NBA Power Rankings: Week 5
With another week in the books, here are the updated Power Rankings as we head into week 5. To see the Power Rankings from week 4, click here!
Power Rankings Week 5:
(W-L Season) followed by (W-L From previous week)
1. Miami Heat (10-3) (2-0) – A bit banged up now with both Wade and Battier hurting, but this team will likely cruise their way at least to the Eastern Conference Championship.
2. Memphis Grizzlies (9-2) (1-1) – A tough loss to a Nuggets team, but came back and defeated the Lakers the next game. Memphis doesn’t have the same name as L.A. or Miami but they are just as good.
3. San Antonio Spurs (11-3) (3-1) – Will the Spurs ever not be good? Another season of the big three, and another season they get older, and they are still getting it done.
4. Oklahoma City Thunder (10-4) (2-1) – Another good week for the Thunder, but all eyes right now are on this coming Wednesday when James Harden returns to OKC.
5. New York Knicks (9-3) (2-2) – Carmelo is still playing at a MVP level, however the team will need to start playing defense. It does not matter how good your offense is when you allow 131 points to another team.
6. Los Angeles Clippers (8-5) (1-3) – A bit of a tough week for the Clippers. They have a lot to learn from these early games this year, but this team will be fighting deep into the playoffs this year.
7. Brooklyn Nets (8-4) (2-2) – Finally getting into the tough part of their schedule. Impressive win over the Clippers during the weekend, and now they need to ride the momentum into this week.
8. Los Angeles Lakers (7-7) (2-2) – Not many people expected .500 ball from the Lakers 14 games into the season, however it will be much of the same until Steve Nash is back.
9. Boston Celtics (8-6) (2-1) – Rajon Rondo may be the early favorite for MVP this year as he is averaging 13.5 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 13.7 APG. Without him, the Celtics are terrible this year.
10. Atlanta Hawks (8-4) (4-0) – They have had a few tough games, but have played well in them. Relatively soft schedule otherwise moves them into the top 10 for the week.
11. Denver Nuggets (8-6) (4-0) – Incredibly inconsistent every week. Their last four weeks they have gone 0-3, 4-0, 0-3, 4-0. Will there be another winless week in store?
12. Chicago Bulls (6-6) (1-1) – Big win against a tough Bucks team in Milwaukee this week after struggling on defense the last several games.
13. Utah Jazz (7-7) (1-2) – Coach Corbin is still looking for a lineup he likes as he continues to juggle around his front court.
14. Dallas Mavericks (7-7) (1-2) – .500 record without their All-Star is impressive, but let’s see if they can keep it up throughout the next 15 games (11 on the road).
15. Philadelphia 76′ers (8-6) (2-2) – The bad news keeps rolling in with Andrew Bynum now out indefinitely. The good news? The Eastern Conference is still terrible, and they will likely be able to sneak into the playoffs.
16. Houston Rockets (6-7) (2-1) – If Chandler Parsons can become a reliable offensive weapon like he was against the Knicks, then the Rockets will have taken their next step out of mediocrity.
17. Golden State Warriors (8-6) (3-1) – An impressive start to the season with injuries to Brandon Rush and Andrew Bogut. It appears as if Bogut will be back soon, so the Warriors could hang around for most of the season.
18. Minnesota Timberwolves (5-7) (0-3) – Sure the Timberwolves lost three games this week, but they got great news when Kevin Love surprisingly made his first appearance of the season this year.
19. Milwaukee Bucks (6-5) (0-3) – Back down to reality for the Bucks. They will likely be a .500 for most of the season after starting the season red-hot.
20. Charlotte Bobcats (7-5) (3-1) – After just 12 games this season the Bobcats have reached their total wins from last season.
21. Portland Trail Blazers (6-7) (1-2) – They may not be known as the “Big 3” but Lillard, Batum, and Aldridge, are a very formidable “Big 3” for the Trailblazers.
22. Indiana Pacers (6-8) (2-1) – Still struggling on offense and they were helped this week by wins against the Hornets and the Wizards.
23. Phoenix Suns (6-8) (2-1) – Rough start to the season, but they have a chance to make a little run now with a pretty soft road trip ahead.
24. Orlando Magic (5-8) (2-2) – A solid week in terms of playing basketball, but the news of Bynum being out indefinitely made their week just a bit more sweet.
25. Sacramento Kings (4-9) (2-1) – Kings had a nice win against the Lakers, however they will likely compete to be at the bottom of the Western Conference most of the season.
26. Toronto Raptors (3-11) (0-3) – Some terrible losses this season, and they are better than their record shows. What a performance by Andrea Bargnani against the Spurs scoring four points on 2-19 shooting.
27. New Orleans Hornets (3-9) (0-4) – As impressive as Anthony Davis has looked on the court, it’s off the court where he has had equal amount of time. He had played in just 6 of 12 games this year.
28. Cleveland Cavaliers (3-10) (1-2) – Even with Kyrie out the Cavs almost beat the Heat. Omri Casspi has been playing some great basketball lately and will need to keep it up for the Cavs to stay competitive without Kyrie.
29. Detroit Pistons (3-11) (1-2) – Not sure why their 1st round pick, Andre Drummond, hasn’t been getting more PT than he has been to start the season. Pistons aren’t going anywhere for a while.
30. Washington Wizards (0-11) (0-3) – Nene is back from injuries and the Wizards have yet to win. Maybe we should wait for Wall to come back before we even talk about the next time the Wizards will win a game.
What do you guys think of these rankings? Someone too high? too low? Leave a comment or tweet me @YoniPollak.