Since we’ve already knocked three teams from the Atlantic division off our list, it only makes sense to follow that trend. Despite as much talent as there is on the three teams already discussed, Brooklyn looks like the best team of the group no question. The injury-riddled 2019-20 season is behind the Nets as they look to use their star power to propel them to a championship.
The Nets could have done nothing this off-season and felt good about the position they’re in. Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant are both coming off of injuries and should elevate the team to the top of the league. However, Brooklyn didn’t let the return of their superstars keep them from tying up some loose ends. The roster has been reshaped somewhat with the moves the front office made over the course of the off-season.
The off-season got started off with a bang as the Nets made headlines over the hiring of Steve Nash to be the next head coach. Nash is one of the most beloved point guars of all time and has had many thinking he could be a great coach. The Hall of Famer brought on a few friends as he added former teammate Amare Stoudemire to his staff alongside Mike D’Antoni. The dynamic of the coaching staff should be fun to watch. How Nash handles being thrown into the fire by having the expectations of a championship from day one will be interesting. Seeing D’Antoni not be the head coach may look odd, but I think he would prefer this situation over what is happening in Houston.
The backcourt has been solidified with the additions of Landry Shamet and Bruce Brown. Both were acquired in a three-team trade on draft night when Brooklyn gave up their first-round selection and Dzanan Musa. Both players should prove valuable to the Nets as bench pieces or even starters when Irving and Durant sit. Joe Harris ended up inking an extension with the team to keep him in Brooklyn for four more years. The former three-point champ will make 75 million dollars over the course of the contract and will more than likely be running the second unit next to Brown and Shamet. Veteran Jeff Green also ended up signing with the team as well. The combo forward journey man should provide value to the team if Durant faces complications due to his injury.
Things are not quite set in stone just yet for this team due to all the noise around a potential James Harden deal. I don’t think the team tries to make that big of a trade with the season being only weeks away, but you never know. If the roster stays where it is now heading into the year, Brooklyn has to feel pretty good. The team has high expectations for how this season could turn out and I don’t think they’re of line in their thinking. Could we see the Nets bring home the Larry O’Brien trophy? Just maybe.