2011 NBA Power Rankings – Week 15

It’s Tuesday, so we know what that means?  As always, the methodology is here:

Rank Team W L Off Def Road SOS Rating
1 Heat 37 14 103.715 (4) 95.402 (4) 1.853 1.215 (29) 11.382
2 Spurs 42 8 103.918 (3) 96.34 (7) 1.61 2.124 (9) 11.311
3 Celtics 38 13 100.47 (13) 93.339 (2) 1.647 1.425 (25) 10.203
4 Lakers 36 16 104.208 (2) 97.248 (8) 1.683 1.256 (28) 9.9
5 Magic 32 20 101.435 (9) 96.057 (6) 1.817 1.582 (21) 8.777
6 Bulls 34 16 98.613 (17) 92.728 (1) 1.61 1.271 (27) 8.767
7 Mavericks 36 15 101.35 (10) 97.592 (10) 1.578 2.303 (4) 7.639
8 Hornets 32 21 98.567 (18) 95.264 (3) 1.717 2.149 (8) 7.169
9 Thunder 33 17 103.144 (5) 100.931 (18) 1.75 2.321 (2) 6.284
10 Nuggets 30 22 104.404 (1) 101.782 (23) 1.615 1.695 (17) 5.932
11 Knicks 26 24 102.783 (6) 101.299 (20) 1.82 1.787 (15) 5.09
12 Hawks 33 18 100.001 (14) 97.97 (12) 1.853 0.658 (30) 4.541
13 Rockets 25 28 101.583 (8) 101.291 (19) 1.915 2.198 (6) 4.405
14 Sixers 23 27 98.741 (16) 97.993 (13) 1.82 1.401 (26) 3.969
15 Jazz 31 22 100.769 (11) 100.652 (17) 1.717 1.608 (18) 3.441
16 Grizzlies 27 26 97.841 (21) 97.825 (11) 1.915 1.493 (23) 3.423
17 Blazers 28 24 99.039 (15) 99.218 (15) 1.817 1.762 (16) 3.4
18 Suns 24 25 102.638 (7) 103.041 (28) 1.714 1.879 (14) 3.19
19 Bucks 19 30 93.734 (29) 95.657 (5) 1.929 2.314 (3) 2.319
20 Pacers 21 27 96.309 (24) 97.398 (9) 1.75 1.587 (20) 2.248
21 Warriors 22 28 100.496 (12) 102.918 (27) 1.61 2.073 (10) 1.261
22 Bobcats 22 29 95.769 (25) 98.143 (14) 1.716 1.594 (19) 0.935
23 Clippers 19 31 98.01 (20) 101.435 (21) 1.4 2.417 (1) 0.391
24 Pistons 19 32 97.561 (22) 102.08 (25) 1.853 1.976 (11) -0.69
25 Timberwolves 12 39 97.146 (23) 102.299 (26) 1.784 1.94 (12) -1.429
26 Kings 12 36 95.169 (26) 99.997 (16) 1.531 1.45 (24) -1.847
27 Raptors 14 37 98.099 (19) 103.965 (29) 1.853 1.886 (13) -2.127
28 Wizards 13 37 94.852 (28) 102.003 (24) 1.75 2.196 (7) -3.204
29 Nets 15 37 94.972 (27) 101.658 (22) 1.817 1.56 (22) -3.308
30 Cavaliers 8 44 93.334 (30) 104.713 (30) 2.019 2.276 (5) -7.084

A few items of interest:

  • Last week we discussed the West playoff entrants in lieu of the Jazz’ slide.  The team I forgot to mention were the Rockets – who have done an amazing job hanging in – and fundamentally have a profile and a schedule (both road and difficulty heavy) that seem to indicate there is some room to surge ahead.  The Rockets have hung in largely on offense – where they are ranked a respectable 8th – using strong shot generation ability (7th) to bolster above average shooting numbers.  The Rockets are interesting in that their actual FG% is pretty lousy, but they have made up for it with effective foul shooting and effective three point shooting.  They take a lot of high value shots, and add a low turnover rate, and it makes up for their bad defense.
  • The most intriguing story (or perhaps most trite at this point) is the Carmelo Anthony story.  We know that he wants to leave blah blah blah.  What is espcially damning here is that – his team is GOOD, and in a wild West, considering their injuries earlier in the season, could be better.  The Nuggets are the league’s best offense, riding the league’s top TS% (which is driven by the league’s best three point attack and one of the elite foul drawing teams).  Their defense has been worse than normal  – especially a surprising inability to produce turnovers.  But with their injured bigs coming back – it feels like this team could easily rise up a bit if their defense improves just a little.
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