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NBA Power Rankings: Week 8 25

  • Hoophead
  • Posted by: Sachin Shenolikar
  • December 28, 2009, 2:50 PM


The Lakers are back on top, the Nets are back at the bottom, and plenty of other teams have moved up and down the rankings. Check out my list, and then click below to let everyone know what you think!

NBA Power Rankings
1 Los Angeles Lakers
Last Week: 2
The Lakers lost their showdown against the Cavs on Christmas Day, but cruised in wins over Detroit, Oklahoma City, and Sacramento. They are 21-0 in games in which they reach 100 points.
 
2 Boston Celtics
Last Week: 1
A one-point loss to the 76ers was a bummer, but it was the only time Boston stumbled in its past 15 games. Plus, the Celtics beat a strong Magic team on Saturday thanks to 17 points, 13 assists, and 8 rebounds from Rajon Rondo.
 
3 Orlando Magic
Last Week: 7
Despite losing to Boston, Orlando had a good week with wins over Portland, Utah, and Houston. The Vince Carter trade has been good so far. He is leading the team in scoring with 18.9 points per game.
 
4 Cleveland Cavaliers
Last Week: 3
LeBron James’s stat line in the Cavs’ win over the Kings on December 23: 34 points, 16 rebounds, and 10 assists. I hope you have him on your fantasy team.
 
5 Dallas Mavericks
Last Week: 5
Dirk Nowitzki has been getting help lately from Jason Terry and Josh Howard, who have been stepping up their games in the fourth quarter.
 
6 Atlanta Hawks
Last Week: 6
The Hawks have been quietly excelling. They’re only a half game behind the division-leading Magic in the Southeast.
 
7 Denver Nuggets
Last Week: 4
Losers of three of four games last week, Denver has been missing point guard Chauncey Billups, who has an injured groin. A bright spot: Guard J.R. Smith has been playing well. He scored 41 points in a win over Atlanta on December 23.
 
8 Portland Trail Blazers
Last Week: 10
The Trail Blazers injury woes continue. Center Joel Przybilla will miss the rest of the season with a right leg injury. At least Brandon Roy has been on his game. He had 41 points in a win over Denver on Christmas Day.
 
9 Phoenix Suns
Last Week: 8
A balanced scoring attack has helped Phoenix return to the top of the West again. Six Suns are averaging double-digits in scoring, led by Amar’e Stoudemire’s 20.1 points per game.
 
10 San Antonio Spurs
Last Week: 11
The Spurs have won five of six games. San Antonio’s veteran squad is just trying to get through the season injury-free. Then, it will really turn on the jets in the postseason.
 
11 Houston Rockets
Last Week: 12
Tracy McGrady, unhappy with his playing time, has left the team. But the Rockets have shown that they can win without him. Even though T-Mac has played in only six games, Houston is still in the hunt for the Southwest Division lead.
 
12 Utah Jazz
Last Week: 9
A so-so week for the Jazz. Utah beat two weak teams (the Sixers and Bobcats) and lost to three good ones (the Hawks, Heat, and Magic). Utah has been struggling on the road, which is odd for this veteran team.
 
13 Oklahoma City Thunder
Last Week: 14
They had a big win in Phoenix on Wednesday, where the Suns are nearly unbeatable. After the game, Suns coach Alvin Gentry said that Thunder forward Kevin Durant would one-day become an all-time great. (Durant had 38 points against the Suns.)
 
14 Miami Heat
Last Week: 13
Winners of five of six games, Miami has been getting solid performances from supporting players like Michael Beasley and Udonis Haslem.
 
15 Toronto Raptors
Last Week: 22
Winners of four straight, the Raptors make a big leap in the power rankings. They have been getting strong play from Chris Bosh and Andrea Bargnani.
 
16 Sacramento Kings
Last Week: 17
The Kings are three games below .500, but they’ve still been one of the NBA’s most pleasant surprises this season. Credit guard Tyreke Evans, who is a frontrunner for the Rookie of the Year award.
 
