Originally posted on Celtics Life  |  Last updated 7/8/13
As expected the Heat have to be favorites for the NBA title next year, but the Pierce and KG to Brooklyn trade does make things interesting. A starting five of Brook Lopez, KG, Pierce, Joe Johnson and Deron Williams is one of the best starting five in the league and could give the Heat a run for their money. They presumably would pose serious match-up problems with this big lineup while the Heat have flourished with a small ball lineup. But what about the Nets bench, can they fill out a full roster with limited cap space? The Nets currently have Tornike Shengelia, Tyshawn Taylor, Mirza Teletovic and Reggie Evans under contract for the 2013-2014 season. Evans played in 80 games last year, averaging 4.5 PPG and 11.1 RPG. The rest however didn’t average more than 10 minutes per game … AKA not good. The Nets also acquired Jason Terry in the trade, who had a very up and down season to put it “lightly,” and Mason Plumlee from this year’s NBA draft. The trade won’t officially go through till
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