NBA POWER RANKINGS

NBA Basketball Power Rankings

Week 12 Power rankings

Zac Jackson

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Posted February 08, 2011 04:46 PM EST

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RK Team RECORD CHANGE HIGH/LOW COMMENTS
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28-9 1 1/6
Losing two straight isn't the straightest path to grabbing the top spot in these rankings, but the Celtics are still awaiting Kevin Garnett's return. More importantly, Rajon Rondo's triple-double in last week's win over the Spurs showed why the Celtics aExpand Description
Losing two straight isn't the straightest path to grabbing the top spot in these rankings, but the Celtics are still awaiting Kevin Garnett's return. More importantly, Rajon Rondo's triple-double in last week's win over the Spurs showed why the Celtics are so hard to beat in big games. They have depth, experience, defense and quickness most opponents can't match.Collapse Description
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30-9 1 2/10
LeBron James is locked in and has been scary good. Dwyane Wade has been only a small step behind. The Heat keep winning, have won 13 straight away from home and have made a steady climb up the rankings during this hot streak. The only thing keeping them fExpand Description
LeBron James is locked in and has been scary good. Dwyane Wade has been only a small step behind. The Heat keep winning, have won 13 straight away from home and have made a steady climb up the rankings during this hot streak. The only thing keeping them from being No. 1? They just can't beat the Celtics, at least not yet.Collapse Description
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25-12 1 3/11
Dwight Howard is smiling off the court and dominating on it. The Magic are getting comfortable quickly, are sharing the ball like they've been together for years and are lighting it up from beyond the arc. That opens things up for Howard, and he makes thiExpand Description
Dwight Howard is smiling off the court and dominating on it. The Magic are getting comfortable quickly, are sharing the ball like they've been together for years and are lighting it up from beyond the arc. That opens things up for Howard, and he makes this team unique. It's going to be one heck of a stretch run.Collapse Description
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31-6 3 1/10
The Spurs still have the league's best record, sport the most impressive resume among the Western Conference contenders and certainly have legitimate championship aspirations. They slip in the rankings because they're simply not as good right now as the tExpand Description
The Spurs still have the league's best record, sport the most impressive resume among the Western Conference contenders and certainly have legitimate championship aspirations. They slip in the rankings because they're simply not as good right now as the teams above them, but there's plenty of time left and a healthy Spurs team would be a tough seven-game out for anyone.Collapse Description
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27-11 2 1/7
At this time last week, the Lakers had lost three of four, weren't clicking and didn't seem to like each other much. Now Matt Barnes is out after knee surgery, but the Lakers are playing better basketball. Their four-game win streak entering the week is tExpand Description
At this time last week, the Lakers had lost three of four, weren't clicking and didn't seem to like each other much. Now Matt Barnes is out after knee surgery, but the Lakers are playing better basketball. Their four-game win streak entering the week is the longest by any team that doesn't reside in the state of Florida. They're still the champs and still very, very dangerous. Collapse Description
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26-10 1 1/10
Dirk Nowitzki is still out, and the Mavs clearly miss him. They miss Caron Butler, too, and their quick slide shows not only Nowitzki's importance but just how well the league's elite teams are playing right now. The Mavs haven't really lost anything yet,Expand Description
Dirk Nowitzki is still out, and the Mavs clearly miss him. They miss Caron Butler, too, and their quick slide shows not only Nowitzki's importance but just how well the league's elite teams are playing right now. The Mavs haven't really lost anything yet, but the margin for error is small with the Spurs clicking and the Lakers and Thunder seeming set for surges.Collapse Description
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25-12 2 1/10
A star-crossed week started with two tough-to-explain losses to inferior competition, then the Bulls fixed things by beating up the Celtics. Derrick Rose is still leading the way, and it's no coincidence that Carlos Boozer's biggest games come in victorieExpand Description
A star-crossed week started with two tough-to-explain losses to inferior competition, then the Bulls fixed things by beating up the Celtics. Derrick Rose is still leading the way, and it's no coincidence that Carlos Boozer's biggest games come in victories. Still need more balance and certainly need Joakim Noah back.Collapse Description
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25-13 2 2/11
It's a big, big week for the Thunder, who start it in a first-place tie as they head to Houston. Then the smoking-hot Magic visit on a quick turnaround, and a long weekend of rest ends with a visit to the Lakers in the nightcap of TNT's MLK Day Showcase. Expand Description
It's a big, big week for the Thunder, who start it in a first-place tie as they head to Houston. Then the smoking-hot Magic visit on a quick turnaround, and a long weekend of rest ends with a visit to the Lakers in the nightcap of TNT's MLK Day Showcase. Wins in two of the three would stamp OKC as officially on the upswing. Anything less would be a disappointment.Collapse Description
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25-13 3 4/26
Over the last few weeks, these Jazz have shown little resemblance to the group that started the year flying up and down the court and fast-breaking better than anybody. They've been caught by OKC in the standings and been caught flat-footed too much of laExpand Description
Over the last few weeks, these Jazz have shown little resemblance to the group that started the year flying up and down the court and fast-breaking better than anybody. They've been caught by OKC in the standings and been caught flat-footed too much of late. Big, big home game Wednesday with the Knicks could right the ship. Collapse Description
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25-14 2 9/16
Winners of four straight and eight of their last 10, the Hawks aren't making up any ground in the Southeast Division because Miami and Orlando don't lose, either. But Jamal Crawford is on fire, lots of guys are contributing and a 10-game home win streak hExpand Description
Winners of four straight and eight of their last 10, the Hawks aren't making up any ground in the Southeast Division because Miami and Orlando don't lose, either. But Jamal Crawford is on fire, lots of guys are contributing and a 10-game home win streak has energized the fan base.Collapse Description
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11

