The Brooklyn Nets were ranked as the 12th-best team in the NBA in Bleacher Report's latest power rankings published on Friday. The last time that the website did their power rankings, Jan. 20, they were ranked as the 10th-best team in the association.
It seems that the Nets have been falling down the power rankings of many reputable NBA sites as Brooklyn has gone 2-6 since Kevin Durant hurt his knee against the Miami Heat. The Nets were able to pick up impressive wins over the Utah Jazz and Golden State Warriors, but they have also disappointing losses against the Oklahoma City Thunder, San Antonio Spurs, and the Detroit Pistons.
Since Durant went down with his knee injury, Kyrie Irving and Nic Claxton have stepped up their production to try to will the team to victory. However, at the same time, Ben Simmons has not provided much value while on the court as he has long bouts of just watching his teammates play offense and that has led to some scrutiny similar to what he faced during his day as a Philadelphia 76er. Here's what Bleacher Report's Andy Bailey had to say about the Nets ranking on this list:
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