Power Rankings: Nets No. 3

When it comes to preseason contenders, don't worry -- the Nets are in the picture. ESPN Illustration

ESPN.com colleague Marc Stein has the Nets sitting third in the first installment of his 2013-14 Power Rankings, behind only the defending champion Heat and Pacers.

Writes Stein:

Can J-Kidd coach? Can J-Kidd, with zero experience and facing championship expectations, coach a team that will spend nearly $190 million in salary and luxury taxes this season? I know this much: I've seen J-Kidd, at age 38, guard Kobe and Durant in the playoffs. So I know he won't be scared.

The rival Knicks are 11th.

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For Stein’s entire Power Rankings, click here.