Week 7 NBA Power Rankings

Without further ado (methodology here):

Rank Team W L Off Def Road SOS Rating
1 Celtics 20 4 103.741 (5) 93.314 (2) 1.896 2.112 (29) 14.435
2 Hawks 16 5 109.036 (1) 99.356 (15) 1.667 2.624 (27) 13.97
3 Lakers 18 4 100.97 (13) 92.795 (1) 0.795 3.253 (19) 12.224
4 Cavaliers 17 7 102.201 (9) 95.732 (4) 1.896 2.75 (24) 11.114
5 Mavericks 18 7 101.66 (10) 95.761 (5) 1.82 2.749 (25) 10.467
6 Spurs 12 9 103.45 (6) 97.993 (10) 1.167 3.804 (14) 10.428
7 Nuggets 18 7 104.487 (3) 98.253 (13) 1.82 1.605 (30) 9.659
8 Magic 18 7 102.595 (8) 98.202 (11) 1.96 3.018 (21) 9.372
9 Suns 16 8 106.655 (2) 103.462 (26) 2.333 3.284 (18) 8.81
10 Thunder 12 11 98.124 (21) 96.004 (6) 1.674 4.818 (2) 8.612
11 Blazers 14 11 101.449 (12) 97.502 (8) 1.82 2.625 (26) 8.393
12 Rockets 13 10 99.661 (17) 98.364 (14) 2.13 4.75 (3) 8.177
13 Jazz 15 10 101.625 (11) 100.487 (19) 1.4 4.441 (5) 6.979
14 Heat 11 11 100.553 (15) 100.396 (18) 1.432 4.102 (10) 5.691
15 Kings 10 12 102.739 (7) 102.692 (23) 1.591 3.024 (20) 4.661
16 Bobcats 9 13 92.878 (27) 94.014 (3) 1.75 3.979 (12) 4.593
17 Pistons 11 12 98.797 (19) 100.26 (17) 1.674 4.04 (11) 4.251
18 Bucks 11 11 97.128 (24) 97.238 (7) 1.591 2.587 (28) 4.068
19 Raptors 11 15 103.942 (4) 107.348 (30) 1.885 4.336 (6) 2.814
20 Knicks 8 15 100.12 (16) 102.912 (24) 1.674 3.93 (13) 2.812
21 Clippers 10 13 96.232 (25) 97.709 (9) 1.217 2.955 (23) 2.695
22 Wizards 7 15 97.181 (23) 100.754 (20) 1.75 4.115 (9) 2.292
23 Grizzlies 10 14 100.842 (14) 104.377 (29) 1.896 3.645 (16) 2.006
24 Pacers 8 14 95.032 (26) 98.23 (12) 1.75 2.974 (22) 1.527
25 Hornets 10 13 98.542 (20) 103.601 (27) 1.826 4.641 (4) 1.409
26 Sixers 6 18 99.144 (18) 103.749 (28) 1.75 4.153 (7) 1.298
27 Warriors 7 17 97.817 (22) 103.043 (25) 2.188 3.683 (15) 0.644
28 Bulls 8 14 91.701 (28) 100.252 (16) 1.909 4.927 (1) -1.714
29 Timberwolves 4 21 91.416 (29) 102.219 (22) 1.82 4.126 (8) -4.857
30 Nets 2 22 89.323 (30) 101.588 (21) 2.188 3.561 (17) -6.517

Some observatiions:

  • Celtics still at #1.  Yes, the recent schedule is soft, and their overall schedule is not impressive, especially playing in the ghastly Atlantic Division.  However, they are winning road games with a slightly road heavy schedule and only 1 road loss.  Compare this to the Lakers, with their extremely home tilted schedule.  Even with a better schedule, the road parameter offsets things.
  • Timberwolves are playing better lately.  Since their first two wins, the Nets are now firmly in the toilet.
  • The surprise Top 10 team now is no longer the Rockets, but the OKC Thunder, behind the rise of Kevin Durant.  Only 12-11, but against the #2 schedule in the league and a strong defense (#6 overall).
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