Imagining where the Brooklyn Nets could be in 2021-22

Perchance Brooklyn avoid relocation and finally exit the seemingly-perpetual rebuild. But unless they completely clear house, it’s unlikely this franchise lasts until the 2030’s.

Most Realistic Scenario: 44-38, 5th in the East

This is easily the least fun option prediction. Yet, on the spectrum from near title-contender owned by LeBron and Jay-Z, to apocalyptic team with imminent relocation plans, this is the most likely scenario.

Piloted by elite coach Kenny Atkinson the Nets have made themselves a viable Eastern conference playoff threat. Moreover with lead guard D’Angelo Russell the Nets become one of the most interesting teams in the league.

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Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Caris LeVert form a terrifying two-way tandem on the wings. Jarrett Allen anchors the team on the less glamorous end, and is effective on the other side.

Brooklyn has modest cap room, lucking out by signing their starting five for now-below market deals and letting go of expensive players like DeMarre Carroll and Timofey Mozgov.

What they lack in secondary stars behind D’Angelo Russell, they make up for in complimentary pieces and that’s just fine. They’re now consistently in the middle of the pack, and with some more development could have a brighter future than said standing suggests.

If I were a bettin’ man (or legally old enough to be), I’d put my money on the 2021-2022 Nets getting to 44 wins with relative ease.

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