NBA Power Rankings

LeBron is playing on another level and has the Heat primed for the playoffs.

1. Miami Heat (43-14) – LeBron James, 27 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists a game, is playing on another level right now and carrying the Heat.

2. San Antonio Spurs (47-14) – Tony Parker’s ankle injury will cost him a month and could cost the Spurs home court advantage.

Parker’s ankle injury could cost the Spurs home court advantage in the playoffs.

3. Oklahoma City Thunder (43-16) – Kevin Durant’s 35 points led the Thunder to a big 108-104 win over the Clippers on Sunday.

4. Indiana Pacers (38-22) – What a year Paul George is having.

Paul George is averaging 18 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists a game in his first All Star season.

5. LA Clippers (43-19) – What the Clippers do in the post season could go a long way on whether Chris Paul will call the Staples Center home next season.

6. Memphis Grizzlies (39-19) – Marc, 14 points and 8 rebounds, may have become the best Gasol in the NBA.

7. NY Knicks (35-21) – J.R. Smith, 16 points and 5 rebounds a game, has been quite a spark off the bench for the Knicks.

8. Denver Nuggets (38-22) – Kenneth “The Manimal” Faried is one of the most enjoyable players to watch in the league.

Kenneth Faried, 12 points and 9 rebounds a game, is one of the most exciting players to watch in the league.

9. Chicago Bulls (34-26) – They are counting down the days until their MVP point guard returns.

10. Atlanta Hawks (33-25) – The Hawks never found the right package to deal Josh Smith at the deadline. Hope that doesn’t come back to bite them in the future.

11. Brooklyn Nets (34-26) – So0 much talent but still seems like they are underachieving.

12. Golden State Warriors (33-27) – Stephen Curry’s 54 points in Madison Square Garden was quite impressive.

Steph Curry’s 54 points against the Knicks was impressive but the Warriors still lost a close game.

13. Boston Celtics (31-27) – Shopped Kevin Garnett at the deadline, but decided to keep him and Pierce together for one last run in beantown.

14. Utah Jazz (32-27) – Pressure is on in Salt Lake, as this could be the last season with pending free agents Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson in the front court.

15. Houston Rockets (33-28) – Omer Asik, 10 points and 11 rebounds per game, may be one of the most pleasantly surprising free agent signings this summer.

16. Milwaukee Bucks ( 29-28) – J.J. Redick was brought in at the trade deadline to provide a scoring punch off the bench.

J.J. Redick’s 15 points and 4 assists came to the Bucks at the trade deadline.

17. LA Lakers ( 30-30) – The Lakers have played much better in the second half, but will it be too little too late.

18. Portland Trail Blazers (27-31) – Damian Lillard, 18 points and 6 assists per game, has sewn up the Rookie of the Year.

19. Dallas Mavericks (26-33) – Vince Carter has found the fountain of youth in Dallas this season.

20. Philadelphia 76ers (23-35) – The Sixers and their fans are still awaiting the appearance of their off season gem Andrew Bynum.

21. Toronto Raptors (23-37) – Rudy Gay is averaging 20 points a game since he crossed the border to Canada.

Gay has averaged 20 points a game since becoming a member of the Raptors.

22. Detroit Pistons ( 23-39) – Greg Monroe, 16 points and 10 rebounds a game,  continues to improve in Motown.

23. Phoenix Suns (21-39) – The Morris Brothers are reunited again in the desert.

24. New Orleans Hornets (21-39) – Greivis Vazquez should be in the running for the Most Improved Player award.

25. Sacramento Kings ( 21-40) – DeMarcus Cousins can be one of the most dominant big men in the game when he wants to be.

Cousins can be a dominant force for the Kings but he doesn’t always wanna play hard.

26. Minnesota Timberwolves ( 20-36) – Not having Kevin Love inside has hurt this young teams improvement.

27. Cleveland Cavaliers (20-39) – Kyrie Irving is becoming an elite point guard but unfortunately he doesn’t have much around him.

28. Washington Wizards (19-39) – Bradley Beal and John Wall had formed quite a dangerous back court in DC.

29. Orlando Magic (16-44) – Nik Vucevic has been a bright spot in a dismal season in Orlando. Vucevic is averaging 12 points and 11 rebounds a game.

30. Charlotte Bobcats (13-46) – It is the time of the season for a Bobcat fan to start to look at NBA mock drafts.

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