Another New York area team that missed out on LeBron is taking the longer road to rebuilding. Maybe by the time they get to Brooklyn they'll have a shot at the playoffs.
Maybe the Nets won’t turn into instant contenders, or even a guaranteed 8th seed, but that doesn’t mean we can’t see improvement; the Sonics/Thunder had 20 wins, then 23 wins, before a strong 50 wins last year. And it wasn’t due to a single magical offseason. Improvement in a team can take a while to show up quantitatively in the record.