Brooklyn Nets: Way-too-early Eastern Conference standings predictions

Spencer Dinwiddie Brooklyn Nets (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
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#15) Charlotte Hornets

This is a fan base that deserves betters, it’s been a tumultuous ride since the inauguration of the then-Bobcats back in the 2004-05 season.

The team has made the playoffs three times in that stretch and have never passed the 50-win threshold—and bypassing that barrier does not look like it’s on the horizon.

For one, they’re stuck in the confines of a salary cap nightmare, this has been an organization that is unafraid of handing out albatross contracts.

Here are 5 examples of contracts on the books for the upcoming season:

Payroll Table
Sala Sala Sala
Player Age 2019-20 2020-21 2021-22
Nicolas Batum 30 $25,565,217 $27,130,434
Bismack Biyombo 26 $17,000,000
Marvin Williams 33 $15,006,250
Cody Zeller 26 $14,471,910 $15,415,730
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist 25 $13,000,000

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Generated 7/18/2019.

They lost their franchise cornerstone, Kemba Walker, despite having the luxury of offering him the supermax—which he turned down to head to Boston.

With Walker’s absence, this is a team without an identity. They added in Terry Rozier via a sign-and-trade but grossly overpaid him, which is the norm for this organization. Tony Parker retired, Kaminsky is a Sun, and Jeremy Lamb went to the Pacers. In 2018/19 they were just two wins away from a playoff berth if they get anywhere near that this season—James Borrego deserves a COY nod.

2019/20 Season record: 19-63