We witnessed an extremely entertaining summer in the NBA full of teams reloading and, in some cases, completely remodeling. The Nets may have missed out on Dwight Howard, but they managed to upgrade their roster to the point where it’s hard to imagine that they won’t be highly competitive in 2012/13.
With all due respect to the duo of Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash, General Manager Billy King paired Deron Williams with Joe Johnson to form what may be the best backcourt in the Association. Gerald Wallace surprised many by opting out of his $9.5MM player option for next season, but the Nets managed to retain him with a four-year, $40MM pact. Kris Humphries is back to anchor the power forward slot and perhaps the biggest difference maker for the club will be the return of a healthy Brook Lopez at the five. The formidable starting lineup will be supported by overseas import Mirza Teletovic and MarShon Brooks, who was a badly-needed bright spot for the Nets in his rookie campaign.
It’s probably safe to say that the Nets will top their .333 winning percentage of last season, but how many wins will they notch?