- Mike Mazzeo, ESPN New York Writer
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A majority of the NBA’s 30 general managers believe the Brooklyn Nets will be the league’s most improved team in 2012-13.
The Nets garnered 62.1 percent of the vote, while the Lakers and Timberwolves tied for second at 10.3 percent.
The Nets went just 22-44 last season, their final season in New Jersey.
But with the team set to move to Brooklyn and the $1 billion Barclays Center, GM Billy King got busy during the summer, bringing in nine newcomers -- highlighted by a blockbuster trade for Joe Johnson -- while retaining four starters in Deron Williams, Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries and Brook Lopez. In all, King’s spending spree cost around $330 million.
On paper, the Nets expect to be a playoff team this season.
You can check out the entire poll, which is conducted annually by NBA.com, by clicking here.
Perhaps the biggest surprise was that D-Will did not receive any votes for best point guard in the NBA*. As recently as two seasons ago, he was named the best PG in the league.
* Disclaimer: King has called Williams “the best point guard in the NBA” a thousand times, but could not vote for him due to poll rules.
A majority of the NBA’s 30 general managers believe the Brooklyn Nets will be the league’s most improved team in 2012-13. The Nets garnered 62.