Nets at a glance

Updated: October 26, 2004, 12:50 PM ET
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Fantasy tip
Richard Jefferson
Expect even bigger numbers from Jefferson, but expect the 49.8 percent FG to take a hit as he takes a lot more shots.

Jason Kidd, take your own sweet time rehabbing from that knee injury. Why rush back? Kerry Kittles now runs with the Clips. K-Mart dunks for Denver. Richard Jefferson remains, but in gutting the team to save cash for a move to Brooklyn, new owner Bruce Ratner gutted the Nets' hopes for the immediate future.

Playoffs? Maybe.

Title contention? Fading memory.

Roster analysis
The starters: Not enough left to offset the loss of K-Mart, Kittles and Kidd.
Pos. Player Comment Grade*
PF Eric Williams Great locker room influence. Not so much on the court 6
SF Richard Jefferson Career-high 18.5 ppg -- and rising 8
C Jason Collins But they're still hoping for a Mourning miracle 6
SG Ron Mercer Seven teams in eight years tells you something 6
PG Travis Best Tough gig, replacing the NBA's reigning assists king 6
BENCH Look up "good" in the dictionary. You'll find a pic of Aaron Williams. Find "adequate." You'll see pics of Jacque Vaughn, Zoran Planinic and Brian Scalabrine. 6
*-out of 10