After completing a blockbuster trade with the Boston Celtics, acquiring Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry, expectations are higher than ever for the Brooklyn Nets. But are they championship contenders?
The Eastern Conference will be a weak conference once again once the 2013-14 NBA season begins, which will give the Nets a greater chance at clinching a top seed. Sure, there will still be the Miami Heat, New York Knicks, Indiana Pacers and Chicago Bulls standing in their way, but a few of those teams are taking a step back. And yes, there will be a few younger teams that have improved, but won’t make that much noise.
If you take a look at the Nets roster, it’s stacked, that’s for sure and let’s not forget the addition of Jason Kidd as coach. With players that feature Deron Williams, Brook Lopez and now veteran leaders in Garnett, Pierce and Terry, they now have the perfect mixture of youth, talent, and veterans. This is going to be an exciting team to watch. But the major problem for Brooklyn is the fact that this team doesn’t have much time left with their current squad; their window of opportunity is closing. The Nets are in “win now” mode and their only option is they must get the job done this upcoming season because Garnett and Pierce don’t have too much left in the tank. The same goes with Terry.
With the talent on their roster now, as long as they don’t turn out to be the 2012-13 Los Angeles Lakers, the trophy is within their grasp.