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Brooklyn Nets are the 28th best team in the NBA

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Power rankers are bored with the Nets. It's obvious. Almost all of them place the Nets at No. 28, just above those fun teams in Philly and L.A. And why not? After the blowout loss to the Knicks and the latest frustration with the Warriors, the Nets are not very exciting.  Take away Rondae Hollis-Jefferson for a few weeks and it will only get worse.

So with that in mind, we offer you the power rankings ... and a picture of a more exciting brand of Nets.

John Schuhmann, NBA.com (28)

In two games against the Warriors, the Nets have led in the final minute of the fourth quarter and have erased a 17-point deficit. But if they're going to get some real wins, now - in the middle of a stretch where they're playing 11 of 14 games at home - is the time. They had won four straight at the Barclays Center before Sunday's loss to the champs, who they don't have to play again (until The Finals).

Marc Stein, ESPN (28)

It was on the surreal side for the Committee, in its first visit to Barclays Center for something other than All-Star Weekend, to see Mikhail Prokhorov in the building, too. Yet it only served to remind us that it can't be a good thing for the Nets that the boss' appearances still make headline news when he shows because they're so rare.

Matt Moore, CBS sports (28)

Gotta love the Nets with two wins vs. the Pistons and Suns to sucker you in before getting run out by the Knicks. The Nets are elite at pulling the rug out. They are not elite at basketball.

Kurt Helin, NBC Sports (28)

They had won four straight at home until the Warriors showed up Sunday, which is good because they have five games left in this homestead. After that dreaded 0-7 start the Nets are 5-8, which isn’t great but not terrible. Shane Larkin is showing some potential.

Kelly Dwyer, Yahoo! Sports (28)

Brooklyn’s week included two quality wins against Denver and Phoenix, and the team had every right to submit to a massive blowout against Golden State on Sunday before coming back to at least compete. These are still the Nets, however, just about unnoticeable.

Jeremy Woo, Sports Illustrated (27)

The Nets are playing Joe Johnson, Brook Lopez and Thaddeus Young heavy minutes and don’t really have much of a choice if they want to compete. Brooklyn’s next five games come at home, which may only help them in theory given Barclays Center's attendance patterns.

Tim Bontemps, Washington Post (28)


Brooklyn has hung around in most of its games, but failures in late and close situations have cost them repeatedly.

Adi Joseph, USA Today (28)

Mikhail Prokhorov about to control team and arena