NBA POWER RANKINGS

NBA Basketball Power Rankings

Week 16 Power Rankings

Zac Jackson

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Posted February 08, 2011 11:41 AM EST

A new No. 1 tops the rankings, but there's very little separation among the top three as Boston and Miami head towards a Sunday showdown. All three Texas teams are trending up, things are getting interesting at almost every level in the Western Conference and there's plenty of bad, bad basketball being played in the East. None worse than the Cavs and Wizards, who happen to play each other this week. Buckle up!

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Houston Rockets

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Los Angeles Clippers

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RK Team RECORD CHANGE HIGH/LOW COMMENTS
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42-8 1 1/10
Last-second win at the Lakers was enough to boost the team with the league's best record into the top spot. Boston is banged up, Miami is on a tear and several teams seem good enough to beat the Spurs; fact is, though, that 42 wins in 50 tries for the higExpand Description
Last-second win at the Lakers was enough to boost the team with the league's best record into the top spot. Boston is banged up, Miami is on a tear and several teams seem good enough to beat the Spurs; fact is, though, that 42 wins in 50 tries for the high-scoring Spurs has been no accident. Bring on that first game with Miami on March 4.Collapse Description
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2

38-13 1 1/6
These limping old guys gutted one out over Orlando but showed their age in a Monday night loss in Charlotte that dropped them to 2-7 in the second game of back-to-backs on road. They didn't drop from the top spot because of that or a sudden injury bug; itExpand Description
These limping old guys gutted one out over Orlando but showed their age in a Monday night loss in Charlotte that dropped them to 2-7 in the second game of back-to-backs on road. They didn't drop from the top spot because of that or a sudden injury bug; it's just that the Spurs have been really good and there's little separating the top three. Miami visits Sunday in what should be a dandy.Collapse Description
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3

37-14 - 2/10
These guys are clicking, handling nightly challenges and have as legitimate a case as anybody does to be the No. 1 team in these rankings. Until they beat Boston (or the Celtics collapse) they won't, but improved chemistry and a hungry LeBron/Wade combo hExpand Description
These guys are clicking, handling nightly challenges and have as legitimate a case as anybody does to be the No. 1 team in these rankings. Until they beat Boston (or the Celtics collapse) they won't, but improved chemistry and a hungry LeBron/Wade combo has the Heat looking like a team very capable of winning it all.Collapse Description
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4

34-16 - 1/10
Derrick Rose keeps rolling, but heavy legs are showing on a long road trip as the Bulls have now lost back-to-back games at Golden State and Portland. A very big one looms in Utah as the Bulls try to survive and point towards a late-season run they hope wExpand Description
Derrick Rose keeps rolling, but heavy legs are showing on a long road trip as the Bulls have now lost back-to-back games at Golden State and Portland. A very big one looms in Utah as the Bulls try to survive and point towards a late-season run they hope will include a healthy Joakim Noah. Collapse Description
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36-15 2 1/10
You certainly recognize these Mavericks now that they've won nine in a row. They get a pass for Monday night's close call over Cleveland because they played with a little Super Bowl hangover. They'll have to shake it quickly, though, as every game counts Expand Description
You certainly recognize these Mavericks now that they've won nine in a row. They get a pass for Monday night's close call over Cleveland because they played with a little Super Bowl hangover. They'll have to shake it quickly, though, as every game counts in what's going to be a fun race to the finish in the Western Conference.Collapse Description
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6

36-16 1 1/7
Played championship defense last Thursday but got burned by the Spurs on a last-second tip-in by Antonio McDyess. Now the Lakers are booted out of their arena by the All-Star Game and must get their swagger back on a long road trip that includes back-to-bExpand Description
Played championship defense last Thursday but got burned by the Spurs on a last-second tip-in by Antonio McDyess. Now the Lakers are booted out of their arena by the All-Star Game and must get their swagger back on a long road trip that includes back-to-backers this week with Boston and the Knicks and a Sunday game at Orlando. Collapse Description
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7

