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The Brooklyn Nets have improved perhaps more than any other team this offseason.
By trading for Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, the Nets will trot out a starting lineup on opening day that boasts five all-stars.
It's not just their outstanding collection of starters that makes them a real threat in the East. Brooklyn has also put together a legitimate bench.
The Nets also squeezed out Jason Terry in the Garnett and Pierce deal, and also signed Andrei Kirilenko and re-signed Andray Blatche for contracts below their market value.
However, there are still some questions about this team.
Jason Kidd has absolutely no head-coaching experience. It's a risky move by the Nets to make these type of "all-in" trades and signings in a season in which they have a first-year coach. He was obviously an outstanding player, but we simply don't know if that will translate into head-coaching success.
On top of that, the Nets probably look a little bit better on paper than they will actually be. Garnett and Pierce, while still valuable players, can't play heavy minutes or perform at the level that they each could five years ago.
Plus, considering the injury history of their starting five, keeping all of those guys out there at the same time should be a concern.
If everything breaks right for Brooklyn, this team could be one of the Heat's top threats, but there is certainly potential for things to go left.