The Brooklyn Nets are still searching for the lead in the Atlantic Division, but their dream is starting to become a heck of a lot less than a potential reality. They are five back in the loss column of the New York Knicks, and time isn’t on their side with just 21 games left in the season. In fact, Brooklyn has to be careful. The team is currently in the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference, but only 3.5 games separate it from the No. 8 seed.
Deron Williams and Brook Lopez are nice, but the Nets require some sort of glue to get into the playoffs and make a push when they get there. Andray Blatche is the type of man that can provide that spark for Brooklyn when he is called upon, and if it is going to make for successful NBA picks in the final quarter of the season, Blatche is the man that is really going to have to step it up.
We’ve seen the big man do this before, though. He isn’t quite getting the same type of minutes that he was getting when he was with the Washington Wizards, but his level of effectiveness is still right up there. Blatche’s numbers seem to be pedestrian, as he is averaging just 10.0 points and 5.3 boards per game, but we also have to remember that he is only on the court for 18:45 or so per night on average. 18.865
If you take Blatche’s numbers and plug in the amount of time per game that he played for the Wizards in his best season (33:57 per game in 2010-11), his averages would be even stronger than they were then. Blatche would be good for 17.9 points, 9.5 rebounds, and over a block and almost two steals per game.