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Brooklyn
Nets
A-
2012-13 Season Stats
W-L 49-33
PCT .598
DIV 11-5
CONF 36-16
HOME 26-15
ROAD 23-18
Frontcourt
A
The Nets exchanged Gerald Wallace and Kris Humphries for a pair of future Hall of Famers, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. And to ease any worries about age and mileage, they added Andrei Kirilenko to back them both up.
Backcourt
A
Deron Williams and Joe Johnson were never both playing at their best last season. Johnson was solid before the All-Star break, while Williams took off after. They'll have less of a load to carry this season, but could still play better.
Defense
B
Poor defense held the Nets back last season, especially in the first round of the playoffs. Even if he's playing less than 30 minutes a game, Garnett brings the skill set and mentality this team desperately needs.
Bench
B
Kirilenko's signing was huge, but the Nets downgraded at back-up point guard by going from C.J. Watson (who shoots very well) to Shaun Livingston (who doesn't). Jason Terry (replacing MarShon Brooks) gives them more stability.
Coaching
C
Like Garnett, Jason Kidd is a culture-changer. But it's going to take some time for him to learn how to manage a game, make adjustments and keep his veterans fresh for the playoffs. Lead assistant Lawrence Frank will certainly help.
Summary

A year after the Nets seemingly hamstrung themselves by committing $313 million to five players, they went and made serious upgrades at the positions where they needed them most.

There are still a lot of questions regarding how this all comes together. They start with Kidd as a rookie coach and continue with the age of Garnett and Pierce. But the leadership of Garnett and Pierce should help Kidd and the depth of their bench should help Garnett and Pierce.

The Nets' ceiling could be determined by the continued development (on both ends of the floor) of 25-year-old All-Star Brook Lopez. If he stays healthy (he's had three surgeries on his right foot in the last two years) and takes well to Garnett's defensive tutelage, Brooklyn will be a serious challenger to the Heat.

-- John Schuhmann

2012-13 Team Rating
Offense Defense
105.0 103.6
9th Overall 18th Overall