33-17 2 2/11
Three straight wins have allowed the Thunder to finally create a little separation between themselves and the Jazz atop the Northwest Division. All kinds of close losses to the league's elite may haunt this team at the end but may also provide valuable leExpand Description
Three straight wins have allowed the Thunder to finally create a little separation between themselves and the Jazz atop the Northwest Division. All kinds of close losses to the league's elite may haunt this team at the end but may also provide valuable lessons going forward. With Durant and Westbrook driving the bus, the future is very bright in OKC. Collapse Description
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8

32-20 2 3/11
It was Moving Week for the Magic. It's just that the move is backward after both Miami and Boston showed both are clearly better right now than Orlando. Gilbert Arenas got served with court papers at halftime -- literally -- and hasn't been much help on tExpand Description
It was Moving Week for the Magic. It's just that the move is backward after both Miami and Boston showed both are clearly better right now than Orlando. Gilbert Arenas got served with court papers at halftime -- literally -- and hasn't been much help on the floor. Need better defense, more consistency. Is another shakeup ahead? Collapse Description
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9

33-18 1 9/16
The Hawks have been good enough over the last six weeks that Orlando is now a third-place team in its own division and would open the postseason on the road, in Atlanta, if the playoffs started today. To say the Hawks probably aren't playoff ready in the Expand Description
The Hawks have been good enough over the last six weeks that Orlando is now a third-place team in its own division and would open the postseason on the road, in Atlanta, if the playoffs started today. To say the Hawks probably aren't playoff ready in the top-heavy East would be a repeat of what's been said, but Joe Johnson has been great and the Hawks, at the very least, are dangerous. Collapse Description
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10

32-21 2 3/17
When Emeka Okafor was healthy and rolling, this was the league's best defensive team and one that followed Chris Paul's lead to being one of the underdog success stories. But with Okafor out, the Hornets gave up a whole bunch of points to the TimberwolvesExpand Description
When Emeka Okafor was healthy and rolling, this was the league's best defensive team and one that followed Chris Paul's lead to being one of the underdog success stories. But with Okafor out, the Hornets gave up a whole bunch of points to the Timberwolves Monday night and are showing signs that midnight is approaching for Cinderella.Collapse Description
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11

31-22 - 4/26
Scored a big win at Denver last weekend, but that was sandwiched between losses to Houston and OKC, the team Utah is now chasing. Deron Williams is back after a short absence and has Utah scoring like it did early in the year, but the defense has been shaExpand Description
Scored a big win at Denver last weekend, but that was sandwiched between losses to Houston and OKC, the team Utah is now chasing. Deron Williams is back after a short absence and has Utah scoring like it did early in the year, but the defense has been shaky and the Jazz are clearly a player (or two) short of being a real threat in the West.Collapse Description
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12

28-24 1 6/16
LaMarcus Aldridge scored a career-high 42 points Monday night as the Blazers held off the Bulls for a big win that came five nights after a bigger one over the Spurs. Aldridge didn't make the All-Star team but is playing like one, and Brandon Roy says he Expand Description
LaMarcus Aldridge scored a career-high 42 points Monday night as the Blazers held off the Bulls for a big win that came five nights after a bigger one over the Spurs. Aldridge didn't make the All-Star team but is playing like one, and Brandon Roy says he could be back from surgery on both knees late this week. With Memphis and Houston on their heels, the Blazers need all the help they can get. Collapse Description
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13

25-28 4 10/25
The race for the final playoff spot in the West is getting pretty interesting, and the Rockets are officially playing like they want it. Kevin Martin continues to absolutely light it up, and the Rockets have created momentum and made up ground with three Expand Description
The race for the final playoff spot in the West is getting pretty interesting, and the Rockets are officially playing like they want it. Kevin Martin continues to absolutely light it up, and the Rockets have created momentum and made up ground with three straight wins over Utah, Memphis and Denver. Collapse Description
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14

30-22 2 6/16
It's still all about the Carmelo Saga for a team that played without the injured and improving Nene Monday night, then lost Chauncey Billups and lost the game to Houston despite Carmelo going for 50. Billups is expected to be OK, but until there's resolutExpand Description
It's still all about the Carmelo Saga for a team that played without the injured and improving Nene Monday night, then lost Chauncey Billups and lost the game to Houston despite Carmelo going for 50. Billups is expected to be OK, but until there's resolution to the Melo-drama this team is in a holding pattern.Collapse Description
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26-24 1 10/25
Same story as the Knicks beat the bad teams on their schedule, lose to most of the good ones and are still chasing Carmelo Anthony. So desperate for a spark is Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni that rookie Timofey Mozgov is getting consistent minutes. It's a bigExpand Description
Same story as the Knicks beat the bad teams on their schedule, lose to most of the good ones and are still chasing Carmelo Anthony. So desperate for a spark is Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni that rookie Timofey Mozgov is getting consistent minutes. It's a big week with the Clippers and Lakers visiting The Garden.Collapse Description
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16

