Nets Power Rankings: Blatche Reigns Supreme

Andray Blatche Brooklyn Nets, Thomas Robinson Sacramento Kings

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I do some good ol’ Nets power-ranking over at NY Mag, and look who ends up on top:

1. Andray Blatche. That’s right, Andray Blatche is your leader on this week’s Power Rankings (by the by, I’ll be doing these solely on the events of the past week, because screw you, these are my rankings). If you’d told me two months ago that Andray Blatche would lead my Nets Power Rankings in any given week I’d have laughed in your face until battery acid came out of my throat. But it’s true. With Brook Lopez out for the past three games nursing a right foot injury that totally has nothing to do with his previous right foot injury that kept him out basically a whole season, so don’t freak out he’s going to be fine, oh God Brook Lopez please don’t let this linger the season rests on the tiny bones in your foot that hold up your enormous lumbering frame …

Where was I? Oh, right. Blatche has been phenomenal in these last three games. He’s forced less offense than usual and is somehow scoring more. He’s looked tricky in the post in good ways, with dekes and ball fakes galore, and gotten points in the paint from Deron Williams feeds on a few occasions. He’s still having issues defending, particularly in help — there was one moment when Blatche stuck his hip to Kendrick Perkins as he watched Russell Westbrook fly through the lane for an uncontested layup, which is probably something you don’t want. But he’s grabbed 28 rebounds and has a team-leading plus-minus of +4 per game in the past three games. For his efforts, Dray Day becomes Dray Week.

Yes, I actually ranked Andray Blatche first. THIS GUY.

Read more here for thoughts on every Nets player (except Toko, because Toko don’t play-o), and my theories on Joe Johnson’s evil twin.


  1. “… it’s difficult for me to see where he fits in a five-big rotation where each big man brings a significant and specific skillset to the floor.” I’ll take this ranking as affirmation that you now see where he fits in the jenga board of Brooklyn Nets basketball.