Why the new-look Brooklyn Nets are guaranteed to surprise

Mikal Bridges, Cam Johnson, Brooklyn Nets (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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The former Suns’ wing tandem of Mikal Bridges and Cam Johnson has always had a powerful bond and relationship. The 10th and 11th overall picks in consecutive years instantly experienced wars and battle tests through an NBA Finals run and beyond. Simultaneously, learning from two of the most prolific guards in league history, Chris Paul and Devin Booker.

The two Pennsylvania natives took their partnership out East to Brooklyn with the sudden escalation of Kevin Durant desiring Phoenix on Feb. 9 after 1 a.m.

With more touches, the two quickly displayed who they were, steering the ship with the ball in their hands. It became the perfect investment exchange for the Nets following an unbelievable era that missed the utmost golden opportunity. Their camaraderie has expanded throughout Team USA’s roster during FIBA World Cup play amongst the duo, further presenting their developing evolution beyond their few months as Nets.

"“They’re just culture guys, and they’re good people. They have a leadership quality about them, but they can play, you know? Cam is as good a shooter as there is in the league, great size. Mikal has expanded his offensive game. I think the trade really helped unleash a side that he hasn’t shown thus far in the league. They just want to win. It’s not about them; it’s about winning.” New Men’s Team USA Managing Director Grant Hill at camp"

Johnson and Bridges are sending a message to the NBA of what the Nets could be this season, as their experience could lift them tremendously.

A potential question mark of what a full season with this group looks like has loomed with plenty of in-house upside. Brooklyn, coming off a nicely productive summer, could be a good show as a playoff team in the East.