Week 21 NBA Power Rankings – The Power of Ten

FIRST: An unrelated note on the ramen noodle reviews.  Erstwhile commenter and friend of this blog tsblogger offered up a critique on Shin Ramyun that deserved response:

Yeah Shin is definitely King. After many many years of trying various ramen. However, it is seriously unhealthy… I HAVE to do the 2 pots of water (one for the noodles, one separate one for the soup) method. Trying cooking the noodles in the pot of water, extract the noodles, and let the remaining water cool down to room temp and you’ll see what I mean (crap load of palm oil). The spicy flavor however has always been right with Shin. Drop a hot dog in, an egg, maybe some scallions …

Alas, my ratings did not factor health or the ability to enhance it.  Clearly he was raised better than I was – being raised like Mowgli means you miss out on some of life’s finer points.  Now back to the regularly scheduled programming.

The Power of Ten?  YES.  With the New Jersey Nets’ 90-84 triumph over San Antonio last night, they get the 10th win and thus keep the 1973 Philadelphia 76ers as the exalted worst finishing team of all time.  And really, when you check out the ratings, it was only justice.  Considering that the Nets were a whopping 3.4 points behind the Timberwolves as of the all star break, they have at least played hard and closed the gap to a very respectable 1.3 points.  Since the All Star Break, the Nets are a 6-16 while Minnesota has been a deplorable 3-20. (okay, they are both deplorable records, but it is a matter of degree)  The rankings for the rest?  Well …

Rank Team W L Off Def Road SOS Rating
1 Cavaliers 58 16 104.769 (2) 96.689 (8) 1.797 2.873 (30) 12.75
2 Magic 52 22 103.646 (6) 95.903 (1) 1.75 3.157 (27) 12.651
3 Lakers 54 20 101.465 (11) 96.479 (6) 1.75 3.599 (11) 10.335
4 Jazz 49 26 103.31 (7) 98.453 (10) 1.727 3.55 (14) 10.134
5 Spurs 44 29 102.362 (9) 97.512 (9) 1.726 3.469 (19) 10.045
6 Suns 47 26 107.541 (1) 102.553 (23) 1.678 3.355 (23) 10.021
7 Thunder 44 28 100.559 (13) 96.245 (4) 1.701 3.537 (16) 9.552
8 Celtics 47 26 100.557 (14) 96.016 (2) 1.774 3.153 (28) 9.468
9 Nuggets 48 27 104.097 (3) 100.145 (15) 1.82 3.463 (20) 9.235
10 Blazers 45 29 103.782 (5) 99.994 (14) 1.75 3.426 (22) 8.964
11 Hawks 47 26 103.926 (4) 100.182 (16) 1.726 3.304 (25) 8.775
12 Heat 40 34 99.771 (18) 96.587 (7) 1.703 3.703 (9) 8.59
13 Mavericks 49 25 102.268 (10) 99.292 (12) 1.75 3.428 (21) 8.154
14 Bobcats 38 35 97.093 (24) 96.326 (5) 1.774 3.658 (10) 6.199
15 Bucks 40 32 97.112 (23) 96.236 (3) 1.75 3.137 (29) 5.763
16 Rockets 36 36 99.614 (19) 100.311 (17) 1.701 3.963 (4) 4.968
17 Raptors 36 37 103.29 (8) 104.571 (30) 1.774 3.583 (12) 4.076
18 Grizzlies 38 35 100.935 (12) 102.446 (22) 1.726 3.48 (18) 3.695
19 Hornets 35 40 100.554 (15) 102.798 (24) 1.773 4.037 (3) 3.566
20 Bulls 35 38 96.123 (28) 98.923 (11) 1.774 3.549 (15) 2.523
21 Warriors 21 52 100.425 (16) 104.216 (29) 1.678 4.067 (2) 1.955
22 Knicks 26 47 99.983 (17) 103.02 (25) 1.678 3.234 (26) 1.876
23 Kings 24 50 97.928 (21) 101.787 (18) 1.797 3.936 (5) 1.875
24 Pacers 27 47 96.226 (27) 99.908 (13) 1.845 3.493 (17) 1.656
25 Sixers 26 47 98.613 (20) 102.145 (20) 1.774 3.331 (24) 1.573
26 Clippers 27 46 96.681 (25) 101.914 (19) 1.774 3.872 (6) 0.412
27 Wizards 21 51 96.541 (26) 102.216 (21) 1.75 3.743 (8) -0.182
28 Pistons 23 50 97.461 (22) 103.508 (26) 1.726 3.572 (13) -0.749
29 Timberwolves 14 60 94.437 (29) 103.768 (27) 1.797 4.153 (1) -3.381
30 Nets 10 64 93.528 (30) 103.847 (28) 1.75 3.869 (7) -4.7

