The Nets' Treveon Graham goes to the hoop in the...

The Nets' Treveon Graham goes to the hoop in the first half of a game against the Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Oct. 12. Credit: Jim McIsaac

The Nets beat New Orleans on Wednesday in part because their reserves scored 11 times the number of points totaled by the Pelicans’ bench, 55-5. But the production wasn’t a shock.

The Nets have a better bench than they had last season, and the depth is coming in handy with three starters out with injuries. “It’s more depth and experienced depth,” coach Kenny Atkinson said after practice Thursday at HSS Training Center. “I think Sean [Marks, the general manager] did a great job of balancing the roster where we’re not throwing out inexperienced guys on the road. It’s huge that our bench guys are producing.”

The Nets — who face three away games in four days, starting Friday night in Memphis — are second in bench scoring at 46.5. Now that bench is set to get even deeper.

Treveon Graham strained his left hamstring in the second game of the season. Hit fast forward. The Nets are 18-21 after winning 10 of 13, and Graham is ready to rejoin the cause. The forward/guard returned Wednesday with the Long Island Nets, scoring 17 in their G League win over Erie.

“It was hard seeing my team play 37 games without me, but it was great to see them improve and get better and better as time went on,” Graham said. “And now that I’m back, I just want to help them continue that path.”

The Nets are down two of their top defenders, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Caris LeVert, plus Allen Crabbe. The 6-5 Graham, who signed with the Nets after playing two NBA seasons with Charlotte, has a good reputation defensively.

“Not having Rondae, we need his toughness, activity, defensive presence,” Atkinson said. “I think that will help our defense.”

Guard Spencer Dinwiddie certainly is helping the offense. He’s averaging 17.5 points and making a run at Sixth Man of the Year. Dinwiddie scored 18 points in the 126-121 win over New Orleans.

DeMarre Carroll also excelled off the bench, as did first-year Nets Shabazz Napier and Ed Davis.

“Obviously, our depth definitely helps us, one through 15,” Dinwiddie said. “During this most recent stretch of time, we’ve been decimated by injuries but kind of found a way to still be cohesive and play well together.”

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