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NOT the worst team in the NBA (at least this week)

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They're not the worst team in the NBA anymore!  Not only that, but a couple of the guys who do the power rankings had some nice things about Brooklyn.

John Schuhmann, NBA.com (28)

The Nets won 1.99 games last week against the teams that were in the Western Conference finals six months ago. But an eight-second violation, a silly decision not to foul, and a miss from point-blank range kept them from pulling off what might have ended up being the biggest upset of the whole season. Joe Johnson has shot less than 40 percent in eight of his 10 games.

Marc Stein, ESPN, (28)

A surprisingly short stay in the basement for the Nets, who have to be profusely hat-tipped for the stubborn streak they unearthed out West. Beating Houston in Houston for win No. 1?  Playing Golden State as tough as anyone has? Didn't think either was possible even if those teams were openly sleeping on Brooklyn.

Eric Freeman, Yahoo! Sports (29)


Such is the plight of the Nets that a team that beat the Rockets and nearly handed the Warriors their first loss Saturday can rise only one spot in these rankings. It's just hard to get excited about a franchise that's at least one season from heading in the right direction.

Matt Moore, CBS Sports (28)


Incredible effort vs. the Warriors Saturday to find a way to lose that game. It's their commitment to failure that's so impressive.

Kurt Helin, NBC Sports (29)

They almost picked up a win over Golden State over the weekend, but they didn’t execute down the stretch — and that’s why teams are 1-9. More Rondae Hollis-Jefferson please (they are much better with him on the court).

Jeremy Woo, Sports Illustrated (28)

Brooklyn finally got in the win column against the Rockets, nearly beat the Kings and took the Warriors to overtime, looking a bit more like the team that snuck into the playoffs last season. Still, at 1-9, the Nets have a ways to go.

Adi Joseph, USA Today, (29)

The Celtics fan's favorite team this season