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NBA Power Rankings: Week 13

by: AnthonyP On  Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Tags:  Basketball   Celtics   Hornets   Lakers   LeBron James   NBA  

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Ending (January 25th)

Total Pro Sports – The Lakers stay at the top this weeks NBA Power Rankings, but the Boston Celtics will definitely jump to the #1 spot next week if they keep their winning ways going.

The New York Knicks made the biggest jump this week, and it’s not because they’re my personal favorites. They are playing well.  The Milwaukee Bucks have lost Michael Redd for the year making the Knicks a legitimate shot at making the playoffs.

The Eastern Conference is not as weak as usual around this time, so look out West, you may have a challenge taking home the Larry O’Brien this year.

NBA Power Rankings Movers And Shakers

Green ArrowOur biggest mover this week in our NBA Power Rankings, were the New York Knicks moving up 7 spots in the power rankings.  The Knicks moved from #25 to #18.

Red ArrowOur biggest shakers this week in our NBA Power Rankings for week 13 were the Detroit Pistons losing 4 spots in the NBA Power Rankings.  The Pistons dropped from #5 to #9 this week.

The Atlanta Hawks dropped from 5 spots from #5 to #10 in this weeks power rankings

Lets take a look at the rest of the league: NBA Power Rankings for Week 13.

Rank Team Record Change Comment
1 LA Lakers 35-8 - Winning their last 4 and 5 out of their last 8 keeps them atop the rankings. They are playing well and continue to play as a team.
2 Boston Celtics
Green Arrow2 They haven’t lost since the Cleveland game on January 9th, and look like they’ll keep on rolling with this win streak that is at 8 right now.
3 Cleveland Cavaliers 34-8 Red Arrow1 The Cavs are only dropping because of the way Boston is playing right now, but look for them to continue their 3 game win streak tomorrow against Sacramento.
4 Orlando Magic 33-10 Red Arrow1 This team still surprises me, and the way they play together is great. I love Orlando, and hope they can stay up here along with Boston and Cleveland.
5 San Antonio Spurs 29-14 Green Arrow1 7-3 in their last 10, Tim Duncan is leading this team of mostly veterans on a hunt to catch the Lakers (even though they lost on Sunday night to them by 14).
6 Denver Nuggets 29-15 Green Arrow2 4-2 in their last 6, I really like this Nuggets team. Billups is a great fit, and hopefully can get them past the Spurs in the West by the All-Star Break.
7 Houston Rockets 28-17 Green Arrow4 The Rockets take a jump this time because of their great playing last night against Detroit. Even without Yao, T-Mac and the rest of the Rockets have great chemistry and are still performing.
8 New Orleans Hornets 26-14 Red Arrow1 I love New Orleans, but key losses recently to New York, Cleveland, and Minnesota have hurt them. A turnaround against the 76ers tonight is absolutely necessary otherwise they are in trouble.
9 Detroit Pistons 24-19 Red Arrow4 A dismal 2-6 in their last 8 shocks me, as this team has a good set of players. Thank god they are in the East, otherwise they would be near the bubble going into the ASB.
10 Phoenix Suns 24-18 Red Arrow1 3 losses in 4 games last week didn’t help their resume, and Nash and Amare need to show the NBA who they really are.
11 Atlanta Hawks 26-17 Red Arrow1 Yes they are ranked lower than the Pistons, but for some reason I still don’t feel this Atlanta team is fully proven. They have an easy week ahead with the Knicks, Nets, and Bucks on tap, so hopefully they can get some wins and gain some momentum heading into the ASB.
12 Portland Trailblazers 26-17 Green Arrow1 Again, they shouldn’t be behind the Suns, but the Suns are a more proven team in my opinion. The Blazers are playing well, and can definitely be a force to be reckoned with in the second half.
13 Dallas Mavericks 25-19 Green Arrow1 They have only one team right now fighting with them for the last spot in the West, so if they keep playing well, they should be able to stay in it.
