FOXSports.com NBA power rankings
FEB 05, 2013 1:04p ET
The Spurs cling to the top spot, with last year's finalists eyeing a takeover. The Warriors, meanwhile, are sliding up more discreetly.
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1 Spurs 38-11
Tim Duncan’s injury isn’t serious and, therefore, neither is a perceived Spurs’ slide. It's fairly remarkable how this group not only keeps on ticking, but keeps on flourishing.
2 Thunder 36-12
Russell Westbrook hasn’t shot particularly well as of late, but Kevin Durant is the type of guy who can do it alone if need be. The good news is, Durant likely needn’t be doing it for long.
3 Heat 31-14
The defending champs are still a turnover away from blowing you out, and LeBron James might be even better than ever. Those are two pretty big reasons to believe the Heat can repeat.
4 Warriors 30-17 +3
Andrew Bogut is back and the Warriors are suddenly even deeper and more balanced than ever. Throw in an All-Star slighted Steph Curry and it’s time to take the Warriors very seriously.
5 Clippers 34-16 -1
The Clippers are riding another down cycle and displaying a trend of inconsistency that’s existed since the start of the season. Part of that can be attributed to Chris Paul’s bruised knee. Part of it can be attributed to just being inconsistent.
6 Knicks 31-15 -1
Most fans don’t realize the Knicks have become something more than just All Carmelo Anthony, All The Time. But that’s still a good starting point, and enough to make them real contenders.
7 Nuggets 30-18 +2
A team without any All-Star representatives, further proving that energy, determination and cohesion count for a lot. That’s this year’s Nuggets.
8 Grizzlies 30-16 -2
It’s too early to know the impact of the Rudy Gay trade. But let’s not forget, the Grizzlies’ first-round upset of the Spurs two years ago took place with Gay in street clothes.
9 Pacers 29-19 +2
The idea of shopping injured Danny Granger was once unthinkable. But the Pacers are playing so well, it might be wise to see what type of returns he might bring.
10 Bulls 29-19 -2
We knew it was just a matter of time before the Bulls figured out life without Derrick Rose. They’ve probably done it better than expected -- and now, Rose is almost back.
11 Nets 28-19 -1
Looking better under interim coach P.J. Carlesimo, and Brook Lopez is now an All-Star (selected as a replacement by David Stern). Suddenly, it’s not so tough envisioning the Nets playing their best when it means the most.
12 Rockets 26-23 +2
Not scoring like they did earlier this season, but still pretty proficient. James Harden alone is highly likely to ensure that league’s youngest team stays that way.
13 Jazz 27-22 +2
A productive January was quickly forgotten after getting blasted at home by 45 points vs. the Rockets. But everyone is allowed a bad night and, overall, the Jazz are having fewer of them.
14 Hawks 26-20 -1
The good news: With six expiring contracts, the Hawks may be the most powerful team in the league when it comes to the trading deadline. The bad: They’re not going anywhere if they can’t make some moves.
15 Bucks 25-21 -2
Not long ago, Ersan Ilyasova was pushing for a trade. Now it’s hard to imagine him being more productive in any other system. Adding a consistent third wheel to the Brandon Jennings- Monta Ellis combo could mean bigger and better things than we expected possible.
16 Lakers 22-26 +2
Kobe Bryant is keeping the ball moving, and not just toward the basket. Either way, the man is lethal. And now all the big names around him are starting to look a little more in tune.
17 Celtics 24-23 -1
Won first four games without Rajon Rondo and first two without Rondo and rookie Jared Sullinger. Trade Kevin Garnett and gut the team? Eh, not so fast.
18 Trail Blazers 25-23 -1
The Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge Show hits the road until after the All-Star break. By the trading deadline a week later, maybe the Blazers will have landed some help to shore up that bench.
19 Mavericks 20-28
Looking less and less likely Mavs will turn things around with each passing week. Nowadays, most folks are just wondering what they’ll look like with a lottery pick next season.
20 76ers 21-26
Everyone had the Sixers pegged as a top-10 team when they traded for Andrew Bynum. It’s beginning to seem as if we may never know if that’s accurate.
21 Timberwolves 18-27
On the bright side, Ricky Rubio has been getting more minutes lately and holding up well. On the other side, Kevin Love is not.
22 Pistons 18-31
Finding a way to shed the salary of Tayshaun Prince almost immediately places GM Joe Dumars in the executive of the year conversation. Just another step in building around the Pistons’ terrific young trio of Greg Monroe, Andre Drummond and Brandon Knight.
23 Raptors 17-31 +2
The Rudy Gay era is under way, but you have to wonder if the Raptors are done making moves. If they are, probably not a whole lot will change record-wise.
24 Wizards 12-35 +4
John Wall is proving to be the difference-maker we expected him to be, although the Wizards are losing close games more often than not. But the fact they’re finally in some close games has to count for something.
25 Cavaliers 14-34 +1
Kyrie Irving’s continued ascension, Tristan Thompson’s development and the addition of Marreese Speights make the Cavs no longer just a young pesky team. They’re actually fairly capable these days.
26 Suns 16-32 +1
Playing better since the trade rumors centered around Atlanta’s Josh Smith began. Of course, it may have had something to do with interim coach Lindsey Hunter, too. Guess we’ll know which is responsible after the trade deadline.
27 Hornets 15-33 -3
With Eric Gordon, Anthony Davis, Ryan Anderson and even Greivis Vasquez, the Hornets have a pretty good starting point. Now all they need to do is find about six more guys.
28 Kings 17-33 -5
Still have nights where they play hard and together, and with all that young individual talent, they can surprise you. But you get the sense they’re just waiting until next year, when everyone will likely be somewhere else.
29 Magic 14-34
Figured out a way to avoid a Dwight Howard hangover for the first part of the season. Clearly, some hangovers take longer to kick in than others.
30 Bobcats 11-36
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (concussion) is OK after a scary fall Feb. 2. Other than that, the promising news around here only comes on draft night.