Week 2 NBA Power Rankings

If you want the methodology, go back to Week 1:

Rank Team W L Off Def Road SOS Rating
1 Celtics 7 1 103.531 (7) 87.765 (2) 1.75 0.844 (29) 18.359
2 Heat 5 1 101.608 (13) 91.216 (4) 1.167 3.471 (16) 15.029
3 Rockets 4 2 103.308 (8) 96.995 (11) 1.75 6.575 (2) 14.638
4 Lakers 6 1 101.267 (16) 94.329 (8) 1 5.551 (5) 13.49
5 Blazers 4 3 101.749 (12) 96.188 (10) 1 6.601 (1) 13.162
6 Mavericks 4 2 101.593 (14) 94.242 (7) 1.75 3.505 (14) 12.606
7 Nuggets 5 2 106.883 (3) 100.163 (15) 2.5 2.792 (21) 12.012
8 Hawks 5 2 104.938 (6) 100.19 (16) 2 4.796 (8) 11.543
9 Thunder 3 3 95.693 (23) 92.266 (6) 1.167 6.568 (3) 11.162
10 Suns 7 1 106.563 (4) 102.543 (20) 2.625 3.071 (20) 9.716
11 Cavaliers 4 3 98.068 (19) 91.808 (5) 1.5 1.925 (27) 9.685
12 Magic 5 2 105.351 (5) 103.003 (21) 2 2.293 (26) 6.642
13 Spurs 3 3 107.107 (2) 106.852 (28) 1.75 3.761 (12) 5.765
14 Bucks 3 2 90.176 (28) 86.328 (1) 2.1 -1.071 (30) 4.877
15 Raptors 3 4 111.23 (1) 111.922 (29) 2 3.361 (18) 4.669
16 Bulls 4 2 91.286 (26) 95.196 (9) 1.75 6.366 (4) 4.205
17 Clippers 3 5 97.808 (20) 97.828 (13) 1.313 2.329 (25) 3.62
18 Hornets 3 5 100.643 (17) 104.083 (24) 2.188 4.773 (9) 3.521
19 Pistons 3 4 97.447 (21) 98.78 (14) 2 2.519 (23) 3.186
20 Wizards 2 5 96.18 (22) 100.579 (17) 2 5.491 (6) 3.091
21 Pacers 2 3 93.661 (24) 97.561 (12) 1.4 5.407 (7) 2.908
22 Kings 3 4 103.213 (9) 105.374 (26) 2 2.409 (24) 2.248
23 Jazz 3 4 100.17 (18) 103.915 (23) 1.5 4.185 (10) 1.94
24 Bobcats 3 3 87.241 (30) 90.962 (3) 1.75 3.715 (13) 1.745
25 Sixers 3 4 102.321 (10) 106.595 (27) 1.5 2.557 (22) -0.217
26 Warriors 2 4 101.337 (15) 104.678 (25) 1.167 1.563 (28) -0.612
27 Knicks 1 7 93.633 (25) 101.824 (19) 1.313 3.114 (19) -3.765
28 Grizzlies 1 6 102.18 (11) 112.154 (30) 2.5 3.493 (15) -3.981
29 Timberwolves 1 7 90.867 (27) 103.771 (22) 1.75 4.06 (11) -7.094
30 Nets 0 7 88.598 (29) 101.638 (18) 2 3.369 (17) -7.671

Some observations:

  1. The Nets stink.  They had a dead tired motivation-less Celtics team in, had a chance to win and still let it get away.
  2. The Magic, who were the top defensive team a year ago using these sorts of metrics, are a paltry 21st so far.  It’s an underreported story, but their defense is why they won a year ago.
  3. The Warriors only moved up to 26 on the strength of a 146-105 pasting of fellow dreck Minnesota.
  4. The Celtics still #1, but the defense slipped to #2.  The Suns diced them up good last Friday, and hopefully it’s tired legs (4 games in 5 nights) and not something larger.
  5. Suns obviously a huge surprise.  Their #10 ranking is really due to the #20 defense.  That said, an adequate defense has been good enough for their really good teams – so maybe this is not so bad.
  6. The Rockets still in the Top 5.  Incredible.
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