Deron Williams is still a top-10 player, according to ESPN's player rankings, but he's slipped one spot over the last year. The rankings, based on ratings from 104 of ESPN's NBA experts, bumped Williams down from from No. 9. He's the best player in the Atlantic Division, but the fourth best point guard according to the rankings, behind Chris Paul (4), Derrick Rose (5) and Russell Westbrook (9).
All five Nets starters are in the top 84, but then there's quite a drop-off, making it clear that ESPN's pundits do not think much of the Brooklyn bench. Travis Outlaw (No. 348) and Johan Petro (No. 397) would each rank 11th if they were still Nets.
Of the 12 Brooklyn veterans, eight moved down in the rankings and four moved up.
Here's the full list of Nets rankings...
No. 10: Deron Williams (down from 9)
Unranked: Keith Bogans (down from 255)