Versus the Top 10

Rank Team W L Off Def Margin
1 Cavaliers 14 6 103.799 (1) 98.227 (3) 5.572
2 Nuggets 16 9 102.559 (3) 100.938 (9) 1.621
3 Jazz 15 12 102.272 (4) 101.797 (12) 0.476
4 Lakers 14 11 97.436 (17) 97.191 (1) 0.245
5 Magic 11 9 99.581 (8) 99.393 (5) 0.188
6 Thunder 9 15 96.412 (22) 97.897 (2) -1.485
7 Celtics 9 11 96.727 (21) 98.347 (4) -1.62
8 Mavericks 14 13 99.372 (9) 101.103 (10) -1.732
9 Suns 10 13 103.419 (2) 105.351 (22) -1.932
10 Spurs 8 16 98.26 (13) 100.58 (8) -2.32
11 Bobcats 10 15 96.78 (20) 99.855 (6) -3.075
12 Rockets 11 18 98.257 (14) 101.631 (11) -3.375
13 Blazers 10 14 99.784 (7) 103.208 (17) -3.424
14 Hawks 12 11 98.321 (12) 102.441 (14) -4.12
15 Grizzlies 12 15 100.036 (6) 104.714 (19) -4.677
16 Heat 7 17 97.347 (18) 102.64 (15) -5.293
17 Pacers 5 18 96.083 (24) 102.199 (13) -6.116
18 Kings 5 24 97.703 (16) 103.843 (18) -6.14
19 Bucks 7 14 93.745 (29) 99.993 (7) -6.247
20 Hornets 8 22 98.173 (15) 105.103 (21) -6.93
21 Knicks 3 18 98.543 (11) 106.403 (25) -7.861
22 Raptors 4 20 100.953 (5) 109.662 (30) -8.708
23 Sixers 4 19 99.048 (10) 108.183 (29) -9.135
24 Bulls 8 14 93.981 (28) 103.179 (16) -9.199
25 Wizards 5 18 95.432 (25) 104.739 (20) -9.306
26 Pistons 4 20 96.147 (23) 105.938 (23) -9.792
27 Warriors 3 25 97.237 (19) 108.125 (28) -10.888
28 Clippers 6 23 95.059 (26) 106.874 (26) -11.815
29 Timberwolves 3 26 94.718 (27) 106.906 (27) -12.188
30 Nets 2 22 91.499 (30) 106.274 (24) -14.775

