The Brooklyn Nets squeaked their way into the post season last season at 38-44. That was good enough for the 8th seed in the Eastern Conference. They drew the Atlanta Hawks in the 1st round of the NBA Playoffs. They won 2 games against the Atlanta Hawks but were ultimately defeated 4-2.
They traded away their athletic backup center, Mason Plumlee, for the Trail Blazers 23rd pick, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson. Nets also traded away Pat Connaughton in that same trade and acquired veteran point guard Steve Blake as well. Nets later traded Steve Blake to the Detroit Pistons for the non-guaranteed contract of Quincy Miller. Brooklyn has other young talent like #29 pick Chris McCullough and center Willie Reed.
The Nets will have a new starting point guard for next season as Jarrett Jack will presumably become the new starter after the Nets agreed to a buyout with Deron Williams (Joe Johnson approves!). As well as losing Deron Williams, Alan Anderson and Mirza Teletovic found new homes with Anderson going to the Wizards and Mirza joining the Phoenix Suns. The Nets have brought new guys over like Andrea Bargnani, Wayne Ellington, Donald Sloan and Thomas Robinson. The Nets will be competitive as they still have the trio of Brook Lopez, Thad Young, and Joe Johnson. I expect the Nets to battle with the Celtics and Pacers for the 8th seed. For the start of the season, I have the Brooklyn Nets sitting at #16 in my NBA Power Rankings. I like the intriguing young talent and the players that can compete right now.