Sachin Shenolikar

NBA Power Rankings: Week 16

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  • Sachin Shenolikar
  • March 19, 2010, 5:52 PM

How did your favorite NBA team do this week? Check out my rankings and then tell everyone your opinion in the comments section!

NBA Power Rankings
1 Cleveland Cavaliers
Last Week: 1
Winners of 11 of 12 games, any doubts about Antawn Jamison fitting in with the Cavs have vanished. Jamison’s stats with Cleveland haven’t been great (16.7 ppg), but just having him on the floor has taken some of the load off LeBron James.
2 Los Angeles Lakers
Last Week: 2
L.A. stopped the bad vibes of a three-game losing streak by winning four straight last week. A cause for concern: All the wins were by seven points or less, including a three-point squeaker over lowly Golden State.
3 Orlando Magic
Last Week: 4
The Magic is quietly having a strong season. Orlando is only five games behind the Cavs for the best record in the East.
4 Denver Nuggets
Last Week: 5
Carmelo Anthony could always score, but now he has become a complete player. He had a career-high 18 rebounds in a win over the Hornets on Thursday.
5 Dallas Mavericks
Last Week: 3
Yes, it was their only loss in the past 14 games, but losing to the Knicks by 34 points deserves a slight drop in the rankings.
6 Boston Celtics
Last Week: 8
The Celtics beat up on weak teams last week (New York, Detroit, and Indiana), but lost to Cleveland. Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett are starting to play well together again.
7 Utah Jazz
Last Week: 6
The Jazz are keeping things close in the Northwest Division. They are only 2.5 games behind the first-place Nuggets.
8 Atlanta Hawks
Last Week: 7
Jamal Crawford has been a great addition to the Hawks lineup. The sixth man is averaging 17.9 points, second-best on the team.
9 Phoenix Suns
Last Week: 9
The Suns scored a whopping 152 points against the Timberwolves on Tuesday. It was the most points scored by an NBA team this season.
10 Oklahoma City Thunder
Last Week: 10
I’m intrigued by the battle for the scoring title. LeBron James (29.9 ppg) and Kevin Durant (29.7) are duking it out. Since James now has scoring help with Antawn Jamison, I think Durant will pull it out.
11 Portland Trail Blazers
Last Week: 11
With four straight wins, the Blazers have gotten into a nice groove. They could play the role of spoiler in the playoffs.
12 San Antonio Spurs
Last Week: 12
Tim Duncan had the worst game of his career on Wednesday night. He shot one for 10 from the field for five points in a Spurs loss to Orlando. On the bright side, San Antonio had won four straight games before that debacle.
13 Milwaukee Bucks
Last Week: 13
The Bucks have streaked to the fifth seed in the East. With center Andrew Bogut playing the best basketball of his career, Milwaukee could pull a first-round upset in the playoffs.
14 Houston Rockets
Last Week: 19
Four straight wins have kept the Rockets’ hopes alive for the eighth playoff spot in the West. Unfortunately, Houston is still 4.5 games behind Portland, which also has won four straight.
15 Memphis Grizzlies
Last Week: 15
The Grizzlies playoff chances are dwindling, but this season has still been a success. The growth of young players such as O.J. Mayo and Marc Gasol has been huge, and Zach Randolph finally got his act together.
16 Charlotte Bobcats
Last Week: 20
Can new owner Michael Jordan bring some magic to the Bobcats? The team has been playing well of late, winning five of six games in March.
17 Miami Heat
Last Week: 18
How far can Dwyane Wade carry this team? From the looks of it, even Wade won’t be able to prevent a first-round playoff exit for the Heat.
18 Toronto Raptors
Last Week: 16
The Raptors snapped a five-game losing streak with a big win over the Hawks on Wednesday. Jose Calderon is back as the starting point guard after losing the job to Jarrett Jack earlier in the season.
19 New Orleans Hornets
Last Week: 16
Yes, Chris Paul's injury is a big reason why the Hornets will likely miss the playoffs this season. But management cannot ignore the fact that the team lacks an explosive frontcourt scorer who can complement their superstar point guard.
20 Chicago Bulls
Last Week: 17
What happened to the Bulls? They’ve lost nine straight games. At least Chicago has New Jersey and Detroit coming up this week. A couple of wins would pull them back into the race for the eighth playoff spot in the East.
21 Los Angeles Clippers
Last Week: 21
There have been a lot of long losing streaks for the poor teams lately. The Clippers snapped an eight-game slide with a win over the Bucks on Wednesday.
22 Philadelphia 76ers
Last Week: 22
A win over the Nets on Wednesday stopped a five-game losing streak. With the Knicks and Bulls up next, Philly could have a few more wins on the horizon.
23 New York Knicks
Last Week: 23
The Knicks had two wins last week, including a 36-point thrashing of the powerhouse Mavericks. Rookie guard Toney Douglas has given the team a spark since becoming a starter last week. He had two 20-point games in his first three starts.
24 Sacramento Kings
Last Week: 25
Sacramento has had a disappointing season, but the team must be happy that it made the right choice in taking Tyreke Evans in the 2009 draft. Evans is averaging 20.3 points, 5.6 assists, and 5.2 rebounds per game.
25 Detroit Pistons
Last Week: 26
Detroit can’t catch a break. They had to play against three of the strongest teams in the East last week. The Pistons dropped games to Cleveland, Boston, and Atlanta.
26 Indiana Pacers
Last Week: 27
The Pacers need to find a point guard this off-season. T.J. Ford and Earl Watson are solid, but they are not a good-enough shooters to carry the team when opponents focus on star Danny Granger.
27 Washington Wizards
Last Week: 24
The Wiz have lost 11 of 12 games. A bright spot has been point guard Shaun Livingston, a one-time top prospect whose career was derailed by injuries. Livingston has been stealing minutes from slumping Randy Foye.
28 Golden State Warriors
Last Week: 28
The Warriors have been a good destination for NBA Development League players. Five NBDL players have suited up for Golden State this season, including Reggie Williams, who had 22 points in a Warriors win over New Orleans on Wednesday.
29 Minnesota Timberwolves
Last Week: 29
The T-Wolves have lost 17 of 18 games. Ouch. With a road matchup against the Lakers up next on Friday night, there’s no relief in sight.
30 New Jersey Nets
Last Week: 30
New Jersey has one goal for the season: Avoid breaking the 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers record for worst record ever (9-73). Can the Nets win two games over the final month of the season?
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