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The Nets want more Travis Outlaw? Probably not.

Jul 6, 2011, 10:55 PM EST

New Jersey Nets forward Outlaw celebrates after scoring against the Toronto Raptors during triple overtime in their NBA game in London Reuters

As a dad, I totally get the wanting and expecting the best for your kids. I understand thinking they are the best ever. Mine (all under 8) will all grow up to be doctors or the lead actress in Broadway musicals. I have no doubt.

That side of me can see where Travis Outlaw’s dad is coming from, that big things are expected in Outlaw’s second year with the Nets after a tough first season.

But the side of me that watched a lot of Nets basketball doesn’t see what he told the Starkville Daily News he heard (via Ball Don’t Lie).

Travis’ father John expects better things from his son as his career with the Nets enters a second season.

In conversation with New Jersey head coach Avery Johnson, John overheard that the coaches would like for Travis to put up at least 17 shots per outing.

Even though Travis felt there weren’t the opportunities to take that many shots last year, things may be different moving forward.

“(Johnson) said, ‘I want you to put up those 17 shots’ so this year, Travis said it’s on,” John Outlaw said.

Outlaw took 8.9 shots per game last season — and as he shot 37.5 percent from the floor he should have taken a lot fewer. Brook Lopez (who has a good inside offensive game) took 16 per game, Deron Williams 14.1. You think Avery Johnson wants Outlaw to take more shots than them? Johnson is a smart man. He wants his best players shooting more.

Outlaw lost his three-point touch last season, hitting 30.2 percent of his threes after hitting 37.8 the previous season. He has to find that groove again, be a stretch four. Then the shots will come.

But not 17 a game. Not ever.

  1. goforthanddie - Jul 7, 2011 at 12:19 AM

    “In conversation with New Jersey head coach Avery Johnson, John overheard that the coaches would like for Travis to put up at least 17 shots per outing.”

    That’s supposed to say “17 shots per season”.

  2. purdueman - Jul 7, 2011 at 7:39 AM

    If I were the Nets, I wouldn’t want more Travis Outlaw any more than the Knicks wanted any more of fat, lazy Eddie Curry! (LOL). @@

  3. jmclarkent - Jul 7, 2011 at 8:02 AM

    If the lockout allows teams to cut a player or two without cap ramifications, I think Outlaw will have taken his last shot as a Net.

    • khandor - Jul 7, 2011 at 12:22 PM

      If that was to happen, methinks that a sound decision-making team, like the Spurs, or Lakers, or Mavs, or Bulls, or Celtics, or Thunder, etc., will be more than happy to add a reasonably priced player like Travis Outlaw to their squad going forward.

  4. khandor - Jul 7, 2011 at 8:03 AM

    How many games did a healthy Deron Williams get to play last season with Travis Outlaw in the line-up for the Nets?

    As Williams gets further acclimated in New Jersey, highly serviceable players like Outlaw, Humphries, Lopez, Morrow and Vujacic, etc., should begin to see their efficiency improve.

    When Outlaw has had the opportunity to play other solid players around him, he has shown that he is a more-than-capable starting 3/4 in the NBA who can stick open jumpers with a fair degree of consistency.

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