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Doc Rivers is impressed by the Nets' young players. Really. And he should be.

11/8/09 in NBA   |   guylake   |   321 respect

Yesterday, the Celtics worked hard for a victory against a Nets team that should have been cannon-fodder for the talent-laden Cs. The Nets were missing starting point guard Devin Harris and Yi Jianlian. The game was a grind and while the Celtics prevailed 86-76, Doc Rivers came away from the contest quite impressed by Brook Lopez and Chris Douglas-Roberts in particular.

CDR is interesting because, coming out of Memphis the same year as Derrick Rose, he was an option for the Celtics. Instead the Celtics went with J.R. Giddens, and that hasn't work out so well. Giddens is averaging four minutes and 0.4 points per game to Douglas-Roberts' 34 minutes and 15.6 points. CDR wouldn't command that much burn from the Celtics' bench, true, but clearly he has taken his game to a level that Giddens can't even smell.

The Nets may be 0-7 after their loss to the Celtics but they have a number of interesting young players who could push them into playoff contention in the next few years:
  • Brook Lopez should be an all-star as soon as this season.
  • Chris Douglas-Roberts is a pure scorer and has energy to burn.
  • Terrence Williams is probably  the most talented all-around player on the team and fantasy owners would be wise to keep close tabs on the rookie out of Louisville.
And let's not forget that Devin Harris is only 26 and Yi, well no one knows exactly how old he is, but he's either 22 or 25. So, he's young as well. As odd as it sounds, the Nets, especially after garnering a high draft pick for 2010, should have an excellent core of young players.
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