It goes without saying that if the New Jersey Nets acquire Carmelo Anthony, one of the best players in the NBA, they will most likely find themselves in the playoffs.
Even if they aren't able to get their hands on him until the trade deadline, as long as they are reasonably close to a playoff spot they should make the postseason.
What if they can't get him, though? Will they still be a contender for a playoff spot?
For a variety of reasons, the answer is yes.
The Nets have a new owner, a new general manager, a new coach, a new arena and several new players.
The team should be much improved over their 12-70 record.
Every team starts out the season with a 1-in-30 chance of winning a championship.
Here are 10 reasons New Jersey is a squad to pay attention to this year.