Some thought that the Nets would be the East coast version of the pre-CP3 Los Angeles Clippers. Thus far, that hasn't been the case and the national NBA media seems to agree.
Where do the Nets sit this week in the NBA Power Rankings?
Brooklyn Nets #6 - The Nets just posted their first 10-win November since the second of their back-to-back trips to the NBA Finals in 2002-03. Our question: Focus on the steadily improving D and Jerry Stackhouse's renaissance, or the slumping (Joe Johnson/Gerald Wallace) and ailing (D-Will and Brook Lopez)?
Brooklyn (11-5) #5 - Pace: 90.5 (30), OffRtg: 103.8 (8), DefRtg: 100.9 (14) Their offense hit a wall in the second half in Miami on Saturday, but the Nets have proved that they're in the mix at the top of the East with recent wins over the Clips, Knicks and Celtics. Next is Tuesday's test against OKC, with Brook Lopez likely missing his third straight game. They will have Jerry Stackhouse, who now has more threes (15) than he did over the last two seasons combined (14).
Brooklyn Nets #5 - (9-4, previous ranking: seventh): Brooklyn earns big home victory Monday over the Knicks, a suddenly real cross-town rival. Nets have won three straight and visit tough divisional foe Boston on Wednesday.
Brooklyn Nets - #5 -Brook Lopez is the East’s starting center (or whatever the NBA wants to call it) if the All-Star Game were held today. The rest of the Nets are giving their new city (well, borough) a reason to feel proud, too.
As long as the Nets stay healthy, they should be able to hover around the fifth seed for most of the season. This upcoming week will be critical for how they are viewed across the league, though.