27-26 1 8/19
A week ago, the Grizz might have been the league's hottest team. Now they're licking their wounds a bit after back-to-back tough losses to Houston and the Lakers. They're still in the playoff mix, still getting consistent play from Zach Randolph and stillExpand Description
A week ago, the Grizz might have been the league's hottest team. Now they're licking their wounds a bit after back-to-back tough losses to Houston and the Lakers. They're still in the playoff mix, still getting consistent play from Zach Randolph and still have a chance to move O.J. Mayo in the next two weeks because, frankly, they're better without him.Collapse Description
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17

23-27 1 12/29
Sunday's loss at The Garden to a Knicks team they'd beaten two nights earlier in Philly is certainly one that got away and might be one they come to regret. Things are still good, though, for a young bunch that's playing defense, showing improvement and gExpand Description
Sunday's loss at The Garden to a Knicks team they'd beaten two nights earlier in Philly is certainly one that got away and might be one they come to regret. Things are still good, though, for a young bunch that's playing defense, showing improvement and gaining valuable big-game experience.Collapse Description
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18

24-25 1 10/20
The Suns are quietly playing like their old selves, and they're inching back toward the playoff race in the process. They might not be able to get there -- and the Lottery might be best for the future, anyway -- but basketball is interesting in Phoenix agExpand Description
The Suns are quietly playing like their old selves, and they're inching back toward the playoff race in the process. They might not be able to get there -- and the Lottery might be best for the future, anyway -- but basketball is interesting in Phoenix again, and not just because the trade deadline is quickly approaching.Collapse Description
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19

19-31 3 15/29
You're still watching because you don't know what Blake Griffin might do next. It's just that you're starting to recognize the name on the front of the jerseys. We hesitate to sell all stock in this team because playing without Eric Gordon on a brutal roaExpand Description
You're still watching because you don't know what Blake Griffin might do next. It's just that you're starting to recognize the name on the front of the jerseys. We hesitate to sell all stock in this team because playing without Eric Gordon on a brutal road trip makes things tough, but any playoff hopes this year are out the window.Collapse Description
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20

22-28 - 17/26
The Warriors still play a fun brand of ball and still make the nightly highlight shows. But they're miserable away from home, think defense is optional and don't have many quality wins to show for Monta Ellis' big year. Beating Chicago was nice; losing atExpand Description
The Warriors still play a fun brand of ball and still make the nightly highlight shows. But they're miserable away from home, think defense is optional and don't have many quality wins to show for Monta Ellis' big year. Beating Chicago was nice; losing at home to Phoenix to follow it was not. Collapse Description
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21

22-29 1 18/29
The bench showed up in a big way in Monday night's upset of Boston as Shaun Livingston scored 18 and the offensively challenged Bobcats scored maybe their biggest win. They're good enough on defense to make the playoffs but not good enough to win once theExpand Description
The bench showed up in a big way in Monday night's upset of Boston as Shaun Livingston scored 18 and the offensively challenged Bobcats scored maybe their biggest win. They're good enough on defense to make the playoffs but not good enough to win once they get there. Maybe Livingston can stay healthy and be a keeper.Collapse Description
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22

21-27 3 12/25
A coaching change has the Pacers playing loose and scoring like crazy again. Mix that with bad teams on the schedule and you've got a confident team that's won four straight and is back in the playoff picture despite being six games under .500. Reality chExpand Description
A coaching change has the Pacers playing loose and scoring like crazy again. Mix that with bad teams on the schedule and you've got a confident team that's won four straight and is back in the playoff picture despite being six games under .500. Reality check ahead: Pacers play the Heat twice in the next eight nights.Collapse Description
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23

