Don’t adjust your monitor — this is not a prank. Today, ESPN released their 2013-2014 predictions and of the twenty-eight analysts and writers they polled, every single one of them believes that the Brooklyn Nets will win the Atlantic Division.
Last year, only three experts voted for Brooklyn (the same amount that voted for Philadelphia!), and the Boston Celtics ran away with the poll. The New York Knicks, eventual winners of the Atlantic Division in 2012-13, did not get a vote in either year.
If the Brooklyn Nets win the Atlantic Division, it would be the first time since 2005-2006, when point guard Jason Kidd captained them to 49 wins. The Nets season tips off tomorrow night in Cleveland against the Cavaliers. Now-coach Kidd will not be in attendance, serving a two-game suspension following a DUI charge.