Brooklyn Nets Remain One Of NBA's Biggest Question Marks

NBA training camp is closing in, and the Nets have a lot of pieces to pick up

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Believe it or not, we're closing in on NBA training camps. I know, time flies right?

Camps officially open Sept. 27, and with another eventful offseason, to say the least, there's more than a few questions that need to be answered. Some will be questions asked to players themselves (which they'll likely have boring answers for), others will need an entire season to give us a real answer.

The Brooklyn Nets are clearly at the top of the list when it comes to uncertainty, and you can bet all eyes will be on what this team looks like when the NBA season opens.

The Nets are now back near the top of the NBA title odds, sitting fourth at BetMGM (+700), which makes it even wilder to think that right around that Aug. 24 timeframe, when Kevin Durant requested a trade, they fell as far as 40-to-1 at some books to win it all.

Hope you jumped on that price just in case Durant returned.

Brooklyn has the talent to win a title, sure, but as we've seen over the years in the NBA, you need chemistry to go along with that talent. We haven't seen that consistently from Durant and Kyrie Irving as it is, let alone what it will mean when they throw Ben Simmons into the mix.

This team has been a mess since they tried their original Big 3, and James Harden wanted out almost as soon as he walked in the door. Now Simmons is there in his place, but he's one giant question mark, too. Oh, and let's not forget we still have no idea whether or not Steve Nash can actually coach since his roster has been a revolving door since he got there.

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There's plenty of talent and depth on this roster, and Simmons, on paper, at least fits with this team filling needs defensively and as a playmaker (that's a dangerous statement, I know).

Can that all come together, though?

It's more than likely to have some growing pains early in the season, and that's reasonable. The real issue becomes whether or not this team can put it together and grow enough to make a playoff run.

They're +350 to win the East, behind the Celtics and Bucks, and right now, they've shown nothing to give you confidence they can surpass Boston or Milwaukee. The talent is there, but if it doesn't come together, it's just another wasted Super Team with unfulfilled expectations.