If Andray Blatche is to be believed, none of the previous NBA season's conference finalists are the best in the league. That distinction belongs solely to Blatche's Brooklyn Nets.
"I think we are the best team," Blatche said during Monday's Nets media day at Barclays Center.
Blatche spent seven seasons in Washington before signing with the Brooklyn Nets in 2012.
The prolific forward, who scored 10.3 points a game for the Nets after transferring from the Washington Wizards, believes that the Nets' recent acquisitions will be key if the team's play will back up his rhetoric.
“This team can be great. We got everything that a team needs to win a championship. We got heart defense offense bench great coaching staff.”
Blatche might just be right. The Nets added former Boston Celtics Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett -- two-thirds of the original Big Three that won the championship in 2008 -- through a trade. Also coming in via the Boston trade was shooting guard Jason Terry. Brooklyn was also able to lure Russian forward Andrei Kirilenko away from Minnesota. The new acquisitions will bolster an already-competitive lineup that features the explosive trio of Joe Johnson, Brook Lopez, and Deron Williams, who average nearly 55 points a game between them.
Blatche himself has had a career renaissance at Brooklyn. After playing just 26 games for the Wizards in 2011-12, he bounced back at Brooklyn, playing all 82 regular-season games and shooting 51.2 per cent from the field, a personal record. He also scored 10.3 points per game in the 2013 playoffs, his first playoff appearance since 2008 at Washington.
Brooklyn gave the Derrick Rose-less Chicago Bulls all they could handle in the first round of the 2013 playoffs, falling in seven games despite enjoying the homecourt advantage.
While Blatche concedes that Miami did a good job in winning two championships for the past two years, he's not giving the "best" tag right away. Ditto with the other championship contenders such as Oklahoma City, Indiana, or San Antonio.
"They (Miami) did it last year. This is a whole new year. We’re going to try to be the best.”
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