This fast paced NBA season is starting its push for the playoffs and The NBA Report is bringing the power rankings for yall.
Wit the trade deadline having come and gone wit no real big trades made in the NBA. Although the Monta Ellis deal was a bit of a surprise. And they closed the door on the Derek Fisher Era in LA as they traded him to Houston. But all the big names like Dwight Howard, Rajon Rondo, and Pau Gasol all stayed put. So now we can start to look towards the playoffs.
The top 4 teams in the NBA has pretty much been the same all season wit San Antonio and OKC out west and Chicago and Miami holdin court in the east. And while these 4 teams have shuffled positions in the top 4 spots they been there all season. Then you got a host of teams in both conferences battling for position and playoff seeding and in the NBA where homecourt means everything those top spots are very coveted. So where are these teams ranked? the NBA Power rankings are here to help sort this out.
How we see the NBA , from top to bottom:
1. Chicago (36-9) – Last week: 2
The Knicks were crushed on the defensive glass by the Bulls in D’Antoni’s swan song. If it makes them feel any better, the Bulls then went out and did the same thing to the Heat in stopping their five-game losing streak to Miami.
2. Miami (31-11) – LW: 1
The Heat’s road losing streak reached four games when Chris Bosh couldn’t make a shot in Chicago. That’s not exactly the hallmark of a big-time team.
3. Oklahoma City (33-10) – LW: 3
It sure looks like the Thunder’s homecourt domination is over, with losses to Cleveland and Houston in a four-day span, giving Scott Brooks‘ team a 4-3 home mark in March.
4. San Antonio (28-13) – LW: 4
The Spurs were hardly world-beaters during their just-completed seven-game homestand, going only 4-3 and beating only one team (Orlando) with a winning record. Next up: Big road tests Friday at Oklahoma City and Saturday at Dallas.
5. Orlando (28-16) – LW: 5
There probably isn’t one Magic fan who isn’t sick of the whole Dwight Howard soap opera by now, even if the franchise’s superstar did commit for at least one more season in Orlando.
6. Lakers (27-16) – LW: 12
The Lakers’ Derek Fisher, who played nine seasons for Phil Jackson, doesn’t think his former coach will end up coming to New York to take the Knicks’ coaching job. “I would be surprised, from a quality-of-life standpoint,” Fisher said. So would we.
7. Memphis (24-17) – LW: 6
In their double OT loss to the Lakers in L.A., did you notice that the Grizzlies were outshot at the foul line, 34-5? At least the schedule gets easier now, with games vs. Toronto, Washington, Sacramento and Portland over the next seven days.
9. Clippers (24-18) – LW: 7
One of the things that you have to like about the Clippers is that they still haven’t lost three straight games this season.
10. Philadelphia (25-18) – LW: 9
They were ranked No. 1 in scoring defense, giving up only 87 ppg. But then they ran into the Pacers, whose 111 points in their 17-point thrashing of Doug Collins‘ team was the most scored against the Sixers this season.
11. Atlanta (24-19) – LW: 11
The Hawks finished their longest road trip of the season with a 2-4 mark, with losses in Miami, Detroit, Denver and at the Clippers. From here on out, they have only one more trip lasting longer than a single game, a three-gamer in April.
12. Boston (23-19) – LW: 14
The Celtics have won eight of their last 10, and their current eight-game road trip still has stops in Denver, Atlanta, Milwaukee and Philly.
13. Denver (24-20) – LW: 17
You didn’t really think that George Karl was caught by surprise that D’Antoni had enough of Carmelo Anthony, did you?
14. Dallas (25-20) – LW: 10
The longest victory lap in the history of pro sports is over – we think – as Mark Cuban and the Mavs honored the Knicks’ Tyson Chandler. He was the last member of the 2011 championship team to get his ring.
15. Minnesota (22-22) – LW: 13
Jamal Crawford wanted to get out of Portland to get into a better situation with the Timberwolves. When was the last time any NBA player said that about Minnesota?
16. Houston (24-20) – LW: 15
Just when you thought Kevin McHale‘s team had bottomed out, they pulled off a stunner against the Thunder in Oklahoma City.
17. Utah (21-22) – LW: 19
Raja Bell punched his ticket out of town when he crossed coach Tyrone Corbin, although it paled in comparison to the nasty feud between Jerry Sloan and Deron Williams back in the day.
18. Milwaukee (19-24) – LW: 23
The Bucks hope to catch the Knicks with newly-acquired gunner Monta Ellis giving them much-needed firepower.
19. Phoenix (21-22) – LW: 20
Even as they’ve won seven of their last 10 games, owner Robert Sarver needs to wake up and find himself a new GM who actually knows something about basketball.
20. KNICKS (19-24) – LW: 16
D’Antoni was a surprise hire by Donnie Walsh and his decision to step down as coach equally as shocking. Except to Carmelo, perhaps.
21. Portland (20-23) – LW: 18
From what we saw of the Blazers in the Garden the other night, it’s time for Nate McMillan to find another team to coach.
22. Golden State (18-22) – LW: 22
When the Warriors made their first big trade under owner Joe Lacob, sending Ellis to Milwaukee, top advisor Jerry West was among the team execs who unanimously approved the deal to bring in Andrew Bogut.
23. Detroit (16-27) – LW: 25
The Pistons are rolling with 12 wins in their last 19 games. But the big news was that they had two 30-point scorers in their win over Sacramento (Rodney Stuckey and Greg Monroe), marking the first time that’s happened since 2008, when Allen Iverson and Richard Hamilton did it against Utah.
24. Cleveland (16-25) – LW: 21
LeBron James‘ recent statements about going back to his home area team in the future aren’t as crazy as you might think.
25. NETS (15-29) – LW: 24
It was a dark day in Brooklyn when Dwight Howard decided to stay in Orlando for another season. Now the Nets have to hope that Deron Williams isn’t going to bolt for Big D and a spot with the Mavs, his hometown team.
26. Toronto (14-29) – LW: 27
For all their talk about getting cap space for the future, we’re just wondering which prospective free agent wants to play north of the border.
27. Sacramento (14-29) – LW: 26
It didn’t take long: We’re hearing D’Antoni’s name linked to the Kings’ coaching job.
28. New Orleans (10-34) – LW: 29
You want to see winning basketball in the Big Easy? Wait ’til the end of the month, when the Final Four rolls into town.
29. Washington (10-32) – LW: 28
D’Antoni hadn’t been out of the Knicks coaching job for a minute and already there was lots of talk that he’ll be trying to figure out next season if John Wall fits into his system.
30. Charlotte (6-36) – LW: 30
Talk about total domination: The Bobcats were 0-14 against the Mavs all-time before playing Dirk Nowitzki and Co. on Thursday in Dallas.
Well thats the NBA Power rankings for this week but in this league things change daily so make sure to check back for more news from the NBA