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The Nets have a number of issues to address during the 2012-13 season. Fortunately, beside the Miami Heat, so do all the other top teams in the Eastern Conference.
The Boston Celtics top three scorers—Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry are all well beyond 30-years-old. Consequently, the Celts will sacrifice some regular season wins to rest these three key players for the playoffs.
The New York Knicks have an anemic offensive backcourt, chemistry issues, and key players with questionable health (Stoudemire, back; Shumpert, knee).
Former 50-win squads like the Atlanta Hawks and Orlando Magic both lost their best players in the offseason. Without Dwight Howard, the Magic are a lottery team, and the Hawks loss of their best scorer in Johnson means they will only be a few games above .500 next season.
The Indiana Pacers are still without a legitimate number one scoring option, which will be a problem that prevents them from winning any more than 50 to 52 games next season. They will be the Nets' biggest threat to the third seed in the Eastern Conference next year.
All things considered, the Nets are in good stead compared to these teams. While they may have some chemistry issues the first two months, once they gel, they will be an offensive dynamo and a 50 win team by April.
That win total should be good for the third or fourth seed in the Eastern Conference.