The New York Knicks lost their first game of the season to the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday, Nov. 16, knocking them out of the top spot in NBA power rankings across the web. The Knicks remain in the top five of the power rankings, and the crosstown Brooklyn Nets have moved into the top 10 of most rankings after a strong week.
In Seth Rosenthal's power rankings at SB Nation the Knicks come in at No. 3. New York also holds the No. 3 spot in Marc Stein's power rankings at ESPN, Sam Amico's rankings at Fox Sports, and John Schuhmann's rankings at NBA.com. Kurt Helin of Pro Basketball Talk has the Knicks ranked second overall. The two big issues of note the power rankings mention about the Knicks are poor rebounding, and if they will be able to keep playing so well when Amar'e Stoudemire returns.
The Nets are on a five-game winning streak, but have beaten up on weak teams along the way with wins over the Magic twice, Cavaliers, Kings, and a Rondo-less Celtics team. Still, five straight wins and a 6-2 record is enough to earn some credibility from the power rankings. At SB Nation the Nets come in at No. 10. They are ranked 12th at ESPN, 8th at both NBA.com and Pro Basketball Talk, and No. 7 at Fox Sports. Overall that gives the Nets an average power ranking of ninth.