19. Brooklyn Nets
It doesn’t matter whether they’ve been in New Jersey or New York, the Nets are the same letdown either way. Changing state doesn’t alter the mentality or culture of a franchise. The Nets front office is constantly rebuilding which says a lot about their organizational skills. In sum, they had about two years of ‘glory’ when they made the NBA Finals twice. That was between 2001-03, but since then they haven’t come close.
In the 17 seasons since then, they haven’t made it past the first round of the playoffs. The only thing is that there is room for optimism. A fit Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant should make some difference to this strange, strange team. Furthermore, being in Brooklyn has helped them gain some sense of identity. Now let’s see if their big names can create a winner’s mentality. It’s going to be interesting.