WHY WE CAN BE EXCITED
With Vince Carter gone, the Nets will be bad enough to get a high draft pick to go along with their cap room and new Russian tycoon owner. That combo will send franchise in right direction.
WHAT WE LIKE BEST
The Nets have talent at the two most important positions with point guard Devin Harris and 7-0 center Brook Lopez. Harris is one quick dude, while Lopez is coming off an all-rookie team season.
WHAT TROUBLES US MOST?
Just this: If groundbreaking for the arena in Brooklyn hasn’t happened by the end of the season, and the NBA comes up with something disturbing when it vets Mikhail D. Prokhorov, the new owner.
HE COULD SURPRISE
Yi Jianlian is a good shooter, but the captain of the missed dunk. If the perpetually awkward-looking power forward is anything better than awful, it will qualify as surprising.
BEST NEW FACE
Courtney Lee takes over for Vince Carter at shooting guard. Though he doesn’t have the same shooting skills, Lee is a decent defender and had some impressive playoff games for Orlando as a rookie last season.
Look for the Nets to finish 34-48, and in last place in the Atlantic Division.