Submitted by Cory Bernstein of Hoops Talk Nation
Brooklyn’s Finest 15 is the ranking of all 15 Nets based on what I think will be their impact on Brooklyn this season. Here’s number 12, Josh Childress.
Josh Childress was the second amnestied player the Nets signed this off-season, and will surely have a smaller impact on the Nets than the other, Andray Blatche. Childress is like a brand new BMW. It has a luxurious interior, a beautiful frame, and an established reputation as a great car. The only problem is, this BMW has no engine. Childress was a top prospect out of college (he was the 6th pick in the 2004 NBA Draft), has elite height for a small forward and good athleticism. However, he has little discernible basketball ability.
After four seasons with the Hawks, Childress went to Europe in 2008 for a larger contract where he played with Olympiacos Piraeus for two years. After coming back to the NBA, Childress wisely signed with the Phoenix Suns, where conditioning and health issues that may have come about in Europe would be cured by the magical unit that is the Suns’ Training Staff. However, this was not to be the case. Despite having Steve Nash and a training staff with medical skills comparable to those displayed by Capitol doctors in “The Hunger Games”, Childress was horrible in Phoenix. He hardly played in his two seasons, missing a combined 60 games. He was then amnestied by Phoenix and signed for the veteran’s minimum with the Nets.
I guess you could do worse at the end of free agency than Josh Childress. He is certainly better than the likes Stephen Graham, Quinton Ross, or Trenton Hassell, but he still is not very good at basketball. Despite this, there is the .0001% chance he realizes his potential and becomes a very solid player for the Nets. If he is truly terrible in training camp, the Nets can just cut him, as his contract is non-guaranteed, so there is little risk to this move. His afro may have some serious swag, I expect Childress to be in warm-ups for most of this season. I will say it again, there are a million wings on this team, and only a few minutes will be there for the likes of Childress or Bogans to claim. My guess is that Josh Childress plays 50 or so games averaging around 12 minutes in each contest, and hopefully he plays better than he did in Phoenix. This may be the best team he has ever played on, and hopefully this can motivate or help Childress to improve in his 7th NBA season.