Power Rankings: Nets No. 2 in East

ESPN Insider Tom Haberstroh ranks the Nets second behind the Heat in his Eastern Conference Power Rankings for July.

Writes Haberstroh:

With the additions of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Andrei Kirilenko, Shaun Livingston and Jason Terry, this might be the deepest team in the league. A lot of ink (err, bandwidth) has been spilled on the aging core, but let's not forget that their two best players -- Deron Williams and Brook Lopez -- are in their primes.

The Kirilenko addition should do wonders to keep Pierce and Garnett fresh for the playoffs, which will be huge with their lofty goals for next season. There's a very real possibility that the Nets show their age and fail to make strides in 2013-14, but they've cooled those concerns with a monster bench.

You can check out Haberstroh's entire power rankings story here (Insiders only).

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