17 Milwaukee Bucks
Last Week: 15
After a good start to the season, Milwaukee has been sliding as of late. Still, the team has to be happy with the play of center Andrew Bogut. The number 1 pick of the 2005 draft had 31 points and 18 rebounds in a win over the Pacers last week.
 
18 New Orleans Hornets
Last Week: 16
Having a superstar in Chris Paul is great and all, but it’s still hard to win in the NBA without a good inside scoring option. With defensive0minded Emeka Okafor at center, that’s one of New Orleans’ biggest weaknesses.
 
19 Los Angeles Clippers
Last Week: 18
A buzzer-beater by star Baron Davis gave the Clippers a huge win over the Celtics on Sunday. It was a much-needed win for a team that had lost three in a row. Now, L.A. is hoping it can get rookie Blake Griffin back in action in January.
 
20 Memphis Grizzlies
Last Week: 20
What a week for big man Zach Randolph: He averaged a whopping 31 points and 19 rebounds over three games.
 
21 Washington Wizards
Last Week: 27
Former Timberwolves coach Flip Saunders and guard Randy Foye couldn’t get it done against their old team on Saturday. But the Wizards had won three of four before that loss.
 
22 Charlotte Bobcats
Last Week: 21
The Bobcats have talent, but they need to protect the ball better. Charlotte averages 17.1 turnovers per game, worst in the NBA.
 
23 Golden State Warriors
Last Week: 28
Forward Corey Maggette has been playing well since he’s become a starter. He has scored at least 20 points in seven straight games. Unfortunately, the Warriors lost six of those games.
 
24 Detroit Pistons
Last Week: 19
The Pistons have lost seven straight, but things are looking up. Rip Hamilton, and Tayshaun Prince returned to the lineup on Sunday after missing significant time with injuries.
 
25 New York Knicks
Last Week: 23
The Knicks followed up a three-game winning streak with two losses, but the team is playing with spunk. And they have to like the progress of second-year forward Danilo Gallinari, who had two 20+ point games last week.
 
26 Indiana Pacers
Last Week: 24
Getting forward Mike Dunleavy back from a major knee injury was great — at first. After a strong start to his season, Dunleavy has been in a major slump of late. With star Danny Granger out of the lineup, the Pacers need Dunleavy to shape up.
 
27 Chicago Bulls
Last Week: 25
Did the Bulls really blow a 35-point second-half lead against the Kings last week? I’m afraid so. That soured an otherwise decent week that included wins over Atlanta and New Orleans.
 
28 Minnesota Timberwolves
Last Week: 29
The Timberwolves won two straight games last week. Yes, they were over fellow basement dwellers New Jersey and Washington, but hey, it’s a start.
 
29 Philadelphia 76ers
Last Week: 26
The Sixers somehow beat the Celtics in Boston on December 18, but they’ve lost three straight since then. With Andre Iguodala, Elton Brand, and Allen Iverson, this team has to get on track sometime, right?
 
30 New Jersey Nets
Last Week: 30
The Nets are back on another long losing streak, but got an encouraging sign with the return of forward Yi Jianlian. Yi had 22 points in his return from a sprained right knee on December 23.

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25 Comments

dis da best team in da nba

Hoophead who are your 5 favorite teams in order?

Go NASCAR

I Love NASCAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Footballs my thing but the cavs are so underated in this and orland`s so over rated.

lebron james isnt underated

why are the nets so bad

they have NOone good.

would you watch game 7 of the world series game seven of the finals or the super bowl

World Series!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

game 7 of the finals

i think the rookie challenge will be something to watch tyreke evans playing with brandon jennings and hopefully omri casspi i think the rookies have a good chance at winning

do you think the thunder will make the playoffs

Heak no

The Cavs beat number 1 in the NBA and they move down a spot how does that happen?

hey, tell me what you guys think is more popular:
NFL or NBA?

Lakers are doing a repeat baby.Add one more ring to Kobes finger

CAVS RULE FOOLS!KING JAMES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:)

how r the kings 16? tyreke evans is a rookie, so why all the hype? they should b lower.

maybe they should be lower but their three wins away from tying their win total last season

Ebebe hapie

cavs rule!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

GO CELTICS!!!!!!!!!! :D

booooooooo

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