The Brooklyn Nets tried their best to get valuable starters in the 2016 offseason but settled for Jeremy Lin in free agency. In their latest prediction article, ESPN ranks Lin’s Nets as the worst team in the East and expected the Cleveland Cavalier to once again rule the conference.
The Nets signed Lin to a three-year deal worth $36 million and attempted to acquire Tyler Johnson and Allen Crabbe with offer sheets of huge contracts. However, the Miami Heat and Portland Trail Blazers, respectively, matched the offers and retained their restricted free agents.
Here’s ESPN team standings prediction for next season for the Eastern Conference:
1. Cavs – 57-25
2. Celtics – 51-31
3. Raptors – 51-31
4. Pistons – 45-37
5. Pacers – 45-37
6. Hawks – 44-38
7. Hornets – 43-49
8. Wizards – 41-41
9. Knicks – 40-42
10. Bulls – 40-42
11. Bucks – 39-43
12. Heat – 36-46
13. Magic – 35-47
14. Sixers – 20-62
15. Nets – 20-62
The Nets will enter the new NBA season with just two starting quality players in center Brook Lopez and Jeremy Lin. Expected to start at the forwards spot in Brooklyn are Trevor Booker and Bojan Bogdanovic with Rondae Hollis-Jefferson at the shooting guard spot.
The Nets have some depth at the PG spot with free agent signings Greivis Vasquez and Randy Foye. However, it looks like they are not good enough to battle for a playoff spot in the competitive Eastern Conference next season.
“Despite mainstay Brook Lopez and Linsanity hitting Brooklyn, the Nets are projected to drop a win, according to our panel. The Nets had the second-worst defensive efficiency last season, and offensive-minded additions like Lin, Luis Scola and Greivis Vasquez aren’t going to help matters,” the article speculated about the Nets’ performance for the new NBA season.
The Nets went 21-61 last season for second-worst record in the East. The ESPN prediction has them winning just 20 wins in the 2016-2017 NBA Season.
Did Jeremy Lin make the correct decision in joining the lowly Brooklyn Nets in the 2016 offseason? Or will the Asian-American guard prove that he can lead this team to success next season?
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