Are the new-look Brooklyn Nets a threat to the Miami Heat?

Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

The Brooklyn Nets just added Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Jason Terry to their team, to go along with Deron Williams, Brook Lopez, and Joe Johnson. Now their starting 5 will be Williams, Johnson, Pierce, KG, and Lopez. That's a great starting lineup, but are they ready to contend for the NBA Finals just yet? I don't think so, and here's why.

Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett aren't young anymore to say the least. Pierce is 35 going on 36 in October, and KG is 37. Which means their prime is over, and might only have 1 good year left, if that. They will still be great role players, and can have a great few moments, but you can't expect them to lead you to the NBA Finals like they could a few years ago. Rajon Rondo carried a majority of the load in 2012 when the Celtics were a game away from the NBA Finals, when they lost in Game 7 to the Miami Heat.

Now is Deron Williams capable of doing the same thing? Absolutely, and add in Brook Lopez and Joe Johnson, and you've got a great team. Jason Terry insists the Nets have the "formula" to beat the Heat in the playoffs. Terry was a member of the 2011 Dallas Mavericks championship team that beat the Heat in the NBA Finals, the only team to beat LeBron/Wade/Bosh in a 7 game series, so I would take Terry's word for it that he has the formula, but can the Brooklyn Nets do the same as the Mavericks? Can they beat the Heat?n

Before we even ask if the Nets can beat the Heat, I'm not sure they're even the 3rd best team in the East. A Chicago Bulls team with Derrick Rose coming back will be a force to be reckon with. Derrick Rose didn't play a game at all last season, and the Bulls were still able to get to the second round of the Playoffs, after beating the Brooklyn Nets in the 1st round. If last years Nets couldn't beat a Derrick Rose-less Bulls team, lets calm down on calling them a legit threat to the Heat's 3-peat.

Plus it takes time to gel, this team hasn't played a second together. Not only that, they also have a rookie head coach in Jason Kidd. Who doesn't have any coaching experience whatsoever at the NBA level. Kidd will only be a few years older than some of his players. He is being thrown into the fire right away, he's expected to lead the Nets deep into the playoffs, and possibly to the NBA Finals. Hey, as long as he doesn't get any phone calls during a game, he should be fine.

In conclusion, the Brooklyn Nets are a ways from being a threat in the Eastern Conference. They have to fight Father Time, have to gel as a team, and get used to rookie head coach Jason Kidd. We saw how the Heat started out in LeBron's first year, we saw how bad the Lakers were last year, adding in Dwight and some veterans. The Miami Heat shouldn't have to worry about the Brooklyn Nets just yet. As LeBron James said after the NBA Finals, he can say this about the Brooklyn Nets as well; I ain't got no worries!

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