Mar 14, 2012; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Nets head coach Avery Johnson during the second half against the Toronto Raptors at the Prudential Center. New Jersey Nets defeat the Toronto Raptors 98-84. Mandatory Credit: Jim O'Connor-US PRESSWIRE
It's not even pre-season, not even training camp. Players are still on vacation. The bigget trade of the summer just happened and there are still some 40 roster positions still open around the league. But that's not stopping ESPN and other pundits from ranking and predicting and stirring up controversy.
Monday, ESPN unveiled its "summer forecast" for the Eastern Conference which will no doubt be revised by the Season Preview in October. Still, there's good news in the forecast. The Nets make the biggest jump in wins among EC teams, going from 22 to 46 and rising to the #5 seed in the East, tied with the Bulls and 76ers.
- 2012 NBA Summer Forecast -- East standings - ESPN
ESPN predicts Nets in middle of tightly-bunched Eastern Conference - Tim Bontemps - New York Post