Expectations are high in Brooklyn as the Nets are set to open play for the first time since 1957. What should we expect to see out of the team this season?
The New Jersey Nets went 22-44 in their final season, finishing the year 17 games back of the Boston Celtics in the Atlantic Division and ending on a six-game losing streak.
That was with Deron Williams pretty much running things by himself. Now he’s got a host of other guys to lean on.
The Nets were very busy during the summer, mainly in trying to acquire Dwight Howard to pair with D-Will. Instead, Brooklyn went after Joe Johnson, which turned out to be a good bit of business as it persuaded the star point guard to stick around with the franchise.
With Williams and Johnson, the Nets have one of the most fearsome backcourt duos in the league.
Aside from that, Brooklyn also did well to re-sign guys like Brook Lopez, Kris Humphries and Gerald Wallace, all of whom will feature in the starting lineup come opening day. There’s also some depth here, including the likes of C.J. Watson, MarShon Brooks, Reggie Evans and Mirza Teletovic.
Brooklyn’s first official game at the Barclays Center will be on Monday, October 15 against the Washington Wizards. During preseason they’ll also play the Celtics and 76ers at home.
As for the regular season, the Nets open the season with three straight home games, starting on November 1. They’ll host the Knicks, Raptors and Timberwolves in consecutive matchups.
Everyone is waiting to see how Brooklyn fares in their new city with their new starting five. The mood is good right now, but that could either be confirmed or turn into sour spirits depending on how the team does.
Will the Nets be making money in the public’s NBA picks this season? They have the talent, but there’s still a ton of competition up at the top of the Eastern Conference.