NBA Power Rankings

1. Chicago Bulls 31-8- Rose drops 35 on the Sixers in a very exciting nationally televised game.

2. Miami  Heat 28-9- Have lost two in a row. In the Utah game, Lebron passes up the final shot…why why why?

3. Oklahoma City Thunder 29-8- After beating Boston, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and Orlando, a disappointing loss to Atlanta.

4. San Antonio Spurs 25-12- Have lost 2 of 3 since the All-Star Break.

5. Los Angeles Clippers 22-13- Chris Paul led the way in a OT win over Houston.

6. Indiana Pacers 23-12- I’m still skeptical of the Pacers. The best team in their 6 game winning streak has been Golden State.

7. Los Angeles Lakers 23-14- The Masked Mamba has been not been affected once with a mask. Impressive W over the Heat.

8. Orlando Magic 24-14- Have won 7 out of 10, but will their good fortune continue when the Howard Sweepstakes kick up their pace?

9. Atlanta Hawks 22-15- Nice win over a very hot Thunder team.

10. Memphis Grizzlies 22-15- Scorching hot, winning 7 out of 8, beating Houston, Philadelphia and Dallas along the way.

11. Dallas Maverick 22-16- Interesting situation with Lamar Odom getting sent to the D-League.  If he ever gets right, Dallas is a scary team for a potential 2 or 3 seed to face.

12. Denver Nuggets 21-17- Three game winning streak against Houston, Portland, and the Spurs.

13.  Houston Rockets 21-17- Not a great start to the post All-Star break, losing three in a row, including a loss to Utah.

14. Philadelphia 76ers 22-16- 2-11 in games decided by 7 points or less will be the story of the year.

15.  Minnesota Timberwolves 19-19- 2 games back of the 8th spot in the West, Rick Adleman coach of the year?

16.Boston Celtics 19-17- It’s been the year of runs for the Celtics. Lose 3, Win 4, Lose 5, Win 4, Win 5, Lose 2, Lose 5, and now have won 4 in a row.

17. Portland Trailblazers 18-19- Have lost 4 out of 5 including a 12 point loss to Minnesota a team they’ll battle for a playoff spot.

18. New York Knicks 18-19- I thought they played really well against Boston, Carmelo and Pierce answering shot for shot.

19. Utah Jazz 17-19- Have won 2 out of 3 including wins over Houston and Miami.

20. Phoeniz Suns 17-20- Have won three in a row, 4 out of the 8th spot, Steve Nash having a great year, Marcin Gortat having a career year.

21. Golden State Warriors 14-20- Chance to even up the six game road trip with a win at Washington. a 3-3 road trip would be disappointing for a team fighting for a playoff chance.

22. Milwaukee Bucks 14-23- Have fallen 4 back of the Knicks for the 8th spot.

23. Cleveland Cavs 13-22- They probably aren’t going to make the playoffs, but I’m sure the Cavs are thrilled with the progress of Irving.

24. Sacramento Kings 12-25- Looks like the Kings are going to stay in Sacramento with the idea of a new arena. 

25. Detriot Pistons 12-26- Actually finished with a winning record in February.

26. Toronto Raptors 12-25- Jose Calderon is in the top 5 in assists per game.  That’s about all I got.

27.  New Jersey Nets 12-26- Deron Williams had 57 in their win over the Bobcats.  If they don’t get Howard, he’s as good as gone.

28. New Orleans Hornets 9-28- Chris Kaman, will he or won’t he be traded?

29. Washington Wizards 8-28- At least the Lakers come to town, that should help their attendance.

30. Charlotte Bobcats 4-31- At least they help Deron Williams under 60.


NBA Power Rankings

1. Miami Heat 27-7- DWade had a triple double in the All-Star and still wasn’t even the best player on the court.

2. Oklahoma City Thunder 27-7 Durant won his first MVP in Sunday’s defense slugfest.

3. Chicago Cubs 27-8- Derrick Rose had 14 points in his starting role and Luol Deng only played six minutes.

4.  San Antonio Spurs 24-10- They’ve lost once the entire month of February.

5. Los Angeles Clippers 20-11- Paul had 12 assists, while Blake finished with 22 in the West 3 point win on Sunday.

6. Dallas Mavericks 21-13- Dirk has averaged 28 in the last four games, but the Mavericks have only gone 2-2.

7. Houston Rockets 20-14- Have won four out of five games, Kevin McHale is certainly in the running for Coach of the Year.