20-18 2 6/16
LaMarcus Aldridge continues to light it up. He's averaging 27.8 points per night in five January games entering the week, third in the league behind a couple guys named LeBron and Durant. Portland allowed Miami to rally Sunday night in a game it should haExpand Description
LaMarcus Aldridge continues to light it up. He's averaging 27.8 points per night in five January games entering the week, third in the league behind a couple guys named LeBron and Durant. Portland allowed Miami to rally Sunday night in a game it should have had, but even with Brandon Roy out the Blazers have looked like a playoff team in recent weeks.Collapse Description
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12

22-16 1 3/17
Chris Paul plays fast, but the team is still stuck in neutral. The Hornets have recovered from their December slump but still are well behind San Antonio and Dallas in their own division. The ownership and financial situation make it highly unlikely they'Expand Description
Chris Paul plays fast, but the team is still stuck in neutral. The Hornets have recovered from their December slump but still are well behind San Antonio and Dallas in their own division. The ownership and financial situation make it highly unlikely they'll be able to make any significant upgrades in-season, so there's a ceiling on this team in the loaded West.Collapse Description
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21-15 1 10/25
Beat Phoenix in Amare's homecoming game, then got bullied by the Lakers Sunday, as they do by most "good" teams. The Knicks players think they're legit contenders, but they're the only ones. Road trip continues this week in Portland and Utah, so maybe theExpand Description
Beat Phoenix in Amare's homecoming game, then got bullied by the Lakers Sunday, as they do by most "good" teams. The Knicks players think they're legit contenders, but they're the only ones. Road trip continues this week in Portland and Utah, so maybe the Knicks can change conceptions. Just don't count on it.Collapse Description
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20-16 6 6/16
A week ago the Nuggets were on fire and were the toast of these rankings. Now they're losing again and the entire organization is being held hostage by the Carmelo Anthony situation, which was reportedly coming to a head over the weekend but now might be Expand Description
A week ago the Nuggets were on fire and were the toast of these rankings. Now they're losing again and the entire organization is being held hostage by the Carmelo Anthony situation, which was reportedly coming to a head over the weekend but now might be on hold again. Tough to get a read on anything with these guys until it's resolved.Collapse Description
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17-21 - 10/25
Nearly blew a big lead late Monday night, but still held on to win in Boston even without Kevin Martin, Chuck Hayes and Brad Miller. Seven players scored in double figures in that one as the Rockets got their first win in a brutal schedule stretch. They eExpand Description
Nearly blew a big lead late Monday night, but still held on to win in Boston even without Kevin Martin, Chuck Hayes and Brad Miller. Seven players scored in double figures in that one as the Rockets got their first win in a brutal schedule stretch. They enter this week prepping for more top competition and sit three games out of the eighth spot in the West.Collapse Description
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17-21 - 8/19
Still a mess in Memphis. Tony Allen punched O.J. Mayo on a team flight, bringing more negative headlines. EVen with Xavier Henry out Monday night, Mayo -- still sporting a shiner -- scored 4 points in 22 minutes. The Grizz have players and are still theorExpand Description
Still a mess in Memphis. Tony Allen punched O.J. Mayo on a team flight, bringing more negative headlines. EVen with Xavier Henry out Monday night, Mayo -- still sporting a shiner -- scored 4 points in 22 minutes. The Grizz have players and are still theoretically in playoff contention, but they have a long, long way to go.Collapse Description
