpshooter? If so, will he be OK with that?

How do you think Johnson and Pierce will mesh in Kidd’s offensive system? Let us know in the comments section.

*Isolation stats obtained from ESPN Stats & Information

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Brook Lopez
PTS AST STL MIN
20.7 0.9 0.5 31.4
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsK. Garnett 6.6
AssistsD. Williams 6.1
StealsD. Williams 1.5
BlocksB. Lopez 1.8