No team has been as active during the offseason as the Nets, who will begin the 2012/2013 season in their new home of Brooklyn. It may take some time for the team to band together and gel, but as the year wears on, the Nets may become a darkhorse in the Eastern Conference. Does that make them a worthy team to back with your free NBA picks?

The biggest news of the summer for Brooklyn was the re-signing of Deron Williams. He had been wavering between the Mavericks and Nets but ultimately was swayed by a move his current employers made.

What move was that exactly? The coup of Joe Johnson from Atlanta. Johnson now pairs with D-Will to form one of the more devastating perimeter combos in the NBA today.

With things not panning out to get Dwight Howard, the Nets also gave a fat contract to Brook Lopez to keep him around, while they had already signed on Gerald Wallace for four more years as well.

Mirza Teletovic, Reggie Evans and Jerry Stackhouse were also brought on board during the summer.

In the draft, the Nets traded for Tyshawn Taylor, who should step in and spell Williams at the point here and there.

The one remaining question mark in Brooklyn is Kris Humphries. Will he stay or will he go? Humphries, who emerged as a nightly double-double threat last season, is currently testing the market but we’re expecting the Nets to lock him up to a deal eventually.

In an offseason that’s seen plenty of moving parts, the Nets have been a big-time player and will now enter 2012/13 as one of the most intriguing teams to watch. Will Brooklyn knock off the Knicks as the best team in New York? Are the Nets a lock to make the playoffs in the East? Soon we’ll have our answers.