Monday, November 12, 2007

Power Ranking the NBA: Week 2

Two weeks through the season, we are left with one undefeated team and three winless teams. We've already seen our fair share of upsets: The Mavs are getting pretty used to them. The rookie class is already strting to show its merit, with Kevin Durant, Al Horford, and Yi Jianlian as the early standouts and Luis Scola, Jeff Green, and Acie Law IV picking up their scraps. Its still a little early in the season to make definitive rankings, but as always, I'll try my best.

(Last week in parentheses)

1. Boston Celtics (3): It's pick your poison with these Celtics: not Garnett, Pierce, Allen, but whether you want to be held to below 30% shooting or if you want to give up 78 points in a half.

2. Houston Rockets (1): Came back from a heartbreaking loss to Dallas with a win against the Spurs. Yao is having the year of his life with averages of 24 points, 10.5 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 blocks per game while shooting a ridiculous 55% from the field and 90% from the line.

3. San Antonio Spurs (2): With Barbosa entering the Suns' starting line-up, the 6th man award is Manu's (20 ppg, 5 rpg, 5 apg, 2.5 stl) to lose (to Jason Terry presumably).

4. Dallas Mavericks (5): Winning against Houston is nice, but losing to Portland is not so much.

5. Phoenix Suns (7): Barbosa made a splash in his first appearance in the starting line-up, scoring a career-best 39 points and tacking on 6 assists, 7 rebounds, and 2 steals to boot.

6. Utah Jazz (6): Kirilenko is playing like it is 2002 and D-Will is becoming, as we all knew, one of the league's premier point guards. Utah is also averaging a league best 111 points per game.

7. Detroit Pistons (10): They own the league's second best point differential (+10), but in all but the Clipper game (in other words, @CHI, @SEA) they've looked less than dominant against mediocre competition.

8. New Orleans Hornets (8): Lost against Portland, but really who doesn't these days?

9. Orlando Magic (14): A lot of people questioned the Lewis signing, but so far it looks pretty good with the Magic poised to run away with the Southeast.

10. Portland Trailblazers (25): Went 3-0 in their second hell week of the season, with wins against New Orleans, Memphis, and Dallas. They should be looking forward to their upcoming match ups against Detroit and Denver, as a brief respite.

11. Denver Nuggets (9): Had an embarrassing loss against the Celtics, but came back with wins against the Pacers and the Wizards.

12. Cleveland Cavaliers (17): A 3-1 week is a 3-1 week, even when your wins come against Golden State, Sacramento, and the Clippers.

13. LA Lakers (12): Is Kobe worth it? In short, yes.

14. LA Clippers (24): Their record demands this spot, but no Brand and no Livingston stil does not inspire confidence.

15. Toronto Raptors (5): Alright, so they aren't nearly as good as I thought, but they still have one of the best point guard tandems in the league and Bosh is still feeling that nagging injury.

16. Milwaukee Bucks (19): Yi Jianlian is quickly becoming one of the best rookies in the league and developing much faster than Yao did.

17. New Jersey Nets (21): Quietly worked up to a 4-1 record before getting beat down by the Celtics and losing Vince Carter to injury.

18. Indiana Pacers (11)

19. Atlanta Hawks (20):
Not quite the giant killer that Portland is, but no longer the baby birds.

20. Memphis Grizzlies (16)

21. Charlotte Bobcats (13): Raymond Felton is the catalyst for this team; without him they are not the same team.

22. Chicago Bulls (18): I thought they'd be the cream of the crop in the East, but they look like they really need Kobe, now.

23. New York Knicks (23)

24. Golden State Warriors (15)

25. Sacramento Kings (28):
Beat up on the bottom feeders last week, with their only wins coming against winless teams.

26. Philadelphia 76ers (26)

27. Washington Wizards (30):
Finally somewhat finding their offense.

28. Miami Heat (29): Owner of one win, which is more than some teams can say.

29. Minnesota Timberwolves (27)

30. Seattle Supersonics (22)


Think your team got slighted? Voice your opinions through a comment.

4 comments:

gary said...

i think you have a typo with the Knicks all the way back at 23. They are much better than that ranking and with the exception of their last game without z-bo they have been impressive

Loren said...

You're probably right. I admit I don't know much about the Knicks, but after being called out I'll try to pay more attention to them and hopefully by next week their position will be corrected.

breatnyS said...

Good defense by the Detroit Pistons drama boys, if only we could patch up the difference, this will be a Detroit good season. They are running, switching in defense, rebounding see those efforts. We don't have yet the Pistons team down.

I which I could see some Pistons games live. I was looking for tickets all the good seats on ticketmaster were taken I had to check broker. And man you don’t want to do that especially for the Detroit Pistons. Thanks god there sites like Ticketwood which work as comparators here is the site
Pistons Tickets
http://www.ticketwood.com/nba/Detroit-Pistons-Tickets.php.

I like slam dunks that take me to the hoop my favorite play is the ally-hoop,
I like the pic n roll,i like the given goal its basketball yo, yo lets go!
Go Pistons Go!!!

Loren said...

@gary

Both members of The Basketball Jones ranked the Knicks in their bottom 5.

@breatnys

...Thanks for reading!