- Mike Mazzeo, ESPN Staff Writer
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ESPN.com’s John Hollinger created an advanced metric called “BAD” and determined that the Nets’ small forward position is the worst of any position in the NBA. It’s also the most injured.
The Nets lost their third small forward to season-ending injury on Wednesday, when it was determined that Shawne Williams will miss the rest of the year after having successful left foot surgery to repair an old fracture and remove two small bone fragments.
The surgery involved the insertion of three small screws to repair the fracture, according to the team.
The Nets also lost Damion James (foot) and Keith Bogans (ankle/deltoid), who has since been waived, to season-ending injuries.
On Wednesday night against Orlando, the decimated Nets will send out their league-leading 17th different starting five this season because Kris Humphries (calf) is out. Their team record is 27 set back in 1980-81, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The Nets will play 16 less games in 2011-12 due to the lockout, though.
The Nets have also started 14 different players, and, have lost 113 manpower games due to injury and personal reasons, according to the New York Post.
• And for those that love stats ...
Here’s a look at the last seven meetings between D-12/B-Lo
Lopez: 13.7 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 38 fg pct
Howard: 20.4 ppg, 14.7 rpg, 64.1 fg pct
No surprise, the Magic are 7-0 in those games. Now, mind you these statistics won’t really matter much given that Lopez is only expected to play half the game. They still pretty much tell the story, though.