Key Additions: Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Andrei Kirilenko, Andray
Blatche, Jason Terry, and Jason Kidd
Key Departures: Nets draft future for the next five years
Never has there been a better example of a team being built to win now. Mikhail Prokhorov has used his extremely deep pockets to make the biggest moves in the free agent market this off season. Bringing in so many veteran players with playoff and championship pedigree makes the Brooklyn Nets immediate contenders.
All of these key pieces being added will put a massive ammount of pressure on the coach to make them fit together into a cohesive unit. Jason Kidd, a long time veteran point guard, is in his first year as a head coach. It will be very interesting to watch him navigate this team with all of it's huge egos and personalities. It is plain that the Nets are in championship
or bust mode here but, as was evident with the Miami Heat in their first year, sometimes it takes time to get everything figured out.
Last season made the Nets a legitimate power in the East and this season should only cement that further. Deron Williams looked to have returned to his premier point guard status in the second half of last season. With Williams running the point, Garnet and Lopez for size and rebounding, and Johnson and Pierce looking to shoot from the perimeter and create off the dribbble, this team will put up some serious points. Getting last years fourth most valuable defender in Garnett will seriously aid this team on the defensive end making them a tough contender as long as the Jason Kidd experiment turns out well and he doesnt clash with the strong personality of Garnett.