Updated: May 26
It feels like going into the 2020 season that the Nets are somewhat of a dark horse team. However, they should be the favorites in the East. People don't know how good the Nets will be when fully healthy.
Kevin Durant missed the 2019-2020 season due to injury. When healthy, Durant is a four time scoring champ and consistently puts up 50-40-90 numbers. The affect that Durant will have will make the Nets instantly contenders.
The Nets finished 7th in the Eastern Conference with Kyrie Irving missing 26 of those games due to injury. During the games that Kyrie was healthy he averaged 27 points, 6 assists, and 5 rebounds.
Uncle Drew may not be able to lead a team single handedly, but he is a great supporting actor.
Look how he did with LeBron, they won a championship.
The point is that Kyrie needs Kevin Durant to succeed, just like how he needed LeBron. Kyrie went to the Celtics partly because he did not want to be in LeBron's shadow.
Unfortunately, the NBA is too competitive for Kyrie to win a championship by himself. Nowadays, every team is made of a dynamic duo or a super team.
The Warriors have Steph and Klay, the Lakers have LeBron and AD, the Rockets have Harden and Westbrook, the Clippers have Paul George and Kawhi, the Bucks have Giannis and Middleton, and etc.
The difference that the Nets have is their depth.
Spencer Dinwiddie (backup point guard) almost made the All-Star team while being the starting point guard with Kyrie injured, averaging 20 points and 7 assists.
Caris LeVert (starting small forward) averaged 18 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists; including a 50 point game versus the Celtics.
The Nets also acquired former All-Star center Deandre Jordan last year from the Knicks who averaged a double-double while being on the bench for most of the season.
Not to mention, Jarrett Allen (backup center) who also averaged a double-double as well as Three-point contest champion Joe Harris (backup small forward)
The Nets have all the pieces to win the East, the only problem may be the chemistry. The Nets fired their head coach Kenny Atkinson in the middle of the season due to chemistry issues with some of the players. The hope is that their new head coach Jacque Vaughn can help the Nets get to the finals.
The last time the Nets made a super team, was with Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Jason Terry; That did not end well. They wasted draft picks and never got past the second-round.
This time is different though, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving are once in a generation players that are in their prime. They have the ability to lead the Nets past the Bucks and to the finals, perhaps sparking a dynasty in Brooklyn.