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NBA Power Rankings Week 12

Sam Amico

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Posted January 15, 2013 03:41 PM EST

Clippers displaying depth and balance in holding onto the top spot. But Thunder, Heat and Spurs still making their cases to become No. 1.

Also, check out the week's top performances.

+6

Denver Nuggets

-5

Houston Rockets

FOX SPORTS NBA POWER RANKINGS

RK Team RECORD CHANGE HIGH/LOW COMMENTS
1

29-9 - 1/9
It’s hard to think a team is the real thing in January, but do yourself a favor: Believe in Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and the productive Clippers bench.
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2

30-8 - 1/12
Everything you expect a defending conference champion to be. Thunder possess bona fide stars (Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook), excellent role players and genuine legitimacy.
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3

24-12 - 1/4
For someone who looks like he has the body of a 47-year-old, Dwyane Wade (who actually turns 31 on Jan. 17), is still lethal. Having LeBron James around sure doesn’t hurt.
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4

29-11 - 1/6
Once again must try to do it for a while without injured Manu Ginobili. On the bright side, it’s worked out OK in the past.
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5

24-12 - 1/10
Rudy Gay trade talk has died down, and Griz may keep him until at least through the season. Hopefully for their sake, they can now focus on task at hand.
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6

24-13 - 2/12
Carmelo Anthony missing too many games for a variety of reasons (injuries, waiting to discuss Kevin Garnett’s trash talk). Needs to go back to season’s first month where he stays focused, determined and on the floor.
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7

23-13 - 4/21
Seems like rest of the league is waiting for Warriors to just fade. Warriors, meanwhile, waiting to see how long it takes coaches to select Stephen Curry to All-Star Game.
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8

23-15 3 5/21
We always knew Pacers would come around. What we still don’t know is how far they can go. And we probably won’t until Danny Granger returns from injury.
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9

23-16 6 4/24
Having their way with opponents at home, which is a good thing, considering Nuggets have a bunch of home games coming up. Mostly, few teams displaying more cohesion.
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10

21-15 1 8/19
Opposing coach pointed to Tom Thibodeau as NBA’s best, saying his Bulls always play hard and overcome just about anything via defense. Bulls proving those theories more and more.
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11

20-17 1 4/18
With way things are going, C’s will be Top 10 by next week. With where things are headed, they’ll be Top 5 by season’s end. Why? Because all the new guys are starting to get it.
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12

22-15 2 5/17
Coming closer to figuring out Deron Williams is more of a No. 2 option than All-Star starter. Once they find a real No. 1 to pair with Williams, Nets should be true contenders. But forget it until then.
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13

21-17 5 6/26
League’s youngest team is also its highest-scoring. Rockets, however, also among most inconsistent. But either way, James Harden too much fun to be missed.
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14

20-17 1 13/23
Few teams are more fun to watch, as young Blazers play looser than any team in league and coming around faster than expected. Is it time to start thinking about Terry Stotts for Coach of Year?
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15

21-16 5 7/18
Always a maddening ride in the Josh Smith-Al Horford era. Suddenly, Hawks went from early to surprise to Most Likely to Make Major Trade at deadline.
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16

21-19 - 13/23
Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap playing extremely well for two guys who may be elsewhere next season. And let’s give some credit to Gordon Hayward, who’s coming into his own and become a difference-maker.
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17

19-17 - 5/20
Scott Skiles walked away from being just average. Provided Bucks don’t make a deal of some sort, that’s exactly where they’ll stay.
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18

16-21 - 3/21
Mike D’Antoni said team was starting fresh this past weekend. Since the Lakers won their first game of their new 2013, it’s a good start. But no one knows how this basketball fiasco might end.
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19

16-23 3 4/22
Roster is screaming for a trade, but if it doesn’t happen, Dirk Nowitzki seems to finally be adjusting to all the newness. That could be better than a trade.
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20

16-22 - 8/22
Reports say Andrew Bynum could return around the All-Star break in mid-February. Question is, will it be too late for the Sixers by then? Most folks think the answer is yes.
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21

16-19 2 9/23
Another year without the playoffs has arrived. It’s not Kevin Love’s fault, because he’s been injured. But is it time for Wolves to consider all the goodies he could bring in return?
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22

14-24 1 21/30
Amazing how everyone suddenly ignoring these guys. But of all the teams in the 20-30 range, Pistons may be closest to return to relevancy.
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23

14-24 2 21/29
Beginning to sound more and more like it’s Kings’ final season in Sacramento. Read: Californians should catch DeMarcus Cousins while they can.
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24

14-23 3 20/29
Coach Dwane Casey wants Kyle Lowry to start making "basketball plays." If not, Jose Calderon may not be the point guard who ends up getting traded.
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25

13-24 1 21/30
Should be better now that Glen Davis is back from injury. And whoever dreamed there’d be a day when we’d be saying that?
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26

13-27 - 20/29
First season in the post-Steve Nash era is going a lot like the first seasons of all teams after their stars leave. Basically, Suns now have to find a new identity, and that takes time.
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27

11-26 2 13/29
Probably be better than this with Anthony Davis and Eric Gordon healthy. Probably will be by season’s end. If not, more changes will be coming.
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28

9-28 1 17/30
When all your best players are guards, you’re bound to have issues. Bobcats are light years away, but a consistent big could speed up the process.
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29

7-28 1 20/30
John Wall is back and Bradley Beal is playing more and more like the No. 3 overall pick. Finally time to see how far Wizards can go.
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30

9-31 2 22/30
Opposing coach says Cavs have a plan and are building a culture, “But how about actually winning games?” Clearly, Kyrie Irving and the others aren’t quite ready to take that step.
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