At point guard Deron Williams, shooting guard Joe Johnson, small forward Paul Pierce, power forward Kevin Garnett and at center Brook Lopez. Now that's a line-up that could challenge for the 2013-14 NBA title.
With the likes of Andray Blatche, Reggie Evans, Shaun Livingston, Jason Terry, and Andrei Kirilenko in the bench, the Nets could be considered the team with the deepest bench in the league.
Kicked off in the firts round of the 2013 playoffs by the Chicago Bulls there was something the Nets lacked. A power forward that could dominate the boards and that could provide some scoring on the offensive end. Reggie Evans did well on the boards, but his 4.6 ppg in the playoffs didn't help the Nets' cause.
In comes Garnett who always shines when it counts, and even though he was slowed by age managed to keep a 12.7 ppg average in last year's playoffs.
Last year's small forward, Gerald Wallace didn't fare too well. Lacking in confidence he only managed 7.7 ppg throughout the season, and 12.0 ppg during the playoffs. This year his place will be taken by Pierce who managed 21.8 ppg during the regular season and 19.2 ppg during the playoffs.
That should boost the Nets' offense for the upcoming season. Perhaps something that is being overlooked is the leadership that Pierce and Garnett will bring to this team. Garnett pretty much was the leader at the Minnesotta Timberwolves during his time there, while Pierce could be considered a Boston Celtics' leader during his period there as well. They also won a title together at Boston, which should bring experience to a perhaps young team.
Coming off the bench to relieve Williams there will be Shaun Livingston who played well for the Cleveland Cavaliers last season averaging 7.2 ppg and 3.6 apg coming off the bench. Blatche and Evans will relieve Garnett and Lopez after the good season they had last year.
Pierce will be relieve by Kirilenko who averaged 12.4 ppg and 5.7 rpg last year with the Timberwolves. Jason Terry, who is able to play both guard positions, and is a former sixth man of the year in 2009 should also provide a boost to the offense. He averaged .372% from beyond the arch last year, and could be another threat alongside Joe Johnson from three point land.
Watch out league, there's a new title contender being formed in the East. That new contender is based in Brooklyn and is called Nets. Is this a team that can compete with the Miami Heat? We will see with time.
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