19-32 - 19/30
Tracy McGrady's nice year continued as he led a victory over the Bucks last weekend. Now comes one of the more interesting two-game stretches for any team this season as the Pistons host the league's best team, the Spurs, on Tuesday before heading out of Expand Description
Tracy McGrady's nice year continued as he led a victory over the Bucks last weekend. Now comes one of the more interesting two-game stretches for any team this season as the Pistons host the league's best team, the Spurs, on Tuesday before heading out of town to play the worst team, the Cavaliers, the next night. Hard to tell which one might be more important for the Pistons' psyche.Collapse Description
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24

19-30 3 12/25
More bad basketball coming out of Milwaukee and it's been worse with Andrew Bogut missing from the lineup. Fast games in Phoenix and at Golden State without him proved to be too much for the league's worst offensive team to handle, and firing too many briExpand Description
More bad basketball coming out of Milwaukee and it's been worse with Andrew Bogut missing from the lineup. Fast games in Phoenix and at Golden State without him proved to be too much for the league's worst offensive team to handle, and firing too many bricks has the Bucks in a rut that's likely to land them in the Lottery.Collapse Description
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25

12-36 1 19/30
Making progress, but not there yet. Proof of that came Monday night as the Kings led most of the way but faltered late and lost a winnable home game to the Jazz. The future does seem bright, though, as Tyreke Evans and DeMarcus Cousins are playing well anExpand Description
Making progress, but not there yet. Proof of that came Monday night as the Kings led most of the way but faltered late and lost a winnable home game to the Jazz. The future does seem bright, though, as Tyreke Evans and DeMarcus Cousins are playing well and avoiding off-the-court headlines.Collapse Description
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26

15-37 - 21/29
Seem to be playing better basketball, but they've still lost three straight and five of six. And more losses are ahead. All Avery Johnson can do is keep challenging his players, keep finding improvement from Derrick Favors and trust that, eventually, a biExpand Description
Seem to be playing better basketball, but they've still lost three straight and five of six. And more losses are ahead. All Avery Johnson can do is keep challenging his players, keep finding improvement from Derrick Favors and trust that, eventually, a big splash or two can upgrade the roster. Collapse Description
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27

12-39 - 23/30
So, you were convinced the Timberwolves were going to blow that big lead they built in New Orleans Monday night? So were a lot of other people, because that's what these guys do. But they kept their foot on the gas, scored a big victory and might just be Expand Description
So, you were convinced the Timberwolves were going to blow that big lead they built in New Orleans Monday night? So were a lot of other people, because that's what these guys do. But they kept their foot on the gas, scored a big victory and might just be turning the corner. Might be. Stay tuned, if for no other reason than to enjoy Kevin Love.Collapse Description
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28

14-37 1 22/30
Finally snapped a 13-game losing streak (thank you, T'Wolves) last weekend but still are headed nowhere fast. Amir Johnson is the latest guy most have never heard of to post some big numbers and grab the attention of the remaining Raptors fans. The new baExpand Description
Finally snapped a 13-game losing streak (thank you, T'Wolves) last weekend but still are headed nowhere fast. Amir Johnson is the latest guy most have never heard of to post some big numbers and grab the attention of the remaining Raptors fans. The new battle cry: At least we're not Cleveland. Collapse Description
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29

13-37 1 18/30
Losers of eight straight can't buy a break and still haven't won on the road. But ... get ready for this. Sunday they head to Cleveland with the possibility of two historic streaks being on the line. The eyes of the NBA will be watching (kind of) because Expand Description
Losers of eight straight can't buy a break and still haven't won on the road. But ... get ready for this. Sunday they head to Cleveland with the possibility of two historic streaks being on the line. The eyes of the NBA will be watching (kind of) because somebody HAS to win. Really. Collapse Description
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30

8-44 - 19/30
Not just bad but historically bad. They've shattered every record for futility by losing 25 straight and are especially hurt because they've had legitimate chances to win the last three. They've had injuries and bad luck but it's been no accident; they faExpand Description
Not just bad but historically bad. They've shattered every record for futility by losing 25 straight and are especially hurt because they've had legitimate chances to win the last three. They've had injuries and bad luck but it's been no accident; they failed to even get a final shot off when trailing by three in Dallas Monday night. A long homestand is ahead so maybe, just maybe, a win will come soon.Collapse Description
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