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The Brooklyn Nets weren't content with an early playoff exit, so they shot for the moon during the offseason.
First, they made Jason Kidd the youngest head coach in the NBA, hiring the former point guard fresh out of retirement. After that, the Nets made the blockbuster trade of the summer, swapping MarShon Brooks, Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries and a boatload of draft picks for Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry.
By drafting Mason Plumlee, re-signing Andray Blatche and adding Shaun Livingston to the roster, Brooklyn has set itself up for a remarkable season.
The Nets' starting five now boasts five All-Stars: Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Pierce, Garnett and Brook Lopez. And while depth might be a bit of a concern, the other moves helped alleviate some of those worries.
Well, at least it was a concern before the signing of Andrei Kirilenko, as reported by the New York Daily News' Stefan Bondy. AK-47 is the perfect fit for the roster, and he'll ease some of the inevitable wear and tear Pierce experiences.
The Nets have put themselves in position to win a championship, even if that still remains a lofty and difficult goal. They're certainly in the upper tier of NBA teams now.
It just remains to be seen how they'll handle the ridiculous amount of miles their starters have already logged and a head coach with absolutely no experience on the sideline.
At the very least, it will be an exciting and compelling season to follow once we get over the shock of seeing Pierce wearing a different uniform.
Note: The Nets originally ranked No. 5, but the signing of Kirilenko pushed them up to No. 3.