2013 Result: 49-33 (4th East seed), lost in Conference Quarterfinals to Chicago
The Nets are going for it all this season. The first season of their franchise re-do in Brooklyn went decently well with a 49-win season and a playoff berth, but they also fired coach Avery Johnson midseason and embarrassingly lost in the first round to a weakened Bulls team. But they have just agreed to a huge trade which will bring in Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Jason Terry from the Celtics in exchange for Kris Humphries, Reggie Evans, Gerald Wallace, Tornike Shengelia, Keith Bogans, Kris Joseph, and three first-round picks. The Nets starting lineup is now Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Brook Lopez, with Andray Blatche and Terry to come off the bench. The entire starting five are All-Star caliber players. Now the question is coaching. Former Net Jason Kidd is the new coach. He was always a strong leader as a player, but making a player coach just weeks after his retirement is nearly unheard of. It’s anyone’s guess how it’ll go over this year with a star-studded roster taking orders from basically another player. But with this roster, it’d be awfully hard to screw it up.
The Brooklyn Nets represent the New York City borough of Brooklyn in the Eastern Conference and Atlantic Division of the NBA. The Nets were founded as the New Jersey Americans in 1967 and a season later they relocated to New York, becoming the New York Nets. Soon after joining the NBA in 1976, the Nets once again relocated to New Jersey where they would stay until 2012. The 2012-13 NBA season was the Nets’ first season in Brooklyn and the newly built Barclays Center, which also just hosted the 2013 NBA Draft. In their history in the NBA, the Nets have claimed 4 Division titles, 2 Conference titles, but are still waiting for their first Championship and hadn’t made the playoffs since 2007 until this year. Some of the greatest players to ever wear the Nets’ jersey include Julius Erving, now-coach Jason Kidd, Buck Williams, and Vince Carter.