When Sean Marks took over as GM of the Nets two years ago, the outlook was bleak and optimism low. The team had been rinsed of its draft picks for four years thanks to that fateful trade with the Celtics and were one of the worst teams in the league.
Normally, hope exists for all teams, no matter how putrid the on-court product is because at least losing contributes to the chance of drafting a star in the next draft. The Nets, of course, have been devoid of that hope which compounds the losing.
But this season, head coach Kenny Atkinson has earned plaudits, as well as the front office, for making the best they can with what they have. The team has improved, which is all Atkinson is looking for at this stage of the rebuild...