Before the ball dropped on New Year’s Eve, the most expensive roster in league history was nothing short of an underachieving, injury-prone catastrophe.
Once January appeared, though, things changed.
And just when Jason Kidd seemed like he was in way over his head, the rookie head coach made it clear that he could thrive just as well on the sidelines as he could running the point.
Just a handful of games over .500, an obstacle that Brooklyn cleared for the first time all season on March 9, the Nets’ record is incredibly deceiving. Most average teams are wading around the .500 mark, but Brooklyn is a legitimate threat in the Eastern Conference.
As extraordinary as it has been, the Nets’ U-turn from pitiful to elite can’t be credited to one person. Since it’s difficult to acknowledge every single soul that’s played a part in it, I’ve narrowed it down to the top five.
Unless otherwise noted, all stats and information courtesy of Basketball-Reference.com and accurate as of March 17.