14 Miami Heat 23-19 Green Arrow3 I love this Miami team, and see them fighting with the top 3 in the East down the road. Winning 4 out of the last 6 definitely helps, and the next 2 games against Atlanta and Washington could keep their winning ways alive.
15 Utah Jazz 25-20 Red Arrow3 The Jazz are probably missing Boozer right now, but are still playing okay. I’m sure they would be much better if they had him, but they are doing good enough to stay in the playoff hunt going into the ASB.
16 Philadelphia 76ers 21-21 Red Arrow1 They have only lost 1 game since January 3rd, and Iguodala is doing his best to lead a team that isn’t full of talent to the playoffs. Look to see the 76ers keep playing on the rise, and have a record at the break around the Heat’s record.
17 Bucks 22-25
Green Arrow1 This is the first sub-.500 team in the rankings, and surprisingly the best sub-.500 team is from the East. The West teams under .500 are far under, and the Bucks just lost Michael Redd. Look for a huge drop off from the Bucks, as losing your leader and star player (or a star fantasy player in my case) can really hurt a team.
18 New York Knicks 18-25 Green Arrow7 The Knicks make a resounding jump, after having a good second half of January. 5-3 in their last 8 is huge, and they have not lost at home since January 2nd. As a Knick fan, I hope to see this great play continue, but they are so inconsistent, no one knows what to expect.
19 Timberwolves 15-27 Red Arrow3 I don’t know what Kevin McHale has done to this team, but they are 11-4 in their last 15. This team has something big in store, and hopefully can keep this Cinderella story going. They dropped this week with 2 key losses, but I like what I see right now.
20 New Jersey Nets 20-24 Red Arrow1 Most would feel they belong ahead of the Knicks because of the way their rookies have been playing this year, but 3-5 in their last 8 does not help. Brook Lopez has been stepping it up, and Devin Harris is playing great, and can definitely lead the Nets to a playoff berth in the East this year.
21 Bobcats 18-26
- 4-2 in their last 6, the Bobcats still need some help. They have been trying to get rid of a few guys according to some rumors, but have failed. MJ needs to pull the trigger and make a big trade so Charlotte can make a run.
22 Chicago Bulls 18-27 - You would figure a win against Cleveland would give them momentum, but it did not. 2-6 in their last 8 (including that win against the Cavs) is dismal, and the Bulls need a miracle.
23 Toronto Raptors 18-28 Red Arrow3 This Raptors team is a good team, and I had high hopes for them this season. Unfortunately that is not how the season has gone, but now Calderon is back and ready to make a huge impact.
24 Pacers 17-27 Red Arrow1 Nothing great from them this week, but with 2 out of 4 games this week against sub-.500 teams, maybe the Pacers can work their way back to .500.
25 Golden State Warriors 14-31 Red Arrow1 3-3 since the last power rankings drops them a spot this week. Monta Ellis has finally returned, and I think that might be the spark they need to jump a few spots in the West.
26 Memphis Grizlies 11-32 - Hopefully the new coach (Hollins) brings something to this team, because if he doesn’t, then I don’t know what will.
27 L.A. Clippers 10-33 Green Arrow3 The Clips have not changed their losing ways, going 2-4 in the last 6. They have some good players, so seeing them do this poorly is a shock to me.
28 Oklahoma Thunder 9-35
Red Arrow1 3-3 in the last 6 including a big win against Detroit, Oklahoma is winning a few games here and there to keep them out of the bottom of the rankings.
29 Sacramento Kings 10-35
Red Arrow1 This team has no spark, and is probably not going to change much after the trade deadline. I’m sure they’ll settle with having a good draft pick next year.
30 Washington Wizards 9-34
Red Arrow1 Don’t play Arenas, rest him. The Wizards are miserable this year, and there is nothing they can do to bring them up. Take the good draft pick, bring Agent Zero back next year, and pray for the best.

Be sure to check back next week with our NBA Power Rankings for week 14.