NBA Power Rankings: Week 9
With another week in the books, here are the updated Power Rankings as we head into week 9. The Thunder and Wizards continue to bookend the rankings. The Pacers took the biggest leap with a six-spot jump, and both the Rockets and Lakers climbed up five spots. The Nets and Celtics took the biggest falls, each dropping five spots in this week’s Power Rankings.
Power Rankings Week 9:
(W-L Season) followed by (W-L From previous week)
Ranking from previous week in parentheses.
1 (1). Oklahoma City Thunder (21-5) (2-0) – Winning streak is broken, but they are still atop the Power Rankings. Last years’ NBA Finals rematch this week against the Heat.
2 (4). Los Angeles Clippers (21-6) (4-0) – 13 straight wins for these Clippers, and they are looking like the team to beat in L.A.
3 (2). San Antonio Spurs (21-8) (2-2) – Only team in the top five of the Power Rankings that won’t play a Christmas game.
4 (3). New York Knicks (20-7) (2-2) – Carmelo is playing at an MVP level, and the Knicks look primed to make a run deep into the playoffs this year.
5 (5). Miami Heat (18-6) (3-0) The Knicks main competition, the Heat are now in cruise mode.
6 (6). Memphis Grizzlies (18-7) (3-1) – Gave up more than 100 points in their loss to the Rockets this week. The last time that happened was against the Clippers opening day.
7 (8). Golden State Warriors (18-10) (2-2) –
8 (7). Atlanta Hawks (16-9) (2-2) – .500 ball the last two weeks won’t help throughout the season. They need more energy according to their coach, Larry Drew.
9 (9). Chicago Bulls (15-11) (2-2) – Playing good basketball even without their all-star. This week they get the return of Omer Asik.
10 (16). Indiana Pacers (16-12) (3-1) – Both Hibbert and George playing better basketball lately, which have helped the Pacers jump six spots this week.
11 (11). Denver Nuggets (15-13) (2-1) – McGee playing well, and Igoudala still struggling. Tough schedule this week as they head to L.A. to face both teams.
12 (17). Houston Rockets (14-12) (3-0) – Impressive wins in MSG and against the Grizzlies, they are scoring a league-leading 105.4 ppg.
13 (18). Los Angeles Lakers (13-14) (2-0) – Nash is back and so are possibly the Lakers. Some tough games this week to test the Lakers!
14 (13). Milwaukee Bucks (14-12) (2-2) – Monta averaging around 20/6/5 this year. All star?
15 (10). Brooklyn Nets (14-12) (1-2) – Deron Williams can not get his shot to fall this year, and the Nets really need it to fall if they have any shot in the East.
16 (15). Minnesota Timberwolves (13-12) (1-3) – Even without Love they came within a few tough breaks late of beating the Knicks in MSG.
17 (12). Boston Celtics (13-13) (1-2) – Struggling to win games the last few weeks, has seen the Celtics drop big time in the rankings.
18 (14). Utah Jazz (15-14) (2-2) – They could beat any team on any night, but have yet to string together a nice winning streak.
19 (21). Portland Trail Blazers (13-13) (2-1) – Love the core of Aldridge, Batum, and Lillard, and Hickson has been great for them this year.
20 (19). Philadelphia 76′ers (13-15) (1-3) – Six straight losses on the road, and the schedule keeps them on the road for several games after Christmas.
21 (22). Orlando Magic (12-15) (2-2) – To me, one of the most shocking results as we head into Christmas. I didn’t think they’d be up to five wins by now.
22 (20). Dallas Mavericks (12-16) (1-3) – The good news? Nowitzki is back! The bad news? Their record.
23 (23). Phoenix Suns (11-17) (2-2) – Playing solid ball lately and a lot has to do with the decreasing minutes of Michael Beasley.
24 (26). Toronto Raptors (9-19) (3-0) – Five in a row the Raptors have won with the help of Jose Calderon. I still think they should trade him and maximize his value soon.
25 (24). Sacramento Kings (9-18) (2-2) – Latest news out of SacTown has to do with Cousins (shocking right?). What team will trade for this dimwit?
26 (27). Detroit Pistons (9-21) (2-2) – Good news? Andre Drummond is averaging around 7ppg 8rpg on 21mpg.
27 (25). Charlotte Bobcats (7-20) (0-4) – Bobcats fans after their 7-5 start probably asked themselves, “Are the Bobcats for real”? 15 straight losses later they are asking themselves the same question, though likely with more disgust.
28 (29). Cleveland Cavaliers (6-23) (1-3) – Well they should win at least one game this week with the Wizards on their schedule.
29 (28). New Orleans Hornets (5-22) (0-4) – Are the Pelicans even a nickname teams will fear?
30 (30). Washington Wizards (3-22) (0-4) – It was fun for a while getting at least one win a week.
What do you guys think of these rankings? Someone too high? Too low? Leave a comment or tweet me @YoniPollak.