Brooklyn made the biggest moves of the offseason prior to the 2013-14 Season, and while they stumbled out of the blocks, it’s looking like the team might finally be gelling under head coach Jason Kidd. Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry were acquired in a trade with the Celtics, while Andrei Kirilenko was picked up as a free agent after opting out of the rest of his contract in Minnesota. The most productive player this season was one that was already on the Brooklyn roster in Brook Lopez, but the big man is out for the rest of the season after foot surgery.
Right now the Nets sit in the 8th and final spot in the Eastern Conference. The 16-22 record is bad no doubt, but here are a few reasons I believe they’ll be trending upwards in the second half of the season:
- Played the 8th toughest schedule in NBA so far
- 2nd easiest schedule for rest of the season
- Won 6 of their last 7
- 21st in point per game, will definitely improve
- 16th in points allowed
- H0llinger playoff odds: 74.3%
In this instance, I have to completely agree with the Hollinger odds. The Nets have nowhere to go but up at the Barclays Center, even with the loss of Lopez. Garnett has been a complete disappointment and many have questioned Jason Kidd’s methods, but this team does have the talent to make the playoffs and maybe even upset anyone but the Heat and Pacers in the first round. I’ll give the Nets a 75% chance to make the playoffs.