Before making any predictions or analysis, let's take a look at the potential crop of players looking for new teams:
LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh, Dirk Nowitzki, Amar'e Stoudemire, Joe Johnson, Yao Ming, David Lee, Rudy Gay and Carlos Boozer are top-tier guys.
But John Salmons, Raymond Felton, Matt Barnes, Luis Scola, the returning Josh Childress and Tyrus Thomas are solid players as well. One area the Nets could really improve is the bench; acquiring a shooter like J.J. Reddick or Anthony Morrow would certainly be beneficial.
Best Case Scenario - Many would think LeBron James would be the best case scenario, that may be. Let's say they draft John Wall, trade Devin Harris, sign LeBron and David Lee. Now that's certainly an interesting team. I'd say that team could be favorites in the East, much less the NBA.
Let's look at another option, what if they drafted Evan Turner, signed Chris Bosh and Rudy Gay? Now that's an exceptional, young team, and you could still add some bench players to contribute.
My Personal Guess - They draft John Wall/Evan Turner (depending on the pick) and sign Rudy Gay and David Lee, and let's say Anthony Morrow and Hakim Warrick for depth. You would pair Brook Lopez and David Lee together, two of the top-20 rebounders last season (Lee fourth, Lopez 19th). The Nets would than have the most talented young big men pairing in the league.
You also add in a combination of John Wall/Evan Turner, Rudy Gay, Terrence Williams, likely Devin Harris, another rookie, Chris Douglas Roberts, Anthony Morrow, Hakim Warrick, Yi Jianlian, Kris Humphries and another rookie on the bench, and this has the makings of a team that could certainly compete in the East.