#5) Brooklyn Nets
What’s transpired in Brooklyn is a true testament to the remarkable job that Sean Marks, Trajan Langdon (you’ll be missed), Kenny Atkinson, and company have done in turning around the fortunes of this franchise in what really was a surprisingly short span.
This offseason has been nothing short of incredible for the Nets organization, landing Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving instantly propel them near the top of the NBA hierarchy.
However, one half of that superstar tandem is likely to miss either a vast majority or the entirety of the 2019/20 season—this team is now heavily dependent on Kyrie Irving.
They got depth, Irving might even have an emerging co-star in Caris LeVert, who if stays healthy, maybe is in line for a breakout campaign. There’s going to be growing pains, this roster has to get acclimated with each other and Atkinson and his coaching staff has to find a rotation/system that best suits their personnel.
But with the talent at hand—even without KD—that’s very doable. The Nets lost key members of their “bench mob”, but the new faces will be able to hold their own. This is going to be a really fun team to watch, claiming a 5th seed is easily in the realm of possibility for Brooklyn.