For those of you that missed it the other day, here are my current NBA Power Rankings:
2 Oklahoma City Thunder (29-7) Third highest scoring team in the NBA + a solid defense + Kevin Durant = Impressive
3 Chicago Bulls (30-8) The 2012 Bulls are similar to last year. They haven’t been healthy all year, but will do some serious damage when they are.
4 San Antonio Spurs (25-11) Tim Duncan and Co. just refuse to fade away with their age. They will be serious playoff contenders with Manu back.
5 L.A. Lakers (22-14) The Lakers have looked mediocre this year, but they still have Kobe, Pau, and Bynum so watch out.
6 Dallas Mavericks (22-16) The Mavericks just cannot get consistent. It would behoove them to move some of their veterans.
7 L.A. Clippers (21-13) The Clippers are making a run for the best team in L.A., but come playoffs Vinny Del Negro is going to get outcoached by a mile.
8 Orlando Magic (23-14) The Magic are good for now, but I’m sorry Magic fans your best days are behind you for the foreseeable future.
9 Atlanta Hawks (21-15) The Hawks have too many Indians and not enough chiefs. There is no defined leader for that team Joe Johnson or Josh Smith need to step up.
10 Philadelphia 76ers (22-15) The 76ers defense has been great this year, but they are 6-12 against teams that are .500 or better.
11 Boston Celtics (18-17) I bet the Celtics are missing Kendrick Perkins now…
12 Portland Trailblazers (18-18) I love the Trailblazers and they will make the playoffs. Unfortunately they are just 4-6 in their last 10 games, and can’t win on the road.
13 Indiana Pacers (22-12) The Pacers don’t have that “elite” scorer, but every starter is averaging double digit points.
14 Denver Nuggets (20-17) The Nuggets are the epitome of team basketball, but give up far too many points to make any real playoff noise.
15 Memphis Grizzlies (21-15) The Grizzlies are just flat out good, and will be even more dangerous this year in the playoffs when Randolph comes back.
16 New York Knicks (18-18) Since Melo has returned Lin’s numbers are a respectable 16.2 PPG, 8.5 APG. The biggest number is their record, which is 2-2 with Melo, so back to mediocrity.
17 Houston Rockets (21-16) The Rockets are about where they will finish, bottom of the Western Conference, and will be out in the first round.
18 Minnesota Timberwolves (18-19) The Timberwolves have a great backcourt frontcourt, but they have no wings. They could sneak into the playoffs, but they would be better of shooting for the lottery.
19 Utah Jazz (17-18) No Sloan, No Williams, No playoffs.
20 Golden State Warriors (14-19) The Warriors also don’t have a leader. They will probably move Monta before the deadline which will force Steph to step up his game.
21 Phoenix Suns (16-20)
22 Cleveland Cavaliers (13-21)
23 New Jersey Nets (11-26)
24 Milwaukee Bucks (14-21)
25 Detroit Pistons (12-25)
26 Sacramento Kings (12-24)
27 Toronto Rapters (11-25)
28 New Orleans Hornets (9-27)
29 Washington Wizards (7-28)
30 Charlotte Bobcats (4-30)