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NBA Power Rankings: Week 10

by: AnthonyP On  Thursday, January 8, 2009
Tags:  Basketball   Celtics   Hornets   Lakers   LeBron James   NBA  

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Total Pro Sports – The Los Angeles Lakers are our new #1 after moving up 2 spots from the #3 position in this weeks NBA Power Rankings.

We are getting closer to the mid-way point of the season and we are seeing some surprises, some teams that have picked up where they left off last year and others that have taken a big step backwards.

The Lakers, Celtics, Cavs and Orlando Magic are all looking like the top 4 contenders for the NBA Championship.  Other teams such as the Clippers, Raptors and Bulls have all been surprisingly bad.

Let’s take a look at how teams finished off the final 10 days of 2008 and the first few days of 2009.

NBA Power Rankings Movers And Shakers

Green ArrowOur biggest movers this week in our NBA Power Rankings, were the Toronto Raptors and the Minnesota Timberwolves moving up 9 spots in the power rankings.  The Raptors moved from #27 to #18 and the Timberwolves moved from #30 to #29.

The Detroit Pistons also had a big move this week, jumping up 8 spots in the rankings from #15 to #7.

Red ArrowOur biggest shakers this week in our NBA Power Rankings for week 10 were the Houston Rockets losing 7 spots in the NBA Power Rankings.  The Rockets dropped from #6 to #13 this week.

The LA Clippers dropped from 6 spots from #21 to #27 in this weeks power rankings

Lets take a look at the rest of the league: NBA Power Rankings for Week 10.

