When Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett were traded from the Boston Celtics to the Brooklyn Nets, everyone naturally assumed the Nets would be championship contenders with the addition of two hall of famers to an already impressive lineup. The move for the legends was also expected to be easier as the champions would be able to slowly immerse themselves into Nets culture with franchise legend Jason Kidd as the head coach, but the former Celtics great’s transition has proven to be a struggle as the Nets currently sit sixth in a weak Eastern Conference. So much talent, so little production seems to be the story for the Nets this season as the team’s playoff position continues to remain stagnant.
The Nets continue to show improvement after the rough start to the season, but even with the win the team moves to just .500 on the season. The 96-80 victory over the Chicago Bulls illustrates that the Nets’ depth is what keeps the team alive going forward. In a game that saw five Nets players score in double figures, Deron Williams led the charge with 20 points, six assists, and two steals in the win at the Barclays Center. Paul Pierce and Joe Johnson combined for 33 points, nine rebounds and eight assists in the game that has Nets fans optimistic for what the future holds.
The Nets continue to look for answers as the team tries to jump back in the championship conversation, but as the season winds down can the team make a serious push in the playoffs? After starting the calender year 10-1, the Nets have fallen back into the team’s early season form as the Nets struggle to find their true identity.
Brooklyn’s identity has yet to be revealed this season, but the team’s true colors will be revealed for better or worse down the stretch and into the playoffs, where heroes are born or raised from the ashes.
Greg Douglas is an NBA writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on twitter @thegpd93 or add him to your Google Network.