Quite a few doors were slammed in the face of the Brooklyn Nets this summer.
The Golden State Warriors pried Shaun Livingston away by giving him $6 million more than Brooklyn could. Paul Pierce shocked everyone and signed with the up-and-coming Washington Wizards instead of returning to the Nets.
And in the most surprising move of all, Jason Kidd, whose No. 5 jersey was retired and raised into the rafters of Barclays Center last year, ditched Brooklyn for the Milwaukee Bucks after a failed front office takeover.
Those were three enormous losses for the Nets. But, as the saying goes, some doors were opened this offseason, too.
General manager Billy King, who makes moves as often as James Harden plays terrible defense, stayed busy this summer despite losing three of last year's biggest pieces.
In the long haul, Brooklyn will probably be better off. The team got younger and more disciplined through King's additions—especially in the signing of accomplished coach Lionel Hollins—and the summer of 2016 was kept relatively free of heavy salaries.
The rankings on the following slides are based on how each new addition will impact the Nets this season.
While some of the newcomers are unlikely to be as impactful as Pierce or Livingston would’ve been, they will cumulatively help a Nets team carried by Joe Johnson, Deron Williams and Brook Lopez push toward the playoffs in 2014-15.