2012-13 W-L: 49-33
Key Additions: Jason Kidd (Head Coach), Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Andrei Kirilenko, Jason Terry
Key Departures: Gerald Wallace, Keith Bogans, Kris Humphries
Analysis: The real story for the Nets heading into next year is how they’re going to replace Kris Humph… okay, okay scratch that. Even I couldn’t finish that sentence.
But in all seriousness, it was clear that the Brooklyn Nets were missing a backbone last season – after bowing out to the Derrick Rose-less Bulls in the first round of the playoffs. Many believe they’ve acquired one this offseason, or at least a combination of one in Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett.
They also added some nice complimentary cartilage, too, in Andrei Kirilenko and Jason Terry. Despite all that, though, the Nets are playing with fire this season. They traded away their future for immediate results, hopefully – for them – it pays off.
But, let’s be real. The regular season won’t matter much to this team, it’s championship or bust. Plain and simple. They might win 60. Heck, they might win homecourt advantage throughout, but if they don’t perform in the playoffs then it was in vain. Are the Nets better than the Heat? Are they better than the Bulls? Better than the Pacers? Who knows, but the great thing about sports is they have an opportunity to prove it. Also, can J-Kidd handle all these star veterans? Well, we’re about to find out. Buckle in.
(Projected) 2013-14 W-L: 60-22
Bottom line is that the Nets are going to be good. They might even put-up one of the all-time great regular seasons together, but none of it will matter unless they win in the postseason. I don’t see the Nets beating the Heat right now, but right now doesn’t matter. May and June do.