STAYING: Bojan Bogdanovic, Markel Brown, Jarrett Jack, Joe Johnson, Sergey Karasev, Brook Lopez and Thaddeus Young.
ADDED: Andrea Bargnani (New York), Ryan Boatright (Connecticut), Chris Daniels (Guangdong Southern Tigers), Wayne Ellington (LA Lakers), Justin Harper (Avellino), Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (Arizona), Dahntay Jones (LA Clippers), Shane Larkin (New York), Chris McCullough (Syracuse), Quincy Miller (Detroit), Willie Reed (Metros de Santiago), Thomas Robinson (Philadelphia) and Donald Sloan (Indiana).
GONE: Alan Anderson (Washington), Earl Clark (Free Agent), Cory Jefferson (Phoenix), Jerome Jordan (Free Agent), Darius Morris (Free Agent), Mason Plumlee (Portland), Mirza Teletovic (Phoenix) and Deron Williams (Dallas).
STRENGTHS: At his best, Brook Lopez is one of the top offensive big men in the NBA … Feathery touch around the rim and from mid-range … After many years dealing with injuries, he’s healthy now, which is terrific news for Brooklyn … Good, productive and professional vets in Joe Johnson, Thaddeus Young and Jarrett Jack … Croatian shooter Bojan Bogdanovic was more than decent in his rookie year and will get a bigger chance to shine now.
WEAKNESSES: Shortage of talent … If Nets teams full of big-name players couldn’t get it done, what can you expect from this squad? … They need many guys to overachieve in order to be competitive in the Eastern Conference … No star power and very little depth … Unproven players will have to play significant roles … While head coach Lionel Hollins is a taskmaster that will demand effort, Brooklyn just doesn’t have great defenders or rebounders … Rim protection will be an issue … Not much athleticism … Don’t expect them to get many easy baskets in the open court … They were third-worst in fast-break points last season … In terms of passing skills, they are mediocre at best.
PREDICTION: 4th in the Atlantic Division / 13th in the Eastern Conference.