2011 NBA Power Rankings – Week 6

Six weeks are in the books. On one hand, the best teams have not been clarified (though we are learning) – but the truly bad is starting to emerge. That said, the Knicks are piling up wins – and the Pacers remain interesting. As always, the methodology is here:

Rank Team W L Off Def Road SOS Rating
1 Heat 14 8 103.436 (5) 94.6 (4) 1.432 2.587 (5) 12.855
2 Celtics 16 4 103.069 (6) 93.245 (1) 1.75 1.27 (22) 12.843
3 Spurs 17 3 105.101 (3) 96.709 (9) 1.575 1.162 (26) 11.128
4 Mavericks 16 4 101.863 (9) 95.305 (5) 1.575 2.553 (6) 10.687
5 Lakers 14 6 106.387 (1) 98.237 (12) 1.575 -0.139 (28) 9.586
6 Magic 15 6 101.269 (12) 94.476 (2) 1.5 1.195 (25) 9.488
7 Jazz 16 6 101.544 (10) 97.252 (10) 1.432 2.086 (13) 7.809
8 Bulls 11 8 98.718 (18) 96.634 (8) 1.842 3.405 (1) 7.331
9 Hornets 13 7 98.314 (20) 95.549 (6) 1.75 2.729 (4) 7.244
10 Nuggets 13 6 102.787 (7) 100.048 (15) 1.474 2.277 (12) 6.49
11 Hawks 14 8 101.468 (11) 98.546 (13) 1.75 1.274 (21) 5.945
12 Pacers 10 9 98.759 (17) 96.394 (7) 1.658 1.727 (18) 5.749
13 Suns 11 9 106.095 (2) 106.46 (30) 1.925 2.835 (3) 4.395
14 Knicks 13 9 104.093 (4) 102.039 (20) 2.068 -0.356 (30) 3.766
15 Sixers 6 14 97.775 (22) 97.521 (11) 1.925 1.261 (23) 3.44
16 Thunder 14 8 101.008 (13) 101.861 (19) 1.75 2.283 (11) 3.18
17 Rockets 7 13 102.187 (8) 103.519 (27) 2.1 2.394 (9) 3.162
18 Bucks 7 13 93.002 (30) 94.573 (3) 1.75 2.971 (2) 3.15
19 Bobcats 7 13 97.935 (21) 98.822 (14) 1.925 1.903 (16) 2.941
20 Blazers 9 11 98.872 (16) 100.21 (16) 2.1 0.985 (27) 1.747
21 Grizzlies 8 14 98.543 (19) 101.64 (18) 1.75 2.422 (7) 1.075
22 Raptors 8 13 99.695 (14) 102.738 (21) 1.667 2.409 (8) 1.033
23 Warriors 8 12 99.301 (15) 102.981 (23) 1.925 1.215 (24) -0.54
24 Nets 6 15 96.544 (25) 101.628 (17) 1.833 1.841 (17) -1.409
25 Timberwolves 5 16 96.246 (27) 102.989 (24) 2 2.285 (10) -2.459
26 Pistons 7 14 97.222 (23) 103.191 (25) 1.833 1.429 (20) -2.707
27 Clippers 5 17 96.805 (24) 104.685 (28) 1.591 2.065 (15) -4.224
28 Wizards 6 13 96.381 (26) 104.759 (29) 1.842 2.081 (14) -4.455
29 Cavaliers 7 13 94.214 (29) 103.501 (26) 1.75 1.66 (19) -5.877
30 Kings 4 15 94.855 (28) 102.975 (22) 1.474 -0.254 (29) -6.901

So the Heat are back at #1, mostly through a solid winning streak pounding some meh opposition. At the same time, that’s what is supposed to happen right?

  • After their fast start, the Hornets have slipped back to some version of normalcy at #9.  What is interesting is that for the hullaballoo made of getting Trevor Ariza and becoming more athletic, they are not exactly an up tempo team.  Frankly, with the best  point guard on earth, you’d expect a great offense, but New Orleans is actually a fairly pedestrian 20th.  Looking at their quality and quantity stats, it is noted that they are 26th in the  league at generating shots, between their 28th best offensive rebounding rate and a decent, but not special turnover rate.  They have to shoot very well (like the Celtics, another low quantity team) to be a good offense, but their 16th ranked true shooting percentage holds it back.  What HAS worked for them is defense.  Right now they place an estimable 6th – a combination of the 9th best true shooting defense and the 5th best shot prevention team.  They force enough turnovers and prevent second shots well enough to limit scoring chances, and the scoring chances they allow, are defended well.  In the long run, the offense needs to improve to be a serious threat to the top – especially a team like the Lakers who are so good at both shooting and generating looks.
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