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.

 

  • First and foremost comes the most super-important part of today, both for this site and our current political climate: I'm now doing Nets Power Rankings for New York Magazine every Thursday. Tease: two members of the bench mob make the top five. One invented palindromes.
  • We didn't really touch on this when it happened, but holy Joe Johnson:

    (note: per request from @elonepb, I've switched out the NBA's version -- which had the Celtics call -- with Ian Eagle. Because, I mean, it's Ian Eagle.)
  • Kevin Garnett has some choice words for Kris Humphries: "Dude's always been known to be out of control. He's always tried to play the tough guy or whatever role you want to do it. It was a little extra, but it comes with the territory and it comes with the game. ... I guess they're trying to hold up to the whole Brooklyn mentality."
  • Even with Deron Williams' bumps and bruises, Billy King says there's no plan to rest his point guard.
  • The Manhattan/New York Knicks are #1 in the NBA jersey sales... unless you count fairly.

 

Brooklyn Nets LogoWinners of 5 straight and standing at 6-2, the Brooklyn Nets are 12th in Marc Stein's fifth Power Rankings rendition (training camp, preseason, and one per week during the regular season), moving up six spots from last week's rankings. Though I haven't checked this, I'm going to assume higher than any ranking they held last season. A five-game winning streak and a .750 record might catapult the Nets higher, but Stein is bearish on the team's success:

The victims in this five-game winning streak have a composite record of 13-27. The most impressive win of the five came against the Rondo-less Celtics at home. Yet there is some noise coming out of Brooklyn courtesy of some encouraging flashes from an improving (we think) Brook Lopez.

Six of the Nets' next nine opponents rank in the top 10 of Stein's power rankings, including borough rival Manhattan/New York Knicks at #2. The Memphis Grizzlies -- the only team to beat the Knicks, rank #1.

Read more: ESPN.com -- Power Rankings: Grizzlies New No. 1