NBA Power Rankings: Week 6
With another week in the books, here are the updated Power Rankings as we head into week 6. These rankings are as of this past Sunday night, as this was written on Monday but due to internet problems, it is just now being posted. To see the Power Rankings from week 5, click here!
Power Rankings Week 6:
(W-L Season) followed by (W-L From previous week)
1. Miami Heat (12-3) (2-0) – Sure they almost lost to a no-name Spurs team, but the Heat are on track to win the East pretty convincingly.
2. San Antonio Spurs (14-4) (3-1) – Popovich was fined $250,000 for losing by 5 to the Heat. That’s how good this Spurs team is, and they have great depth as well.
3. Memphis Grizzlies (12-3) (3-1) – Respect? How about Popovich resting his main guys so they are well rested to play your team. They lost a tough one at home, but the league knows they are one of the best.
4. Oklahoma City Thunder (14-4) (4-0) – Durant looks like an early leader for MVP award, and the Thunder are cruising without Harden, including a victory against their good friend this past week.
5. New York Knicks (12-4) (3-1) – The Knicks won three games this week, but I bet you most of their fans wanted that one loss to be a win so badly.
6. Los Angeles Clippers (10-6) (2-1) – The good news is that Billups is back, and they will get him some playing time. The bad news is that Crawford has slowed down a bit, but they have plenty of depth that it’s not a big issue.
7. Brooklyn Nets (11-5) (3-1) – The Nets are playing great basketball and beating some of the better teams in the league. However, Stackhouse won’t be able to keep this up for so long.
8. Atlanta Hawks (9-5) (1-1) – So far they haven’t missed their former teammate, Joe Johnson too much. Korver doing well enough to keep the Hawks competitive.
9. Chicago Bulls (8-7) (2-1) – Doing well enough to stay in contention until Rose gets back from his injury. UPDATE: The Bulls late Monday that Rose is a few weeks away from practicing.
10. Boston Celtics (9-8) (1-2) – Rondo’s streak finally ended after his brawl which cost him a few games. Doc Rivers wants the team to play tough, but that wasn’t the tough he was looking for.
11. Utah Jazz (9-9) (2-2) – With Favors out for a bit their front court took a hit, but they have one of the best front courts so they should be fine in the mean time.
12. Golden State Warriors (10-6) (2-0) – One of the surprise teams in the Western Conference, the Warriors seem to be one of the better teams in the West. When Bogut returns this team could be an unexpected threat on a nightly basis.
13. Los Angeles Lakers (8-9) (1-2) – It’s sickening to see a team so talented play so poorly on a nightly basis. Once Nash comes back things should get better.
14. Philadelphia 76′ers (10-7) (2-1) – The 76’ers traded their one All-Star for another one who has yet to play a game this season (and may not). Yet they still remain competitive, and will likely be a lower playoff team in the East.
15. Milwaukee Bucks (8-7) (2-2) – The surprising Bucks have had some great production from some unexpected players such as Larry Sanders, who joined Kareem Abdul-Jabar as the only Buck players with a triple double of points/rebounds/blocks.
16. Denver Nuggets (8-9) (0-3) – My note from last week: “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?” – The answer is yes, another 0-3 week, which means next week they have to be 4-0.
17. Houston Rockets (8-8) (2-1) – Jeremy Lin’s play has improved over the last week. His play hasn’t lived up to his contract yet, but more games like the one against the Jazz, and Rockets fans will be pleased with his production.
18. Dallas Mavericks (8-9) (1-2) – Just waiting on Dirk Nowitzki to come back to bring them back to contention.
19. Indiana Pacers (8-9) (2-1) – A better week for the Pacers though I am sure they were hoping their record would look a bit different now after games against the Raptors, Hornets, Kings (twice), Wizards, and Bobcats.
20. Minnesota Timberwolves (7-8) (2-1) – After the unexpected return of Love last week, they received more good news that Rubio is close to returning.
21. Phoenix Suns (7-11) (1-3) – One of the more surprising teams I am shocked haven’t played better. Not sure how much longer they need to play together before we need to stop using that as an excuse.
22. Charlotte Bobcats (7-8) (0-3) – Back from their joy in .500, it’s likely they don’t see .500 for the rest of the season.
23. Portland Trail Blazers (7-10) (1-3) – Some games the Blazers can look really good, and some they can just be absolutely terrible. That’s the way young teams like the Blazers play, and we should expect that most of the season.
24. Orlando Magic (6-10) (1-2) – Maybe their most important win of the year against their former All-NBA player, Dwight Howard. The best part about it? The Hack-a-Dwight worked to perfection.
25. Detroit Pistons (5-13) (2-2) – Every game they keep winning is another game that the front office thinks he should keep most of these guys. They should scrap the whole team minus Monroe, Drummond, and Knight.
26. Toronto Raptors (4-13) (1-2) – Another surprising team underachieving, the Raptors should be better than their record. Lowry is one of the better point guards in the league, but they have a bunch of good players underperforming right now.
27. New Orleans Hornets (4-11) (1-2) – Once Anthony Davis comes back, we can see how the Hornets future looks.
28. Sacramento Kings (4-12) (0-3) – Probably the worst team in the West, they should really look to trade some of their guys and start stocking up on picks.
29. Cleveland Cavaliers (4-13) (1-3) – Varejao is playing like an animal right now, but they won’t compete on a nightly basis until Kyrie is back in the lineup.
30. Washington Wizards (1-13) (1-2) – The Wizards finally won a game and it was shockingly before John Wall came back. Now who will be the next team they beat?
What do you guys think of these rankings? Someone too high? too low? Leave a comment or tweet me @YoniPollak.