Week 15 NBA Power Rankings: All Star Break, Here We Come

Fifteen weeks in the books.  We started with a dominant Celtics team which has been fading ever since, and a Cleveland Cavalier team of disparate parts which has jelled into something potentially very very special.  As always, the methodology is here:

Rank Team W L Off Def Road SOS Rating
1 Cavaliers 41 11 104.229 (3) 95.839 (2) 1.817 2.983 (27) 13.19
2 Lakers 40 13 101.999 (11) 96.132 (4) 1.585 3.546 (16) 10.999
3 Magic 35 17 102.04 (10) 96.185 (5) 1.817 3.176 (24) 10.848
4 Celtics 32 17 101.334 (12) 95.465 (1) 1.786 2.912 (29) 10.567
5 Jazz 31 18 102.502 (7) 98.505 (10) 1.5 4.077 (4) 9.573
6 Nuggets 34 17 103.885 (4) 99.291 (14) 1.716 3.173 (25) 9.483
7 Spurs 29 21 102.409 (9) 97.915 (9) 1.47 3.445 (20) 9.409
8 Hawks 32 17 103.765 (5) 99.792 (16) 1.643 3.771 (11) 9.387
9 Thunder 29 21 99.49 (18) 95.916 (3) 1.75 3.795 (9) 9.119
10 Suns 31 21 106.833 (1) 103.476 (28) 1.885 3.576 (15) 8.818
11 Mavericks 32 19 102.411 (8) 99.123 (12) 1.853 3.64 (14) 8.781
12 Blazers 30 23 103.467 (6) 101.042 (18) 1.651 3.781 (10) 7.856
13 Heat 24 27 100.033 (15) 99.002 (11) 1.784 4.081 (3) 6.896
14 Rockets 27 23 99.776 (17) 99.222 (13) 1.75 4.304 (1) 6.608
15 Bobcats 24 25 96.962 (23) 96.354 (6) 1.786 3.94 (5) 6.334
16 Raptors 28 23 104.353 (2) 104.459 (30) 1.784 3.496 (18) 5.175
17 Bucks 23 26 96.934 (24) 97.461 (7) 1.857 3.299 (22) 4.629
18 Hornets 27 25 100.704 (14) 101.93 (21) 1.885 3.194 (23) 3.853
19 Grizzlies 26 24 101.218 (13) 103.3 (27) 1.75 3.858 (7) 3.526
20 Knicks 19 31 99.916 (16) 101.712 (20) 1.61 2.91 (30) 2.724
21 Clippers 21 29 96.889 (25) 99.452 (15) 1.82 3.378 (21) 2.635
22 Bulls 24 25 94.549 (29) 97.774 (8) 1.857 3.871 (6) 2.504
23 Sixers 19 31 99.081 (19) 101.545 (19) 1.82 2.967 (28) 2.323
24 Kings 16 34 99.069 (20) 102.859 (24) 1.75 4.116 (2) 2.077
25 Warriors 13 37 98.797 (21) 103.07 (26) 1.82 3.81 (8) 1.357
26 Wizards 17 32 97.601 (22) 102.301 (23) 1.714 3.532 (17) 0.547
27 Pacers 18 33 95.288 (27) 100.318 (17) 1.784 3.076 (26) -0.17
28 Pistons 17 32 95.924 (26) 102.056 (22) 1.643 3.482 (19) -1.007
29 Timberwolves 13 38 94.656 (28) 102.906 (25) 1.716 3.73 (12) -2.805
30 Nets 4 46 91.7 (30) 103.696 (29) 1.89 3.686 (13) -6.42

Impressions:

  • Only two 40 win teams at this juncture, the two teams we probably expected.  The Lakers were very impressive the last two nights out with Kobe-less wins over the Blazers and Spurs.  I am not sure they have quite rounded into form.  Their #4 defense had that ghastly oopsie against Denver on Friday, although 15-22 from 3 point land might be just incredible bad luck.  One thing worth noting is the raw score.  Despite the record being close to Cleveland, they are honestly closer in rating to 10th place than 1st.
  • Not sure if Cleveland will keep this up and live to its promise of greatness, but it’s getting closer.
  • Spurs are 7th and have the fundamentals of a very good team numerically.  However, their 1.47 Home/Away number is the  lowest in the league, thus the most home-tilted schedule to date.  This portends to possibly slippage – their fortune in close games might hurt their seed, chances to cash in that they whiffed on.
  • Jazz have been the best team in the league since the new year, and the rise to 5th shows.  Really the success has lay in the defense, which is a vast improvement on a year ago, and good enough for an estimable 10th this year.  Add in the tough schedule, albeit a bit home kinked, and presto.
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