SB Nation NBA preseason power rankings: Nets are 8th, let's discuss!

Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

The summer is here (still) and all the noise that could possibly be made in Brooklyn this offseason has already -- or so it seems -- been trumpeted by Team Prokhorov. So, we have some time to "waste" before actual basketball is played. Which is why, as an exercise, the fantastic team over at SB Nation put together a collective preseason power ranking for the 2013-14 season ahead.

There is no bigger fan of the SB Nation family of bloggers than this guy right here, which is why I was more than happy to be a part of this exercise and submit my preseason rankings. But, before we get to my rankings, let's take a look at the collective power rankings and see where our beloved Brooklyn Nets fell.

Top 10

1. Miami Heat

2. Oklahoma City Thunder

3. San Antonio Spurs

4. Indiana Pacers

5. Los Angeles Clippers

6. Chicago Bulls

7. Houston Rockets

8. Brooklyn Nets

9. Memphis Grizzlies

10. Golden State Warriors

So, yes, the Nets were/are 8th overall, and 4th in the Eastern Conference. They ranked as high as 3rd on someone's rankings (not mine) and as low as 11th on a few others (also, not mine).

I know that many of you took to the SB Nation NBA page and shared your thoughts already, to the tune of over 800 comments -- well done, team -- but I think there certainly needs to be some perspective placed on these rankings. Since, yeah, "how could you say there are seven teams better than the Nets?!" Well, you could say there are seven teams better than the Nets, but I can't. But that also doesn't make me right, by any means.

On paper, the Nets, as far as I'm concerned are no less than a top five team. With Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Jason Terry, Andrei Kirilenko and Alan Anderson in town, this team is poised to make a run at the title. On paper, of course.

My rankings went as follows:

1. Miami

2. OKC

3. San Antonio

4. Indiana

5. Brooklyn

In my mind, I had Indiana at 4a and Brooklyn at 4b. Both teams are among the top five, and both are closing in on the Miami Heat.

This is where we argue whether or not the Rockets are better than the Nets or whether a healthy Derrick Rose propels the Bulls ahead of Brooklyn, right? This is where you tell me that the Thunder are top heavy and they don't have the bench to contend, yes? Or that the Spurs are "too old".... All valid points.

My thinking was, the Heat remain the top team (you gotta beat the best to be the best), the Thunder are extraordinarily top heavy, the Spurs can't be counted out until they are, well, counted out, and you know where I stand about the Pacers/Nets.

These preseason rankings are all about paper. All about how teams are constructed off the basketball court, not how they play on it. Which, yeah, is a great discussion point but certainly not indicative of how things will play out. I believe that the Nets are one of the top five teams in the NBA, others don't -- someone believes they are a top-three team.

I love reading these preseason power rankings, but of course they're simply fodder, discussion points. Remember last offseason when we ALL had the Lakers locked in to meet the Heat in the Finals, and the Spurs were written off because of their age? Those were the days.

There'll be plenty of opportunities for the Nets to prove me/you/us/them right or wrong, not on paper, but on the basketball court. It's a long season, and maybe even a longer offseason -- at least it feels that way -- so, let's be thankful for these discussion points. I mean, what else do we have to talk about in early August?

Where do you guys see the Nets in your offseason power rankings? Chris Sheridan says they're third, behind only the Heat and Pacers.

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