As we inch ever closer to the start of the NBA season on October 22nd, we are starting to dissect the different teams in the NBA. One thing we noticed is the Brooklyn Nets have improved, but they have a tough road ahead of them in the Atlantic Division.
The best online sportsbooks have the Nets sitting at +5000 to win the NBA Title and +1489 to win the Eastern Conference. The only teams ahead of them in the east are the Bucks, 76ers, Celtics, and Pacers.
I’m actually a bit surprised that the odds are so long. The Nets are proud new owners of one Kyrie Irving, and one Kevin Durantula. On top of that, they are looking at picking up Carmelo Anthony, who actually might be a good fit for Brooklyn. Not only is it a good fit on paper, but both Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving are also reportedly ‘pushing’ the front office to sign ‘Melo’. This is great news for Brooklyn because typically when players are doing the recruiting, there is an improved initial court dynamic and instant comradery.
The last few years have been rough for Carmelo Anthony, but this could be his stars aligning, finding a team where it truly a symbiotic situation. We have to expect the Nets odds to jump if he gets signed, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s only a little. This is because Melo is flying under the ‘value radar’ due to his back-to-back bad stints in OKC and Houston.
"This isn't a good fit, it's a great fit. This was heaven sent. I was so happy for Carmelo when I read that both KD and Kyrie are supporting this. ... Carmelo deserves this. He didn't deserve to go out the way it looked like it was about to end." — @RealSkipBayless pic.twitter.com/z1soVbSQKH— UNDISPUTED (@undisputed) August 30, 2019
But the rumor mill is exactly that; it churns out rumors. Melo going to Brooklyn would be great, but he has already been tied back to going to LA. And I have to be honest, that would be a poor move. As a non-liker of the Lakers, I want to say, 'Yeah, man, go there! It will create a weird dysbiosis.' But as a decent human being – at least I'd like to think that I'm decent. I like to see other humans do well, and I believe that Melo deserves a real shot and it looks like that would be with the Nets.
But we left out DeAndre Jordan and Garret Temple. With DeAndre, the Nets have a legitimate frontrunner for the best 'Big Three' in the league. Sure, he can score, but Jordan is a two-time league rebounding leader and a two-time NBA All-Defensive Team member. So, his presence is more about guarding that rim, than scoring … at least that's how I see it. He adds a much-needed, elite defensive presence under the rim, even though he does hold a record for the best career field goal percentage at 67.4%. It was as high as .714 in 2016-2017 with the Clippers. So, when he shoots … he scored – unless it's a free throw, then he most likely misses. Garret Temple adds experience and depth to the bench.
The Nets look really good. In fact, they look darkhorse good. They are a wholly reloaded team with tons of talent and depth. So, looking at the odds, it's a bit surprising to see that they are +5000 on the title. They should be up around the same odds as the Pacers, at least, perhaps even better. I wouldn't be surprised if they hit the postseason with a No. 3 berth and go deep into the playoffs.