Can Anything Stop Next Season’s Brooklyn Nets?

Going into next season, the Brooklyn Nets are heavy favorites to win it all. According to Vegas Insider, the Nets have the best odds at winning the 2022 NBA Championship at +240. With quality depth, solid coaching, and 3 superstars all in their prime, it will be incredibly difficult for any team to defeat the Brooklyn Nets 4 times. On paper, the Nets look unbeatable, but can anyone or anything stop them? There’s a possibility, and here’s what may stand in Brooklyn’s way of an NBA championship…

The Health of Brooklyn’s Big 3

This one is obvious. The trio of Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and James Harden played a grand total of 13 games together last season. (Including the playoffs) The Nets were 10-3 in those games combined, which included a pummeling of the Boston Celtics in the first round, and a 2-0 lead on the Milwaukee Bucks in the semifinals. If anything in the Nets’ control were to stop them, it would be their health.

Luckily, all 3 superstars are expected to be healthy going into training camp. With a full season of team chemistry ahead, expect this Nets team to get even better. Barring any injuries, Brooklyn is a Conference Finals team at worst, which brings us to our next concern…

The Milwaukee Bucks

Look, no matter what you say about the Milwaukee Bucks’ playoff run last season, there are still NBA champions. Yes, things could’ve played out a bit differently if the Nets were healthy, but let’s not play the “what-if” game. The Nets’ biggest hurdle before an NBA Finals appearance is without a doubt Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks. We all saw what Giannis did to the Nets in the semifinals. He averaged 32 and 13 on 57.4% shooting…

Again, it’s not going to be easy to defeat the Bucks, but the Nets’ confidence level is much higher going into this season than last. However, Brooklyn still may want to get another big man to help contain Giannis, which transitions into the next concern…

Brooklyn’s Size

There have been rumors lately that the Nets are actively trying to get rid of DeAndre Jordan. Whether that be by trade or buyout, Jordan is unlikely to be with the Nets by training camp. That leaves the Nets with 1 true center going into next season; Nicolas Claxton. While it may be a bit too critical to call out the Nets for their lack of size, considering they have 3 of the best players in the league, it’s still a need they should address. That leaves us with a question: who should they target?

Well, there has been some rumbling lately that LaMarcus Aldridge may be interested in coming out of retirement. Aldridge of course was forced to retire last season due to heart concerns, but he looked great in his 5 games with Brooklyn. Maybe he would be interested in running it back with the Nets. While not a center, there has been a lot of buzz lately with Paul Millsap being interested in Brooklyn. The Nets would have to clear another roster spot for Millsap, so maybe Alize Johnson gets cut. Another player to potentially look out for at the center position is Isaiah Hartenstein. He looked good in his short stint with Cleveland last season.

It’s Still Injury or Bust

Even though Milwaukee is still a major threat and the Nets’ size in the paint isn’t ideal, the only thing that can really stop the Nets next season is injuries. If Brooklyn manages to stay healthy going into the playoffs, nobody is beating them. Whether that is Milwaukee, Philadelphia, Miami, or even the LA Lakers, it would take a miracle for anyone to beat Brooklyn. It will be quite the season if the Nets can stay healthy. Let’s hope they do…

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