Saturday, October 20, 2012
Johnson keeping second unit the same?
By Mike Mazzeo
Nets coach Avery Johnson said that -- at least early on -- his rotation is going to stay the same against the Knicks on Wednesday night.
If that’s the case, Keith Bogans will be the first shooting guard off the bench, and we may not see MarShon Brooks until the third quarter.
Johnson’s second unit in the second quarter of Friday night’s loss to the 76ers included C.J. Watson, anchor Joe Johnson, Josh Childress, Mirza Teletovic and Andray Blatche.
Johnson also played Watson, Deron Williams, Johnson, Gerald Wallace and Blatche together in a smaller lineup that should flourish during the regular season.
It will be interesting to see how deep Johnson goes into his bench. During training camp, he wasn’t sure if he wanted to play nine, 10 or 11 players.
Johnson said he values “efficiency” from his second unit. Bogans and Reggie Evans are going to provide more defensive efficiency, while Brooks and Teletovic are going to provide more offensive efficiency.
Regardless, this seems like a good problem to have. As the old saying goes, “You can never have too much depth.”