ESPN released their Eastern Conference forecast for this season and predicts Brooklyn will finish 12th in the East with a 30-52 record.
The only teams ranked behind the Nets are Orlando, the Knicks, and the 76ers. The forecast has the final playoff spot going to Boston with a 40-42 record.
The horror! This is scary, especially because ESPN has a habit of coming very close, or flat out nailing these on the head of late. Are the Nets really this bad? Despite being very thin at the point guard position, I have a hard time believing they'll be this bad. Maybe I'm wrong. I do tend to get more optimistic about this club in the summer, but this reads like a worst case scenario.
Now, maybe a worst case scenario is exactly what we're in for. The specter of Brook Lopez's foot always looms over the Nets, and their success after Thad Young came over was a relatively-small sample size. But if Jarrett Jack can be even close to serviceable, I have to think Brooklyn will hang around the eighth spot once again this season. Finishing 10 games back of a playoff spot seems drastic.