The Middle 10

Rank Team W L Off Def Margin
1 Magic 19 9 104.174 (6) 95.507 (5) 8.667
2 Jazz 16 8 104.012 (7) 95.487 (4) 8.525
3 Celtics 16 9 101.869 (11) 96.206 (7) 5.663
4 Cavaliers 17 9 101.529 (13) 95.891 (6) 5.638
5 Thunder 14 10 100.827 (14) 95.32 (2) 5.507
6 Hawks 15 9 104.299 (5) 99.231 (12) 5.068
7 Blazers 16 10 105.615 (1) 100.805 (16) 4.81
8 Lakers 17 8 101.579 (12) 97.638 (9) 3.941
9 Mavericks 15 7 105.245 (3) 101.422 (20) 3.824
10 Spurs 15 10 102.173 (10) 98.425 (10) 3.748
11 Nuggets 15 10 104.32 (4) 100.786 (15) 3.533
12 Suns 14 10 105.402 (2) 102.333 (23) 3.069
13 Bobcats 10 11 96.91 (23) 94.339 (1) 2.571
14 Heat 14 14 97.849 (20) 95.394 (3) 2.456
15 Bucks 13 10 99.039 (16) 97.222 (8) 1.817
16 Rockets 9 12 98.881 (17) 100.96 (17) -2.079
17 Grizzlies 7 13 96.934 (22) 99.064 (11) -2.131
18 Hornets 10 11 99.447 (15) 101.615 (22) -2.169
19 Raptors 12 11 102.413 (9) 104.991 (28) -2.578
20 Warriors 7 19 102.688 (8) 105.521 (30) -2.833
21 Clippers 8 15 97.604 (21) 101.412 (19) -3.807
22 Knicks 9 19 98.57 (18) 102.577 (25) -4.007
23 Sixers 10 15 95.983 (26) 100.268 (13) -4.285
24 Kings 7 17 98.231 (19) 103.067 (27) -4.836
25 Wizards 6 20 96.17 (25) 101.409 (18) -5.239
26 Pistons 7 17 96.619 (24) 102.592 (26) -5.973
27 Bulls 8 15 94.237 (27) 100.325 (14) -6.088
28 Pacers 6 22 94.218 (28) 102.359 (24) -8.142
29 Timberwolves 3 22 92.727 (30) 101.434 (21) -8.706
30 Nets 3 22 93.706 (29) 105.233 (29) -11.527

Against the dreck:

Rank Team W L Off Def Margin
1 Heat 19 3 104.891 (11) 91.43 (1) 13.461
2 Spurs 21 3 106.598 (4) 93.607 (3) 12.991
3 Suns 23 3 112.997 (1) 100.374 (24) 12.623
4 Magic 22 4 106.173 (6) 93.68 (4) 12.492
5 Cavaliers 27 1 108.476 (3) 96.325 (14) 12.151
6 Lakers 23 1 105.388 (8) 94.581 (7) 10.807
7 Blazers 19 5 105.808 (7) 95.908 (13) 9.9
8 Hawks 20 6 108.515 (2) 99.092 (21) 9.422
9 Thunder 21 3 104.392 (13) 95.522 (10) 8.87
10 Celtics 22 6 102.089 (18) 94.234 (5) 7.856
11 Mavericks 20 5 102.729 (16) 95.574 (11) 7.155
12 Raptors 20 6 106.218 (5) 99.578 (22) 6.64
13 Nuggets 17 8 105.381 (9) 98.752 (20) 6.628
14 Jazz 18 6 103.775 (14) 97.615 (16) 6.16
15 Bucks 20 8 98.083 (24) 92.579 (2) 5.504
16 Warriors 11 8 102.106 (17) 96.658 (15) 5.448
17 Bulls 19 9 99.234 (22) 94.56 (6) 4.674
18 Pacers 16 7 98.814 (23) 94.641 (8) 4.173
19 Rockets 16 6 102.064 (19) 97.99 (18) 4.074
20 Hornets 17 7 104.413 (12) 101.051 (27) 3.361
21 Bobcats 18 9 97.513 (28) 94.668 (9) 2.845
22 Knicks 14 10 102.897 (15) 100.574 (25) 2.323
23 Sixers 12 13 100.847 (20) 98.664 (19) 2.183
24 Grizzlies 19 7 104.91 (10) 102.741 (30) 2.169
25 Clippers 13 8 97.897 (26) 95.73 (12) 2.168
26 Kings 12 9 97.891 (27) 97.642 (17) 0.249
27 Pistons 12 13 99.516 (21) 102.016 (28) -2.5
28 Wizards 10 13 98.038 (25) 100.653 (26) -2.615
29 Nets 5 20 95.262 (30) 100.209 (23) -4.947
30 Timberwolves 8 12 96.124 (29) 102.197 (29) -6.074
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