Nets news: Caris LeVert says playoff goal is ‘realistic’ for Brooklyn
The Brooklyn Nets are coming off another disappointing season where they finished with one of the worst records in the league, which was also their second-straight 60-loss campaign.
However, there is a growing confidence from within the organization that the Nets can snap their two-year playoff drought this upcoming season that was most recently echoed through forward Caris LeVert.
“I feel like it’s really realistic,” said LeVert, echoing recent sentiments of teammate Jeremy Lin, with whom he toured Taiwan this summer. “Last year, we were like top seven in the East when we had all our players healthy. Just building off that momentum with the pieces we’ve added — obviously we lost a great player in Brook [Lopez] — but I feel with the pieces we’ve added we’ll be in that conversation.”
This comes just a few weeks after veteran guard Jeremy Lin stated that the Nets are going to make the playoffs. It’s something that has reverberated through the organization for much of the offseason following the draft.
The Brooklyn Nets made a major move this offseason with the trade of former All-Star center Brook Lopez to the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for promising guard D’Angelo Russell and veteran big man Timofey Movgov.
This, combined with the Eastern Conference becoming significantly weaker with the departure of several All-Stars in Jimmy Butler, Paul George, and Paul Millsap all heading to the Western Conference, could open the door to the Nets making a huge leap.
It may sound like an outrageous statement at this moment, but Brooklyn could be one of the most improved teams next season.