Following the 2018-19 season, things were looking up for the Nets. Kenny Atkinson was proving to be a great coach for the team, and they had vastly exceeded expectations. Their squad, led by D’Angelo Russell, Spencer Dinwiddie and Caris LeVert put together a 42-40 season to make the playoffs in the Eastern Conference.
While Brooklyn was eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by the 76ers, it was clear that they were an ascending team. And in time, their young talent could make them a future contender in the East.