The 2012-13 NBA season is just under one month away. The time for preparation is winding down and the expectations are beginning to grow larger. No longer will paper rosters determine battles, as the games are soon to begin.
So who will survive the on-court battles that are bound to ensue?
Although battered by injuries, the first place we will be looking to answer that question is the Eastern Conference. The Miami Heat are preparing to defend their crown, while the Boston Celtics are eager to make their mark with a revamped roster.
Those Beantown boys are not the only ones who have made some significant changes. Joining them are the latest sports franchise to become Brooklynites.
The Brooklyn Nets were as active as any this offseason, acquiring All-Stars and improving their roster all the way through. The question is, how much better are the Nets going to be in 2013 than they were in 2012?
Despite popular belief, this will be a tale of two seasons. The Brooklyn Nets are going to finish the year as one of the top four teams in the Eastern Conference.
Here is why.