The Nets have three players among the top 100 in the NBA, according the Sports Illustrated annual list.
Ben Golliver and Rob Mahoney ranked Brook Lopez 38th in the league, the highest of the Nets to appear on the list, and heralded an alteration to his game play that could make the center more versatile.
"More of [Lopez's] offensive usage now comes from rolling to the rim rather than working with his back to the basket—a quiet change that dramatically alters what kind of role Lopez could occupy," SI writes. "What Lopez has become is more flexible to the minute-to-minute needs of a modern NBA team."
The other Nets on the list are Thaddeus Young, who came in at No. 75, and Joe Johnson, who is in spot No. 82.
Sort of a far cry from 2013, when the Nets had five players in the top 50, which included three in the top 30. But that's the nature of the beast for Brooklyn, who isn't getting a lot of love from many of the national publications this offseason.
Obviously, SI is banking that Johnson's days of being an impact player are over, but I do think they underestimate Lopez. Brook showed last season he can be one of the best players in the league when he's healthy and put in the proper situation. Time will tell if all the criticism of the Nets' roster is justified, but there is certainly no shortage of bulletin board material for Lionel Hollins to hang.