The first power rankings of the new season put the Nets right smack in the middle of the pack, #18 in Marc Stein's ESPN rankings, #16 in John Schuhmann's NBA.com rankings and #13 in Marty Burns' Sports Illustrated's rankings. All compliment the Nets' two wins, but two take notice of the 37-point blowout by the Raptors. "It ain't so easy to be philosophical about a 37-point home loss so early," writes Stein. Adds Schuhmann: "That's inconsistency. And that's exactly how the Nets played last year."
- Power Rankings: Opening Week brings early surprises - Marc Stein - ESPN
- When 3-0 Isn’t Good Enough - John Schuhmann - NBA.com
- Texas holds 'em - Marty Burns - Sports Illustrated