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12-24 3 15/29
Welcome to the really, really big stage. A year ago, a Wednesday night visit from the Heat wouldn't have cracked the L.A. headlines. This time around it's a showcase game as the only guy who dunks like LeBron is Blake Griffin, and Griffin has people both Expand Description
Welcome to the really, really big stage. A year ago, a Wednesday night visit from the Heat wouldn't have cracked the L.A. headlines. This time around it's a showcase game as the only guy who dunks like LeBron is Blake Griffin, and Griffin has people both watching and believing in the Clippers.Collapse Description
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15-22 4 12/29
Still off the radar because the last few years have been so bad, but the Sixers are making marked improvements and are even getting (kind of) used to winning. They play up-tempo, share the ball and can score both outside and inside thanks to Elton Brand. Expand Description
Still off the radar because the last few years have been so bad, but the Sixers are making marked improvements and are even getting (kind of) used to winning. They play up-tempo, share the ball and can score both outside and inside thanks to Elton Brand. A fun team to watch going forward.Collapse Description
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15-20 1 10/20
Needed a visit from the limping Cavaliers to stop a three-game losing streak, and even then the Suns never had a comfortable lead until the final 30 seconds. Steve Nash is still playing 100 MPH, but Vince Carter isn't exactly keeping up and most nights thExpand Description
Needed a visit from the limping Cavaliers to stop a three-game losing streak, and even then the Suns never had a comfortable lead until the final 30 seconds. Steve Nash is still playing 100 MPH, but Vince Carter isn't exactly keeping up and most nights the Suns are still getting beat up in the paint and on the glass. Another trade on the horizon?Collapse Description
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15-22 1 17/26
Monta Ellis continues to pour in points from all over the court, but the Warriors as a whole just can't maintain any consistency. Steph Curry's scoring has fallen as he battles to stay healthy, and David Lee has been productive but not a true game-changerExpand Description
Monta Ellis continues to pour in points from all over the court, but the Warriors as a whole just can't maintain any consistency. Steph Curry's scoring has fallen as he battles to stay healthy, and David Lee has been productive but not a true game-changer. Still a team to watch going forward.Collapse Description
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21

14-21 - 12/25
They're still Offensively challenged and still trying to get back to full strength. Earl Boykins put them into overtime against the Heat before the superior talent took over, and the Bucks just can't seem to string wins together. Maybe Brandon Jennings' iExpand Description
They're still Offensively challenged and still trying to get back to full strength. Earl Boykins put them into overtime against the Heat before the superior talent took over, and the Bucks just can't seem to string wins together. Maybe Brandon Jennings' impending return can change things, but that's far from a certainty.Collapse Description
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14-20 5 12/25
Roy Hibbert's slump has reached the point of Hibbert seeking out a sports psychologist. With the Pacers now barely treading water after a hot start, it might be again time for the seemingly annual tradition of attempting to seek a trade partner for Danny Expand Description
Roy Hibbert's slump has reached the point of Hibbert seeking out a sports psychologist. With the Pacers now barely treading water after a hot start, it might be again time for the seemingly annual tradition of attempting to seek a trade partner for Danny Granger. With Philly and Dallas on tap, the Pacers need to get things figured out.Collapse Description
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23

