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

Brooklyn Nets trio (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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Brooklyn Nets Kevin Durant James Harden Kyrie Irving (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images) /

Best-case scenario: A healthy Nets cruise to the NBA title

The Nets enter the new season as the odds-on favorites to win the NBA championship. In a perfect world, that could easily be the outcome for Brooklyn. Last season, the Nets “Big 3” of Kevin Durant, James Harden, and Kyrie Irving had a record of 10-4 when playing together last regular season and playoffs. While it’s a fairly impressive record, we could see them take it to the next level this coming season.

In a perfect world, the Nets core would all stay relatively healthy all season. After all of the injuries last year you could say they’re due for some good fortune in the injury department. If Brooklyn does manage to stay healthy then there’s no reason to believe they won’t cruise to the best record in the Eastern Conference, and potentially the entire league. A healthy season could also lead to the Nets collecting quite a bit of accolades by the end of the year.

Realistically, we could see Durant, Harden, and Irving all earn All-NBA selections. It will be tough for all three to accomplish this, but in Brooklyn’s fast-paced offense they’ve already shown that there are plenty of shots to go around. Durant could also find himself earning his second league MVP award if he plays the majority of the season.

Durant had one of his best statistical seasons last year, averaging 27 points, seven rebounds, and almost six assists per game. All of this while shooting his typical very impressive clips from everywhere on the court. Don’t be surprised to see him make a serious MVP push this season.

The Nets certainly have the star power and depth to dominate the league. With Brooklyn’s “Big 3” and role players like Blake Griffin, Paul Millsap, LaMarcus Aldridge, Joe Harris, and others, the best-case scenario for the Nets will see them dominate the regular season and carry all that momentum straight through to the franchise’s first NBA title.