2011 NBA Power Rankings – Week 7

As the rankings continue – we are in the throes of quite the New York Knick streak, as well as the Heat taking advantage of a dip in their schedule.  But at the tippy top, not a ton has changed.  As always, you can find the methodology here.

Rank Team W L Off Def Road SOS Rating
1 Celtics 19 4 102.906 (6) 92.308 (1) 1.826 1.781 (19) 14.206
2 Heat 18 8 104.422 (4) 94.13 (3) 1.615 2.009 (15) 13.917
3 Spurs 20 3 105.569 (1) 96.073 (8) 1.37 0.895 (27) 11.761
4 Mavericks 19 5 102.126 (9) 95.565 (7) 1.313 2.279 (10) 10.153
5 Bulls 15 8 98.111 (16) 93.99 (2) 1.674 2.823 (2) 8.617
6 Lakers 17 7 104.276 (5) 97.074 (11) 1.75 -0.659 (30) 8.293
7 Magic 16 8 100.789 (14) 95.443 (6) 1.75 0.901 (26) 7.997
8 Jazz 18 8 102.177 (8) 98.515 (14) 1.346 2.656 (5) 7.665
9 Hornets 14 10 96.87 (20) 95.131 (5) 1.75 3 (1) 6.49
10 Hawks 16 9 101.628 (11) 98.46 (13) 1.68 1.518 (22) 6.366
11 Nuggets 14 9 102.863 (7) 101.481 (18) 1.826 2.456 (7) 5.665
12 Sixers 8 15 98.665 (15) 96.903 (10) 1.674 1.383 (24) 4.819
13 Thunder 17 8 101.233 (12) 100.655 (17) 1.82 1.853 (18) 4.251
14 Pacers 11 12 96.548 (22) 96.16 (9) 1.826 1.869 (17) 4.082
15 Knicks 16 9 104.499 (3) 102.116 (21) 1.96 -0.583 (29) 3.761
16 Bucks 10 13 93.761 (29) 94.564 (4) 1.674 2.757 (3) 3.629
17 Suns 11 12 104.836 (2) 105.671 (30) 1.826 2.138 (14) 3.129
18 Rockets 9 14 101.729 (10) 102.084 (19) 1.978 1.412 (23) 3.035
19 Blazers 12 13 98.059 (18) 99.023 (15) 2.1 1.78 (20) 2.916
20 Bobcats 8 15 95.96 (25) 98.299 (12) 1.826 2.356 (8) 1.843
21 Raptors 9 15 100.946 (13) 103.483 (25) 1.75 2.194 (13) 1.407
22 Grizzlies 11 14 97.731 (19) 100.007 (16) 1.82 1.763 (21) 1.307
23 Warriors 8 16 98.061 (17) 103.632 (26) 2.042 2.692 (4) -0.837
24 Nets 6 18 96.316 (23) 102.087 (20) 1.896 2.514 (6) -1.361
25 Timberwolves 6 18 96.021 (24) 102.631 (23) 1.896 2.203 (12) -2.511
26 Clippers 5 20 95.57 (27) 103.004 (24) 1.4 2.283 (9) -3.75
27 Pistons 7 18 96.836 (21) 103.711 (27) 1.96 1.058 (25) -3.857
28 Wizards 6 16 95.933 (26) 104.905 (29) 1.909 2.265 (11) -4.798
29 Kings 5 16 94.954 (28) 102.345 (22) 1.333 -0.144 (28) -6.202
30 Cavaliers 7 17 93.481 (30) 104.029 (28) 1.896 1.922 (16) -6.731

For this week’s results, let’s play name that team:  Team A and Team B are the mystery teams:

Team A is 13th in the league in shooting percentage, 10th in FG defense, Team B is 19th and 21st respectively

Team A shoots the three decently (10th) and is even better at defending it (5th), while Team B is bad at both (27th and 30th)

Team A is not good at he foul game, drawing (22nd) or allowing (25th), while Team B is the 2nd best team at getting to the line, and good at not fouling (12th).  As a result of these numbers Team A is 17th in the league in TS% while Team B is 13th.  Defensively Team A is 9th while Team B is 15th.

In terms of shot quantity, Team A places some priority on getting back on defense, with its 22nd ranked offensive rebounding, but defends its own glass nicely (7th).  The defense and offense are cautious with being 11th at turning the ball over and only 22nd in forcing them.  As such, Team A is average (14th and 13th) and getting and preventing scoring chances.

Team B also does not offensively rebound much (20th) and is careful with turnovers (10th).  However the defensive rebounding is 23rd though they force more turnovers than Team A, they are not elite there (14th).  The result is that Team B is 16th at getting scoring chances and 20th at preventing them.

So, Team A is an average shooting team that gets an average amount of shots, but a solidly above average team at shooting defense while being average at preventing looks.  Team B is better offensively, though not by much and is substantially worse defensively in terms of both quality and quantity.

Team A is the Philadelphia 76ers while Team B is the New Orleans Hornets.  The Sixers are 8-15 while the Thunder are 17-9 despite having very similar fundamentals.  In fact, one can argue that the Sixers have played better so far – but somehow the results have not caught up.  This leads to a conclusion that the Thunder have won a lot of close games, stuff that is the sign of a team “knowing how to win”.  Of course this is nonsense, and a function of random occurrence.  As such, the Sixers have reason to hope – and the Thunder still need to be careful.

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