Brooklyn Nets Season Preview: Starting Fresh

Team Capsule

The New Jersey Nets have been the scapegoat of the NBA for most of the past decade or so, with a few exceptions. The idea was tossed around a few times to move the team elsewhere, but the decision finally was made to give the Nets a total makeover and move them to Brooklyn to play in the Barclays Center.

Ladies and gentlemen, let’s all welcome your Brooklyn Nets.

The Nets are starting a new season and have a whole new look, and with new players such as Joe Johnson and CJ Watson, the Nets are ready to turn the page.

Biggest Strength: Offense

First, the Nets will have one of the most prolific backcourts in the league with Deron Williams and Joe Johnson. Add in Brook Lopez, Gerald Wallace and Kris Humphries, and you have yourself a great scoring team. Not to mention the high-powered bench scoring; CJ Watson, Mirza Teletovic, Andray Blatche and Marshon Brooks will provide much of that. Add that formula all together, and the sum is a high-powered scoring offense. What a relief for Nets fans.

Biggest Weakness: Defense

While Joe Johnson is a good defensive player, the rest of the Nets are a different story. Lopez, Teletovic, Blatche and Humphries all are less than desirable on defense. No one at center is taller than 6’9, so that poses a big problem. Brooklyn’s games this year will be high-scoring.

Player to Watch: Mirza Teletovic

Teletovic isn’t getting much publicity due to the other blockbuster moves that the Nets are making, but this guy’s shooting ability is definitely a force to be reckoned with. The best part? A lot of teams might not pay attention to the skills of Teletovic.

2011-2012 record: (22-44)

Coach: Avery Johnson (240-172)

Key Additions: Andray Blatche, Joe Johnson, Josh Childress, CJ Watson, Mirza Teletovic

The Nets made a lot of big moves this offseason. The biggest, obviously, was acquiring Joe Johnson from the Hawks, a player that will surely make the Nets better this season. Some may forget, however, that Blatche, Childress, Watson and Teletovic are pretty good additions too.

Key Subtractions: Anthony Morrow, Jordan Farmar, Johan Petro

In my Atlanta Hawks Season Preview, I raved about the addition of former Nets player Anthony Morrow. While he’s better than people think, he is still nowhere near Joe Johnson.

Team Trajectory: Rising

The Nets organization wants more than an embarrassing team. They made big acquisitions this offseason that will result in a much better team, and will most likely keep moving forward and ultimately try to reach the final destination: an NBA Championship. However, they don’t want to get too far ahead of themselves yet. Right now, they’re playoff bound, maybe not much farther.

Projected Record: 47-35



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