18. Brooklyn Nets
There’s no denying it; Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant are huge losses for the Nets. Even though they’ve actually played better without Irving, the truth is he’s a quality player. You need his type of experience and ability to make a deep playoff run.
Furthermore, Jacque Vaughn doesn’t have a lot of time to implement his ideas. The Nets just aren’t in the best of shape right now despite their impressive offseason last time around. Moreover, they need to stay ahead of the Magic if they want to avoid the Bucks in the next round, so the pressure is on.