8. Orlando Magic 22-13- Now the Dwight Howards rumors begin….

9. Philadelphia 76ers 20-14- Limped into the All-Star on a five game losing streak, Oklahoma City and Chicago this week on tap.

10. Los Angeles Lakers 20-14- A players’ only meeting after a win?  Kobe took a shot in the nose in the All-Star Game, getting evaluated today.

11.  Indiana Pacers 21-12- Four game winning streak heading into the All-Star Game, but all of the wins were against the bottom feeders of the league.

12. Atlanta Hawks 20-14- A below average month for the Hawks, beating the Warriors will get them to 7-8.

13. Memphis Grizzlies 19-15- Have gone 7-2 in their last 9 and have got back on track after a disastrous start.

14.  Portland Trailblazers 18-16- a 40 point win over the Spurs is a great way to head into the break.

15. Denver Nuggets 18-17- Have lost five out of six, having a tough go with Ganillari out of the lineup.

16. Minnesota Timberwolves 17-17- Kevin Love won the three point contest on Saturday, edging out some guy named Durant.  If the Wolves finish above .500, Love should garner the MVP votes.

17. New York Knicks 17-18- We’ll find out what the Knicks are made of soon. Their next nine games are Boston, Dallas, Spurs, Bucks, Sixers, Bulls, Trailblazers, and the Pacers twice.

18. Boston Celtics 15-17- Pierce was just as awful in the All-Star Game as his team has been in their past five games.

19.  Utah Jazz 15-17- The Jazz wish this month would just end, 3-10 so far with two more games left.

20.  Cleveland Cavs 13-18- Kyrie Irving was fabulous in the Rising Stars game and Cavs fans are excited about his future.

21. Golden State Warriors 13-17- Warriors have some very impressive wins at home, Miami, Chicago and the Clippers.

22. Phoenix Suns 14-20- It’s getting a point where it might wise to move Steve Nash.

23. Milwaukee Bucks 13-20- Have fallen off the map, losing six out of seven, still only 2 and half games back of a playoff spot.

24. Detroit Pistons 11-24- Their record is poor, but they’ve had a winning month with two games left.

25.  Sacramento Kings 11-22- One would think the big win over the Thunder would be a turning point…nope. They’ve won one game since.

26. Toronto Raptors 10-23- Not a great year for the Toronto sports fans, at least they have Jose Bautista.

27. New Jersey Nets 10-25- Unless Williams and Lopez make magic, Williams could be out the door in the summer.

28.  New Orleans Hornets 8-25- The Chris Kaman will be in full force now as we get closer to the All-Star Break.

29.  Washington Wizards 7-26- Well, At least the Nationals will be decent.

30. Charlotte Bobcats 4-28- They can’t score.  86 points per game won’t get the job done.

NBA Power Rankings

1. Miami Heat 16-5- Jump over the Bulls with the win Sunday afternoon.  Lebron goes for 22,11, and 8.

2. Oklahoma City Thunder 16-3- 8-2 road record is best in the league.

3. Chicago Bulls 18-5- 1-1 on a 9 game road trip. Trips to Philadelphia and Milwaukee up next.

4. Denver Nuggets 14-6- Number 1 in the league in scoring, not bad for a team without a star.

5. Dallas Mavericks 14-8- Have won 6 out of 7 since losing to both LA Teams.

6. Philadelphia 76ers 15-6- Beat Orlando, but have Chicago, Miami and Atlanta this week.

7. Los Angeles Clippers 11-6- Nice two game winning streak against Memphis and Denver.

8.  Indiana Pacers 13-6-  Went 2-1 on the three game road trip which included wins over Chicago and Orlando.  Derrick Rose was not happy with how the Pacers celebrated beating the Bulls either.

9. Atlanta Hawks 15-6- Jeff Teague had 24 in the win over New Orleans.  He’s averaging 13 points and 5 assists as the starter and has seen his field goal and three-point percentage jump to career highs this year.

10.  Houston Rockets 12-9- Team lost 5 out of 6 to start the month, won 7 in a row, and then ended the up and down month with a bad loss to Minnesota.

11. San Antonio Spurs 13-9- Would be ranked higher, but blew a 9 point lead with 5:30 to go in Dallas.

12. Los Angeles Lakers 12-9- 2-4 in their last six games against teams with a record over .500.

13. Utah Jazz 12-7- 3-4 against teams with winning records, play two of the next three against the LA teams.

14. Portland Trailblazers 12-9- 5-7 to end the month, but February starts with Charlotte and Sacramento.

15. Orlando Magic 12-9- They’ve looked awful in their four game losing streak. Blew a 27 point lead in Boston, got blown out by the worst team in the Western Conference, lost by 21 in Indiana and then scored 69 points in a loss against Philadelphia.

