Marc Stein offers little hope to Nets' fans in his first power rankings of the 2006-07. Stein, who had the Nets at #5 at the end of last season, drops the Nets to #11, dissing the off-season this way: "A year ago, Rod Thorn said J-Kidd's Nets were deeper than ever. No one's even pretending to say so now about a small, thin crew at risk for exiting the East elite." Stein puts the Nets behind the Hornets and ahead of the Lakers.
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