Not only on top of New York City, but on top of the NBA World, as well.
And based on the words of all involved in Thursday's celebratory press conference that saw the team introduce Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Jason Terry to Barclays Center, that is exactly where the Nets hope to be not this July, but next June.
"These three players all here are champions," General Manager Billy King said. "But the biggest thing for us as an organization, is that we've got the pieces now where we can compete and compete for a championship and that's our goal."
Garnett and Pierce each agreed, and neither shied away from those expectations.
Pierce spent his entire entire 15-year career in Boston, seeing three different head coaches -- Rick Pitino, Jim O'Brien and Doc Rivers -- come and go. He was understandably sad about leaving the only organization he has known, but excited about the prospect of competing for an NBA title in Brooklyn.
"Obviously, I would have loved to end my career in Boston," Pierce said. "But when the trade happened, I felt excited, especially with Kevin [Garnett] and Jason [Terry] coming along. The ultimate drive is winning a championship. At this point in our careers, we are championship driven. We've made a lot of money as players, we've won a number of awards, and I think at this point right now we're all about winning a championship and Brooklyn gives us the best opportunity."
Though the window may not be open for too long -- Garnett, Pierce and Terry are 37-, 35-, and 35-years-old, respectively -- it is open, nonetheless.
With Deron Williams and Brook Lopez in their physical primes and Joe Johnson beginning the descent from his, the Nets simply did not have two or three years to hope that MarShon Brooks or Mirza Teletovic would develop into the type of talents that were capable of being core contributors on a title contender. So, King rolled the dice, took a deep breath, and forked over the Nets first round draft picks in 2014, 2016, and 2018. That, as well as the right to swap first round picks with the Nets in 2017, was the impetus behind Celtics president Danny Ainge's decision to pull the trigger on this summer's blockbuster.
For Mikhail Prokhorov's team, the plan was never to build gradually.
No, for Brooklyn, the time was now. And they happened to be in the right place and armed with the right assets when Ainge decided to blow it all up.
"I'm embracing this opportunity, my family is embracing this opportunity, and I'm looking forward to it," Garnett said with a smile.
"With Brook [Lopez] and Deron [Williams] and all the pieces they have here, with Joe [Johnson], I feel like what Paul said, it gives us the best option to win again, to win it all."
Yes, Thursday was the culmination of a five-week period that saw the Nets transform before Brooklyn's very eyes. Jason Kidd was named head coach, Mason Plumlee was drafted, Andray Blatche re-signed with the club, and King and his staff pulled off the heist of the summer in getting Andrei Kirilenko to agree to accept the team's $3.18 million taxpayer mid-level exception to be a part of it all.
"I think we're gonna be right up there with the best of them," Pierce said when asked about how the Nets stack up with the rest of the competition in the Eastern Conference.
"Right now, you talk about Miami, obviously, they're the champs, you look at what Chicago is doing, Indiana, and then I think you really gotta take a close look at what we've been able to put together. When you put this type of talent on the floor, in order for it to come together, for us to be one of those top teams, that's what's gotta happen."
"I think with me, Kevin and Jet, along with Jason, we don't have any egos, we want to be one of those teams and we feel like with the talent we've got we definitely are gonna compete in the Eastern Conference and hopefully for a championship."
Aside from the Houston Rockets, who convinced Dwight Howard to leave the Los Angeles Lakers and an extra $30 million in guaranteed money to defect to Texas, none of the NBA's other teams have made a splash quite like the Nets.
On Thursday, the Nets rolled out the red carpet for their prized acquisitions. Rather than holding their press conference in the Geico Atrium like they normally do, they set up a stage at center court of Barclays Center. Select season ticket holders were invited to the event.
It was a more festive atmosphere than most press conferences. It was breezy and crisp. The fresh air flowing out on Atlantic Avenue replaced the hot air and hubris that followed this franchise from Newark, New Jersey to Brooklyn for its inaugural season.
But now, it is the dawn of a new day in Brooklyn.
With the 2004 NBA Most Valuable Player in Garnett, the 2008 Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player in Pierce, and the 2009 NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award winner in Terry, the Nets have added not only three solid pieces to an already formidable foundation, they have added three champions.
Their championship window may not be open for the next four or five years, but it is open now.
Where Brooklyn at?
Getting poised for an NBA title chase. At least on paper.
Hello Brooklyn, you may rightfully dream of an NBA title.