Brooklyn Nets 16-57
Last week: 2-1
Last rank: 25th
If the Brooklyn Nets owned their own first round pick in this year’s draft, we’d be wondering what’s gotten into them. Unfortunately, the Nets have no reason to tank despite their massive five-game lead on the Lakers for the worst record in the league, so their recent uptick in wins is a welcome development.
Beating the youngest starting lineup in NBA history that Phoenix trotted out isn’t particularly impressive, but Brooklyn left no room for doubt in a 28-point beatdown. A double-digit loss to the Wizards made sense, but downing the Hawks by 15 — punctuated by Rondae Hollis-Jefferson‘s dunk — made for a fun week.