It's about that time. The NBA season tips off at noon on Sunday, and the Nets begin the 2011-12 campaign the next day in Washington. So where do they stand in the Eastern Conference and how many wins can we expect?
Peter Vecsey lists the Nets among the East's "bottom feeders." John Hollinger has them finishing 10th with a record of 28-38.
Fred Kerber writes that the Nets can make the playoffs if Brook Lopez returns healthy in February, Deron Williams stays patient, and the Nets make "some key additions by season¹s end." And he believes that there's still hope for a Dwight Howard trade or even acquiring Howard in free agency next summer.
As for the others, most were written before the Nets signed Kris Humphries and DeShawn Stevenson, announced Brook Lopez's injury and traded for Mehmet Okur. In others words, "get me rewrite!"
- Nets Season Preview: Hold out hope for Howard - Fred Kerber - New York Post
- A look at the beasts and leasts of conference - Peter Vecsey - New York Post
- Eastern Conference projected standings - John Hollinger - ESPN Insider
Power Rankings: After preseason, Heat are on top | NBA.com - John Schuhmann - NBA.com
- Christmas Countdown: W2W4 - Mike Mazzeo - ESPN New York
Deron Williams and Kris Humphries are only certainties for NJ Nets, who continue Dwight Howard chase - Stefan Bondy - New York Daily News