The 2012-13 Brooklyn Nets are loaded with talent, but where do they rank among the franchise’s most star-studded teams?
Expectations were high for this year’s squad, and rightfully so. The buzz created by a new state-of-the-art arena, a new city and a fresh look gave long-suffering Nets fans a reason to be optimistic.
Russian owner Mikhail Prokhorov, the 69th richest man in the world according to Forbes Magazine, spent a combined $227 million on multi-year contracts for Deron Williams, Joe Johnson and Gerald Wallace in the offseason (via HoopsWorld.com). In pairing Johnson, a six-time All-Star, with superstar point guard D-Will, general manager Billy King has created one of the most talented backcourts in franchise history.
The revamped roster has already accounted for 38 wins this season, making the final years in New Jersey seem like a distant memory. It appears the Nets are once again playoff bound, but will merely reaching the postseason be enough for this year’s team to measure up?
Please Note: With apologies to Julius Irving, this ranked list only includes teams from the post-1976 ABA-NBA merger. The original source of all the statistics used in this article, unless stated otherwise, is Basketball-Reference.com.