The Brooklyn Nets roster is deep. They've managed to slap together a very strong bench, a particularly offensive one, an improved defensive one over last year and one with decades of experience.
And that's not mentioning the best starting five in Nets uniforms since at least the Jason Kidd days a decade ago, or dare I say it...ever?
The Brooklyn Nets are going to be good; they will have a winning record; they will make the playoffs.
Only a crazy person would make such bold predictions but a year ago. Things have changed.
A satisfied Deron Williams, a confident Joe Johnson, a settled Gerald Wallace, a single Kris Humphries and a healthy Brook Lopez have made the Nets a team to contend with.
But it doesn't stop there. For all the billions Mr. Prokhorov has to throw around (and he did throw around a few million), this is one of the more wisely and frugally put together benches in the league.
Even the relatively slight overpayments to retain starters Kris Humphries and Gerald Wallace,and to corner newcomer Joe Johnson, were not egregious and wholly necessary. The Nets were done without them, and likely for a another long time.
Here's a run down of the 2012-13 Brooklyn Nets roster, via the depth chart.