After making the postseason with a 38-44 record in 2014/15, the Nets fell out of contention last season, finishing with a 21-61 mark, the team’s worst showing since its 12-win season in New Jersey in 2009/10. However, while most fans and pundits expect the Nets to be among the league’s worst teams this year, at least one Brooklyn player is optimistic about the club’s chances of returning to the playoffs.
Bojan Bogdanovic, who is coming off an impressive Olympic performance in Rio and is expected to be one of the Nets’ primary scorers in 2016/17, tells Brian Lewis of The New York Post that he believes the team is capable of earning a spot in the postseason.
“They can write what they want,” Bogdanovic said. “But we’re going to work hard to give it our best. When we get in a game, we have a chance to beat anybody. It’s going to be tough, but if we play like we practice, we have a chance.”
Last year’s eight Eastern Conference playoff teams are all expected to be in the conversation once again, and lottery clubs like the Bulls, Wizards, Magic, Bucks, and Knicks also hope to contend for one of the top eight seeds. Even the Sixers added plenty of talent in the offseason and look like they have a chance to get out of the Eastern Conference cellar.
So, today’s poll won’t ask whether or not the Nets will make the playoffs this year — the response to that question would likely be overwhelmingly one-sided. Instead, we’ll ask how long it will take Brooklyn to get back to the postseason. Without their own first-round picks in either of the next two years, will it take longer than three years for the Nets to make it? Longer than five? How long do you expect the rebuild to last in Brooklyn?
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