Joe Harris07180025+0.8-1.5-0.6 Dear NBA Diary, it’s been two days since the Brooklyn Nets hauled in three of the biggest free agents on the market (Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and DeAndre Jordan), and I’m still adjusting to the reality of those stars suiting up for the franchise that used to call the swamps of New Jersey home.But once we all get used to the idea of KD and Kyrie in Brooklyn black-and-white, their team will actually have to take the court (well, sans Durant for likely all of 2019-20). And how good will they be? According to our metrics, Brooklyn’s work has just begun. A preliminary version of our 2019-20 CARMELO depth chart projections thinks the Nets will have the NBA’s 10th-best offense but its sixth-worst defense, which adds up to a 1497 CARMELO rating (or roughly 40.2 wins of talent). Caris LeVert00210021+0.0-0.9-0.9 Dzanan Musa020507-1.3-0.5-1.8 PLAYERPGSGSFPFCTOTALOFF. +/-DEF. +/-TOT. +/- Team total Garrett Temple01360019-2.1+0.0-2.1 Kyrie Irving35000035+4.2-0.93.3 DeAndre Jordan00062228-1.0+2.01.0 Keep track of the chaotic NBA offseason with our Free Agency Diary. Rodions Kurucs01211014-1.2-0.2-1.4 EXPECTED MINUTES PER GAMEPLAYER RATING Nicolas Claxton000011-3.0+0.8-2.2 CARMELO team rating:1497 Jarrett Allen00002525-0.9+1.40.5 Alan Williams000404-2.3+1.2-1.0 Taurean Prince00122023-0.4-0.9-1.3 Spencer Dinwiddie42500029+1.6-1.40.2 How good are the new-look Nets?Projected opening-night depth chart for the 2019-20 Brooklyn Nets, based on CARMELO plus/minus ratings 240+1.2-1.5-0.2 Jaylen Hands900009-1.8-1.6-3.4 Expected wins:40.2 That’s … probably not the projection you might expect after the free-agent coups the Nets pulled off over the weekend. But truth be told, our model never liked Brooklyn much last season, either: Even as the Nets were making the playoffs (as the No. 6 seed!), we never once rated them as a league-average team. If Coach of the Year candidate Kenny Atkinson had them overachieving with less talent than they will have next season, then maybe he can squeeze more wins — and better defense — out of this roster than our numbers would predict.Plus, it’s important to remember that this is the version of the Nets without Durant. The version with him won’t take the court until the following season, most likely. If KD were to be on the Nets’ opening-day roster, though, our algorithm would give Brooklyn the NBA’s second-best offense and an improved (but still below-average) defense. That team would have a CARMELO rating of 1583 (49.1 wins of talent), which probably still sounds low given the Nets’ newfound star power.One note: Some of you noticed that my depth chart for the Sixers on Monday contained a player (Jonathon Simmons) who was, um, no longer on the Sixers. Sorry about that! As we rebuild our team depth charts over the summer, we’re trying to cobble things together across multiple sources of contracts and rosters, but it’s still a work in progress. Please let us know if you see a player who should be on a different team.
September 26, 2016 4 min read Google Fiber has slowly been spreading to U.S. cities, and its recent acquisition will bring it to five additional ones. Its goal is to reduce the cost and increase the availability of high-speed internet.Related: Google Fiber Team Looks to Cut Costs, StaffFiber’s development, however, has been slow, to say the least. But this latest acquisition by Google and its new license with the FCC will likely help get the initiative moving a little faster. Here are six things you should know that will help you understand Google Fiber.1. Slow development up until nowMany people assumed Google Fiber would be available in all major cities almost instantly. After all, it was a Google product — and that mega-company essentially has unlimited funds, so everyone expected a fast launch. It’s been the complete opposite, but there is now light at the end of the tunnel.The growth of Google Fiber should speed up now that it is focused on 5G. Its acquisition of Webpass, a company that was deeply invested in 5G networks and wireless technology, along with a license granted by the FCC to explore “experimental radio service” in 12 cities over the next 24 months, is a good sign for the future.2. Cities that currently offer Google FiberGoogle Fiber is currently available in these nine areas:Atlanta, Ga.Austin, TexasCharlotte, N.C.Kansas City, Mo.Kansas City, KansasNashville, Tenn.Provo, UtahSalt Lake City, UtahThe Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill “Triangle,” N.C.3. Where Google Fiber will land nextSome cities that have already been confirmed as upcoming Fiber locations include:Huntsville, Ala.Irvine, Calif.San Antonio, TexasSan Francisco, Calif.Potential locations include:Chicago, Il.Dallas, TexasJacksonville, Fla.Los Angeles, Calif.Louisville, Ky.Oklahoma City, Okla.Phoenix, Ariz.Portland, Ore.Related: Chicago and Los Angeles Could Get Google Fiber. And That’s a Very Big Deal for Entrepreneurs.Some experts have been performing their own research and crunching data to come up with a list of logical cities where Google Fiber might land next.4. What speed to expect from Google Fiber Google Fiber speeds are fast — very fast.A gigabit per second, or 1000 Mbps, is attractive, especially for households that have multiple internet users and devices. Multiple computers, laptops, mobile devices and tablets can really bog down a traditional internet connection.With Fiber, multiple devices can stream simultaneously without causing any performance issues. If you want to visually understand how fast a gigabit is, check out this video. 5. How much Google Fiber will costWhile the monthly cost of Google Fiber varies depending on what location you are in, each city’s cost is in relatively the same ballpark. For example, if you live in Charlotte, you can get internet plus TV for $130 a month, plus an additional $10 if you want to add Fiber Phone.These prices don’t include applicable taxes and fees but, relatively speaking, they are affordable for the speed delivered. My current internet/TV/phone package runs more than $160 a month, and I’m definitely not receiving internet speeds of a gigabit per second.6. What Google Fiber offers in addition to high-speed internetIn addition to a faster internet connection, you can also add Fiber TV and Fiber Phone. TV gives you access to 150+ channels, and with Google Cast built in, you can watch anything on your mobile phone or computer on your TV screen.Related: AT&T: Google Fiber Demands Government FavorsFiber Phone, which will add an additional $10 per month to your bill, gives you unlimited nationwide calling. Just as you experience with any phone carrier, you can use your existing number or pick a new one. Google also offers its users spam-filtering, something that I personally believe to be worth the $10 — by itself. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now »