Yesterday I began a journey I’ll be taking over the next three weeks, going through all 30 NBA teams and bringing you a preview of what is to come of the 82-game season. NBA Team Trigger will hopefully be a reflection of what the NBA looks like in April.
Last Season: 38-44 (projected wins at 41.5) and 8th seed (lost to Atlanta in 6 games)
Key Additions: Andrea Bargnani, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (rookie)
Key Losses: Deron Williams, Mason Plumlee, Mirza Teletovic
2015-16 Vegas: 28.5 projected wins and 250:1 odds to win NBA Championship
The big deal is losing Deron Williams.. Or is it? I look at Deron Williams, and his better days are behind him. He was traded midseason from the Jazz to the New Jersey Nets. As the story would go, the team would relocate to Brooklyn. Not only would the team leave New Jersey behind, but Deron left his talents behind. Williams went from 18.0 PPG and 10.8 APG in New Jersey, to 15.4 PPG and 6.8 APG at the Barclay’s.
Mason Plumlee is an interesting player to trade. He was a former 1st-round draft pick out of Duke University, who was always playing in the shadow of oft-injured Brook Lopez. In the little exposure he had with Brooklyn in his two year tenure, he was able to rack up 8.1 PPG and 5.4 RPG in less than 20 minutes per game. Doesn’t seem too special, does it? Except he improved from his rookie year to his sophomore year, along with going from 22 games started to 45. It was evident that Plumlee was making strides, and then they trade, perhaps, a centerpiece for a future.
I had to dig deep to find a key addition to see what Brooklyn added in the free agency period. Andrea Bargnani, how big of a plus is that to this team? Brooklyn’s done nothing for this team. How can I expect them to get back to the playoffs, and I say that with the weak Eastern Conference. Deron Williams, despite his prime years being up, still needs to be replaced. They failed to do so, as they’ve got Jarrett Jack and Shane Larkin. YIKES!
So what is this team? Well, it has Brook Lopez, who is hot when he’s in the game, but hasn’t been able to partake in 75 games since back in the 2010-2011 season, which he played the entire 82-game schedule. It has Thaddeus Young! Um… And Joe Johnson’s contract.
Do I see this as a playoff contender once again? LOL No… I think Vegas is pretty close to the record Brooklyn will have. They are late-twenties, early-thirties when it comes to wins this season. It can be a throwaway year, and hope to get a great point guard in the draft lottery.
What do you think the Nets can do this season? Let me know in the comments below your expectations!