The experts over at Basketball Prospectus predicted that the Nets would finish with an average of 42.9 wins, good for seventh in the Eastern Conference.
Writes Bradford Doolittle in an Insider piece:
The good news is that Brooklyn projects to be the most improved team in the league. As we've written, that would have been largely true even without the addition of Joe Johnson because of the injury problems the Nets had last season. While Johnson's addition appears to help the Nets a lot more than his loss hurts the Hawks, the fact of the matter is that the Nets are still well short of the league's upper crust.
Thoughts: Doolittle’s assessment is a fair one. The Nets had an extremely flawed roster last season, but have spent millions to upgrade it. Also, it is important to note that Deron Williams, Brook Lopez and Gerald Wallace never played one game together in 2011-12. (Also consider Williams has never played with a two-guard with the skills that Johnson possesses.)
The Nets may be a Dwight Howard short of really contending -- and there are plenty of concerns about their interior defense -- but they’ve got several talented pieces. It’s just a matter of how fast this much-improved roster meshes.
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