The Nets roster is plus Joe Johnson for a team that finished 22-44 last season. When you consider the crippling expectations of their touted move to Brooklyn, the Nets turnaround is almost inspiring. See Cleveland? There's hope.

Before GM Billy King and Mikhail Prokhorov split a celebratory bottle of Zyr Vodka, it should be noted that Brook Lopez has been the hinge point of Brooklyn's success. The man that team brass tried so desperately to shill for Dwight Howard is playing like Artis Gilmore reincarnated, averaging 18 points and six rebounds per game.