Now that the All-Star break has come and passed it’s time for fans to turn their attention back to real basketball and in this town that means watching the Brooklyn Nets. The Nets currently sit second in the Atlantic Division with a 24-28 record, 3.5 games behind the Toronto Raptors, but I don’t see the year finishing that way. Many people predicted before the season that Brooklyn would be the team to beat in the Atlantic, and I think when the season is done they will sit atop the division.
After a very rocky 5-14 start, which saw many fans clamoring for the firing of head coach Jason Kidd this team has started to come in to its own. Their record is still not very impressive, but the division is dreadful and I don’t believe that the Raptors will continue to be an above .500 team for the rest of the year. I think the Nets are a team that is beginning to gel after the arrivals of veterans Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce this off-season were added to a roster that already included all-stars Deron Williams, Joe Johnson and Brook Lopez and Kidd is finally starting to find his way as a head coach in the NBA, which is a difficult task to perform given the roster and expectations that were put upon the team in the preseason.
The injury to Brook Lopez will keep this team from becoming a real threat to either the Indiana Pacers or the Miami Heat come playoff time, but they have the depth of talent to win the lowly Atlantic and secure a home playoff series.