Back on July 1, Deron Williams became a free-agent and literally held the short-term future of the Brooklyn Nets' franchise in the palm of his hands. With the simple stroke of a pen, he could have joined the Dallas Mavericks and left Brooklyn and the Barclays Center without a true franchise player, and that probably would have been true even if the Nets still managed to pull off the trade for Joe Johnson.
But now, that seems like it was such a long time ago.
After recently coming to agreements with both Josh Childress and Andray Blatche, the Nets now boast a roster that is fairly complete and pretty talented. Have a look at the depth chart:
PG: Deron Williams / C.J. Watson
SG: Joe Johnson / MarShon Brooks
SF: Gerald Wallace / Josh Childress
PF: Kris Humphries / Reggie Evans
C: Brook Lopez / Andray Blatche
And with role players such as Mirza Teletovic, Keith Bogans, and Jerry Stackhouse, this team has at least a decent amount of talent and should be able to fight for top-four seed in the conference.
How many games do you see the Nets winning this season?
At the end of the day, based on their roster, I'd expect the Nets to finish with at least 43-44 wins. Point guard depth and rebounding are two of the most important things for a winning basketball team to possess and I think the Nets are covered in both of those areas. Watson hasn't gotten anywhere near the credit he deserves for helping the Bulls to the league's best record last season, and with Williams, should give the Nets good playmaking at the "1" spot.
In terms of rebounding the basketball, Lopez obviously leaves something to be desired, but Wallace, Humphries, and Evans are all above average rebounders at their positions.