Hello Brooklyn! How are you doing? That’s the slogan that the Brooklyn Nets have been driving home to its fans since the announcement was made that they would be making the debut in the County of Kings at the start of the 2012-13 NBA season. Brooklyn fans will definitely being saying hello to the Nets in return since November 1st (versus the New York Knicks)will mark the first time that the borough will host a professional sports home game in 55 years. The how are you doing question will be answered once fans see exactly what type of product has been brought to BK.
It’s almost time for all the hype to be over with and actually breakdown what type of team will call the new bilion dollar Barclay’s Center located at the cross walk of Atlantic and Flatbush Avenues (the exact location where the Brooklyn Dodgers new stadium was to be built almost six decades earlier before they moved to Los Angeles) home. Here’s a quick breakdown of what to expect out of the Big Apple’s newest pro basketball franchise for the upcoming season.
Very Good Starting Lineup:
The Brooklyn Nets boast one of the Eastern Conference’s better starting lineups with perennial All-Star and two time gold medalist Deron Williams (21 PPG, 8.7 APG and 3.3 RPG last season) leading the way at point guard. Newly acquired (via trade with the Atlanta Hawks) shooting guard Joe Johnson (18.8 PPG last season) should give them much more scoring fire power than they had a season ago. These two paired together should give Brooklyn one of the best backcourts in the entire Association. Gerald Wallace (13.8 PPG and 6.7 RPG in ’11-’12) and Kris Humphries (13.8 PPG and 11 RPG in ’11-’12) provide a formidable duo at the forward positions but the true barometer of this team in the front court will without question will be center Brook Lopez (19.2 PPG and 3.6 RPG). If Lopez can’t improve on his dismal rebounding numbers from a season ago the Nets might be looking at an early exit of the Eastern Conference playoffs, if he can they may even be able to reach the Conference Finals.
Second-year sensation MarShon Brooks provided plenty of fire power for the Nets off of the bench last season (12.6 PPG, 3.6 RPG and 2.3 APG) and if they want to make some noise in their new home he will have to improve on his stellar rookie season. Along with the youngster, veterans Reggie Evans, C.J. Watson, Keith Bogans, the temperamental Andray Blatche and the ageless Jerry Stackhouse provide much needed help to Brooklyn’s reserve units as they look to give the starters some quality aid and rest. A huge wild card could be Bosnian transfer Mirza Teletovic (21.7 PPG and six RPG last season in the Euroleague) if the talented forward (who plays both forward positions) can make an effortless transition to the NBA game then the sky could be the limit for the Nets.
Avery Johnson is arguably one of the top 10 coaches in the NBA and he has proven that anytime he has had a team with some talent on it. This will be an important year for Johnson if he wants to keep his legacy going in the right track as well as keep his job. Look for him to guide the Nets to places they haven’t been since the beginning of this century; playoff victories. Billy King is a fine general manager, that can be seen by the moves he made during the off-season to acquire some of the pieces which they did that will make them a better team on paper already. Look for him and owner Mikhail Prokhorov to make any and every necessary move before the trade deadline to give this team every opportunity to succeed and keep this excited new fan base exactly that, excited.
If you’re looking for my predictions for the Brooklyn Nets this season unfortunately you’re going to have to stay tuned and read my season preview for every division which will be filled with predictions and more. Don’t worry though, it’ll be here before you know it just like the season.