Week 6 NBA Power Rankings

How it is calculated.  Now, onto this week’s results:

Rank Team W L Off Def Road SOS Rating
1 Celtics 16 4 103.121 (5) 93.246 (2) 1.75 2.562 (24) 14.188
2 Hawks 13 5 107.278 (1) 100.277 (17) 1.75 3.639 (17) 12.39
3 Lakers 16 3 100.877 (14) 92.99 (1) 0.737 3.756 (15) 12.379
4 Cavaliers 15 5 102.834 (6) 95.475 (5) 1.75 2.227 (28) 11.336
5 Nuggets 16 5 105.531 (3) 97.986 (12) 1.833 1.081 (30) 10.46
6 Magic 16 5 102.242 (8) 96.81 (8) 1.833 2.926 (21) 10.191
7 Mavericks 14 7 101.595 (11) 96.119 (6) 2 2.433 (26) 9.91
8 Thunder 11 9 98.7 (19) 95.407 (4) 1.575 4.826 (4) 9.694
9 Spurs 9 9 101.922 (9) 98.434 (13) 1.167 4.244 (7) 8.899
10 Suns 15 6 107.268 (2) 103.623 (26) 2.333 2.78 (23) 8.758
11 Blazers 13 9 101.77 (10) 97.154 (11) 1.591 2.327 (27) 8.534
12 Rockets 11 9 100.425 (15) 98.858 (14) 2.1 4.855 (3) 8.522
13 Heat 11 9 101.161 (13) 99.088 (15) 1.575 4.209 (8) 7.857
14 Jazz 13 8 101.547 (12) 99.674 (16) 1.5 4.05 (13) 7.423
15 Kings 9 10 102.374 (7) 102.256 (23) 1.474 3.408 (18) 4.999
16 Clippers 9 11 96.946 (23) 96.709 (7) 1.4 2.477 (25) 4.114
17 Bobcats 8 11 92.515 (28) 93.525 (3) 1.658 3.193 (20) 3.841
18 Raptors 9 13 104.957 (4) 108.419 (30) 2.068 4.531 (6) 3.138
19 Pistons 8 12 97.812 (22) 100.712 (21) 1.75 4.165 (9) 3.014
20 Bucks 9 10 96.166 (25) 97.009 (9) 1.658 1.897 (29) 2.712
21 Hornets 8 11 98.73 (18) 103.317 (25) 1.842 5.148 (1) 2.403
22 Wizards 7 12 96.527 (24) 100.486 (20) 1.842 4.101 (12) 1.984
23 Pacers 6 12 93.748 (26) 97.065 (10) 1.75 3.407 (19) 1.841
24 Knicks 7 15 99.299 (17) 103.214 (24) 1.591 4.138 (11) 1.814
25 Warriors 6 14 98.389 (21) 104.47 (28) 1.925 4.741 (5) 0.586
26 Sixers 5 16 98.548 (20) 104.198 (27) 2 4.017 (14) 0.367
27 Bulls 7 11 93.217 (27) 100.485 (19) 2.139 5.062 (2) -0.068
28 Grizzlies 8 12 99.749 (16) 104.768 (29) 2.1 2.827 (22) -0.092
29 Timberwolves 3 17 90.708 (29) 102.048 (22) 1.575 4.155 (10) -5.61
30 Nets 1 19 88.219 (30) 100.367 (18) 2.1 3.724 (16) -6.323

Amazing how it is starting to round into last year, isn’t it? In particular:

  • The top 7 teams in the rankings this week were all second round teams a year ago.  The only missing one, Houston, is 12th.
  • The Celtics create a little bit of breathing room with a very strong 4-0 trip, including solid wins in Miami, San Antonio and Oklahoma City, the latter the second half of a back to back
  • With the naked eye, the Lakers still look like the best team in the league.  That said, the low road modifier shows they have had the most home friendly schedule in the league.  That will swing a little most likely.
  • After some early hand wringing, the Cavaliers have cracked the Top 5.  Defense is up to where it usually is, and the three point shooting has been outstanding, giving LeBron the support he needs.  The frontcourt still needs settling, but what they have now is good enough to win a lot of games.
  • Suns defense is slipping.  Their offense is still 2nd, but the 26th ranked defense won’t cut it.  The latter D’Antoni teams still had Top 10/Top half defenses – predicated by not fouling and funneling long two-pointers.  Right now the Suns lack of resistance could cause them a problem – on the other hand the home games have yet to start piling up.
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