In week 3 of my NY Mag Power Rankings, the Nets’ recent skid has turned me into a grumpypants, which I hope you can tell from who I rank first overall:
1. Brook Lopez. With a stellar zero minutes played, Lopez sweeps the competition this week after the Nets tore through their first five-game losing streak, only to end it by stumbling past the 4-18 Toronto Raptors, who only suited nine players. Lopez got a lot of flack for his mini-max deal this off-season, but if anything is clear since he went down with a mild right-foot sprain, Brooklyn needs him. Badly.
I also throw in a #FreeMarShon and offer Humpmaster Hlex as a new nickname for Kris Humphries.