The Star-Ledger smartly waited till Christmas Day before publishing its NBA predictions. That means they were able to incorporate all the last minute changes in their final assessments, up to and including Mehmet Okur's arrival in New Jersey. The four writers who put it all together are generally optimistic about the Nets, putting them seventh in the East.
Dave D'Alessandro, who's been close to agent Dan Fegan, has this to say about the "Dwightmare": "yes, he'll probably land in Newark on or around March 1, in a move engineered by an agent who doesn't make a habit of settling for 'no'."
Mike Vorkunov, who did the league predictions, thinks the Nets sneak into the playoffs after a Dwight Howard infusion, noting the "NBA scheduling gods, wily as they are," put the Nets in Orlando the night after the trade deadline. Could be a coincidence...or not. And Colin Stephenson says that in spite of this season being the last in Newark, "The only thing that will matter will be whether King can succeed in getting his man."
So, Let the Games Begin!
- With Chris Paul challenging Kobe Bryant, this NBA season could be full of the unexpected - Dave D'Alessandro - Star-Ledger
- NBA 2011-12 Preview: Dwight Howard trade, Miami Heat and more - Mike Vorkunov - Star-Ledger
- Nets 2011-12 Preview: Deron Williams, Brook Lopez and the team's last season in New Jersey - Colin Stephenson - Star-Ledger
Knicks 2011-12 Preview: Carmelo Anthony, Baron Davis and whether they'll return to the playoffs - Michael J. Fensom - Star-Ledger