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NBA Power Rankings: Week 11 27

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  • Posted by: Sachin Shenolikar
  • January 22, 2010, 3:52 PM


The top spot in these power rankings was up for grabs on Thursday night when the Cavs played the Lakers. LeBron James and the Cavs won and held on to their Number 1 ranking. I'm going to go out on a limb and say that was the highlight of their season. Check out where the other teams rank, then click below to let everyone know what you think!

NBA Power Rankings
1 Cleveland Cavaliers
Last Week: 1
Guard Mo Williams will miss at least a month with a sprained left shoulder, making LeBron James’s supporting cast much weaker. That didn’t stop the Cavs from beating the Lakers on Thursday though.
 
2 Los Angeles Lakers
Last Week: 2
On Thursday, Kobe Bryant became the youngest player in NBA history to score 25,000 career points. LA has been playing well, but the loss to Cleveland keeps them in the second spot.
 
3 Dallas Mavericks
Last Week: 4
A nice week for Dallas, which included wins over Boston and Oklahoma City. With Kevin Garnett out with an injured knee, Dirk Nowitzki took advantage, scoring 37 points in a Mavs road win in Boston on Monday.
 
4 Denver Nuggets
Last Week: 7
With five straight wins, the Nuggets are really soaring. Credit point guard Chauncey Billups, who runs the offense with confidence. He is averaging a career-high 18.8 points per game.
 
5 Boston Celtics
Last Week: 3
The Celtics have lost four of five games. Kevin Garnett’s right knee has been acting up, so the team is being careful to make sure he’ll be ok for the postseason.
 
6 Atlanta Hawks
Last Week: 5
Jamal Crawford's game is perfectly suited to coming off the bench. He's is an energetic player who can put up a lot of points in a hurry. Crawford had at least 20 points in three games last week, all Hawks wins.
 
7 Orlando Magic
Last Week: 6
It's hasn't been a great month for the Magic. Orlando is 4-7 in January, including losing three of four games last week.
 
8 San Antonio Spurs
Last Week: 8
The Spurs have dropped three of four. Tim Duncan was held to less than 15 points in two of those losses.
 
9 Portland Trail Blazers
Last Week: 10
Big man LaMarcus Aldridge is starting to get into a groove. He has had at least 13 rebounds in three of his past five games.
 
10 Phoenix Suns
Last Week: 9
The Suns only win in their past five games was against the lowly Nets. Center Robin Lopez took Channing Frye’s spot in the starting lineup and responded by averaging 19.5 points over his first two games.
 
11 Oklahoma City Thunder
Last Week: 12
Can a player who averaged 25.3 points per game last season be considered for the 2009-10 Most Improved Player award? Yes. Kevin Durant (29.2 ppg) was very good in 2008-09, but he has taken his game to the superstar level this season.
 
12 Utah Jazz
Last Week: 13
The Jazz swept the season series from the Spurs for the first time in 16 seasons. Could that give them the confidence to start playing consistently strong basketball?
 
13 Houston Rockets
Last Week: 11
Rick Adelman is the frontrunner for NBA Coach of the Year for the job he's done leading this group of role players to be in playoff contention.
 
14 New Orleans Hornets
Last Week: 14
How tough is the Southwest Division? The Grizzlies and Hornets are sitting at the bottom of the division with 22-19 records. That would put them in fifth place in the entire Eastern Conference!
 
15 Charlotte Bobcats
Last Week: 17
The Bobcats have won six in a row. Forward Gerald Wallace (18.6 points, 11.3 rebounds, 1.7 steals) should make his first All-Star team.
 
16 Memphis Grizzlies
Last Week: 18
The Grizzlies have been making scorekeepers work. They are fourth in the NBA with 104.4 points per game. Their young core of Rudy Gay, O.J. Mayo, and Marc Gasol has been impressive, as has veteran Zach Randolph.
 
17 Miami Heat
Last Week: 15
The Heat has won three of five games, but one of those losses was a 39-point beatdown by the Charlotte Bobcats.
 
18 Toronto Raptors
Last Week: 16
A career-high 44 points from star forward Chris Bosh couldn’t get the Raptors a win against the Bucks on Wednesday. Bosh needs more help from forward Hedo Turkoglu, who has topped 14 points only once in his past 16 games.
 
19 Los Angeles Clippers
Last Week: 19
The Clips welcomed back center Chris Kaman, who missed four games with a back injury (LA lost all four games). Kaman has been one of the NBA’s biggest surprises this season, averaging 20.4 points and 9.3 rebounds per game.
 
