NBA POWER RANKINGS

NBA Basketball Power Rankings

NBA Power Rankings Week 21

Sam Amico, FOX Sports Ohio

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Posted March 19, 2013 02:03 PM EDT

Riding a historic winning streak, the Heat are clearly the class of the league. But the Spurs, Thunder and Grizzlies are making a strong case that the West is still the best.

Also: Check out the week's best performances.

+4

Washington Wizards

-2

Los Angeles Lakers

FOX SPORTS NBA POWER RANKINGS

RK Team RECORD CHANGE HIGH/LOW COMMENTS
1

52-14 - 1/4
Question is, can anyone actually expect to beat them four times in a playoff series? LeBron James is just so much better than everyone else.
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2

51-16 - 1/6
Cory Joseph and Gary Neal would go somewhere else and be non-factors. With the Spurs, they’ve filled in admirably for Tony Parker.
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3

50-17 - 1/12
Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook continue to score with the greatest of ease. But thanks to Heat streak, Thunder have been ignored lately. That’s probably a mistake.
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4

45-21 1 1/10
Mike Conley is never in the conversation of elite point guards, but he’s slowly gotten better each season. The Griz are reaping the rewards.
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5

46-21 1 1/9
Still lead the league in alley-oops, and likely always will with Chris Paul and Blake Griffin. But man, the Clippers have become so much more than that.
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6

46-22 - 4/24
Tied a franchise record with 12 straight wins (and counting), and they’ve done it without a super-duper star. Can Nuggets win title without one? Yes, said George Karl. And he’s tired of the question.
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7

41-26 - 5/21
Paul George is the Pacers’ leading scorer, but this has been a team-wide effort in the truest sense. May be the Heat’s most legit challenger in either conference.
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8

39-26 2 2/12
The mystery surrounding Carmelo Anthony’s knee continues. Until that’s resolved, so will the mystery surrounding the Knicks’ fate.
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9

39-28 1 5/17
It’s sometimes difficult to envision the Nets getting past the second round of the playoffs. But if all those weapons start clicking at the same time, and at the right time, there’s still major promise here.
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10

36-30 1 4/18
Watching old warriors Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce keep this team alive may be the story of the season. No matter what happens, it’s pretty obvious the Celtics cannot be counted out.
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11

39-30 3 4/21
With Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, no one is a better example of living and dying with the perimeter shot. On the bright side, Warriors have been alive and well lately.
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12

37-30 3 7/18
Nobody expected the Hawks to be this devoted for even half this long. Perhaps it’s time to start mentioning Larry Drew in Coach of the Year conversations.
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13

36-33 2 3/21
Playing like a team that’s starting to come together – but not yet like a team loaded with big names. Now, the status of Kobe Bryant’s ankle may make or break the season.
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14

36-30 2 8/19
Tom Thibodeau is getting a little cranky. Not having Derrick Rose will do that to a coach. But the Bulls always play hard and smart, and that could mean good things in the postseason.
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15

36-31 2 6/26
Haven’t really skipped a beat since trading Patrick Patterson, despite the fact Rockets have received little from Thomas Robinson. Guess James Harden is even more brilliant than we thought.
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16

33-32 - 5/20
GM John Hammond is still looking to make a splash with a move in the offseason. Until then, getting some playoff experience should be nice.
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17

32-35 1 4/22
Playing better than at any time this season, people seem to forget the Mavs are still in the postseason chase. If only Dirk Nowitzki had been healthy from the start.
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18

34-33 1 13/23
Fading fast despite being right there with the Lakers in the race for the No. 8 seed. Either way, big decisions (read: Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap) await the Jazz in free agency.
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19

31-35 - 13/23
The good news: Damian Lillard is highly likely this season’s Rookie of the Year. The bad: The Blazers still need to address the lack of bench scoring, and that won’t necessarily be a piece of cake.
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20

26-41 - 20/29
The Raptors have become considerably more watchable, and more of a threat, since trading for Rudy Gay. Next step: Actually winning more than they lose.
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21

26-40 1 8/22
Andrew Bynum is out for the season. We sort of knew that all along, right? What we don’t know is if he’ll ever play a game for the Sixers.
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22

23-42 1 9/23
Jobs are likely on the line following another lost season. And the unfortunate hand injury to Kevin Love probably won’t be enough of an excuse to save whoever is the scapegoat.
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23

23-43 4 20/30
John Wall is proving to be a winner in the face of a lot of doubters. If he can stay healthy, next season could result in a quick rise for the Wizards.
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24

23-46 1 21/30
The wheels seem to be falling off a little lately, but there’s no need for utter panic. The Pistons merely have to figure out how to fill in around Greg Monroe, Brandon Knight and Andre Drummond.
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25

23-45 1 20/29
Luis Scola and Goran Dragic are a nice inside-out duo, but that’s about where the Suns’ hopes end. And those two are hardly All-Stars.
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26

23-44 - 21/29
It’s too early to say for certain whether this is the Kings’ final season in Sacramento. Either way, it’s time to gut the team.
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27

22-46 2 13/29
Anthony Davis has displayed loads of promise, and Ryan Anderson was a free-agent steal. Other than that, it’s probably time to clean house. And yes, that includes Eric Gordon.
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28

22-45 - 22/30
Without Kyrie Irving, the landslide has begun. And the grace period for the Cavs officially ends in April. Next comes the pressure to stop rebuilding and actually win games.
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29

18-49 - 21/30
It’s easy to overlook the fact the Magic are relatively young with a pretty good center in Nikola Vucevic. For a team with the hangover that comes with losing a superstar, it actually could be worse.
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30

15-52 - 17/30
The Bobcats are headed for another lottery where there’s no clear-cut choice for the No. 1 overall pick. Same as it ever was.
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