Can the Nets win the NBA championship with Ben Simmons this season?

With the Sixers dealing Ben Simmons for James Harden in the biggest trade of the season, the Ben Simmons saga has moved on to the next question: Can the Brooklyn Nets win an NBA championship this season?

With Kevin Durant and James Harden, the Nets were near the top of the Eastern Conference standings for much of the season until the Nets started sliding and are now the 8th seed in the East.

The Nets regressing had a lot to do with Durant getting injured, but the Nets backslide also coincided with Kyrie “Half Man Half a Season” Irving returning part-time.

Now they add a multi-talented Simmons to the mix and on paper, it looks like it’ll work, but will it? And do they have enough time to gel to make it a deep run into the playoffs?

Anything is possible, but what is actually likely to happen?

Though their signing of Patty Mills looking like a genius move and adding another sharpshooter in Seth Curry coming on board, the Nets have a lot of long range firepower surrounding the new Big Three.

The problem is that with approximately 30+ games left in the season and no timetable as to when Simmons will re-join the Nets, odds at online bet makers like razor shark say probably not. That’s not to mention how well and how fast the new teammates will integrate, when Joe Harris will return, how long it will take Durant to get back to form, and how Kyrie’s part-time status will affect any chemistry. That’s just some of the items off the top of my head that are outstanding issues the Nets must resolve if they have any chance of getting past the second round, much less the Eastern Conference Finals.

The NBA Playoff field is competitive

The Nets lower chances at an NBA Title has as much to do with the Brooklyn Nets composition and performance as it does with the other contenders in the league. In the Eastern Conference alone, they would have to make their way through the defending champions Milwaukee Bucks and Miami Heat who currently have the best record in the East. That’s not to mention Simmons’ former team the Philadelphia 76ers which now has James Harden coupled alongside with MVP candidate Joel Embiid.

If the Brooklyn Nets do happen to come together and defeat some combination of the Heat, Bucks, and Sixers, they will face well-oiled franchises with established chemistry coming out of the West – namely the Phoenix Suns, Golden State Warriors, Utah Jazz and Memphis Grizzlies. That’s not an easy route to the NBA championship especially with a team in flux.

Has it happened before?

Yes, the Toronto Raptors added Kawhi Leonard and won an NBA championship and more recently the Lakers added Anthony Davis and won the title in the bubble, but those two titles are more an anomaly than the rule. What history tells us is that when a team adds such a big piece to their roster that more often than not, it doesn’t immediately translate to an NBA trophy.

We do think that the addition of Simmons, Seth Curry and Andre Drummond will help Brooklyn immediately and in the long term, but there are too many variables and serious contenders for the Nets to be considered legitimate players. With injuries, COVID safety protocols, Kyrie’s volatile presence, the roster is simply lacking experience and time together. There’s just not a lot of time for Simmons, Durant and Irving to establish familiarity, hell Durant, Irving and Harden only played together for 16 games themselves. That alongside the established, proven and playoff-tested Bucks, Suns and Warriors, it’s unlikely that the Nets will be having a championship parade in Brooklyn.

 

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Brooklyn Nets run it back with Patty Mills, Paul Millsap, Cam Thomas and LaMarcus Aldridge

For much of second half of last season, the Brooklyn Nets were the favorites to win the first championship in the franchise’s history. Under Coach Steve Nash and the Big Three of Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving, the team breezed through the regular season, finishing second in the Eastern Conference, just behind the Philadelphia 76ers.

Despite that second place, the Nets were the team to watch as far as most experts were concerned and things started brightly enough with a 4-1 demolition of the Boston Celtics in the first round of the playoffs. It all ground to a halt, however, as the Milwaukee Bucks came through by the narrowest of 4-3 scorelines.

Championship goals for 2022

It’s no surprise it’s championship aor bust this year for the Brooklyn Nets.

With the current NBA campaign about kick off, betting markets will soon be in place ahead of the 2022 season. According to SBO, the Nets will feature very strongly once again and coach Nash’s side may even be clear favorites for the Larry O’Brien trophy.

Before the season begins, important trades and drafts will take place and they will have a direct impact on the betting. Fortunately, sbo.net’s panel of sportsbooks will react quickly to any developments and those odds will be updated as soon as anything changes.

Readers of this website can also catch up on the latest basketball news, particularly when anything happens with an NBA focus. From there, it will be possible to take that interest further with sign up offers available from that selection of sportsbooks. A range of funding options and customer service facilities are also in place.

It will be a useful website for anyone betting on the NBA but should they be putting their faith in the Brooklyn Nets ahead of the 2021/22 season?

Strengethened roster for 2022

While the Milwaukee Bucks subsequently eliminated the Nets in a hotly-contested series, the Nets come into the 2021-22 season as the favorites. 

Many of the Nets key players from last season remain on the roster for the new campaign. Kevin Durant is the highest paid player on the roster and is pivotal to the team’s chances next season. He will return for the upcoming, as will Kyrie Irving who is equally experienced and honored by his contemporaries.

That’s even after a little bit of a shake-up after Spencer Dinwiddie opted out of his contract and was traded to the Washington Wizards. That turned out to be the one piece of bad news in what turned out to be a really, really good offseason for the Brooklyn franchise.

The team may have lost Dinwiddie, but they brought in veterans Patty Mills, Paul Millsap and LaMarcus Aldridge came back from retirement making them another very experienced team with a lot of all-stars. the team drafted Cam Thomas at #27 and the former-LSU player turned out to be the Summer League Co-MVP

Joe Harris continues to learn on the job and provide consistent shooting to stretch out the floor for Irving, Harden and Durant. The big thing that the Nets have to worry about are injuries to their stars, but with a really strong roster bolstered by former all-stars Blake Griffin, Aldridge, and Millsap as well as Mills, Brooklyn is much more capable of dealing with a few minor injuries and leaves of absence this upcoming season.

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NBA stars wear “I Can’t Breathe” t-shirts during pregame warmups to build awareness for Eric Garner

It’s great to see that NBA superstars Derrick Rose, LeBron James, Kevin Garnett, Deron Williams, and Kyrie Irving wearing “I Can’t Breathe” t-shirts over this last week. Continue reading “NBA stars wear “I Can’t Breathe” t-shirts during pregame warmups to build awareness for Eric Garner”

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