The Miami Heat may have trouble with a particular team from New York this season, but it won’t be the New York Knicks. No, it very well may be the Brooklyn Nets.
The recently relocated Nets have had quite a busy offseason. After losing in the first round of last season’s playoffs to the Chicago Bulls they knew that they had a few holes to fill.
Their response was to take part in a mega-trade with the Boston Celtics that saw the Nets ship off Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries, and three future first-round picks to get veterans Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Jason Terry. A move that communicates one simple message from the Brooklyn Nets — win, win now.
Along with these key additions the Nets also are returning three key starters in Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, and Brook Lopez from last season.
Those three coupled with Pierce and Garnett creates the Nets’ projected starting lineup for next season; a lineup that certifies Brooklyn as the NBA’s newest “superteam.”
If that becomes Brooklyn’s everyday starting lineup then that would mean that they would have a starting lineup where every position is filled by a former NBA All-Star, a claim that very few (if any) NBA teams could make.
Along with the blockbuster trade that they made, the Nets also signed veteran Andrei Kirilenko to a two-year deal. Kirilenko is also a former NBA All-Star.
This Nets team has plenty of experience and leadership that should be able to make them a title contender this season, but along with all of that experience comes a lot of old age.
Amongst their core group of big name players only Deron Williams and Brook Lopez are under the age of 30.
Both Joe Johnson and Andrei Kirilenko are 32 years old, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry are dated as 35 years old, and Kevin Garnett is at the very respectable age of 37.
Now they will have some other guys in their mix that are younger and will bring the average age down, but there is no denying that this Brooklyn team is one of the older teams in the NBA and it will be interesting to see how they will fare against teams that are much younger than them when the playoffs roll around.
This is nothing new for Pierce and Garnett who had a similar situation several years ago when they teamed up with Ray Allen to form another NBA superteam in Boston. That strategy worked out for the Celtics when they won an NBA title in 2008, something that Brooklyn is hoping to replicate.
Although this is a little bit different. This Brooklyn team already has some really good talent that creates a potential starting lineup that might be one of the biggest in the NBA. The reality is that the Nets have an All-Star at every position on the floor.
It is still early to see how well they will perform as a unit, but they do seem to be one of the favorites to challenge the defending champion Miami Heat in the East.
But keep in mind that their amount of talent may also hinder them. Not every NBA superteam has immediate success.
Even the current Heat squad had to work out some kinks in their scheme and lineup after they first assembled.
But one thing is for sure, if the Nets can figure it out they may have the best shot of coming out of the East.
Tyler Rollason is a Winder-Barrow High School graduate and mass communications major at the University of West Georgia. He writes a weekly sports column for the Barrow Journal. You can e-mail comments about this column to firstname.lastname@example.org.