The Brooklyn Nets have an arena, coaches, front office staff, merchandise, but only three faulty players (among them is Johan Petro) who have are signed to a contract without an ‘opt-out’ option. Fans can embrace the concept of having a basketball team in Brooklyn, however they do not yet have a chance to embrace a particular Nets player. This situation will probably haunt the Nets throughout the NBA playoffs. After the playoffs end, Nets GM Billy King will probably pursue players with a sense of urgency and desperation. He knows that acquiring players is never easy, as he said when discussing the Nets goals this offseason, “it’s all going to come down to negotiations.”
Among the Nets’ three players (Anthony Morrow, MarShon Brooks, and Petro), there is no one who can pass the ball or play defense effectively. Brooklyn only has jump shooters. Obviously, the Nets will add to the team this offseason. However, it has yet to be seen how much the ‘Brooklyn factor’ will help the Nets attract players. It will be a huge challenge to build a winning team considering they currently have no players to build off of. They really are starting from scratch.
In sum: the Brooklyn Nets have shown they can build an arena, but can they build a team?