The real building will come from Marks. As noted above, a lot of the Nets’ past moves have come through trades and the draft. Some have even come from combining the two in some spectacular draft day moves.
With Boston still reaping in the benefits of the 2013 deal, it’s going to take great scouting and savvy maneuvering to get high-level talent to Brooklyn in the next couple of years.
Marks and Atkinson have their work cut out for them. But if they want this team to be successful in the long-run, taking a couple of clues from the past should help guide this team back to the top of the Eastern Conference sooner than later.