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Power Rankings - Brooklyn Nets Top 10 with one exception


We waited a day to post our summary of NBA Power Rankings, mainly because a few of them were delayed a day. One still hasn't shown! Not that Monday night's blowout would have changed anyone's rankings. It was pre-ordained and would have affected the Nets position only if they lost and they didn't.

Most of the power rankers have them either at No. 9 or 10, with a couple of outliers a bit higher and one, Marc J. Spears a bit lower. The two losses to Western Conference teams on the road hurt them a bit. Everyone seems to be waiting for the outcome of the Heat game in Brooklyn. If the Nets win, it would vault them into the top echelon and make January 2013 the winningest month in Nets history.

John Schuhmann, (10)

The Nets got a nice win over the Knicks on Monday, but their defense continues to be a real issue. They allowed the Grizzlies and Rockets to score a combined 129 points in the first half over the weekend. Though they're 12-4 under P.J. Carlesimo, they rank 15th defensively in his time as head coach. Still, Brook Lopez has to be the obvious choice to replace Rondo on the East All-Star roster.

Marc J. Stein, ESPN (10)

Frustrating week all around for the Nets thanks to the All-Star snubbing of Brook Lopez and Deron Williams, as well as the fact they can't quite squeeze past the hated Knicks. Home wins over Orlando and Miami this week, however, would tie the winningest month in team history.

Seth Rosenthal, SB Nation (10)

The Nets take care of sub-.500 teams and recently, they've been taking care of visitors. After kind of a shaky start at Barclays Center, the Nets have won eight straight at home.

Marc. J Spears, Yahoo! Sports (11)

Brooklyn Nets (27-18, previous ranking: ninth): East coaches showed little respect for Brooklyn by not naming a player as an All-Star reserve. The Nets have two candidates to replace injured All-Star Rajon Rondo in Deron Williams and Brook Lopez.

Adi Joseph, USA Today (9)

The snub of Brook Lopez has been the talk of independent coffee shops everywhere.

Kurt Helin, NBC Sports (6)

The big question — does Brook Lopez get called up to take Rajon Rondo’s spot on the All-Star team? David Stern makes the pick and he is not bound by position.

Matt Dollinger, Sports Illustrated (9) posted Friday

All the coach has done since taking over for Avery Johnson is lead Brooklyn to a 12-2 record, salvage the season and make owner Mikhail Prokhorov look like the Garry Kasparov of the NBA. There's nothing flashy about Carlesimo. But he's been the perfect fit and deserves an extended shot at coaching the Nets and trying to turn them into a title contender.

Mitch Lawrence, New York Daily News (8) posted Friday

The way they've responded to P.J. Carlesimo's coaching, winning 12 of 14 games since firing Avery Johnson, they've got a shot to pass the Knicks and win the Atlantic Division

Wes Szafran, South Jersey Times (9)

5th in the league in opponents points per game, 94.3.