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Pierce and Garnett can go for one last title in Brooklyn.
Biggest Additions: Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Andrei Kirilenko
The ever-spending Brooklyn Nets should be one of the most exciting teams in the league next season and, barring injury, a legitimate title contender.
The Nets have four All-Star-caliber talents in the starting lineup and a deep bench anchored by Andrei Kirilenko, Andray Blatche, Jason Terry and Reggie Evans. They'll likely still play the same plodding, half-court style they did last season (they were 28th in the league in pace), but their already-efficient offense could shoot up to the top five if all goes well.
Even playing at a slower pace, Brooklyn should be entertaining to watch. With Garnett and Kirilenko in tow, the Nets have the ability to throw out potent small and big lineups, and that's a luxury few other teams have.
The real question facing Brooklyn is whether Garnett and Kirilenko can carry a below average-defense—the Nets finished 17th last season, and that's simply not good enough for true title contention. Last year, the Boston Celtics finished out of the top five defensively for the first time since they traded for Garnett, and it's hard to say if he has the ability to put a defense on his shoulders the way he did in years past.
Either way, the Nets will be a blast to follow as they try to put all the pieces together. They only have a one- or two-year title window, so they're going to have to figure everything out soon.