Rank Team Record Change Comment
1 LA Lakers 26-5 Green Arrow2 What a game it was on Christmas day, the Lakers and the Celtics battling it out in La La land with the celebrities in the crowd a plenty. Recently Magic Johnson stated the Lakers weren’t tough enough for a playoff series with the Celtics. Well, at least for one game the Lakers showed they could hang with the World Champions, and thus, took over the Power Rankings lead going into 2009.
2 Cleveland Cavaliers
27-6
- Big wins against the Rockets and Heat were good wins against tough opponents, teams they should beat. I really like the Cavs come playoff time; I think they got a lot of different weapons. Ben Wallace can still defend and will be motivated come playoff time. Lebron seems determined this year, and I think he’s got the help this year to do it. Bad loss to the Wiz.
3 Boston Celtics 29-6 Red Arrow2 Celtics had a bit of a tough end to 2008 compared to the amazing run they’ve had, but don’t worry; they should be back up in the PW’s very shortly. Losses to the Warriors and Trailblazers showed they could be going through a small mini slump. They need to go at least 41- 6 the rest of the way for 70 wins, and come to think of it, the Cavs and Lakers need similar records, could we have 3 teams win 70 games? Rumors of Marbury joining them soon.
4 Orlando Magic 26-8 - A nice win against the Hornets, completely dominating performance. They recently lost to the pistons, but are playing really well, going 8-2 in there last 10.
5 Atlanta Hawks 22-11 Green Arrow3 The Hawks are back to there early season success, pulling off 6 wins in a row and 9 of there last 10. Wins against the Nuggets, Bulls, Pistons and Cavaliers recently show this team is for real. Mike Bibby is shooting the lights out from 3, with a 51% average from long range this year. Joe Johnson is no slouch himself from beyond the arc, both combining for draining the most 3’s out of any combination in the NBA.
6 New Orleans Hornets 20-10 Red Arrow1 The Hornets are back where we expected them to be, 2nd place in the West. They are on a 3 game winning streak, games against the Blazers, Nuggets and Lakers doesn’t give it much chance of making it to 6 game winning streak. If they do I’ll put them in the top 2 of the next rankings.
7 Detroit Pistons 21-11 Green Arrow8 There on a bit of a roll having one 4 games in a row and the next few games are winnable, if they go on a roll, could it be attributed to the team getting use to having Allen Iverson in the lineup?
8 San Antonio Spurs 22-11 Green Arrow1 Playing well of life, but need to improve that road record that stands at 9-5.
9 Denver Nuggets 23-12 Green Arrow1 They have won 3 in a row, but the Billups-Iverson is finally starting to look like a win-win, as the Pistons have won 7 in a row. JR Smith seems to be falling out of the rotation, no need to ruin the chemistry with a trade though. K-Mart is playing great.
10 Dallas Mavericks 20-13 Green Arrow3 Bad loss to the Grizzlies, but still playing a lot better than they were earlier in the season. Tough game against the Suns coming up this week, two winnable games against the Clippers and Knicks before that.
11 Portland Trailblazers 20-13 Red Arrow4 Despite a pedestrian 5-5 in their last 10, they still stand 7 games over .500. There’s been talk that Greg Oden get’s special treatment on team owner Paul Allen’s team plane, such as being able to use his bed during flights. A bad mood by giving special treatment to a guy who hasn’t yet proved himself.
12 Phoenix Suns 19-12 - Steve Nash has stated that when he becomes a free agent in 2010 that his choices are between Phoenix, New York and Toronto. I really think it’s between Toronto and New York, I don’t think ownership or GM Steve Kerr want him in Phoenix anymore.
13 Houston Rockets 21-14 Red Arrow7 Also 5-5 in their last 10, and there is talk that T-Mac has given up on this team. There’s no reason he should, they are good and have a chance, but it’s not like T-Mac has the heart or desire to take any team he’s on past the 1st round of the playoffs.
14 Utah Jazz 19-15 - Struggled of late, maybe those Boozer rumors are starting to affect the team. I think it has more to do with the injury to Paul Millsap; he’s a favorite of mine and should get strong consideration for most improved this season.
15 Miami Heat 18-14 Red Arrow4 In their last 10, they have wins over Cleveland, Chicago, the Lakers and the Nets so there doing pretty well. I’d like to see them give more minutes to Beasley Let’s see what he can do averaging over 30 minutes a game.
16 New Jersey Nets 16-18 Green Arrow1 2 games ahead of the Raptors for a playoff spot. Yi Jianlian could be named the starting center for the East All-Star team because of the heavy backing he’s receiving from his Chinese following. His 10 points and 6 rebounds do not warrant a spot on that team.
17 Bucks 16-19
Red Arrow1 Good past 10 games for them, going 6-4. Got games against the Raptors, Nets, 76ers and Wolves coming up, have the potential to make a little run here.
18 Toronto Raptors 14-20 Green Arrow9 The Raptors have had two very big wins this weekend, coming against the Rockets and Magic, two top teams in the association this year. Could the Raptors be turning the corner? I am still not convinced there anything more than a borderline playoff team.
19 New York Knicks 13-19 Green Arrow1 A win against the Celtics put them a few spots higher than if they lost that game. Anybody know Wilson Chandler? Well you should, he put up 31 against the reigning champions.
20 Chicago Bulls 14-20 Red Arrow2 They have lost 3 in a row and one of them was against the Wolves, They have the roster to do better.
21 Timberwolves 8-25
Green Arrow9 When entering the teams Website, before you even get there your offered tickets for $5; the team must really be struggling at the gate. Nice win on the road in Chicago, but still a couple years from contending at least.
22 Philadelphia 76ers 13-20 Red Arrow3 This team started with so much potential, but I still think they will make a late run and make the playoffs. Elton Brand needs to come back and be the player he can be, which is guaranteed 20 points and 10 rebounds every night.
23 Memphis Grizlies 11-23 - 2-8 in their last 10. They have winnable games this week against the Wolves, Nets and Raptors. But considering two of those games are on the road and their road record stands at 2-13, wins seem doubtful.
24 Pacers 12-21 Red Arrow2 5-5 in their last 10, which unlike the teams near the top of these power rankings, it’s good for the Pacers. Going through a West Coast trip this week, expect 4 losses.
25 Bobcats 12-22 Red Arrow1 Boris Diaw is Averaging 6 points more a game with the Bobcats than the Suns. Gerald Wallace is still leading this team, and he is on the market for whoever wants him.
26 Golden State Warriors 10-25 Red Arrow1 Nice win over the Celtics but still losing much more than they win. Games against the Lakers, Portland and Utah won’t help their record.
27 L.A. Clippers 8-25 Red Arrow6 Supposedly Baron Davis told Stephen Jackson he wants to go back to Golden State. Davis States he didn’t say this, and to be honest I don’t believe him. I think he’s really missing the run and gun offense that Don Nelson provided for him.
28 Sacramento Kings 8-26
Red Arrow2 Even with Kevin Martin putting up numbers, this team still can’t win. Brad Miller is a strong forward, and could help a contender. Look for him to be available at the trade deadline.
29 Washington Wizards 7-25
Red Arrow1 A nice win over the Cavs still doesn’t make up for the 3 straight playoff losses to Lebron James and the guys from Cleveland. Can someone tell me how Mike James still has a job in the NBA? Will the guy ever realize he’s not even a starter on a decent team and that if he passed more he could.
30 Oklahoma Thunder 4-30
Red Arrow1 What a brutal record, averaging just over 1 win for every 10 losses. In 3 years though watch out. With Kevin Durant and a couple more good draft picks, they will be looking good. I like the Nenad Kristic move, it’s low cost and could prove to be a huge benefit.

Be sure to check back next week with our NBA Power Rankings for week 11.




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