No team in the Eastern Conference did more than the Brooklyn Nets to potentially put an end to the Miami Heat’s string of three consecutive conference titles. The Nets, already formidable, picked up Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett in hopes that will catapult them into the NBA Finals. Unlike many teams that jettisoned high priced veterans to better position themselves for the 2014 NBA Draft, the Nets are trying to win now. With Brooklyn’s added star power, Nets tickets are sure to be a hot commodity.
Fans in Barclay Center seats already had the pleasure of watching three NBA All-Stars (Joe Johnson, Deron Williams and Brook Lopez) and now two future Hall of Famers, Pierce and Garnett, bolster the lineup. The former Celtics came over in a trade and they’re expected to bring leadership and toughness. If that wasn’t enough, the Nets hired Jason Kidd as head coach. Kidd (also bound for the Hall of Fame) should garner immediate respect from the players, especially Williams. The talented point guard appeared disinterested at times last season and averaged 7.7 assists, his lowest total since his rookie season in Utah in 2005. Look for Kidd – and Pierce and Garnett – to light a fire under Williams, which is good news for the 18,000 folks that fill Barclays Center seats.
When Williams is on his game, he’s one of the best in the league at his position. The same can be said of center Brook Lopez. The 7-footer averaged 18.9 points per game and though he may not be flashy, he’s rock steady. Pierce (along with Jason Terry and Andrei Kirilenko) will help spread the floor and give Lopez more room to operate down on the block. And don’t forget Joe Johnson. When his head is in the game, he can be unstoppable.
Williams, Johnson, Pierce, Garnett and Lopez, the presumed starters, each averaged more than 14 points per game last season. Terry, Kirilenko and Andray Blatche also scored in double figures. That’s a lot of buckets, which should result in the sale of lots of Nets tickets. And we know Kidd, famous for pushing the ball up the court, is going to want to run. With that type of offensive firepower and fast tempo, who wouldn’t want Nets tickets? If they’re as good as expected, few teams’ NBA tickets will be tougher to secure.
Last season Brooklyn finished 49-32, more than doubling its win total from 2012. The Nets expect to compete with Miami, Chicago and Indiana, and anything less than 50 wins would be a disappointment. And when those Eastern Conference rivals come to town, we know Jay Z and Beyonce will be in their Barclays Center seats. You should be there, too.