Sachin Shenolikar

NBA Power Rankings: Week 13

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  • Sachin Shenolikar
  • February 25, 2010, 5:24 PM

The trading deadline passed and several big-name players changed teams. Antawn Jamison to the Cavs. Kevin Martin to the Rockets. Caron Butler to the Mavs. We'll see how these trades affect playoff positioning in the coming weeks. For now, check out my updated Power Rankings, and then type your comments below for everyone to see!

NBA Power Rankings
1 Cleveland Cavaliers
Last Week: 1
The Cavs lost three in a row after acquiring Antawn Jamison from the Wizards, but held on to the NBA’s top record by beating New Orleans on Tuesday. After a slow start to his stint as a Cav, Jamison had a strong game against the Hornets with 18 points.
2 Los Angeles Lakers
Last Week: 2
Kobe Bryant returned to the lineup after missing five games with an ankle injury. In his first game back, he sank a game-winning jumper in a win over the Grizzlies on Tuesday. Another bright spot for LA: Shannon Brown played very well as Kobe’s replacement.
3 Orlando Magic
Last Week: 3
Strong wins over Cleveland and Houston highlighted a nice week for the Magic. Against the Cavs, Dwight Howard had 22 points and 16 rebounds in a duel with his new rival, Shaquille O’Neal.
4 Utah Jazz
Last Week: 8
Led by forward Carlos Boozer, the Jazz has been playing outstanding basketball of late. Boozer has had double-doubles in eight of his past nine games, including 22 points and 23 rebounds against the Trail Blazers on Sunday.
5 Dallas Mavericks
Last Week: 5
Dallas has won five straight games, including a big win over the Lakers on Wednesday. Brendan Haywood, acquired from Washington last week, has provided a spark at center.
6 Denver Nuggets
Last Week: 6
A bad loss to Washington marred nice wins over Cleveland and Boston. A good sign: For the season, the Nuggets have a 4-0 record against the top three teams in the Eastern Conference.
7 Phoenix Suns
Last Week: 9
Trade rumors swirled around big man Amar’e Stoudemire, but he remained a Sun. The team has thrived since the trading deadline, winning five straight games. Stoudemire has had at least 19 points in each of his past 12 games.
8 Boston Celtics
Last Week: 3
Even though their star players have been struggling with injuries, the Celtics have managed to win four of five games.
9 Atlanta Hawks
Last Week: 7
Four-time All-Star swingman Joe Johnson quietly gets the job done for Atlanta. He is averaging 21.7 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 4.6 assists per game.
10 Oklahoma City Thunder
Last Week: 11
The Thunder followed a nine-game winning streak by dropping two straight this week. Kevin Durant had scored at least 25 points in 29 straight games — it was the longest such streak since Michael Jordan scored at least 25 points in 40 straight games in 1986-97.
11 Portland Trail Blazers
Last Week: 12
Andre Miller started the season slowly, but the point guard has really heated up of late. He had 18 points, 10 assists, and seven rebounds in a win over Toronto on Wednesday.
12 San Antonio Spurs
Last Week: 10
The veteran Spurs have been quietly lurking. With Manu Ginobili working his way into top form, don’t be surprised if San Antonio knocks off a younger team in the postseason.
13 Toronto Raptors
Last Week: 13
Having Jarrett Jack starting at point guard with Jose Calderon coming off the bench, Toronto has managed to turn things around this season. Also, forward Hedo Turkoglu is starting to give scoring help to big man Andrea Bargnani and star forward Chris Bosh.
14 New Orleans Hornets
Last Week: 16
How about this for a late entry for Rookie of the Year consideration: Point guard Darren Collison, a first year player out of UCLA, is putting up monster numbers as Chris Paul’s replacement. He is averaging 20.9 points and 8.9 assists in February.
15 Memphis Grizzlies
Last Week: 15
Acquiring guard Ronnie Brewer was a good move. Memphis could use an athletic, defensive-minded guard. But the Grizzlies will have to wait to see whether Brewer can make an impact. He’ll miss three weeks with a torn hamstring.
16 Chicago Bulls
Last Week: 19
Winners of five of six games, the Bulls have really turned it on this month. Can they make things interesting in the playoffs, just like they did last year? Definitely, so long as star point guard Derrick Rose is healthy.
17 Milwaukee Bucks
Last Week: 20
The Bucks are making a push for the playoffs. Acquiring veteran guard John Salmons from the Bulls will help a lot. A good perimeter scorer, Salmons will ease the pressure on rookie guard Brandon Jennings.
18 Miami Heat
Last Week: 18
Superstar Dwyane Wade is out with a calf injury, and the Heat has lost two straight without him. Since Miami was not able to acquire a veteran star like Carlos Boozer, it will have to rely on Wade to stay healthy — that’s always a tricky situation.
19 Houston Rockets
Last Week: 14
After a strong start to the season, the Rockets are now fighting for the eighth playoff spot in the West. Acquiring a consistent scorer in Kevin Martin could give Houston the boost it needs.
20 Charlotte Bobcats
Last Week: 17
Who can figure out these Bobcats? In their past five games they beat the Cavs for the third time this season, but lost to the lowly Nets for the second time. Charlotte is in striking distance of the eight seed (and a potential Round 1 matchup with Cleveland) but must play consistent basketball for the remainder of the regular season.
21 Los Angeles Clippers
Last Week: 21
Check it out: The Clips have won three straight games. Newly acquired Drew Gooden had 20 points and 13 rebounds in a win over the Pistons on Wednesday.
22 Philadelphia 76ers
Last Week: 23
Allen Iverson has left the team to be with his ailing daughter, allowing guard Louis Williams to return to the starting lineup. Williams keyed a win over Golden State on Tuesday with 26 points, 10 rebounds, and seven assists.
23 Detroit Pistons
Last Week: 27
An overtime win over San Antonio last week was one of the few highlights in a dreary season for Detroit. Rodney Stuckey, Richard Hamilton, and Ben Gordon all scored at least 20 points.
24 Washington Wizards
Last Week: 26
The Wizards traded their three best players in Antawn Jamison, Caron Butler, and Brendan Haywood. The goal of the rest of this season is to see whether young players such as Andrey Blatche and Al Thornton are worth building the team around in the future.
25 New York Knicks
Last Week: 22
New York has lost eight straight. Tracy McGrady had a terrific first game as a Knick (26 points), but has been hampered with injuries since then. At least new point guard Sergio Rodriguez has been running the offense well.
26 Indiana Pacers
Last Week: 24
It has been a lost season for the Pacers, who have dropped six of seven games. Indiana has some talented players in Danny Granger, Troy Murphy, and Roy Hibbert, but they lack a playmaker who can control games in crunchtime.
27 Sacramento Kings
Last Week: 25
Trading Kevin Martin to the Rockets means the Kings have become Tyreke Evans’s team. That’s a good thing, despite a current five-game losing streak. Evans is still a frontrunner for the Rookie of the Year award and is a talent that Sacramento can build around.
28 Golden State Warriors
Last Week: 28
Not much has gone right for the Warriors this season, but the team has to be happy with the development of rookie Stephon Curry. He had 32 points and nine rebounds in a win over Atlanta this week.
29 Minnesota Timberwolves
Last Week: 29
The T-Wolves won just their fifth road game in 30 tries, against the Heat. Yes, Miami was without Dwyane Wade in the game, but that game is still something Minnesota can use to build confidence.
30 New Jersey Nets
Last Week: 30
Despite a horrendous season, the Nets actually learned that they have a franchise center in Brook Lopez. If they could pair him with a star perimeter player, the Nets could bounce back next season.
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i love bostn cetcils

