In first Power Rankings, Brooklyn Nets in middle of the pack.

Sam Greenwood

There's probably nothing more irrelevant as first week Power Rankings, but if writers are gonna write them, we're gonna report them.

Most rankers put the Nets in the middle of the pack, taking account of a one-point home win over the Heat as well as the two losses to the Cavaliers and Magic.

John Schuhmann of NBA.com, who has them at No. 14, sees some troubling trends...

With a win over the Heat and losses in Cleveland and Orlando (by a lot), the Nets are your Jekyll and Hyde Team of the Week. As big as they are at every position, they shouldn't be taking more mid-range shots (92) than shots in the paint (90). And as terrific as their depth looked against Miami, Andray Blatche (5-for-20 with seven turnovers) has pretty much been a disaster thus far.

Mark Stein of ESPN is kinder, putting them at No. 10, and notes the Knicks are worse...

It'll come as little consolation that the other team in town had a worse opening week. Brooklyn finally toppled Miami in the game that mattered most, true, but its road performances in Cleveland and especially Orlando were disheartening. PS -- D-Will clearly still has plenty of rust to shake off.

Marc Spears of Yahoo!, who's not been a fan of the off-season makeover, has them the lowest at No. 15...

Brooklyn Nets (1-2; last week's ranking: 11): Jason Kidd's coaching debut was one to forget after Brooklyn lost by 21 points to Orlando. Kevin Garnett has yet to score in double figures. The Nets did beat Miami.

Jason Patt of SB Nation offers the most encouragement, saying it will be fine...but ranking them 11th.

Sandwiched around an impressive victory over the Miami Heat were two lackluster performances, including an ugly loss to the Orlando Magic in Jason Kidd's coaching debut. The Nets will be fine, but not the most inspiring start.

David Aldridge of NBA.com only ranks the top 15 and doesn't rank the Nets.  In each of the early rankings, the Nets are listed above the Knicks.  And everyone but Stein and Aldridge has the 76ers at No. 1. Both have the Pacers, also undefeated, in the top spot. Curmudgeons.

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