16.  Minnesota Timberwolves 10-11- Finished the month 6-4 including wins over San Antonio,  Houston, Dallas, and the Clippers.

17. Memphis Grizzles 10-10- Started 3-6, won 7 in a row, and now have lost 4 in a row.

18. Cleveland Cavs 8-11- Kyrie Irving is averaging 17.9 points per game and scored the game winner against Boston.

19. Boston Celtics 9-10- With games against Cleveland, Toronto,  New York, and Memphis coming, the Celtics can start to see their way out of the mess they made.

20. Milwaukee Bucks 9-11- Wins over the Heat, Rockets, Lakers give Bucks fans a glimmer of hope.

21. Toronto Raptors 7-14- Have won three out of four, only a half game behind the Knicks.

22. New Jersey Nets 7-14- Williams, Humphries, and Lopez are nice pieces, but it won’t be worth anything if they can’t keep Deron Williams this summer.

23.  New York Knicks 7-13- Have lost 9 out of 10 and now whispers are swirling that they are shopping Amare.

24.  Phoenix Suns 7-13- Nash is averaging almost a double double, 14.3 points and 9.9 assists.

25. Golden State Warriors 6-12- Friday’s loss to the Thunder (120-101) shows how far away they are.

26.  Sacramento Kings 6-14- Dead last in defense. This team is still a mess.

27. Detroit Pistons 4-18- Dead last in offense, rebounds, and 26th in assists per game.

28.  New Orleans Hornets 4-17- At least they beat Orlando!

29.  Washington Wizards 4-17- They still suck.

30- Charlotte Bobcats 3-18- Lost to the Wizards to give them the new title of the worst team in basketball.

NBA Power Rankings

1. Chicago Bulls 16-3- Keeping plugging along depsite injuries to Deng, Noah, and Gibson. First in assists, points allowed per game and 4th in rebounds

2. Miami Heat 11-5- 6-0 without Dwade. That shows how scary good they are.

3. Oklahoma City Thunder 14-3- Get knocked down a peg due to losing to Washington.

4. Denver Nuggets 12-5- Since the Carmelo trade, the team is 30-12.

5. Indiana Pacers 11-4- Have won 5 out of 6 since losing to Philadelphia including wins over the Celtics and Lakers.

6. Orlando Magic 11-5- Would be ranked higher if not for an embarrassing loss to the Boston Celtics.

7. Dallas Mavericks 11-7- Have won 8 out of 10. Perhaps their demise was overblown.

8. Philadelphia 76ers 12-5- Impressive win over the Hawks, holding them to 29 2nd half points. Disappointing game in Miami tempers expectations.

9. Atlanta Hawks 13-5- Not sure anyone expected a 5-1 record with Horford out of the lineup.

10. Antonio Spurs 11-7- Gave up a shocking 71 points to the Heat in a 120-98 loss.

11. Houston Rockets 10-7- Seven game winning streak includes wins over Portland and San Antonio.

12. Memphis Grizzles 9-6- Six game winning streak obviously because Mo Speights.

13. Utah Jazz 10-5- A 9-2 month with the losses to Dallas and the Lakers.

14. Los Angeles Clippers 9-5- The Clippers are 1-3 on the road and begin a 7 game road trip in February.

15. Portland Trailblazers 9-7- A 2-4 road trip brings them back to Earth.

16. Los Angeles Lakers 10-8- After Kobe, Pau, and Bynum, the Lakers’ 4th leading scorer is Matt Barnes. This team’s depth is gone.

17. Boston Celtics 7-9- Absolutely dominating performance against a very good Magic team.

18. Minnesota Timberwovles 7-10- Kevin Love had 39 points and Ricky Rubio had 12 assists and the Twolves still lost by 15.

19. Phoenix Suns 6-10- Steve Nash has plenty left in the tank. 26 and 11 against the Knicks at MSG.

20.Milwaukee Bucks 6-10- Impressive stretch of games with wins over New York, Miami and a tough loss to Atlanta.

21.New York Knicks 6-10- This team is a mess.

22. Cleveland Cavs 6-9- Big losses to Chicago and Atlanta shows how far Cleveland is.

23. Golden State Warriors 5-10- Monta’s points, assists, and rebounds per game are all up, but his shooting percentage is down from his career average.

