Week 4 NBA Power Rankings

If you want to know, how I do this, check here.  Otherwise, cut to the chase:

Some observations:

Rank Team W L Off Def Road SOS Rating
1 Blazers 11 5 102.334 (6) 93.088 (2) 1.75 2.779 (21) 13.774
2 Hawks 11 3 105.086 (3) 98.108 (15) 1.75 4.742 (8) 13.47
3 Celtics 10 4 100.925 (10) 91.466 (1) 1.5 1.383 (28) 12.341
4 Nuggets 9 4 104.52 (4) 98.334 (16) 2.154 3.427 (15) 11.767
5 Lakers 10 3 98.444 (18) 93.356 (3) 0.808 5.614 (3) 11.51
6 Rockets 8 6 101.272 (8) 97.809 (13) 2 5.05 (4) 10.513
7 Mavericks 10 3 100.29 (14) 94.603 (5) 1.885 2.931 (18) 10.502
8 Suns 11 3 107.45 (1) 102.923 (26) 2.25 2.884 (19) 9.661
9 Magic 11 3 101.004 (9) 95.636 (8) 1.75 2.123 (25) 9.24
10 Cavaliers 10 4 101.303 (7) 96.016 (10) 1.75 1.35 (29) 8.388
11 Spurs 6 6 103.34 (5) 100.678 (19) 1.167 4.384 (12) 8.213
12 Thunder 7 7 96.295 (23) 95.121 (6) 2 5.021 (5) 8.196
13 Heat 8 5 100.051 (15) 95.769 (9) 1.077 2.826 (20) 8.184
14 Raptors 6 8 106.949 (2) 108.37 (30) 2 4.844 (7) 5.422
15 Jazz 7 6 100.553 (13) 101.558 (20) 1.885 4.429 (11) 5.309
16 Bucks 8 4 98.182 (19) 95.173 (7) 1.458 0.374 (30) 4.841
17 Kings 5 8 100.801 (12) 102.83 (25) 1.885 4.655 (10) 4.511
18 Pistons 5 9 97.757 (22) 100.2 (18) 2.25 4.34 (13) 4.147
19 Bulls 6 7 92.821 (27) 96.911 (12) 2.154 5.637 (2) 3.7
20 Clippers 6 9 98.073 (20) 98.483 (17) 1.4 2.645 (22) 3.635
21 Pacers 5 6 95.87 (24) 96.602 (11) 1.273 2.421 (24) 2.963
22 Hornets 6 9 99.999 (16) 105.027 (29) 1.867 6.055 (1) 2.894
23 Warriors 4 8 100.84 (11) 104.779 (28) 2.042 3.022 (16) 1.125
24 Bobcats 4 9 89.232 (28) 94.207 (4) 1.885 3.675 (14) 0.585
25 Wizards 3 9 95.236 (25) 102.245 (23) 2.042 4.911 (6) -0.056
26 Grizzlies 5 9 99.087 (17) 104.196 (27) 1.75 3.019 (17) -0.341
27 Sixers 5 8 97.832 (21) 102.567 (24) 1.615 1.545 (27) -1.574
28 Knicks 3 10 95.121 (26) 101.56 (21) 1.346 2.609 (23) -2.485
29 Nets 0 13 86.528 (30) 97.956 (14) 1.885 2.047 (26) -7.497
30 Timberwolves 1 13 87.692 (29) 101.699 (22) 1.75 4.725 (9) -7.532

Some of this week’s takeaways:

  • Given that the Celtics last year started out 27-3, that there is not one 2 loss team left this early in the season is kind of striking. The teams we expected to suck out loud (Grizzlies, Griffin-less Clippers, I’m looking at you) are actually just ordinarily mediocre.
  • A new #1 emerges in Portland.  The Celtics slip to #3 on the strength (weakness) of a ghastly shooting night against the Magic and a very mediocre effort against the Knicks (and frankly, a fairly desultory one against the Warriors).  As a fan, I was getting used to my Lester Hudson sightings.
  • Blazers winning on the strength of an efficient 6th ranked offense, which might not be highlighted by announcers because of their very slow tempo (2nd to last in the league).  Their 2nd ranked defense has been a revelation too – Greg Oden is quietly having an outstanding season – and if he knew how to play without fouling, Bill Simmons’ homoerotic Kevin Durant love would be kind of unfounded.
  • Wow the Timberwolves are bad.  With a good PG in Sessions and an interesting rookie in Flynn and a very capable post player, how they are so constipated offensively is hard to fathom.  At least the Nets have been ravaged by injuries. (btw: how can Lawrence Frank be on the chopping block when his entire starting five and only all star has been hurt most of the season?)
  • Rockets are #6 still – and still, I am stunned.
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