The Nets signed 25-year old Travis Outlaw to a nice deal over the summer to become the new starting small forward. Outlaw played in 34 games (6 starts) for the Blazers & Clippers in which he averaged 21.5 minutes, 9.1 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.0 assist per game. He has now played in 400 games (32 starts) in his NBA career and he has averaged 21.6 minutes, 9.5 points, 3.4 rebounds and 0.9 assists per game. Outlaw is a decent long range shooter hitting 36.3% from three point range and he will likely get some open shots due to the size the Nets have inside this year. It will be interesting to see how well Outlaw handles his first starting job in the NBA.
23-year old rookie Damion James will likely be the top back up to Outlaw at small forward. James played in 34 games for the Texas Longhorns last season and he averaged 30.3 minutes, 18.0 points, 10.3 rebounds, 1.0 assist, 1.7 steals and 1.2 blocked shots per game. James played in 142 games in his four years at Texas and he averaged 29.3 minutes, 13.5 points, 9.3 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.1 blocked shots per game. He has a nice upside and he could wind up being the starting small forward down the road for the Nets.
28-year old Stephen Graham will likely be #3 in line at small forward for the Nets this year. He played in 70 games (8 starts) for the Bobcats last season and he averaged 11.5 minutes, 4.2 points, 1.9 rebounds and 0.3 assists per game. Graham has now played in 180 games (15 starts) in his NBA career and he has averaged 10.9 minutes, 4.3 points, 1.7 rebounds and 0.4 assists per game. I don’t see him getting a lot of P.T. for the Nets this year.
29-year old Quinton Ross is a defensive first small forward. Ross played in 52 games (7 starts) for the Mavericks & Wizards last season and he averaged 10.8 minutes, 1.8 points, 0.9 rebounds and 0.2 assists per game. He has now played in 422 games (165 starts) in his NBA career and he has averaged 19.2 minutes, 4.3 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.0 assist per game. I see Ross sitting at the end of the bench for the Nets this year.
PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE NETS SMALL FORWARDS IN 2010-11: c