2. Brooklyn Nets
The Brooklyn Nets biggest goal this offseason (after maybe swinging for the fences for a third star) was to re-sign sharpshooter Joe Harris. Harris narrowed in quickly and signed a four-year deal to stay with the Nets.
Obviously, the biggest roster additions for next season will be a healthy Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. Those two generational talents combined with one of the deepest rosters in the league could create an immediate Eastern Conference juggernaut. This is not the team the Toronto Raptors swept in the first round.
Brooklyn has also compiled a coaching all-star team of sorts. First-time coach Steve Nash is surrounded with great basketball minds such as Mike D’Antoni, Jacque Vaughn and Ime Udoka.
The only reason this team shouldn’t be number one in the East is that the mix of personalities might be too much to contain. Durant and Irving are superstar talents but are also both known to have some personality issues that have led to problems with past teammates and organizations as a whole.