The tables of fortune have turned for the Brooklyn Nets, no longer resigned to NBA purgatory. Now they are legitimate contenders in the East.
Far too long have the Brooklyn Nets struggled. Heck, it goes further than that. Be it in New Jersey or Brooklyn, the Nets have not gone past the second round of the playoffs since the 2002-03 season, missing the playoffs completely in eight of the subsequent 16 years.
From poor management to bad trades, the team has suffered since the passing of the Jason Kidd era. Led by general manager Sean Marks and head coach Kenny Atkinson, there has been a culture shift in Brooklyn.
Five years of losing seasons came to an abrupt end when the Nets made the playoff’s this past season. Led by D’Angelo Russell, Caris LeVert and Spencer Dinwiddie the team finished with 42 wins and the sixth spot in the Eastern Conference.
Joe Harris has begun to receive the recognition he is due, having posted career highs in points, rebounds and assists per game all whilst shooting an absurd 47.4 percent from three. The shining example of the player development Kenny Atkinson provides, even making the Team USA roster for the FIBA World Cup.
Following such a great season, the Nets continued to impress by landing two of the biggest names in the NBA during free agency. Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant, two stellar players joining forces in Brooklyn to further increase the buzz around the city. Granted, Kyrie comes with the baggage of a failed season with the Boston Celtics while Durant will miss the season — most likely — due to the injury sustained in the NBA Finals.
The Nets didn’t stop there though, moving to secure DeAndre Jordan as their third statement signing. Jordan brings added competition for Jarrett Allen and helps shore up the team at a position of weakness, they are, however, still one center short.
Moving closer to the new season brings excitement, something this team has had in short supply over recent years.
After a jam-packed offseason, Brooklyn Nets fans enter next year with high hopes. With that being said, here are three things we may want, but likely won’t get this upcoming NBA season.
Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, DeAndre Jordan, and a returning cast nearly identical to last year’s playoff-bound squad? Now that’s something to get excited about. Heading into the 2019-2020 NBA season, Brooklyn Nets fans certainly deserve every right to emerge from their Billy King induced hangovers and explode with enthusiasm as they gear up for a campaign certain to usher in a new age for the team.
However, pushing that excitement to an extent beyond reason stands as a potential mistake for the Nets fans, as reality awaits its chance to ambush them and potentially blanket the borough with disappointment.
To combat this, shining a spotlight upon any expectations too daring stands as a strategy necessary to avoid said disappointment. With all that noted, here are 3 things Nets fans may want to happen next year, but most likely will not.