(via Sports Illustrated)

Following years of underwhelming, hopeless seasons, the Nets rebounded with the acquisition of D’Angelo Russell and others who helped return the franchise to a state of competitiveness.

This past summer, that “competitive” state transformed into something even bigger when Kevin Durant, DeAndre Jordan, and Kyrie Irving made their vows to join the franchise on long-term deals.

And though the season will be a big adjustment for the team, and Durant will be out with a ruptured Achilles, Nets guard Caris LeVert assured the masses that his squad has expectations of the highest level.

(via Bill Bender/SN)

“That’s the goal,” LeVert said of competing for a title. “When you get guys like KD, Kyrie and DeAndre, expectations rise. We’re looking forward to that. We’ve been working for that. I think everybody loves playing on a big stage. We’re definitely looking forward to this year and the challenges it’s going to bring.”

For a team with as much star power as the Nets, all eyes will be on them to make something of it.

Today’s NBA has no shortage of elites, with franchises like the Rockets, Warriors, Lakers, Bucks, Sixers, and more holding to the idea that they are the team to beat.

Brooklyn will have to prove what it is that seperates them from the rest — that seperates talk from truth.

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