Originally posted on Hoops Manifesto  |  Last updated 10/16/12
#9 - Brooklyn Nets2011/12 Record: 22-44, no playoffs2012/13 Projected Record: 48-34, playoffs   Key Additions:C.J. Watson - Point GuardJoe Johnson - Shooting GuardJosh Childress - Small ForwardReggie Evans - Power ForwardAndray Blatche - CenterKey Departures:Anthony Morrow - Shooting GuardShelden Williams - Power ForwardDeShawn Stevenson - Shooting GuardJohan Petro - CenterJordan Farmar - Point GuardSundiata Gaines - Shooting GuardGerald Green - Small ForwardDepth Chart:Point Guard: Deron Williams, C.J. WatsonShooting Guard: Joe Johnson, MarShon BrooksSmall Forward: Gerald Wallace, Josh ChildressPower Forward: Kris Humphries, Reggie EvansCenter: Brook Lopez, Andray BlatcheThe X Factor:Brook LopezYou can't win an NBA title without an elilte big man.  Can Brook Lopez fill that role for the Nets?  Can he like, maybe, grab a rebound once in a while?Summary:  After going 22-44 last year, the Nets are poised for a huge turnaround this year.  They are extremely talented, have nice depth, and will be going into the season on a high due to their new zip code.  If they can stay healthy (which was a huge 'if' last season), they will be one of the top teams in the East this year.  But a title contender?  Not yet.NBA Preseason Power Rankings#10 - Memphis Grizzlies#11 - Philadelphia 76ers#12 - Minnesota Timberwolves#13 - Dallas Mavericks#14 - New York Knicks#15 - Atlanta Hawks #16 - Chicago Bulls#17 - Utah Jazz#18 - Golden State Warriors#19 - Portland Trailblazers#20 - Milwaukee Bucks#21 - Cleveland Cavaliers#22 - New Orleans Hornets#23 - Washington Wizards#24 - Toronto Raptors#25 - Sacramento Kings#26 - Phoenix Suns#27 - Houston Rockets#28 - Detroit Pistons#29 - Orlando Magic#30 - Charlotte Bobcats
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