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by: AnthonyP On  Tuesday, November 25, 2008
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Total Pro Sports – The Boston Celtics are again #1 in our NBA Power Rankings.

With the recent addition of Allen Iverson the Detroit Pistons will greatly improve on their scoring.  Look for him and the the Pistons to continue on there ways of being a #1 contender in the Eastern Conference.

NBA Power Rankings Movers And Shakers

Green ArrowOur biggest movers this week in our NBA Power Rankings, were the Detroit Pistons and the Orlando Magic both moving up 5 spots in the power rankings.

The Piston moved from #8 to #5 and the Magic moved from #11 to #5.

Red ArrowOur biggest shakers this week in our NBA Power Rankings for week were the New Orleans Hornets losing 7 spots the power rankings, moving from #6 to #13.

The Utah Jazz and the Indiana Pacers were the second biggest shakers losing 4 spots in the rankings.

Lets take a look at the rest of the league: NBA Power Rankings for Week 3.

Rank Team Rec PRV Comment
1 Boston Celtics 9-2 - A rare loss this week coming at the hands of the Denver Nuggets. These guys are in cruise control until late April.
2 LA Lakers 7-1 Green Arrow1 First loss this season came at the hands of the Detroit Pistons. Lamar Odom has started off quietly this year, he needs to up his game and represent the bench.
3 Detroit Pistons 7-3 Green Arrow5 They just needed a couple games to get use to playing with a shoot first guy in A.I, instead of a more distribute oriented player such as Billups. Nice win on the road in LA-LA land. They will have hiccups, but there looking good.
4 Cleveland Cavaliers 5-2 - Check this stat line out. Lebron Is now averaging just under 30 points a game, 8 rebounds, over 7 assists, 2 steals a game and a blocked shot. This guy is unbelievable, absolutely incredible. On the other hand Ben Wallace’s 2 points and 7 rebounds a game look pathetic. What was his deal again 4 years 60 millions. Nice win against the Jazz this week
5 Phoenix Suns 5-2 - Terry Porter saw some of that anger out of the Big Aristotle on Sunday, when he was politely told by Shaq to piss off when he was being ejected from the game. Suns fans need not worry, they still demolished the Pistons.
6 Orlando Magic 4-2 Green Arrow5 Dwight Howard is looking like some kind of threat to LBJ for the MVP. He’s averaging 24 points, 15 rebounds and over 4 blocks a game. Mickael Pietrus is settling in nicely. He’s a defensive stopper who can score, somebody the Raptors wish they could have picked up. JJ Redick is averaging 9 minutes a game and has only played in half of the games so far. Trade him already.
7 Utah Jazz 5-0 Red Arrow4 Tough loss to the Cavs this week. Derron Williams has been out for most of the games this year, so to have this record shows how much dept they have. Look at second round pick Paul Millsap putting up 11 and 7 averages early on. He’s an Ozel favourite, just doing whatever he is asked to stay in the league. He’s a banger, and from what I heard might not be the only Millsap from the family to make it to the show.
8 Atlanta Hawks 4-2 Red Arrow1 They came back to earth this week with 3 losses. But I still like them. They barely lost to the Celtics in Boston this week.  Look for them to bounce back this week, with a couple of what should be easy games against the Pacers, Wizards and Bobcats.
9 Denver Nuggets 4-3 Green Arrow5 This team is better with Chauncey. They’ve won 2 in a row, and Billups is putting up numbers averaging over 18 points a game to go with 6 assists. Nene has been great coming back from injury, and look out, Kmart is contributing… Remember him?
10 Houston Rockets 4-2 Red Arrow1 They also have a really easy week this week and should notch up 3 wins. I really find this team lacks veteran dept on the bench and also solid bench players. There one injury away to either Yao, T-Mac or Artest from having a hard time making the playoffs.
11 Toronto Raptors 4-2 Red Arrow1 Can anyone tell me where Anthony Parker has disappeared too? He is averaging 11 points a game, but I expected more from him points wise. Will Solomon had a solid game Sunday taking over for the injured Calderon, but if Numero Ocho is out for long, this team will suffer. They have some winnable games this week, games that good teams win, lets see what they show us.
12 Portland Trailblazers 3-3 - I really hope Greg Oden shows all these supposed basketball “guru’s” that he’s the real deal. Remember everyone, he’s been injured the last 3 years. In 20 minutes hes averaging close to 7 and 7, which is very respectable for a 20 year old rookie. Brandon Roy is looking great so far.
13 New Orleans Hornets 2-4 Red Arrow7 They lost to the Rockets this week, which is a bad loss more for losing to a Western Conference title contender then anything. Anybody want to make a bet with me that they win their next 3 games. They have Sacramento on Wednesday followed by two games against the sonic….. I mean Thunder.
14 New York Knicks 3-3 Green Arrow1 They would be hire, but I still feel they will sink soon. Bad loss to the Mavs at home didn’t help things. Zach Randolph is playing great basketball at the moment and the Knicks might want to hold of trading him. Eddy Curry and Stephen Marbury  are different matters, they need to go.
15 Miami Heat 4-2 Green Arrow3 Tough loss to the Raptors on Sunday, they can’t solve them, winless in their last 5 against the boys from the north. Demarcus Beasley and Mario Chalmers are going through their rookies lumps, but I like them.
