2012/13 NBA Team Rankings & Previews: #9 Brooklyn Nets

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#9 – Brooklyn Nets

2011/12 Record: 22-44, no playoffs

2012/13 Projected Record: 48-34, playoffs  


Key Additions:

C.J. Watson – Point Guard
Joe Johnson – Shooting Guard
Josh Childress – Small Forward
Reggie Evans – Power Forward
Andray Blatche – Center

Key Departures:

Anthony Morrow – Shooting Guard
Shelden Williams – Power Forward
DeShawn Stevenson – Shooting Guard
Johan Petro – Center
Jordan Farmar – Point Guard
Sundiata Gaines – Shooting Guard
Gerald Green – Small Forward

Depth Chart:

Point Guard: Deron Williams, C.J. Watson
Shooting Guard: Joe Johnson, MarShon Brooks
Small Forward: Gerald Wallace, Josh Childress
Power Forward: Kris Humphries, Reggie Evans
Center: Brook Lopez, Andray Blatche

The X Factor:

Brook Lopez

You can’t win an NBA title without an elilte big man.  Can Brook Lopez fill that role for the Nets?  Can he like, maybe, grab a rebound once in a while?


Summary: 
 

After going 22-44 last year, the Nets are poised for a huge turnaround this year.  They are extremely talented, have nice depth, and will be going into the season on a high due to their new zip code.  If they can stay healthy (which was a huge ‘if’ last season), they will be one of the top teams in the East this year.  But a title contender?  Not yet.

NBA Preseason Power Rankings

#10 – Memphis Grizzlies
#11 – Philadelphia 76ers
#12 – Minnesota Timberwolves
#13 – Dallas Mavericks
#14 - New York Knicks
#15 - Atlanta Hawks
#16 - Chicago Bulls
#17 - Utah Jazz
#18 - Golden State Warriors
#19 - Portland Trailblazers
#20 - Milwaukee Bucks
#21 - Cleveland Cavaliers
#22 - New Orleans Hornets
#23 - Washington Wizards
#24 - Toronto Raptors
#25 - Sacramento Kings
#26 - Phoenix Suns
#27 - Houston Rockets
#28 - Detroit Pistons
#29 - Orlando Magic
#30 - Charlotte Bobcats

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