Critical Flaws Preventing Brooklyn Nets from Becoming Real Title Contenders

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Critical Flaws Preventing Brooklyn Nets from Becoming Real Title Contenders
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The Brooklyn Nets have a ways to go before catching up with other title contenders

Whether the Brooklyn Nets get past the Chicago Bulls or not, they are far from being real title contenders and not too close to being Eastern Conference contenders, either.

The Nets have critical flaws that, unless addressed, will keep Brooklyn a perpetual also-ran—though admittedly a much better one than usual—through 2015-16.

That’s the contract length of no fewer than four members of the Nets’ starting five (Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Brook Lopez and Gerald Wallace), per basketball-reference.com.

And with the size of those contracts, Brooklyn is pretty much stuck with what it’s got.

For the most part, any improvement in the Nets’ game is going to have to come from within. It’s possible. There is talent.

P.J. Carlesimo, or whoever will be in charge over the next few years, will have to force some adjusted play on this roster, molding it into a championship squad.

Until then, “Lopez’s putback gives Brooklyn the series over Miami!” is not something we’ll be hearing anytime soon.

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