The Brooklyn Nets will go into the season as a completely new team, and not just because of the new logo, location or stadium, but also because they revamped their roster.
The Nets were plagued with injuries last season and had another awful year, finishing just 22-44. This year, the team was extremely busy over the summer, making moves to re-sign Deron Williams, Brook Lopez, Gerald Wallace and Kris Humphries, and acquiring Joe Johnson, Mirza Teletovic, C.J Watson, Andray Blatche and others.
With all these new players and a fresh new image, a lot of people have already said the Nets could potentially be a top 4 seed in the East and possibly even contend for a title. While that idea may be conceivable, a lot would have to go right for this team to go anywhere this year. They made a lot of risks, and if things don't go exactly as planned, the team could end up suffering a first-round playoff exit or not even making the playoffs at all.
I'm not sure how many Nets fans follow baseball, but take the 2012 Miami Marlins as an example. They had a new stadium, a new logo and went on a spending spree to get some new nice free agents. How did that turn out? They're now finishing the season last in their division, and the same exact thing could happen to the Nets.
Now, here are just five of the obstacles the team will have to face in order to succeed this season.