16 Philadelphia 76ers 1-4 Red Arrow3 They have won 3 in a row and maybe are now getting use to the big man in the middle, Elton Brand. His numbers are still down from his career averages, but give him more time, as he is coming back from injury.
17 Chicago Bulls 3-4
- Derrick Rose is off to a flying start in his NBA career averaging close to 19 points a game and 6 assists. Tyrus Thomas is producing in the time he is given, but surely a top 5 pick in his third year should be getting more than 23 minutes a game.
18 San Antonio Spurs 3-3
Red Arrow2 You know the NBA is having a weird start to the season when last year it took 50 wins to make the playoffs and this year the 8th place team in the west is 4-5. Has the East really become the power conference. I doubt it, but the Spurs are at least showing that the West is getting older.
19 Golden State Warriors 2-4 Green Arrow3 They started off slowly, but are now starting to pick it up. Still no news on a Harrington trade, but I know here Marco Belinelli is on the move, not sure where. Biedrins is still a fantasy dream right now, and my Man Rob Kurz got some nice minutes the other night. He’s a 3 point specialist that when given the chance, can knock’em down with the best of them.
20 Bucks 3-4 - They gave Andrew Bogut a 72 million dollar contract for 11 points and 10 rebounds a game? He’s lucky Ramond Sessions is putting up nice numbers. I like this team, they have a lot of weapons, and even though Bogut is putting up average numbers, they have size.
21 Dallas Mavericks 3-4
Red Arrow2 There doing exactly what I thought they would, not be good. Seriously, this team made one of the worst trades in NBA history by getting rid of a young Devin Harris, for an old and finished Jason Kidd. Nice win on the road in New York on Sunday.
22 Memphis Grizlies 3-7 Red Arrow1 I picked this team ahead of the Pacers in the rankings simply because I like this young team better than I like the Pacers. I forgot to mention OJ Mayo as a rookie of the year threat, which he is leading this team in scoring, averaging over 20 a game. They got good young players, they now need to separate the real gems from the prospects who won’t turn into anything. Mike Conley is already looking like a dud.
23 Pacers 4-5 Red Arrow4 Larry Bird is smart, He’s hoping TJ Ford puts up big numbers so he can trade him for something. Bird has had to deal with too many me-first players to know that Ford fits into that category. Marquis Daniels is putting up nice numbers, a nice compliment to Granger to build around.
24 Sacramento Kings 3-4 - The Maloof brothers are already complaining about Reggie Theus style of coaching, saying he needs to get system like Rick Adelman did. Funny they would say that considering they forfeit GM Geoff Petrie from re-signing him. I say Theus is gone before the end of the year, considering his contract will be easy for 2 brothers who own a casino in Vegas to eat up. They use to sell this stadium out for every game, I’m hearing over 5,000 empty seats for each game now. A town that is showing the U.S is going through a tough time economically.
25 New Jersey Nets 4-5 Red Arrow2 Four years ago this December coming up, Vince Carter whined his way out of Toronto, to join a contender in New Jersey. The Nets are looking pedestrian so far, is Vince going to pull the same act again, and if so, can the Nets find anybody to take that big contract he has?
26 Bobcats 3-6 - Young pieces, but are they actually good? There looking to get rid of Gerald Wallace, which the Raptors would love to have, but his contract is too big for most teams. Micheal Jordan has stated he wants to become majority owner. He’s been in charge of this team for a couple years and they haven’t done anything. I don’t like Jordan in the head office, remember this is the guy who chose Kwame Brown with the first overall pick.
27 L.A. Clippers 1-8 Red Arrow2 Baron Davis and Mike Dunleavy have already had to have a sit down because they weren’t seeing eye to eye. This could get ugly if it continues. It seems as if Dunleavy has taken over the head office with the removal of Elgin Baylor. Baron Davis is signed long term. What happens if they don’t get along and one of them has to go…. Who goes? I’m hearing their listening to offers for Kaman
28 Timberwolves 1-8
- So I went to the Wolves website to check what their players were averaging. I couldn’t find it. I could find it easily for every other team but these guys. Is Kevin Mchale trying to hide player stats for some reason? They’ve lost 8 in a row and climbing.
29 Oklahoma Thunder 1-9
Green Arrow1 Just like we can expect the Celtics, Lakers and Hornets to hover around the top 5 in power rankings all year. We can count on the Timberwolves, Thunder and Wizards staying near the bottom for a while. They’ve lost 7 in a row and the only nice thing to say about is, at least no player has choked coach PJ Carlisimo.
30 Washington Wizards 1-6
Red Arrow1 Here’s a crazy thought that would move the Wizards to the top of the power rankings by next year. Don’t let Arenas come back from injury, let them tank and pick up a top 5 pick in the draft. Then either trade him for a proven player, or insert into a spot in the starting 5 in need. He will make an impact at a low salary. Just a thought.

Be sure to check back next week with our NBA Power Rankings for week 4.