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Beat writers on Brooklyn Nets "championship journey"

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The Nets beat writers have laid out their predictions on the team's season, wins, losses, MVP, surprises, questions, etc. Bottom line: the beats see only minimal improvement in the team's record, no more than five or six games, during the regular season.

Some are more traditional, like Tim Bontemps' prediction of 55 wins, with a likely loss to the Heat and LeBron James in the second round, the Eastern Conference semi-finals. Also, he's burrows down to make individual predictions, like "Deron Williams will once again average double-digit assists a night."

Others take a different tack, like Alex Raskin, who doesn't predict a number of wins, but gives best case and worst case scenarios along with a listing of each rotation player's "worriesome body part." Raskin's best case: top three seed. Worst case: the vets break down before the playoffs.

Everyone has questions about the head coach, Deron Williams and minutes for the veterans, but none are dismissing what the Nets did over the summer: go for broke. (Well, not actually broke, because even the Nets can't bankrupt Mikhail Prokhorov.)

And although he's not a beat writer, Sean Deveney of the Sporting News gets a special shoutout as the only writer we can find who's predicting the Nets will win it all, beating the Clippers.  "Doc vs. KG and Paul. The storyline is too perfect, right?"