When I was in elementary school, I, like many kids who watch sports at that age, dreamed of being a professional athlete. More specifically, I hoped to play in the NBA like my hero at the time, Michael Jordan. In a not-so-stunning turn of events, I turned out to be 5’9”, relatively un-athletic and a guy who writes about professional basketball as opposed to playing it.
It’s only 12 games into the 2013-14 NBA season, but the Brooklyn Nets are pretty much 5’9” and relatively un-athletic at this point, in a metaphorical sense of course.
The Nets came into this season with astronomical expectations that both they and their fans placed upon this team. With a core of Deron Williams, Brook Lopez and Joe Johnson being joined by Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Andrei Kirilenko and Jason Terry this season, this team had title aspirations that seemed to have some traction to them. They hoped to be the team in the East that was going to swipe the throne from under the Miami Heat.
Those hopes couldn’t be further from the reality they are living in now. On Friday night, the Nets were absolutely embarrassed by the Minnesota Timberwolves by a score of 111-81. The 30-point loss takes the Nets’ record through 12 games to an abysmal 3-9 and has them sitting among the bottom-dwellers in the league.
There are a ton of problems with this Nets team and diving into each one would take an absurd amount of words. Just know that this team is terrible defensively, shaky on offense, injured, not playing well together, not getting contributions from their veterans, and many other negative things. When your team allows 111 points while totaling just seven assists in a game, something’s obviously seriously wrong.
Some people will argue that the Nets’ only goal is to succeed in the postseason. While that may very well be their ultimate goal, one of the necessities to postseason success is being a part of the postseason. As of right now, something is going to have to dramatically change for the Nets to be a part of the 2014 NBA Playoffs. The way this team is performing right now, they are simply a 5’9” lottery team.