Injuries, injuries ... and more injuries

March, 29, 2012
3/29/12
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It’s been no secret the Nets have been decimated by injuries this season -- and that’s putting it nicely.

Nets’ players have missed a combined 187 games due to injury, illness and personal reasons, according to the team. That means an average of 3.6 players have missed each game.

Five-two games into the season, they’ve already played 21 different players and put out 20 different starting lineups -- featuring 15 different players. Five different D-League call-ups have played for the Nets in 2011-12.

They’ve lost three different small forwards to season-ending injuries -- Damion James, Keith Bogans (waived) and Shawne Williams (traded).

Prior to being traded and then waived, Mehmet Okur hadn’t played since Jan. 25, so if you count him, that makes four. And with Jordan Farmar hinting that he may not come back, it could become five.

Because Sheldon Williams’ right eye injury will keep him out until at least April 5, no Net will appear in all 66 games this season. Williams had been the only Net to have appeared in the first 52.

A look at those who have played for the Nets this season (*denotes started this season):

1. Shelden Williams*
2. Kris Humphries*
3. Anthony Morrow*
4. Deron Williams*
5. Johan Petro*
6. Sundiata Gaines*
7. MarShon Brooks*
8. DeShawn Stevenson*
9. Gerald Wallace*
10. Shawne Williams* (traded)
11. Damion James*
12. Jordan Farmar*
13. Brook Lopez*
14. Mehmet Okur* (traded)
15. Keith Bogans* (signed as FA, waived)
16. Andre Emmett (D-League)
17. Gerald Green (D-League)
18. Larry Owens (D-League)
19. Jordan Williams
20. Dennis Horner (D-League)
21. Jerry Smith (D-League)

How many NBA teams would be equipped to overcome this type of decimation? You can probably count them on one hand.

Deron Williams said the Nets would have been a playoff team had it not been for all the injuries.

We’ll never know, but they certainly would’ve had a much better shot had they stayed even a little healthy.

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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