Sachin Shenolikar

NBA Power Rankings: January 7

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  • Sachin Shenolikar
  • January 7, 2011, 1:28 PM

Welcome to my first Power Rankings of the year. Which team is ruling the NBA world? Click here to find out!

NBA Power Rankings
1San Antonio Spurs
Last Week:
San Antonio lost a couple of games this week, but still has the NBA's best record. Tim Duncan is getting plenty of help from veterans Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili, and younger players such as DeJuan Blair and Gary Neal.
2Boston Celtics
Last Week:
How do the veteran Celtics keep thriving? With Rajon Rondo's passing (14 apg) and a balanced attack. Six Boston players average double digits in scoring, but none averages more than Paul Pierce's 19 points a game.
3Miami Heat
Last Week:
After a slow start to the season, the Heat has really turned things up a few notches. Dwyane Wade (25.0 ppg) and LeBron James (24.8) are starting to figure out how both can be dominant while on the court together.
4Dallas Mavericks
Last Week:
The Mavs were on a tear before superstar Dirk Nowitzki went down with a knee injury last week. They went 2-3 without him, but should get back to top form when he returns to the lineup this week.
5Chicago Bulls
Last Week:
Derrick Rose (23.8 ppg, 8.3 apg) is the frontrunner for the NBA MVP, and Carlos Boozer is rounding into form after missing the first month of the season with a hand injury.
6Los Angeles Lakers
Last Week:
L.A. has been slumping of late, but it's way to early to count out the two-time defending champions. The Lakers could use better play from their bench.
7Orlando Magic
Last Week:
The Magic has won seven straight games. Newly acquired guards Jason Richardson, Hedo Turkoglu, and Gilbert Arenas have given the team more athleticism on the perimeter.
8Atlanta Hawks
Last Week:
There's not much hype around the Hawks, but they've been playing well. Five Atlanta players are averaging double digits in scoring, led by Joe Johnson (18.4ppg).
9Oklahoma City Thunder
Last Week:
The biggest news out of OK City has been the improvement of point guard Russell Westbrook, who has taken his game to the elite level (22.1 ppg, 7.9 apg).
10Utah Jazz
Last Week:
Star forward Carlos Boozer is gone, but point guard Deron Williams has been fine dishing to two strong big men in Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson.
11New York Knicks
Last Week:
With Amar'e Stoudemire leading the way, the NBA's most improved team knocked off the Spurs this week. The Knicks are in line for their first playoff appearance in seven seasons.
12Denver Nuggets
Last Week:
Despite trade rumors swirling around superstar Carmelo Anthony, the Nuggets have played well. They're only three games out of first place in the Northwest Division.
13New Orleans Hornets
Last Week:
Chris Paul has stayed healthy, which means the Hornets have been competitive. But Paul still doesn't have the strong supporting cast needed to consistently topple the best teams in the West.
14Portland Trail Blazers
Last Week:
Brandon Roy's knee injury has taken some of the air out of the Blazers season, but LaMarcus Aldridge (20.0 ppg), Andre Miller (7.3 apg), and Wesley Matthews (15.4 ppg) are keeping Portland in playoff contention.
15Houston Rockets
Last Week:
The announcement of another season-ending surgery for Yao Ming was a huge bummer. Kevin Martin is a good scorer, but he can't carry the team.
16Memphis Grizzlies
Last Week:
Memphis has a strong core of players, but its team chemistry is lacking, and there's been little help from the bench.
17Phoenix Suns
Last Week:
A sub-par season by the team could result in a trade of superstar point guard Steve Nash.
18Golden State Warriors
Last Week:
The Warriors have an explosive backcourt with Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry, but need more scoring from their big men.
19Indiana Pacers
Last Week:
Improved play from point guard Darren Collison during the second half of the season could lift the Pacers to one of the final playoff spots in the East.
20Philadelphia 76ers
Last Week:
Rookie Evan Turner was expected to contribute right away, but he is averaging just 6.9 points a game. Scoring has been a huge problem for Philly: Elton Brand is the team's leading scorer with just 14.9 points per game.
21Milwaukee Bucks
Last Week:
John Salmons was a big key to the Bucks success last season, but he is shooting just 39 percent from the field in 2010-11.
22Toronto Raptors
Last Week:
Forward Andrea Bargnani has developed into a good player, but he's better as a sidekick than the top dog. The Raptors need to pair him with another star, though there isn't anyone with that potential on the roster right now.
23Los Angeles Clippers
Last Week:
As usual, the Clips are way below .500, but at least their fans have something to get excited about: Blake Griffin's amazing dunks.
24Charlotte Bobcats
Last Week:
The Bobcats have shown signs of life since Paul Silas replaced Larry Brown as coach. A new uptempo style has resulted in three wins in five games.
25Detroit Pistons
Last Week:
As expected, the Pistons lack of frontcourt scoring has dragged them down. Detroit does play Philly and Sacramento this week, so those are winnable games.
26New Jersey Nets
Last Week:
Rookie Derrick Favors got his first NBA start this week. The Nets may be showcasing him as trade bait to land Carmelo Anthony in a trade.
27Minnesota Timberwolves
Last Week:
The TImberwolves record stinks, but the play of forwards Kevin Love (15.6 rpg) and Michael Beasley (21.9 ppg) has been encouraging.
28Sacramento Kings
Last Week:
After showing promise last season, the Kings have taken a major step backward in 2010-11. Guard Tyreke Evans is averaging just 16.9 ppg after putting up 20.1 ppg as a rookie last season.
29Washington Wizards
Last Week:
The Wiz are the only NBA team to still be winless on the road (0-17). At least John Wall is back after recovering from a knee injury.
30Cleveland Cavaliers
Last Week:
After a solid start to the season, the Cavs have collapsed. They've won only one out of their last 20 games.
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Paul Pierce is the best in history and now.Go CELTICS!

the heat r the best and so is dwyane wade commetn back




RAJON RONDO ISS BETTER THAN THAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AND SO ARE THE CELTICS!!!!!!!! THEIR GOING TO WIN THE CHAMPIONSHIP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I totally agree


i am making a BOLD prediction the nuggets trade Carmelo to the suns for Nash and a couple other guys.

yep porbably not

That IS bold. And it's not gonna happen.

celtics all the way!

but no way the rockets are that high!

i predict in 3 weeks mavs are in 1st place

Yeah... Good Luck with that!

ohhhhh! NOOOOOOO!

i made my sis a acount 2

hey thanks for helping me get this blog

man sure soccer how long has it been since u been on here. u sed u get on here @ home

i made me an acount yay!!!! :D

Yeah! Go Heat!

what do yhu mean go heat yhu in nyggets town!!!!!!!


no no no the celtics are going to win it all.

The Heat Are AWFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


yeah yeah!


go nuggets! go go go!


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