The Best of The Rest
The Brooklyn Nets:
Hats off to Nets ownership for addressing exactly what their team needed, toughness and leadership. With the addition of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Andrei Kirilenko the Nets have created an instant contender and if I were the Heat this is one team I would not want to face in the first round of the playoffs. The Nets are now big experienced and tough. The single biggest factor will be Garnett’s influence on last seasons all star Brook Lopez.
The Nets will go as far as their health will take them. Another potential burr in the saddle will be Pretty Tony..er..Deron Williams willingness to accept Jason Kidd’s coaching and Kevin Garnett’s leadership.
If all goes well this talented and deep team will be one of the leagues brightest stories.
Back from Purgatory
The Cleveland Cavaliers and Detroit Pistons:
The Cavs are back ! Well, not quite but they are making all of the right moves from developing budding star guard Kyrie Irving, bringing back quality coach Mike Brown and with the taking of a chance on free agent center Andrew Bynum. Number one draft pick Anthony Bennett is solid at the four and guard Jarrett Jack will complete Luke’s…er…Kyrie Irving’s training. All the pieces are seemingly in place for next season’s return of the King.
Just when we all thought he had lost his touch, general manager Joe Dumars is rebuilding his team bit by bit. The Detroit Pistons will battle the Cavaliers for the sixth position in the eastern conference standings. Adding Josh Smith to a quickly developing front line of Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe was the right move at the right time. Detroit now boast a front line that is young, big and athletic. Recently acquired point guard Brandon Jennings from Milwaukee will benefit from changing to a team with a different culture and veteran leadership. (See Chauncey Billips). Look for a break out season from Drummond who averaged 11.1 ppg, 8.2 rebounds and shot 67% from the field. New coach Maurice Cheeks who hales from the Larry Brown coaches stable is technically solid.
Both teams are to be watched as they are building the right way and are poised to be forces of the future.