no u guys dont know anything the nets should be #1
go 76ers but theyll loose:(

Who wants to join my fanasy baseball league. The league is called bulldogs.

your team is very nice

i doooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

cavs do rule want to be friends

Go Cavs, with LeBron by the Cavs side they can't be stopped and I think LeBron is working on his 2nd MVP trophy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Go Cavs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I agree with QbSidekick , give up SportsCenter3 this always happens 6 cavs fans againest 1 Celtics fan so deal with it Majority Rules!!!!!!!!Big Z coming back in Maroon and Gold and the celtics r lepurkans so CCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCAAAAAAAAAAVVVVVVVVVVSSSSSSSSSRRRRRRUUUUUUUUUUULLLLLLLEEEE

i dont agree with those rankings THE CAVS WOULD BE NOTHING without LeBrick!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

LEBRONNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HE HAD 4 DUNKS LAST NIGHT AGAINST DA NETS!!! AHAHA!!! NETS SUCK. Boozer stinks!! (he went 2 dook) Jamison RULES!!! (UNC BABY!)

unc is as good as NJ Nets

he does rule want to be friends

cavs rule

cavs all day baby............

Derrik Rose will shut all of your teams down when the bulls surge and make the playoffs. GO BULLS!

R u crazy Derrick Rose can't stop LeBron James!!!!!!!!


Yeah no u got a point LeftyPitcher15 anyway ggggggggggoooooocccccaaaaaavvvvvsssssssssssss!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


aren't the Celtics 2,000 years old

lets go lal cavs have lebron so what

I disagree wih therankings. I think the Celts should be in the mix.

does that mean ranked higher or lower? i think they should be ranked higher, but thats just my opinion... :D

I ment the previous 3 NBA power rankings SportsCenter3

Cavs just needed to get used to antawn jamison, and now they are. I think it was a great decision on their part to go for antawn instead of amar'e stoudimire.

And forget the lakers

yeah in your DREAMS, oh wait not even in your dreams. HAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

the lakers are better than you think

I thinks the Thunder will make it to the playoffs. Kevin Durrant FTW.

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