Sean Powell, writing for NBA.com, lists eight teams that could make the playoffs this season and includes the Nets.
He likes the direction the team has taken--and notes that Mikhail Prokhorov probably has more money than any pro team owner--but thinks it's too early.
"You kind of like where the Nets are going, just not this season," writes Powell, a former Newsday columnist. "No team makes the playoffs a year removed from threatening to be the biggest pushovers in league history."
For the record, the biggest turnarounds in NBA history are 42 games (Celtics in the first season of the Big Three); 36 games (Spurs in Tim Duncan's rookie season); 35 games (Spurs in David Robinson's rookie season); and 33 games (Suns in first season of the Steve Nash era). The Nets' best is 26 games in the first season of the Jason Kidd era.
Eight teams who could crash the playoffs party - Sean Powell - NBA.com