Week 16 NBA Power Rankings

Well, technically this is Week 17, but since last Tuesday was the first game back from the All Star break and we supplied some all star break rankings then, I will cheat and keep the sequence going.  As always, you can find the methodology here:

Rank Team W L Off Def Road SOS Rating
1 Cavaliers 43 14 104.475 (3) 97.085 (7) 1.781 3.178 (27) 12.348
2 Magic 38 19 102.294 (7) 96.261 (4) 1.781 3.424 (21) 11.238
3 Lakers 42 14 101.542 (11) 95.708 (3) 1.563 3.643 (12) 11.041
4 Celtics 35 19 100.485 (13) 95.385 (1) 1.944 3.24 (24) 10.285
5 Thunder 33 21 99.71 (16) 95.461 (2) 1.815 3.688 (11) 9.753
6 Jazz 36 20 101.985 (9) 97.929 (11) 1.625 4.051 (2) 9.732
7 Nuggets 37 19 104.284 (4) 99.731 (14) 1.688 3.485 (16) 9.726
8 Spurs 31 23 102.036 (8) 97.821 (10) 1.62 3.29 (23) 9.125
9 Hawks 35 20 103.565 (5) 100.136 (16) 1.782 3.831 (8) 9.042
10 Suns 34 23 106.384 (1) 103.048 (26) 1.842 3.643 (13) 8.821
11 Mavericks 36 21 101.571 (10) 98.835 (12) 1.842 3.895 (5) 8.473
12 Heat 29 28 100.042 (15) 97.394 (8) 1.904 3.88 (7) 8.431
13 Blazers 32 26 102.841 (6) 100.715 (18) 1.569 3.941 (4) 7.636
14 Rockets 28 27 99.286 (17) 99.346 (13) 1.782 4.225 (1) 5.947
15 Bobcats 27 28 97.223 (23) 96.841 (5) 1.782 3.539 (14) 5.703
16 Raptors 31 24 104.498 (2) 103.936 (30) 1.718 3.186 (26) 5.466
17 Bucks 27 28 96.52 (25) 97.033 (6) 1.845 3.002 (28) 4.334
18 Hornets 30 26 100.164 (14) 101.119 (19) 1.75 3.306 (22) 4.102
19 Bulls 29 27 95.741 (27) 97.47 (9) 1.875 3.429 (20) 3.576
20 Grizzlies 28 27 100.652 (12) 103.053 (27) 1.718 3.766 (10) 3.083
21 Warriors 16 39 99.268 (19) 102.457 (24) 1.718 3.888 (6) 2.417
22 Kings 18 38 98.668 (21) 102.575 (25) 1.875 4.01 (3) 1.978
23 Sixers 21 34 98.923 (20) 101.684 (21) 1.782 2.956 (30) 1.976
24 Clippers 23 33 96.974 (24) 100.438 (17) 1.75 3.487 (15) 1.773
25 Knicks 19 36 99.273 (18) 102.083 (22) 1.527 2.99 (29) 1.707
26 Wizards 20 34 98.288 (22) 102.367 (23) 1.685 3.485 (17) 1.091
27 Pacers 19 37 95.073 (28) 99.921 (15) 1.813 3.234 (25) 0.198
28 Pistons 20 35 96.399 (26) 101.661 (20) 1.591 3.452 (18) -0.219
29 Timberwolves 13 44 94.715 (29) 103.244 (28) 1.719 3.449 (19) -3.361
30 Nets 5 51 92.102 (30) 103.75 (29) 1.813 3.773 (9) -6.063

What has the first week back from the break taught us?

  • Trades take time.  Cleveland made the huge Jamison deal then promptly lost 3 in a row.  Their lead in rating score dipped from 15.9% over 2nd place to 9%.  Does this mean life is over?  Of course not, but there is an adjustment period, and if it is long enough, there might be ramifications in April.
  • The Celtics if they defend like they did against LA and Portland, can beat anybody.  If they defend like they did against Denver, not so much.
  • Denver provides the shock and awe, but in terms of power – they are the 3rd best team in their DIVISION.  Their defense is only middling – while the Thunder look extremely capable.
  • The Warriors are trying to lose given how Nellie coaches that bunch …  but only 21st – they can’t even do that properly.
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