Bleacher Report's Kevin Ding puts the Nets at 24th in his preseason rankings, two spots lower than the crosstown Knicks.
"Jarrett Jack and Wayne Ellington are respected pros in this league, and the Nets expect to have better chemistry," Ding writes. "But how often can you realistically plan on Jack and Ellington winning their guard matchups? Once per month?
It's clear that the guard play is going to be the narrative for the Nets heading into training camp. That's fair, but I think it overlooks just how much better Brooklyn was up front toward the end of last season, and how improved the defense has the potential to be. They're still going to need someone to distribute the basketball and make big stops against the premiere guards in the league. But I think we're at a point where the loss of Deron Williams is being a bit overstated. Do the Nets need more help in the back court? Yes. Will it keep them in the bottom fifth of the league? That remains to be seen.