Brooklyn Nets: #NBARank

D-Will ranked No. 20 by #NBARank

October, 17, 2013
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Nets point guard Deron Williams came in at 20th in this season’s edition of ESPN’s #NBARank (7.88 out of 10).

Williams was 12th last season. Brook Lopez (7.55) was 28th, up from 60th. D-Will is coming off an up-and-down year. Lopez, on the other hand, is coming off the best season of his career.

These rankings may be a bit surprising. But, it's important to note that a key part of this season’s #NBARank was predicting each player's overall quality of play for the upcoming year.

To check out the #NBARank for the entire Brooklyn roster, click here.

Agree with the rankings? Disagree? Let us known in the comments section below.

#NBArank: D-Will 10th, but No. 1 in NYC

September, 26, 2012
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Deron Williams may be No. 10 in #NBArank, but he’s No. 1 in NYC.

The Brooklyn Nets point guard was ranked as 10th-best player in the league by a panel of ESPN.com’s experts, meaning he’s captured the crown as the top player in the city.

New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (No. 17) came in second. Williams was ranked as the ninth-best player in the league last season.

Led by D-Will, the Nets finished with five players in the Top-100: Kris Humphries (No. 84), Gerald Wallace (No. 70), Brook Lopez (No. 60) and Joe Johnson (No. 33) were the others.

Regarded as one of the best floor generals in the NBA, Williams, 28, averaged team highs of 21 points and 8.7 assists for the Nets in 2011-12 on 40.7 percent shooting. He signed a five-year, $98 million contract to remain in Brooklyn in the offseason.

What do you think about D-Will being No. 1 in NYC? Let us know in the comments section.

Humphries comes in at No. 84 in #NBArank

September, 12, 2012
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Nets power forward Kris Humphries was revealed as the 84th-best player in the NBA according to ESPN.com’s #NBArank.

Not bad for a guy who is more known around the world for his failed 72-day marriage to Kim Kardashian than his basketball ability.

Humphries, who signed a two-year, $24 million contract to stay with Brooklyn in the offseason, was the first Nets’ starter to be revealed in the rankings. Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Brook Lopez and Gerald Wallace are the others.

Sixth-man MarShon Brooks came in at No. 148.

• Earlier Wednesday, I posted a projected Nets’ 10-man rotation on Twitter:

C: Brook Lopez/Andray Blatche
PF: Kris Humphries/Mirza Teletovic
SF: Gerald Wallace/Josh Childress
SG: Joe Johnson/MarShon Brooks
PG: Deron Williams/C.J. Watson

I was immediately flooded with messages asking why I didn’t include Reggie Evans in the rotation ahead of Blatche. There were also some clamoring for rookie second-rounder Tornike Shengelia to be in the mix. Whatever.

The point is, GM Billy King and assistant GM Bobby Marks did a tremendous job adding depth to the roster. There certainly weren’t any arguments about who the backup center should be last season, that’s for sure.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Joe Johnson
PTS AST STL MIN
15.7 3.6 0.8 35.6
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsM. Plumlee 6.8
AssistsD. Williams 6.3
StealsJ. Jack 1.1
BlocksB. Lopez 1.7