13-24 - 22/30
Still hampered by injuries and a lack of players most here in the States have ever heard of, the Raptors are at least finding ways to beat other bad teams and be competitive on most nights. They play an exciting brand of basketball and are seeing real groExpand Description
Still hampered by injuries and a lack of players most here in the States have ever heard of, the Raptors are at least finding ways to beat other bad teams and be competitive on most nights. They play an exciting brand of basketball and are seeing real growth from DeMar DeRozan, who might be a star in two or three years.Collapse Description
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14-21 1 18/29
It's fitting that barely 1,000 fans braved the snowstorm to see the Bobcats beat the Grizzlies Monday night. Stephen Jackson continues to play well, maybe trying to play his way out of town, but despite a three-game win streak the Bobcats are playing for Expand Description
It's fitting that barely 1,000 fans braved the snowstorm to see the Bobcats beat the Grizzlies Monday night. Stephen Jackson continues to play well, maybe trying to play his way out of town, but despite a three-game win streak the Bobcats are playing for nothing this season and would need some major restructuring to be considered a legitimate threat in any season soon.Collapse Description
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9-29 1 23/30
The Timberwolves keep flirting with progress. Unfortunately, they also keep playing the Spurs, to whom they've now lost 15 straight. Kevin Love continues to post double-doubles every night (literally), but the Wolves are still learning how to win and stilExpand Description
The Timberwolves keep flirting with progress. Unfortunately, they also keep playing the Spurs, to whom they've now lost 15 straight. Kevin Love continues to post double-doubles every night (literally), but the Wolves are still learning how to win and still looking for the right rotation.Collapse Description
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26

12-25 - 19/30
If this is the end for Rip Hamilton in Detroit, it's been one heck of a run. He went 0-for-5 in another forgettable loss to the Bulls Monday night, but the great memories of the past remain. The Pistons need to save money in the Carmelo trade for their fuExpand Description
If this is the end for Rip Hamilton in Detroit, it's been one heck of a run. He went 0-for-5 in another forgettable loss to the Bulls Monday night, but the great memories of the past remain. The Pistons need to save money in the Carmelo trade for their future, and they're a long, long way from respectability.Collapse Description
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8-26 1 19/30
Tyreke Evans is limping again, but DeMarcus Cousins is playing like the rare talent the Kings' decision-makers thought he was. Of more importance, the Maloof Brothers told the Associated Press they're open to exploring a move to another city, adding anothExpand Description
Tyreke Evans is limping again, but DeMarcus Cousins is playing like the rare talent the Kings' decision-makers thought he was. Of more importance, the Maloof Brothers told the Associated Press they're open to exploring a move to another city, adding another distraction to an already messy season in Sacramento.Collapse Description
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10-27 1 21/29
Beat the Bulls to get to 10 wins, then lost two more. Still in the headlines as they're reportedly closing in on a franchise-changing trade for Carmelo, and they've come so far down this road they have to make the move. It's as tough to rank them now baseExpand Description
Beat the Bulls to get to 10 wins, then lost two more. Still in the headlines as they're reportedly closing in on a franchise-changing trade for Carmelo, and they've come so far down this road they have to make the move. It's as tough to rank them now based on the uncertainty as it is to watch their current offense try to score.Collapse Description
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9-26 1 18/30
Another road game, another loss for the Wizards. In case you're one of the five people still keeping track, that's now 0-18 for the season. John Wall is back and is playing well, and this week brings games with the Kings and the Timberwolves. The Kings gaExpand Description
Another road game, another loss for the Wizards. In case you're one of the five people still keeping track, that's now 0-18 for the season. John Wall is back and is playing well, and this week brings games with the Kings and the Timberwolves. The Kings game is at home, so the Wizards just might win.Collapse Description
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8-29 1 19/30
The Cavaliers were already going a whole lot of nowhere this season, but the news that Anderson Varejao is out for the season with a torn tendon in his foot makes matters worse. Varejao was probably the most coveted Cavalier by potential trade partners, tExpand Description
The Cavaliers were already going a whole lot of nowhere this season, but the news that Anderson Varejao is out for the season with a torn tendon in his foot makes matters worse. Varejao was probably the most coveted Cavalier by potential trade partners, too, which means significant rebuilding may join winning in the category of things the Cavs won't be doing anytime soon. Collapse Description
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