Breaking Down 2010 Part 2: How the Nets Can Build a Future Contender In 2010

Sean FearonCorrespondent IDecember 15, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 29:  Devin Harris (L) Brook Lopez (C) of the New Jersey Nets reacts after a missed shot by a teammate in the closing minutes of the basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on November 29, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. The Nets tied for the worst start to an NBA season with their 17th straight loss. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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2-22; not exactly the start we expected from this promising squad to open the 2009-2010 season.

In fact, many expected an OKC-esque revival after all, New Jersey boasts the same youth, potential, and exuberance as Oklahoma's pride and joy.

But all is not lost for the Nets—time and a lot of money appear to on their side.

With the worst record in the NBA all but assured, the odds are for New Jersey to pick up the No. 1 draft pick in next years draft, a draft that will introduce superstar-to-be John Wall into the league.

Now, picture this backcourt: Wall and Devin Harris, two guards simply oozing with potential.

The point guard from Kentucky will assume ball-handling responsibilities from Harris and the young All-Star can play the off guard, a transition that should be almost hassle-free given Harris' exceptional scoring ability.

Sounds good, sounds promising.

And with one of the best centers in the league in Brook Lopez, a youngster who is already a dominant defensive presence, New Jersey seems to have more and more to offer the big name free agents next summer.

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Cue, LeBron James.

New Jersey's cap space may be the making of a contender in years to come, if the franchise's front office can pull off such a monumental acquisition.

Sure, it may take a season or two, but there is no doubting that a Wall, Harris, James, Yi Jianlian, and Lopez lineup can contest for a title in a few years.

Wall is capable off putting up 25 points and five assists after a few years in the league. Harris already puts up 21 and seven, and LeBron, well, LeBron James. And I can see Lopez stuffing the stat sheet with 12 rebounds, 18-20 points and three blocks a game in forthcoming seasons.

A smart player like James will recognize that the only way for this franchise to go is up, not in the least because of its pending relocation to basketball hot spot Brooklyn, and its new, aspiring billionaire owner, with seemingly bottomless pockets.

And let's not forget the bench. Courtney Lee has made some noise with his deft outside shooting prowess and extraordinary athleticism. Rafer Alston provides some experience for running an offense and Chris Douglas-Roberts' name is already headlining as this year's most improved player.

I understand that this entire theory of successful rebuilding of the team is based solely on luck and fortunate consequences, but the reality is that this franchise has an immeasurably bright future.