Do the Brooklyn Nets have the best starting five in the NBA?
ESPN analyst and former coach Jeff Van Gundy thinks so.
“If they play well and remain healthy, which is always a challenge for an older team, I think they have the best starting-unit talent in basketball,” Van Gundy said recently.
Let’s take a look at the Nets’ projected starting five by games missed last season:
PG Deron Williams: 4 (dealt with ankle and wrist issues for first 50 games)
SG Joe Johnson: 10 (plagued by plantar fasciitis at end of season)
SF Paul Pierce 5 (plagued by elbow injury in playoffs)
PF Kevin Garnett 14 (plagued by bone spurs in ankle and foot)
C Brook Lopez 8 (underwent third foot surgery in 18 months in offseason)
As Van Gundy said, if they can stay healthy, and that’s a pretty big "if," the Nets, at least on paper, do have one of the best starting fives in the league.
Let’s take a look at some of the other elite projected starting units:
Do you agree with Van Gundy? If not, where do you think the Nets stack up? Let us know in the comments section.