Position analysis: Shooting guard

July, 30, 2014
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Johnson/WilliamsMaddie Meyer/Getty ImagesJoe Johnson will probably have carry the scoring load until the team is sure about D-Will's health.
Now that free agency has died down, we’re taking a look at where the Nets currently stand position-by-position. Today, we look at shooting guard.

SHOOTING GUARD

New additions:
PG/SG Jarrett Jack, SG Markel Brown, G/F Sergey Karasev.

Returning/on roster: PG/SG Deron Williams, SG/SF Joe Johnson, SG/SF Alan Anderson.

Gone: SG Marcus Thornton.

The starter: Johnson. Unless Lionel Hollins opts to start a two point guard backcourt of Jack and Williams, Johnson should be his starting two.

The wild card: Brown. There's a good chance Brown doesn't see enough minutes to become a contributor. However, the second-round pick is an explosive athlete and the Nets need more athleticism and above-the-rim play. Williams could start slowly coming off offseason surgery which means Brown could have opportunities in camp early on to impress.

Outlook: Hollins has a few options at shooting guard. He will lean heavily on Johnson for steady scoring. Toward the end of last season and in the playoffs, Johnson showed that he can still carry the load offensively for the Nets. He averaged 15.8 points during the regular season and raised that to 21.2 points per game in the postseason. With Williams coming off surgery, the Nets will want to make sure their former All-Star is healthy before playing him heavy minutes. Until then, Johnson will have to carry the load. If Hollins goes small, he can play Jack and Williams together with Johnson sliding to small forward. Anderson will be one of Hollins’ best defenders and his role could increase with Paul Pierce gone. Like Brown, the Nets would also like to develop Karasev, who could potentially play guard and small forward.

Question: Should Hollins go small and start Williams at shooting guard and slide Johnson to small forward?
Ohm Youngmisuk has covered the Giants, Jets and the NFL since 2006. Prior to that, he covered the Nets, Knicks and the NBA for nearly a decade. He joined ESPNNewYork.com after working at the New York Daily News for almost 12 years and is a graduate of Michigan State University.
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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Joe Johnson
PTS AST STL MIN
16.7 3.8 1.0 34.9
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsK. Garnett 8.0
AssistsD. Williams 6.8
StealsD. Williams 1.1
BlocksB. Lopez 1.6