NBA POWER RANKINGS

NBA Basketball Power Rankings

Week0 Power rankings

Zac Jackson
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Posted November 08, 2011 12:37 PM EST

Three teams have legit cases for the top -- and the Bulls are handling their business as well. The Celtics remain in the top spot for racking up style points while beating the Lakers and looking like they're already ready for the finals. The Heat, well, they're darn good, too. The week's interesting moves come in the bottom half as Memphis and Sacramento are playing some good basketball.

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+13

Utah Jazz

-8

Denver Nuggets

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RK Team RECORD CHANGE HIGH/LOW COMMENTS
1

26-55 2 1/7
Still the champs, still the team to beat when the games really count. They'll miss Andrew Bynum early but still have the pieces -- and The Finisher in Kobe Bryant -- to win the big regular-season games and position themselves for a three-peat.
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2

25-56 4 1/6
Rajon Rondo's breakout year re-energized a team that's aging but still has gas left in the tank. If the big men hold up and Rondo keeps progressing, they'll win more in the regular season and be primed for another late-spring run.
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3

54-27 2 2/10
Perhaps you've heard of these guys? New talent, new energy and unprecedented expectations. All that's missing is a bench and the ability to guard elite big men. Erik Spoelstra's superstar-management skills will be watched very, very closely.
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4

58-23 2 2/11
The future is now for Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Co. They're not sneaking up on anybody anymore but learned valuable lessons in taking the Lakers to six games last April, lessons that should pay off this winter.
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5

49-32 3 1/10
Disappointing end to last year's postseason should drive Dirk Nowitzki. The Mavs have plenty of talent and an owner who will be aggressive in trying to upgrade it as the season unfolds.
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6

23-58 5 3/11
Their Finals appearance in June '09 may have been ahead of schedule, but if the 3-pointers drop and Dwight Howard stays healthy, they'll be right in it. Can't rank them higher, though, until someone besides Vince Carter gets the ball in clutch moments.
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7

24-57 13 4/26
Yes, they'll miss Carlos Boozer and Kyle Korver. But Deron Williams is a playmaker, Al Jefferson is a great pickup and the Jazz enjoy a true home-court advantage. They'll play fast, score a bunch and take their chances in the spring.
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8

48-33 7 1/10
Boozer and Korver are here, though Boozer is out two months with a mysterious injury. Derrick Rose is here to stay, and Joakim Noah seems poised for his best year yet as well. At full strength the Bulls are very much a contender.
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9

62-19 5 1/10
Always in the mix. Not getting any younger, but bringing in Tiago Splitter and getting healthy give the Spurs a boost. They'll defend, try to keep Tim Duncan fresh and hope to get more from Richard Jefferson than they got last year.
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10

54-27 4 10/25
Yao Ming is back in at least a limited role, Luis Scola shined this summer and they'll be aggressive in pursuing further upgrades. Certainly a team to watch to as the season unfolds.
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11

53-28 1 6/16
See above in many ways. Can Greg Oden stay healthy? Is Brandon Roy really elite? This is a veteran group that needs to avoid the injury bug and find the right mix.
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12

47-34 5 10/20
Steve Nash still plays like he's 27, which is why even without Amar'e Stoudemire this deep team is potentially dangerous. They're counting on Hedo Turkoglu to bounce back and Goran Dragic to keep progressing.
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13

15-66 11 12/25
Andrew Bogut was outstanding before his late-season injury, and the team's front office was aggressive in adding veteran presence and scoring in the offseason. A more mature Brandon Jennings has his best basketball in front of him.
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14

37-44 2 9/16
They probably overspent to keep Joe Johnson, but that's a sign the decision-makers like this team's core and are willing to go all-in. They appear to be well behind the East's big boys, however.
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15

36-45 8 6/16
For now they sit at 15 because we aren't quite sure what's going to happen with No. 15, their current franchise player. If Carmelo Anthony stays the Nuggets will be higher, but are they a legitimate Western contender?
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16

49-32 7 8/19
Are the young guys ready to grow up and push for the postseason? On paper, yes. But there are still too many shoot-first guys and there's probably not enough talent on the bench.
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17

33-48 4 3/17
A happy, healthy Chris Paul is obviously the key. A series of moves upgraded his supporting cast on paper, and this team will go as far as Paul takes it.
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18

43-38 8 18/30
John Wall is fun. Gilbert Arenas is back. If the young bigs stay healthy and keep improving, this is a team that will score points, win games and flirt with the playoffs.
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19

32-49 8 19/30
Lots of questions post-LeBron, both in the short and long term. But Byron Scott has some nice young athletes that fit his system while new GM Chris Grant decides which veterans will be shopped and which will stay.
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20

36-45 8 10/25
The big name has arrived in Amar'e, but the verdict is out on the other upgrades and the overall state of the team. All those losses the last few years haven't come by accident.
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21

57-24 3 15/29
The debut of Blake Griffin brings interest and relevance. Lasting relevance? That's up to Griffin, Eric Gordon and a new set of decision-makers who have to be much better and smarter with their money than their predecessors.
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22

18-63 7 12/29
Might be a roster in flux, but with Jrue Holiday and Evan Turner in the backcourt it's a team worth watching. Immediate results? Maybe not. But the Sixers should be at least a little better this winter.
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23

42-39 2 18/29
Made the playoffs last year but were quickly dismissed. They'll play good defense, but no major upgrades to the roster indicate a tougher go in the much-tougher East for Larry Brown and Michael Jordan's bunch.
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24

55-26 5 12/25
Busy offseason upgraded the roster, and they'll certainly score points. Still, there's not much that separates them from other middle-of-the-pack East teams unless Tyler Hansbrough and Roy Hibbert take large steps forward.
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25

28-53 2 19/30
An intriguing bunch, and not just because of DeMarcus Cousins. Tyreke Evans is a game-changer and there's plenty of upside on the roster. Maybe enough to make a significant trade and contend for the playoffs? Stay tuned.
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26

50-31 4 17/26
They'll be better in the long run for replacing Don Nelson with Keith Smart, but for now they have to find a way to keep both Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry happy and play some defense. The Curry-David Lee pick-and-roll combo, though, should be good for a Expand Description
They'll be better in the long run for replacing Don Nelson with Keith Smart, but for now they have to find a way to keep both Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry happy and play some defense. The Curry-David Lee pick-and-roll combo, though, should be good for a long time.Collapse Description
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27

29-52 2 19/30
Team seems stuck in the mud and is already fighting the injury bug. Perhaps a big shakeup is coming? Austin Daye will be counted on heavily and post play seems to be a glaring weakness.
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28

44-37 3 21/29
Everything that could have gone wrong last year did. Young building blocks Brook Lopez and Derrick Favors offer hope, and the trade idea for Carmelo Anthony apparently isn't dead. New owner will want his team to chase every opportunity to improve.
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29

40-41 1 23/30
Kevin Love is growing up, Wes Johnson looks ready to contribute and Corey Brewer might be ready to break out as well. But this team is still fighting an uphill battle as far as talent and depth on most nights.
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30

48-33 2 22/30
We saw what happened when Chris Bosh was missing at the end of the last regular season. Now that he's gone for good, this team is a long way from contending and has many more questions than answers.
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