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The Brooklyn Nets were predicted to be in a struggle to rise up in their division. Instead, the Nets shocked the league a year ago, finishing 42-40, and made it into the sixth position for the playoffs. They were led to the playoffs by shotting guard De-Angelo Russel who averaged 21.1 points per game to go along with 7 assists per game and point guard Spencer Dinwiddie, who averaged 16.8 points per game to go along with 4.6 assists per game.

The Nets faced off against the powerhouse 76ers in the playoffs in round one and were sent packing in five games. The Nets season was over, but the performance of this team caught the eye of some big-name free agents, and the Nets were big winners in free agency as a result, adding small forward Kevin Durant and point guard Kyrie Irving. Durant will not play this season, so the Nets are banking on him returning to form beginning next season. Irving will be paired with that talented backcourt of Russel and Dinwiddie. To round out free agency they added center DeAndre Jordan, small forward Wilson Chandler, and shooting guard Garrett Temple. Overall they may have had the best offseason of anyone in the league. The Nets have made a superteam, we will now see if that translates into success.

It’s not easy being a Nets fan right now. Years ago, the franchise went all-in on a pair of aging stars, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. Their “win now” move meant trading their future for it, and that never panned out. Neither Garnett or Pierce are active players anymore, and the Nets are still paying for that mistake. Last season, the team stumbled their way to a 28-54 campaign, finishing with the fourth-worst record overall in the Eastern Conference.

For the draft, the Nets did have one selection, the twenty-ninth overall, which they used on small forward Dzanan Musa from Bosnia. NBA trades are complicated, and following the draft, the Nets made a pair of them. First they sent guard Jeremy Lin to Atlanta for guard Isaia Cordinier with a whole bunch of future draft rights being swapped around in that trade. Next, they sent guard Isaiah Whitehead to Denver for forwards Darrell Arthur, Kenneth Faried, a 2019 first-round draft choice and a 2020 second-round draft choice. The Nets look to continue their rebuilding mode.

The Brooklyn Nets have been one of the most fascinating teams in the NBA in recent memory. The Nets were originally founded in 1967 in the old ABA. Throughout their history, the Nets have won their division six times, twice in the ABA, four times in the NBA. Their last division title came in 2006, which was ironically their fourth division title in five years. That was one of the best eras in franchise history, one in which the team featured one of the best perimeters in basketball history- Jason Kidd, Vince Carter, and Richard Jefferson. In addition, the Nets have won the Eastern Conference two times- 2002, and 2003. Also the Nets have two old school ABA Championships to their name, 1974, and 1976.

After falling down for a while, the Nets have recently become one of those teams who have attempted to “buy” a championship. In the 2013 offseason, the Nets mortgaged their future in a trade that sent numerous draft choices and young players to the Nets in exchange for aging legends Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. That move ended in utter failure and neither play for the Nets anymore. Team owner Mikhail Prokhorov has put the Nets up for sale. Stay tuned, this could get entertaining.

The Brooklyn Nets had an unremarkable 2015-2016 season. The Nets finished the year with a record of 21-61, good for the third worst record in the NBA overall. Usually teams that finish at the bottom of the league have a high draft choice to look forward too. That’s not the case for the Nets. Several years ago, in one of the most “head scratching” moves in sports history, the Nets traded their future essentially, for aging stars Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. The move ended in epic failure as it got the Nets nowhere and the Celtics ended up with the Nets draft choice this season, which was third overall.

The Nets did swing a trade to acquire the Pacers first round draft choice though. Small forward Caris LeVert from Michigan is now on the team. The Nets did very little in free agency, adding to their woeful season. To make matters worse, the Nets and Celtics will swap first round draft choices next year, and again in 2018, the Celtics will once again receive the Nets first round draft choice. So far this season the Nets are off to a 7-22 start, and it's not looking to great in Brooklyn right now.

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