The fine folks over at ESPN Stats & Information sent us some data that shows why the Brooklyn Nets have been so hot lately. Let’s take a look:
• The Nets are the only team in the NBA that has gone undefeated in January (6-0). The Celtics and Nuggets are both 6-1.
• Under Avery Johnson (14-14), the Nets had a plus-0.1 points per game differential. Under P.J. Carlesimo (8-1), the Nets have had a plus-8.7 points per game differential. Their rebound differential has also gone from plus-0.8 under Johnson to plus-7.0 under Carlesimo, the best in the NBA.
• Since Dec. 28, when Carlesimo took over, the Nets are averaging 109.5 points per 100 possessions, which ranks them third in the league in offensive efficiency behind only the Thunder (110.0 per 100) and the Raptors (109.6).
• Point guard Deron Williams’ numbers are up across the board since Carlesimo took over for Johnson:
Under Johnson: 16.6 ppg, 39.8 fg pct, 29.5 3-pt pct, 16.6 PER (League average is 15)
Under Carlesimo: 17.7 ppg, 44.7 fg pct, 45 3-pt pct, 22.6 PER
• With a win Tuesday night over the Raptors at Barclays Center, the Nets would move to a season-high eight games over .500, a mark they haven’t been at since finishing the 2005-06 season 16 games over at 49-33.