"It will be interesting to see how Keith Van Horn and Kenyon Martin play together. They're definitely going to pose matchup problems. On the other hand, Van Horn can't guard anyone.... The Nets are horrible at center. To expect Evan Eschmeyer to be a factor is really a reach. If Jim McIlvaine could ever stay out of foul trouble he would be effective, but 15 minutes is a long time for him to last. We'll have to see just how tough Martin is, but asking him to play center is asking a lot.... They'll miss Kerry Kittles. Kendall Gill hasn't shot well the last few years, which makes me wonder if it's because he's been playing out of position at the three, or because he doesn't have the skill to play the two anymore.... Stephon Marbury is the best point guard in the East. They have three terrific young talents in Marbury, Martin and Van Horn that they can build around, and they'll be more disciplined under Byron Scott. A lot of the bad teams in the conference haven't improved, but the Nets will be better than they were last year."