AOL.com's Preseason NBA Power Rankings: 24. Brooklyn Nets
As October draws near, AOL Sports continues to bring you our NBA preseason power rankings for the 2015-16 season. Yesterday, the sorry Los Angeles Lakers came in at No. 25. Next up is yet another colossal disappointment.
The Deron Williams era in Brooklyn officially came to an end over the summer, when the Nets reached a buyout agreement with the former star, who then signed with the Dallas Mavericks. Joe Johnson and Brook Lopez stand as the only remaining Nets from 2013-14, when Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett joined on to help Brooklyn compete with LeBron James' Miami Heat.
Clearly, the experiment was a train wreck. With Williams in Dallas, Garnett back in Minnesota, Pierce back with Doc Rivers in Los Angeles and Jason Kidd running the Milwaukee Bucks, the Nets are merely an array of spare parts.
Jarrett Jack and Shane Larkin figure to split the point guard duties, while Bojan Bogdanovic, Wayne Ellington and Markel Brown should make up the rest of the backcourt rotation. Johnson, Lopez and Thaddeus Young make up a competitive frontcourt, and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Thomas Robinson are two promising young pieces -- but time will tell if Lionel Hollins has it in him to sacrifice 2015-16 success in the name of developing these key pieces.
Whether they like it or not, this season will be about development for Brooklyn. With Johnson's massive $25 million salary coming off the books next summer, the team will then finally be able to reboot. In the meantime, though, they can help by seeing what they already have in Larkin, Hollis-Jefferson, Robinson, Brown and other young pieces.
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