The Brooklyn Nets have arguably made the biggest noise thus far in the NBA offseason. They already had a decent roster that was expected to at least make the Eastern semis last season, but an early exit at the hands of the Chicago Bulls has made them take drastic measures.
Paul Pierce, a man who has played his entire career at the Boston Celtics, will step onto the hardwood at Barclay’s Center as a Brooklyn Net. No, you did not read that incorrectly. He will, for the first time in his career, play for a franchise other than his beloved Beantown Celtics. Now, he needs to bring that same exact leadership and clutch ability to the club.
He played in two NBA Finals and earned a ring against the same side that defeated them the second time around — the Los Angeles Lakers. With that experience on his resume, even at the age of 35, he still has what it takes to make big plays and lead his team to new heights. This is exactly what Brooklyn needs.
The good news for him is that the former Minnesota Timberwolves power forward, Kevin Garnett, is moving right with him to Brooklyn. Together, they have played for the Celtics since 2007. Now, they look to take their friendship and abilities with them to a team that desperately needs their skill and on floor captaining to simply win.
Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov is a well-known business man who is not afraid to splash the cash to make things happen. He even brought two veteran bench players in point guard Jason Terry and small forward Andre Kirilenko to lead the second unit. However, buying all of these players will not guarantee anything.
Even with the new star veterans that have been brought over, the Nets still have a lot of work to do in order to beat the likes of the Miami Heat to win the East and then eventually the title. Veteran players know how to lead the youngsters and even how to win games at times, but the fluidity of the team will take time to progress.
Here is the Nets projected starting line-up:
Point Guard: Deron Williams
Shooting Guard: Joe Johnson
Small Forward: Paul Pierce
Power Forward: Kevin Garnett
Center: Brook Lopez
That starting five looks nearly flawless on paper, but the game, as we all know, is not played that way. There will be 48 minutes of end-to-end action with the team that hustles and scores more points winning the game.
This team is a mix of youth and veteran players which can be dangerous to both themselves as well as their opponents. If the young guys run all over the court with the vets struggling to keep up, winning the game will be unlikely. If they both pace themselves and hustle only when need be, they can win many games.
Former franchise superstar, Jason Kidd, has it all to do as head coach. With Pierce and Garnett only being a bit younger than him, Kidd may have trouble convincing them to follow all of his orders. On the other hand, if they all put their ideas together, this team can be very dangerous.
Stay tuned to the new season, folks. The Brooklyn Nets are contenders on paper, but let’s see if they can equal those odds on the floor.