24. Sacramento Kings 6-11- Dead last in defense and assists. This team is a bigger mess than the Knicks.

25. Toronto Raptors 4-13- Eight game losing streak has included a brutal stretch against Indiana, Chicago, Atlanta, Boston, Portland, and the Clippers.

26.. New Jersey Nets 5-13- Whispers of whether Deron Williams will stay or not will likely cause problems for the rest of the year.

27. Detroit Pistons 4-14- It could get uglier with Miami, Atlanta and Philadelphia up next on the schedule.

28. New Orleans Hornets 3-14- Without Chris Paul to start up the offense, the Hornets have fallen to 28th in the league in points per game.

29. Charlotte Bobcats 3-14- Kemba averaging 11 points since being inserted into the starting lineup.

30. Washington Wizards 2-15- They still suck.

NBA Power Rankings

1. Chicago Bulls 13-3- Have allowed just 85 points per game, #1 in the NBA. Have given up 100 points or more twice.

2. Oklahoma City Thunder 12-2- Seven game winning streak with Durant averaging 26 points per game.

3. Orlando Magic 10-3- So the Magic have won five in a row and Dwight wants to still be traded, adding the Clippers to his list.

4. Miami Heat 10-4- LeBron was absolutely dominating against the Spurs last night.

5. San Antonio Spurs 9-5- For all the people that say the Spurs are boring, they are 3rd in the league in points per game at 100.8

6. Los Angeles Lakers 10-5- Kobe recently had a run of 4 straight games of 40+ points, but it was Derek Fisher who took the final game winning shot against Dallas two nights ago.

7. Utah Jazz 9-4- An impressive three game winning streak with wins over the Clippers and Nuggets put the Jazz 2nd in the conference.

8. Philadelphia 76ers 10-3- We’ll see how good this team really is this week with home games vs. Denver, Atlanta and a road game at Miami.

9. Los Angeles Clippers 7-4- Interestingly enough, a team with Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan are only 27th in rebounding.

10. Indiana Pacers 9-3- Three game winning streak with wins over Atlanta and Boston, but how good is Boston anymore? Pacers are allowing the fourth fewest points per game which will put them in contention for a Top 4 seed.

11. Denver Nuggets 9-5- That’s funny…Carmelo leaves and the Nuggets are second in scoring and first in assists per game. Very interesting…

12. Atlanta Hawks 10-4- Wins over Chicago and Miami, but losing Al Horford is devastating.

13. Dallas Mavericks 8-6- I’m not sure Jason Kidd is going to make it through the season. He looks old and slow.

14. Portland Trailblazers 8-5- Are only 3-4 in their last seven including losses to San Antonio and Orlando.

15. Memphis Grizzles 6-6- Three game winning streak gets them back to .500. Former Sixer Mo Speights had 16 points and 12 boards in a win over Chicago.

16. Houston Rockets 7-7- An absolutely brutal schedule with two games against San Antonio, Oklahoma City and games vs. both LA teams. A four game winning streak gets them back to .500.

17. New York Knicks 6-7- A team 26th in assists per game is desperately waiting for a healthy Baron Davis, but does he have anything left?

18. Golden State Warriors 5-8- The defense is improving, but isn’t great, but two home wins vs. Chicago and Miami are the staple wins of the year.

19. Cleveland Cavs 6-7- Kyrie Irving gives Cavs fans some hope for the future, leading the team in points and assists per game.

21. Minnesota Timberwolves 5-8- Rubio and Love get Minnesota fans something to get excited for. Will the team be good enough before Love’s contract is up?

22. Boston Celtics 4-8- Their starting five is old and their bench stinks. They’ll make the playoffs, but I think their run might be over.

23. Phoenix Suns 4-9- At least Steve Nash still leads the league in assists.

24. Milwaukee Bucks 4-9- They haven’t won a road game yet,

25. Toronto Raptors 4-10- Andrea Bargnani and Jose Calderon are pretty good. The rest of the team…eh not so much.

26. Sacramento Kings 4-10- This team is a mess. DeMarcus Cousins is a head case and the team just plays selfish basketball. In their 39 point loss to Dallas, the team had 10 assists.

27. New Orleans Hornets 3-10- Hornets are in the top ten in defense, but are only averaging 86 points per game.

28. Charlotte Bobcats 3-12- Moved Kemba to the starting lineup and Gerald Henderson is flourishing because of it.

29. Detroit Pistons 3-11- Poor Tayshun Prince.

30. Washington Wizards 1-12- They suck.