I’m sure everyone with a pulse is aware that the biggest splash this summer in the world of basketball was the trade between the Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets that sent both Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett from the Celtics to the Nets in exchange for three first round draft picks. There was a little more to the trade then just what I mentioned, but for all intents and purposes, Pierce, Garnett and the three first round picks were the most important parts of this blockbuster deal.
As soon as the trade was finalized, many NBA fans around the globe were salivating at the possibility of the Nets dethroning the Miami Heat and beating them in the Eastern Conference Finals next season, ending the Heat’s chance to three-peat.
It is time to close your mouth, wipe the drool off your face, step back and assess the situation at hand.
Does this trade make the Nets better? Yes, of course.
Will the Nets beat the Heat in next season’s Eastern Conference Finals and play for a championship? OK, now it’s time to calm down.
The 2013-14 NBA season has not even started yet and people are already predicting the Nets to play the Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals and actually beat them too. The Nets haven’t even stepped on the court yet for goodness sake.
In my honest opinion, even with Pierce and Garnett on the Nets, it does not make them better than the Heat. Miami still has better stars and more depth, not to mention their star players are younger.
Pierce is now 35 years of age, and looked older at times during last season, and Garnett is 37 and has not played a full 82-game season since the 2004-05 season. The problem with both Pierce and Garnett is age and durability, as their minutes played have decreased dramatically since both of them were in their primes, and understandably so.
Also, people tend to forget just how good teams like the Indiana Pacers and the Chicago Bulls are. You know, the Pacers? The team that took the Heat to seven games in the Eastern Conference Finals this year? Oh, and the Bulls who were without their star point guard, Derrick Rose, for the entire season and still made it to the playoffs and eliminated the Nets in round 1? Yeah, well the Pacers are still young and play tough, physical defense, and the Bulls, who are arguably just as tough and physical defensively as the Pacers, are getting Rose back to start next season on opening day.
So, with all that being said, I believe the Nets are a better team than last season, but because of Garnett and Pierce’s age and durability, and don’t forget the Nets have a first-year head coach in Jason Kidd, they will still face difficulties in the playoffs with teams like the Bulls and Pacers, never mind the Heat. This is why I do not think this trade makes the Nets sho0-ins for the Eastern Conference Finals, and will not challenge the Heat to go to the 2013-14 NBA Finals.