Brooklyn Nets: Best and worst-case scenarios for the 2021-22 season

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Looking at the best and worst-case scenarios for the Brooklyn Nets in 2021-22.

Entering the new season, most teams have a range of outcomes they could see playing out for themselves. The Brooklyn Nets are not one of those teams. Their expectations are clear. Either win the NBA championship or bust. For the Nets franchise and fanbase, anything else would be considered a disappointment, and rightfully so.

Brooklyn’s championship run didn’t go quite as well last season, seeing them bounced in a dramatic second-round playoff series to the eventual champion Milwaukee Bucks. While it wasn’t the ideal ending for the team, there were some viable arguments for why the Nets came up short. A string of injuries, a blockbuster midseason trade, and their best player returning after missing a full season all played a factor in what was viewed as a letdown of a season.

Entering 2021-22, Brooklyn won’t have any of those excuses to fall back on. The team looks to enter the new season fully healthy with one of the deepest rosters ever put together, including three of the Top 20 players in Sports Illustrated’s newly released Top 100 NBA Players of 2021-22. With all of this going in favor of the Nets, an NBA title is a very reasonable expectation for them next season.

However, that also means all eyes will be on them all season. Will Brooklyn be able to live up to expectations, or will they come up short once again?

Here’s a look at what the best and worst-case scenarios are for Brooklyn going into the 2021-22 NBA season.