The Nets have pulled off some huge moves and subsequent signings this offseason, and they are now one of the top five NBA odds favorites for the 2014 Title. Can they now compete with the impressive arsenal they have amassed?
In their first season in Brooklyn, the Nets made the playoffs, but lost in seven games to the Bulls in the first round of the playoffs. They finished 52-37 SU this season including the postseason, and went 43-43-3 ATS on the year as well. They were a great defensive unit, averaging 95 OPPG, but they struggled defending the perimeter, as their opponents shot 37% from the three-point line.
Their scoring was also kind of inconsistent at times, and they would go into deep scoring droughts during the season. They finished the year averaging only 97 points per game, good enough for 17th in the NBA. This season however, a lot of those concerns have been addressed, after one of the biggest trades the NBA has seen in the last few seasons.
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The Nets traded three first round draft picks, Marshon Brooks, Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries and Keith Bogans to the Celtics for Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry. The Nets are the Eastern Conference’s version of the Lakers at this time last offseason, and it remains to be seen whether or not they will be subsequently overvalued because of it.
On top of the now stellar starting five of Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Pierce, Garnett and Brook Lopez, the Nets have been doing some work on their bench. They resigned Andray Blatche, drafted Mason Plumlee, and signed veterans Shaun Livingston and Andrei Kirilenko. These guys will combine with Terry and Reggie Evans to round out a damn good bench, with a ton of defensive upside.
The Nets will likely be one of the top three of four teams in the East this season, but Miami, Chicago and Indiana should not be taken lightly. This collection of veterans is impressive, but they have an average age among the starting five -and the entire team- of around 32 years old. If it wasn’t for Lopez (who has his injury history) this unit would look even older. The Nets could be the next version of the 2008 Celtics, or they could be the 2012-2013 Lakers all over again.
The Nets are +1000 right now to win the NBA title. These NBA odds are courtesy of Bet365 sportsbook, and only two teams have better odds than the Nets: the Heat and Thunder. Tied with Brooklyn are the Bulls and the Rockets, who are also both at 10/1 at Bet365.
It won’t be easy for the Nets, as they are still well behind the Miami Heat in the East, and probably Chicago as well. If they can stay healthy, they have a shot at being in the Eastern Conference Finals to face the Heat. However those are big ‘ifs’ for an aging roster wanting to play 100 games next season.
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