2011 NBA Power Rankings (Week 17) and All Star Roundup

With no games yesterday, the power rankings have a happy natural stopping point at the All-Star Break.  As always the methodology is here:

Rank Team W L Off Def Road SOS Rating
1 Heat 41 15 103.51 (3) 95.397 (5) 1.938 1.195 (29) 11.246
2 Spurs 46 10 103.846 (2) 96.252 (7) 1.813 1.746 (17) 11.153
3 Celtics 40 14 100.076 (13) 93.074 (2) 1.556 1.657 (22) 10.214
4 Lakers 38 19 103.43 (4) 97.249 (9) 1.842 1.349 (28) 9.372
5 Bulls 38 16 99.057 (16) 93.019 (1) 1.62 1.519 (26) 9.177
6 Magic 36 21 100.985 (10) 95.265 (4) 1.719 1.641 (23) 9.08
7 Mavericks 40 16 102.063 (8) 98.196 (13) 1.688 2.136 (4) 7.691
8 Hornets 33 25 98.542 (18) 95.984 (6) 1.81 2.17 (2) 6.54
9 Thunder 35 19 102.906 (5) 100.472 (18) 1.75 1.998 (9) 6.182
10 Nuggets 32 25 104.449 (1) 102.337 (25) 1.719 1.755 (16) 5.586
11 Sixers 27 29 98.996 (17) 97.182 (8) 1.875 1.666 (21) 5.355
12 Knicks 28 26 102.546 (7) 101.206 (19) 1.75 1.738 (18) 4.828
13 Rockets 26 31 101.847 (9) 101.791 (22) 1.781 2.193 (1) 4.029
14 Grizzlies 31 26 98.086 (19) 97.538 (10) 1.842 1.59 (24) 3.98
15 Hawks 34 21 99.495 (15) 98.128 (11) 1.845 0.677 (30) 3.89
16 Blazers 32 24 99.788 (14) 99.312 (15) 1.875 1.51 (27) 3.861
17 Suns 27 27 102.581 (6) 102.323 (24) 1.62 1.878 (13) 3.756
18 Jazz 31 26 100.207 (12) 100.452 (17) 1.658 1.672 (20) 3.085
19 Pacers 24 30 97.284 (23) 98.146 (12) 1.75 1.757 (15) 2.645
20 Bucks 21 34 93.659 (30) 95.044 (3) 1.845 1.963 (11) 2.423
21 Warriors 26 29 100.572 (11) 102.791 (28) 1.591 2.13 (5) 1.502
22 Bobcats 24 32 96.127 (25) 98.26 (14) 1.75 1.726 (19) 1.343
23 Clippers 21 35 97.753 (22) 101.554 (21) 1.625 1.997 (10) -0.179
24 Pistons 21 36 97.91 (20) 102.614 (27) 1.719 2.028 (8) -0.956
25 Kings 13 40 95.255 (26) 100.38 (16) 1.585 1.588 (25) -1.951
26 Timberwolves 13 43 96.733 (24) 102.393 (26) 1.75 1.806 (14) -2.104
27 Raptors 15 41 97.792 (21) 103.869 (29) 1.75 2.052 (7) -2.275
28 Nets 17 40 94.672 (28) 101.353 (20) 1.781 1.916 (12) -2.984
29 Wizards 15 39 94.938 (27) 101.966 (23) 1.75 2.169 (3) -3.108
30 Cavaliers 10 46 93.914 (29) 104.752 (30) 1.875 2.116 (6) -6.847

Of course though, the big stories of the week are really All-Star centered – and far be it for me to not offer some opinions on one of the best All-Star weekends in quite some time:

  • The Rookies winning the Rookie-Sophomore game was a real surprise considering how awful this class has been outside of Blake Griffin.  That said, DeMarcus Cousins showing his upside was welcome as well as John Wall’s astonishing … well, THIS:
  • The Skills challenge and Stars shootout really should be mothballed (in favor of maybe expanding HORSE?).  I don’t see the entertainment of watching folks fire half court shots.  There seems to be as little skill with the pros as there is with you and me.  Taj Gibson coming up short repeatedly was embarassing.  The Skills challenge seemed like a good idea, but the juice wasn’t there.
  • The 3 point contest was excellent as always.  It is a perfect skill contest – because it’s hard to do and the scoring is objective.  James Jones was a worthy winner, and as a Celtics fan, if the Heat want to beat the Celtics, best it be done in this forum.
  • Really though, the story of the weekend was the Slam Dunk Contest – the best one in years, harkening back to the contest’s 80s heyday.  Granted, the penalty for missed dunks is gone, but finally some creativity.  Blake Griffin was an undeserving winner – but it’s an exhibition, it was in LA, and Griffin was still damn good.  The car dunk will live in the memory.  That said DeMar DeRozan produced the best dunk of the whole deal while Javale McGee’s sequence of dunks was awesome (until the end where he knew he wasn’t going to win).
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