5 Reasons Why Brooklyn Nets Will Win 2013-14 NBA Title
5 Reasons Why Brooklyn Nets Will Win the 2013-14 NBA Title
Of any team in the NBA, none made as big a splash this past offseason than the Brooklyn Nets.
In a shocking turn of events, they almost assured themselves a spot within NBA title contender conversations by acquiring Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry from the Boston Celtics, while simultaneously signing Andrei Kirilenko away from the Minnesota Timberwolves. Not only did they accomplish such an infusion of talent in one summer -- they did so without giving up any player of significance off of their roster.
In 2013-14, the Eastern Conference will prove to be a dogfight as the Miami Heat, Indiana Pacers, Chicago Bulls and New York Knicks are all viable title contenders. As such, they are obstacles to the Nets in their quest to achieve that very same goal. On top of having a rookie head coach in Jason Kidd behind the bench , the age and health of its roster is also a constant worry. In short, There are serious questions as to whether the Nets truly have enough to challenge for Eastern Conference supremacy.
With that, there are five reasons why this Nets team could and should compete for a championship this season.
5. Infusion of Elite-Level Talent
Last season, the Brooklyn Nets could put out on the floor three All-Star caliber players in Brook Lopez, Deron Williams and Joe Johnson. With the addition of Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, you can safely bump that number up to five.
In NBA history, there might not have ever been a collective starting five as talented as the one that the Nets can put onto the floor. Not only that, the talents of each seem to effortlessly gel with the others as Johnson, Pierce and Williams can all space the floor and create while Lopez and Garnett are both competent passers and low post scorers.
Although age and health will be a concern, there is no doubting the talent of this team.
4. Improved Defense
Last season, the Brooklyn Nets allowed 95.1 points per game, good for sixth in the NBA. With the addition of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Andrei Kirilenko, all very good man-to-man and team defenders, that figure should improve significantly in 2013-14.
The presence of Garnett as the leader of a defense on the floor should be the kind of intangible factor that cannot necessary be seen on a score sheet, but one that opposing players will swear by as the Nets stifle opponents on the defensive end this upcoming season.
3. Addition of Experience
A lack of true experience is something that cost the Nets dearly in their first-round series against the Bulls. When the going got tough, the lack of playoff experience had the Nets running for the hills, something that inevitably costed them a series against a more cohesive and defensive-minded team.
With the addition of Kevin Garnett, Jason Terry and Paul Pierce, the Nets suddenly have three players on their roster who not only have career-long playoff experience, but also championship pedigree. Although still getting his feet wet as an NBA coach, Jason Kidd is an NBA champion and veteran of three NBA Finals experiences, something that will undoubtedly help his transition to the coaching position.
2. Bench Depth
The plan for the Nets is first and foremost to limit the wear and tear on the legs of their aging stars this upcoming season.
With a bench that features the likes of Andrei Kirilenko, Jason Terry, Shaun Livingston, Andray Blatche, Reggie Evans and Alan Anderson, they can be assured that they'll have the talent to do so.
The bench is one that provides elite level rebounding, defense, scoring, outside shooting and a very good ball distributor to make decisions while the three creators in the starting five are on the bench.
1. Deron Williams
Simply put, the legacy of Deron Williams cannot take another hit like it did with the seven-game series loss against the extremely wounded and weakened Chicago Bulls.
A year ago at this time, Williams was one of the undisputed best point guards in the NBA. Entering this season, there are doubts as to whether he even deserves to have the "elite" tag associated with his name.
With all of this weighing down on Williams, if he can manage to stay healthy, expect one of the better seasons of his career as he not only has the surrounding talent, but also the motivation to see that it happens.