There have been many strange things about this inaugural Nets season in Brooklyn. But the strangest may be the fact that despite a tumultuous season including various ups and downs — from long winning streaks to nearly as long losing skids, from a coach winning Coach of the Month honors one month to being dismissed the next — the Nets are right about where they should be.

When this season began, nearly all preseason predictions — ours included — had the Nets winning 45 to 50 games and finishing in one of the top four or five spots in the Eastern Conference standings. Despite all of the drama surrounding the Nets this season, that’s exactly where they are: fourth in the Eastern Conference, 2 1/2 games behind the Knicks for second in the Atlantic Division — and on pace for 48 wins.

Though they are right on schedule, that doesn’t mean things have gone according to plan.

“It’s been OK,” said Joe Johnson, who is averaging 17.0 points in his first season as a Net. “We’re not quite where we thought we would be, but a lot has transpired in the first half of this season. Right now, we’re OK, but we have a lot of work to do.”

The Nets have often been baffled by the way their season has twisted and turned over the first few months. After their 11-4 November earned Avery Johnson honors as Coach of the Month, a 3-11 start to December led owner Mikhail Prokhorov to remove Johnson and replace him with interim coach P.J. Carlesimo. The Nets then went on another hot streak, only to recently slip in losing six of nine games.

Much of that has fallen on the shoulders of Deron Williams, who missed the final two games before the break after receiving platelet-rich plasma treatment to relieve inflammation in the joint linings in both of his ankles. But the star point guard’s struggles to live up to the nearly $100 million deal he signed last summer do not completely explain away the Nets’ on-again, off-again efforts through the first 53 games of the season.

“I’m still trying to figure it out with this team,” Gerald Wallace said Wednesday with a smile after the Nets beat the Nuggets in Brooklyn to end the first half of the season. “You walk into the locker room and you never know what you’re going to get.