Where do the Nets stand in the east?
The Eastern Conference is stronger than of year’s past—which is essentially the case due to having an 8th seed looming around .500 (a rarety in this conference). The top seeds in the east all are formidable foes; Milwaukee, Philadelphia, Boston, Toronto, and Indiana.
It’s going to be difficult for the Nets to scratch a 50-win campaign, having three teams within their own division of those aforementioned organizations won’t make things any easier.
However, this is a team that won 42 games last season; going 34-22 in their final 56 contests (which would be good for a 50-win season projected over an 82-game span). And their roster did improve, they got an established superstar entering opening night of the 2019/20 season in Kyrie Irving and plenty of depth to boot.
Chances are they don’t take their division and one of the top seeds in the east, but that shouldn’t necessarily be the expectation this season. A season concluding within the 45-50-win ballpark sounds the most reasonable—maybe even a playoff series win, who knows.