Week 17 NBA Power Rankings

Another week in the NBA, the teams continue to reveal their true selves steadily.  The methodology as always is here.  The results?

Rank Team W L Off Def Road SOS Rating
1 Cavaliers 47 14 105.095 (2) 97.007 (7) 1.779 3.138 (26) 13.005
2 Magic 41 20 102.935 (7) 96.431 (4) 1.836 3.357 (22) 11.698
3 Lakers 45 15 101.333 (11) 95.521 (1) 1.575 3.679 (11) 11.067
4 Thunder 35 23 99.833 (15) 95.551 (2) 1.75 3.67 (12) 9.702
5 Jazz 38 22 102.335 (8) 98.347 (11) 1.633 3.968 (3) 9.59
6 Celtics 36 21 100.487 (13) 95.967 (3) 1.842 3.11 (29) 9.472
7 Nuggets 39 21 103.975 (3) 99.87 (14) 1.75 3.509 (17) 9.364
8 Spurs 34 24 102.244 (9) 98.102 (10) 1.629 3.412 (20) 9.183
9 Suns 38 24 106.583 (1) 102.937 (25) 1.806 3.695 (9) 9.147
10 Hawks 38 21 103.573 (5) 99.854 (13) 1.72 3.589 (15) 9.028
11 Mavericks 40 21 101.611 (10) 98.55 (12) 1.836 4.006 (2) 8.903
12 Blazers 36 27 103.46 (6) 100.336 (17) 1.722 3.527 (16) 8.374
13 Heat 29 31 99.346 (17) 97.511 (8) 1.867 3.82 (6) 7.521
14 Rockets 30 29 99.652 (16) 99.98 (15) 1.72 4.483 (1) 5.876
15 Bobcats 28 30 97.041 (25) 96.967 (5) 1.81 3.661 (13) 5.546
16 Bucks 30 29 97.228 (24) 96.981 (6) 1.898 3.001 (30) 5.146
17 Raptors 31 28 103.869 (4) 104.381 (30) 1.72 3.5 (18) 4.708
18 Hornets 31 30 100.24 (14) 101.714 (20) 1.779 3.632 (14) 3.936
19 Grizzlies 30 30 100.709 (12) 102.947 (26) 1.692 3.79 (7) 3.244
20 Bulls 31 29 95.909 (27) 97.894 (9) 1.808 3.334 (23) 3.156
21 Sixers 22 37 99.037 (20) 101.979 (21) 1.839 3.188 (24) 2.085
22 Kings 20 39 98.692 (21) 102.331 (23) 1.78 3.866 (4) 2.006
23 Warriors 17 41 99.057 (19) 102.541 (24) 1.629 3.847 (5) 1.992
24 Clippers 25 35 97.362 (23) 100.823 (18) 1.75 3.49 (19) 1.778
25 Knicks 20 39 99.265 (18) 102.976 (27) 1.602 3.138 (27) 1.028
26 Wizards 21 36 98.367 (22) 102.169 (22) 1.658 3.161 (25) 1.016
27 Pacers 20 39 95.529 (28) 100.087 (16) 1.78 3.116 (28) 0.338
28 Pistons 21 38 96.461 (26) 101.453 (19) 1.72 3.368 (21) 0.096
29 Timberwolves 14 47 94.393 (29) 103.028 (28) 1.779 3.692 (10) -3.164
30 Nets 6 53 92.435 (30) 103.722 (29) 1.78 3.761 (8) -5.747

Obviously the big story of the week was Shaq’s thumb injury – which jeopardizes Cleveland’s long term chances. Playing opposing post players honestly was a key part of why they got Shaq in the first place. That matchup sore is still exposed. Other developments?

  • The Celtics had a fairly disastrous week with their demoralizing loss to Cleveland their ghastly loss to … I can’t even bring it up.  So after being #1 for much of the first half of the year, all the way down to 6 and slip sliding
  • Denver theoretically was churning momentum, but the 2nd half against the Lakers and last night’s loss in Phoenix has hit a road bump.  There is no compelling evidence separating them from the Jazz, despite the promise of last year’s Western Conference Finals appearance.
  • Dallas has caught fire since the trade deadline, and their 4-0 week shows that.  However, they were sufficiently behind #10 that this has merely made them a candidate to crack the Top 10 soon, possibly this week.
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