With the New Jersey Nets winning only 10 of their first 35 games, it would be bold to predict that they would even go .500 for the rest of the season.
I predict they will go 20-11 after the break. How's that?
From an outsider looking in or the occasional NBA fan who only looks at the Nets 10-25 record, it is easy to label this team as one of the worst in the league. But, if that same fan looked at New Jersey's injury report throughout the season, along with almost an entirely new roster, they could find some explanation behind all the losing.
The Nets have been the most injured team in the league to this point, which in turn forced Avery Johnson to play 19 different starting lineups.
The most significant injury New Jersey had to deal with was their center, Brook Lopez. Lopez, who the team's offense was built around, was lost in the preseason and has appeared in only two games up to this point.
The Nets have also lost three players for the season. Starting small forward Damion James, Keith Bogans and Shawne Williams.
Despite three players gone, New Jersey is getting healthy, at least healthier, and are finally looking to gain some consistency as they settle on a starting lineup of Deron Williams, MarShon Brooks, DeShawn Stevenson, Kris Humphries and Brook Lopez.
Here are 10 more bold predictions for the New Jersey Nets.