As a result of the likely season-ending injury to Keith Bogans, the Nets are down to one healthy small forward: Shawne Williams.
The Nets signed Williams to a two-year contract worth a little over $6.1 million in the offseason because they felt like he could help them stretch the floor offensively -- specifically in the corners.
Williams entered the 2011-12 season shooting 41 percent (87-for-212) on corner 3-pointers, according to Micah Adams of ESPN Stats & Information, so the Nets figured that would continue. It hasn’t.
Williams, 25, has hoisted 42 corner 3s this season, but made just 12 of them (28.6 percent).
Williams’ offensive game is extremely limited. He can’t create his own shot. He’ll hit an awkward floater along the baseline once-in-a-while, but that’s about it.
Overall in 23 games, Williams is shooting 29.3 percent from the field and 24.4 percent from beyond the arc.
Even without a post presence inside, Deron Williams has gotten him open shots. He just hasn’t knocked them down.
Given that the Nets have 15 players under contract on their roster, they’ll have to waive one of them to free up a spot to make an addition. With only nine healthy players, they pretty much have to. Bogans and small forward Damion James, who had season-ending foot surgery, are the prime candidates.