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5 Teams That Are Huge Threats To Brooklyn Nets’ Championship Hopes

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5 Teams Who Are Threats To Brooklyn Nets' Championship Hopes

Brooklyn Nets
Debby Wong-USA Today Sports

The Brooklyn Nets believe that they’ve assembled all the pieces they need to at last win their first NBA championship this upcoming season.

They’ve hired Jason Kidd as their new head coach, traded for Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry, and also signed Andrei Kirilenko to play alongside the daunting trio that is Deron Williams, Joe Johnson and Brook Lopez.

But even with all the money spent and high-end talent assembled, they’re still going to have to produce a chemistry that can successfully combat elite teams that have had their core pieces playing together for multiple years.

Will it be possible to accomplish in year one? Yes. The Nets are loaded with veteran players who want nothing more than to finally have that illustrious golden hardware right before their eyes. They understand how committed they’re going to have to be to each other to come out on top.

Once the regular season rolls around, the Nets will receive everyone’s best shot. It doesn’t matter if it’s another title contender or a projected lottery team -- everyone thirsts to claim victory over such an intimidatingly powerful roster.

But even at this point in time, there are still a number of teams from both conferences that are ahead of Brooklyn’s progression towards being champions.

If the Nets desire to hang that NBA title banner from the rafters at the start of the 2014-2015 season, they’re going to have to be prepared to beat these five teams in either the Eastern Conference playoffs or the NBA Finals depending on which conference they represent.

Mike B. Ruiz is a Brooklyn Nets writer for Follow him on Twitter @mikebruiz and “Like” him on Facebook.

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5. Houston Rockets

Houston Rockets
Debby Wong-USA Today Sports

A team that was already moving its way up in the world with young players like James Harden and Jeremy Lin, the Rockets will be legitimate championship contenders following their offseason addition of center Dwight Howard.

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4. Golden State Warriors

Golden State Warriors
Anthony Gruppuso-USA Today Sports

The Warriors gave the San Antonio Spurs quite a scare in last season's playoffs, and it wasn't a fluke. This team is definitely for real. Bringing in veteran forward Andre Iguodala will make them even more of a problem this season.

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3. Chicago Bulls

Chicago Bulls
Debby Wong-USA Today Sports

It was the Bulls, without Derrick Rose, who knocked the Nets out of the first round last postseason. Upon Rose's return to a team that plays outstanding defense, Chicago will once again become a true championship contender.

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2. Indiana Pacers

Indiana Pacers
Brian Spurlock-USA Today Sports

Only one game stood between the Pacers and a trip to last June's NBA Finals. With new additions and a deeper bench that includes Luis Scola, C.J. Watson and Chris Copeland, Indiana is ready to win a championship right now.

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1. Miami Heat

Miami Heat
Debby Wong-USA Today Sports

Not much needs to be said about the Heat. They're the two-time defending champions and have been to the Finals three straight years. LeBron James is clearly still the best player on the planet, and if Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh can remain healthy, Miami will be just as difficult to bring down as they've been for the past three seasons.