NBA Power Rankings

Posted: 02/11/2013 by levcohen in Basketball

Haven’t done one in a while, but here are my top 10 ranked teams:

1. Oklahoma City Thunder. Just how good is Kevin Durant? Well, he’s taking 18 shots per game, and scoring 29 points per game. He’s also on pace to join very exclusive club: The 50-40-90 club. Only five players have ever achieved this feat, which consists of a field goal % of 50%, a three point % of 40% and a free throw % of 90%. Durant is at 52-43-90 right now, and is also on pace to become the second highest scoring member of the 50-40-90 club. Pretty impressive. The 39-12 Thunder have been doing pretty well, too. They are the highest scoring team in the NBA, and Russell Westbrook has had a career year.

2. San Antonio Spurs. The Spurs of the last decade have to have been the best team that nobody ever notices or cares about unless they are in the NBA finals. This year, their 40-12 record is best in the NBA. The most impressive thing is that they regularly win with their best players sidelined. For example, they beat the Nets by 25 in Brooklyn with their best player (Tim Duncan) and third best player (Manu Ginobili) out. My bet is they will get the #2 seed in the West, advance a few rounds and possibly get to the conference finals, all without getting noticed. I think that’s the way that Duncan and coach Greg Popovich like it.

3. Denver Nuggets. Even after a triple overtime loss to the Celtics yesterday, the Nuggets are still the hottest team in the NBA. When they acquired Andre Iguodala, people expected them to vault to the top of the West. It took a while, but now they are really meshing. In their last 10 games (nine of them wins), they’ve scored more than 100 points. This month, Ty Lawson is scoring 20 points per game and Danilo Gallinari is adding 18. Kenneth Faried is also averaging a near double double for the season. This is a really fun, scary team to watch, and they could make it far in the playoffs.

4. Miami Heat. Let’s make everyone feel better by not talking about LeBron. Moving on.

5. Los Angeles Clippers. Chris Paul is back, the Clippers can field two full different starting lineups on any given night (although they don’t), and they are back to blowing teams out. That’s all you need to know.

6. Indiana Pacers. They are the best defensive team in the NBA, but struggle a little offensively. Luckily for them, star forward Danny Granger is expected back on Wednesday. Watch out, NBA.

7. Memphis Grizzlies. They aren’t ranked as highly as they were before (ranked #1 at one point), but they are still one of the better teams in the NBA, even without Rudy Gay.

8. New York Knicks. The Knicks have the second best record in the East, but stumbled with losses to the Wizards (who have been better, by the way) and the Clippers. Still, they are 32-17 and have won seven of their last 10. And that Carmelo Anthony is pretty good.

9. Boston Celtics. They have the longest winning streak in the NBA, and it’s pretty predictable that it has happened since Rajon Rondo went down. I expect their seven game winning streak to end soon, but this team looks like it will still make the playoffs, even without Rondo. Still, they won’t have much of a chance in the first round without their point guard.

10. Chicago Bulls. The 30-20 Chicago Bulls have been really good this season. Good enough, even, to convince me that they are better than the Heat when Derrick Rose is healthy. Rose could return soon, which will hopefully lessen the load on Joakim Noah and Luol Deng, each of whom are playing way too many minutes.

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