The Brooklyn Nets enter the season as the team to beat in the Eastern Conference. Their injured stars have now fully healed and there's no reason to think that they couldn't make it to the NBA Finals on their very first year playing together.
Moreover, the Nets are reportedly trying to acquire James Harden from the Houston Rockets. That could be a long shot and it would significantly hurt their depth, but the idea of Harden teaming up with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant is definitely worth it.
But even if Harden doesn't end up packing his bags and joining the Nets, they still have one of the most stacked teams we've seen in ages. Today, we're going to break it down by letting you know about their projected starting five for next season.
Bench: Spencer Dinwiddie, Bruce Brown, Chris Chiozza, Elie Okobo, Landry Shamet, Tyler Johnson, Jordan Bowden, Taurean Prince, Timothe Luwawu, Rodions Kurucs, Reggie Perry, DeAndre Jordan, Jeff Green, Nicolas Claxton
Point Guard: Kyrie Irving
Even though Kyrie Irving has earned a reputation for being a tough guy to deal with in the league, he's still one of the best scorers in the history of the game. There's no denying his talent, and while his leadership could be questioned, he's now a veteran who knows what it takes to win.
Irving has arguably the best handles in basketball history. His layup package is off the charts and he's shown the ability to step up in the clutch over and over throughout his career. It would be interesting to see how he handles not being 'the man', but the risk is worth it.
Shooting Guard: Caris LeVert
Caris LeVert is blossoming into a walking bucket right before our eyes. His name has often been mentioned in trade talks - especially for Harden - because there are doubts about his ability to coexist next to two ball-dominant players like Kyrie and Kevin Durant.
But if Steve Nash and Amar'e Stoudemire find the way to keep them all on the floor at the same time, the Nets could end up being one of the greatest offensive teams of all time. His numbers may take a dip, but if he embraces his role, the Nets will be a problem.
Small Forward: Joe Harris
Joe Harris is one of the best three-point shooters in the league and recently got paid as such. His ability to stretch the floor and knock down huge shots from everywhere on the court will come extremely handily with Kyrie and Durant driving through the lane.
Harris has made some strides in the defensive end as well, and while he may never become a plus defender, he can hold his own vs. a lot of players in the league. Even if he's only there to catch and shoot or as a spot-up shooter, his presence will draw a lot of attention from opposing defenses.
Power Forward: Kevin Durant
There aren't many things we could say about Kevin Durant that haven't been said over and over before. We're talking about one of the - if not the - greatest pure scorers to ever set foot on a basketball hardwood. He's the ultimate cheat code: a guard trapped in the body of a big man.
Some people still question Durant's ability to get back to his former self following such a career-altering injury. Then again, if someone can come back as good - or even better -as ever, that's KD. He can do it all on both ends of the floor and is now determined to prove that he can win 'on his own'.
Center: Jarrett Allen
Some rumors claimed that Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant were pushing for DeAndre Jordan to start over Jarett Allen. Whether those rumors are true or not is not for us to decide, but if that's the case, then listening to them would be a huge mistake.
Don't get me wrong, DeAndre Jordan can still provide a top-tier effort on both ends of the glass and he's an outstanding rim protector, but the same can be said about Jarrett Allen, who's younger than Jordan and with a higher upside as of now.