Players who need a role change

Kevin Garnett among players who need a reduced role

Updated: November 27, 2013, 1:23 PM ET
By Bradford Doolittle | ESPN Insider

Garnett/DrummondGetty ImagesAndre Drummond and Kevin Garnett have hurt their teams more than helped this season.

Whether it's because of fit or performance, we're starting to get an idea of how the pieces have fallen into place for the 2013-14 NBA season. In some cases, they haven't.

Let's take a look at some players who are primed for a move into a smaller role than they've played during the early going. In some cases, these players are playing well enough, but they aren't fitting into the lineups in which they've generally been deployed. In other cases, the player needs a wake-up call or simply isn't playing well. Whatever the reason, it's early enough in the season that a little lineup juggling can make a big impact on the fortunes of the teams in question.


Garnett
Kevin Garnett, F, Brooklyn Nets

With Andrei Kirilenko, Brook Lopez, Jason Terry and Deron Williams hampered by injury, beleaguered Nets coach Jason Kidd has limited options for his rotation at the moment. However, assuming everyone comes back healthy at some point, the over-stuffed Nets starting lineup is screaming to be pared down, and Garnett is looking like the top candidate for a reduced role. Entering Tuesday's game in Toronto, Brooklyn had been 13.3 points per 100 possessions worse on offense with the cold-shooting Garnett on the floor.