Are The Brooklyn Nets A Legitimate NBA Title Threat Now That They’re Trading For Kevin Garnett & Paul Pierce?
The Brooklyn Nets want to win an NBA title. They want to win one really, really, really badly. How do we know? Well, just look at some of the moves they’ve made in the last year or so. After re-signing Deron Williams to a max deal last summer, the Nets made a trade with the Atlanta Hawks for Joe Johnson, who has a very large contract. Then, after their 2012-13 NBA season didn’t get off to a great start, they fired their head coach Avery Johnson. They also fired their interim coach P.J. Carlesimo after the Nets got bounced out of the 2013 NBA Playoffs by the Chicago Bulls and hired Jason Kidd to replace him. And finally, they made an all-in play to win the 2014 NBA championship recently when they made a blockbuster deal with the Boston Celtics that helped them acquire Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. Basically, they’re built to win a title now.
But are they a legitimate threat to win the ‘chip next year? Logic tells us that they are not going to do it. Even though they have a lot of the pieces that are necessary to win a title, the Nets have absolutely no chemistry at the moment. And if we’ve learned anything from the Miami Heat and the Los Angeles Lakers over the course of the last few years, it’s that you can’t just slap a bunch of great players together on the same team and expect them to win immediately. It takes time for teams to come together and, frankly, that’s a luxury that the Nets just do not have right now. With KG and Pierce both getting up there in age, they need to get off to a hot start in October, and we just don’t see it happening.
Another big factor in all of this is the presence of first-time head coach Kidd. He was literally just playing in the NBA a couple of months ago and knows next to nothing about coaching a team. So we think he’s going to have his fair share of struggles during his first season with the team. He’s going to need to gain some experience during the regular season—a lot of experience—so that the Nets are ready to go all-out once the playoffs start. It’s not an ideal situation for him and, if the Nets start off cold, he’s going to have the weight of the world on his shoulders. Things are going to get tough.
Overall, we love what the Nets are doing. They’re making a strong play for a title, and we can appreciate the fact that they’re doing whatever it takes to improve in the offseason. But with the Heat, Bulls, and even the New York Knicks returning solid squads in the NBA’s Eastern Conference next season, we don’t see the Nets winning a title. If they’re able to keep guys healthy and gel as a unit, they might be able to do it in 2015. But those are two big ifs.
So we’re sorry, Brooklyn. But we’re not betting on you right now.