Kevin Durant believes everybody on the Brooklyn Nets is “going to step up” with him being out due to his Achilles injury.

Durant is widely expected to miss the entire 2019-20 season. The two-time Finals MVP is “excited” about being on the Nets and says guys on the team are going to take their games to another level next season given his injury.

“I’m excited about this group,” Durant told Chris Henderson (SEE HENDO on YouTube). “Obviously with me not starting off the season, being injured, you’re gonna see a lot of guys step up, do some things and go to another level as a player.

“Caris [LeVert], Joe Harris, Taurean Prince, even the older guys like Garrett Temple, Kyrie [Irving], DeAndre [Jordan]. I feel like everybody in this environment in going to step up, especially due to circumstances with me not being available. I think everybody’s going to step up and take it to the next level. We got great coaching, great front office, great fan base that’s excited for something new. This is a fresh start for everybody I feel.”

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The Nets are projected to be a top-five team in the Eastern Conference next season. The team will go as far as Kyrie Irving, DeAndre Jordan, Spencer Dinwiddie, Caris LeVert and Jarrett Allen can take them.

Assuming Kevin Durant misses all of next season and comes back for the 2020-21 campaign, the Nets will be title contenders in 2020-21.