Brooklyn Nets: 66-1
The Brooklyn Nets lost figures this summer, as they watched Jason Kidd skip town for Paul and Milwaukee Pierce join the Washington Wizards. Those reductions will change the makeup considerably, but maybe not of Brooklyn for the worse. Kidd is replaced by lionel Hollins, along with his seven seasons of head coaching experience should mesh with the Nets’ veteran roster. At exactly the exact same time, Beckley Mason, in a piece for ESPN.com, raised some interesting questions about the reputation Hollins assembled together with the Memphis Grizzlies.
“Is what Tony Allen does really something you can tutor?” he asked. “Is the way Marc Gasol moves 7’0″ and 260 lbs to stymie a point protector something everyone can learn?”
We are going to find out.
We discover whether Pierce’s generation can be replicated by newcomer import Bojan Bogdanovic on the wing. And we find out if Mason Plumlee’s time with Team USA at the FIBA Basketball World Cup will result in a sophomore campaign that is big Brook Lopez must overcome still another setback with his surgically repaired foot, and Kevin Garnett must prove he’s got enough juice left to contribute more than a couple of minutes per game. However, with Deron Williams in Jarrett Jack and the backcourt and Joe Johnson replacing Shaun Livingston off the bench, Brooklyn stays a squad that is savvy with a fair amount of talent–even though most of it’s currently nearing its expiry date.
The playoffs are a target for the Nets, and in the event the Williams can remain healthy a top-four seed isn’t out of the question.
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