20 Chicago Bulls
Last Week: 20
Scoring continues to be a problem for the Bulls, who are fourth-worst in the NBA with 96.6 points per game.
 
21 Milwaukee Bucks
Last Week: 23
Keep an eye on swingman Carlos Delfino. He had two 20+ point games last week as a starter in place of injured guard Michael Redd.
 
22 New York Knicks
Last Week: 21
Mired in mediocrity, the Knicks will get some national spotlight when Nate Robinson defends his slam-dunk title during All-Star Weekend.
 
23 Detroit Pistons
Last Week: 25
The injury problems continue, but the Pistons have managed to win three of four games. Detroit fans have to be pleased with the play of young guard Rodney Stuckey, who has had at least 20 points in each of his past three games.
 
24 Washington Wizards
Last Week: 26
Point guard Randy Foye has stepped up in Gilbert Arenas’s absence. He has started the past eight games and has had at least 18 points in seven of them.
 
25 Sacramento Kings
Last Week: 24
The good vibes from the Kings’ hot start to the season have faded. Sacramento had lost five straight through Thursday, despite continued strong play from Tyreke Evans.
 
26 Indiana Pacers
Last Week: 22
Star forward Danny Granger is still not a full strength after missing most of December with a foot injury. He shot just 2 for 16 in a loss to Miami on Monday.
 
27 Philadelphia 76ers
Last Week: 27
Allen Iverson is in the twilight of his career, but he is still one of the NBA’s most popular players. Despite averaging a career-low 14.8 points per game and playing for a woeful 76ers squad, AI was voted an All-Star starter.
 
28 Golden State Warriors
Last Week: 28
Golden State doesn’t get many wins, but its players sure do put up great stats. Since January 1, only LeBron James and Kevin Durant have had better scoring averages than the Warriors’ Monta Ellis (30.7 ppg) and Corey Maggette (29.2 ppg).
 
29 Minnesota Timberwolves
Last Week: 29
Hey, give it up for the T-Wolves: They beat the Sixers in overtime on Monday for their ninth win of the season. Point guard Jonny Flynn (29 points, 9 assists) had a breakout game.
 
30 New Jersey Nets
Last Week: 30
The Nets are still on pace to set the NBA record for most losses in a season. With talented players like Brook Lopez and Devin Harris, their nightmarish season just doesn’t make much sense.

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27 Comments

Isn't Kobe in those lame puppet commercials?

I hate Kobe, I always have, and what's he talkin about, Those commercials are awsome, and Lebron is getting paid by Jesus!

CLEVELAND ROCKS

LBJ IS # 1 OF ALL TIME

YEAGH !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BETTER THAN MJ

go lakers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Saints Are Going All The Way

u r tocin bout football not basketball

cool

those pupit things are funny

Who cares about Penn State how bout them OHIO STATE BUCKEYES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!beating Wisconsin is nothing Buckeyes beat Northwestern,Wisconsin,Iowa and one of the best teams in the Big Ten Purdue to SuperstarShortstop14 in your face!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

lebron might get the mvp but how many rings does he have and will he get one this year nah

LBJ WOULD GET TEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! RINGS IN ONE SEASON IF HE COULD

what's with the cav's outfits? are they their throwback ones? why are they doing that?

they aren't throwbacks there the faniatac jerseys

cleraly they r throwbacks

Taylor Battle makes three 3 pointers in 1:02. How about that and they're playing at #19 Wisconsin. Go PSU!

the only thing that could be good for the kings this season is if tyreke evans wins the rookie of the year but if the kings keep on stinking and the bucks make the playoffs i dont even know if thats going to happen

WAKEE WONT MAKE THE PLAYOFFS THEY ARE 19 GAMES BEHIND CLE

Sixers are down,but they're winning right now. Go PSU.

They are down but they are very good and i have a good feelin Ai will bring them back up.

the MVPuppets are funny! :(

i agree

Sorry, Wiz. They are FUNNY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

no they are not funny im with the wiz

Sorry LeftyLeadoff. For the record, I made that picture for the Hoophead. I'm not sure of his thoughts on the MVPuppets. My opinion is that they're beyond lame. When I was a kid we had "Lil Penny" for Penny Hardaway's shoe commercials. Chris Rock did his voice, and Lil Penny was HILARIOUS. So maybe I just think the MVPuppets are lame compared to Lil Penny.

ribs are good

i had them last night!!

okay

yes they are

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