NBA POWER RANKINGS

NBA Basketball Power Rankings

NBA Power Rankings Week 8

Sam Amico

WEEK#    
Posted December 18, 2012 09:02 AM EST

No one's hotter than Thunder and Clippers, and both look like they should be able to sustain recent rolls. Of course, Knicks and Heat seem primed to have a say about all that.

Also: Check out the week's top performances.

+7

Indiana Pacers

-7

Dallas Mavericks

FOX SPORTS NBA POWER RANKINGS

RK Team RECORD CHANGE HIGH/LOW COMMENTS
1

20-4 - 1/12
Serge Ibaka looks even better and Kevin Martin is fitting in well. If it continues, who can stop them?
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
2

18-6 4 1/9
So much more than Blake Griffin and Chris Paul. And so, so dangerous when everything is clicking.
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3

18-6 2 2/12
Carmelo Anthony is more than just a scorer these days. He’s the early frontrunner for league MVP.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
4

15-6 1 1/4
Same as it ever was: Weaknesses exist, but good luck exposing them regularly when LeBron James is around.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
5

19-7 3 1/6
Still look like West contenders even on their worst days. Wonder how long it’ll be before people actually believe it?
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
6

16-6 2 1/10
Three-game hiccup proved Griz are something less-than-perfect. But as long as bench continues to produce, they won’t fade anytime soon.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
7

16-8 - 4/21
Doing all this with third-year point guard (Stephen Curry), second-year shooting guard (Klay Thompson) and rookie small forward (Harrison Barnes). Mark Jackson for Coach of Year.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
8

14-7 - 7/18
Josh Smith supposedly on trading block. If so, Hawks should get tons in return. He’s just having that kind of year.
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9

12-10 5 9/23
Ricky Rubio, Andrei Kirilenko and others make them best passing team in league. All they really need for playoff push is to keep Kevin Love happy.
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10

12-11 1 4/18
At some point, they’ll get this figured out. But if it doesn’t happen by February, start dreaming up the trade scenarios.
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11

13-10 1 8/19
Finding their way, especially defensively, without Derrick Rose. At this rate, could win weak Central without him.
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12

13-11 7 5/21
Rediscovering the physical, edgy play that made them so dangerous last year. Still, miss Danny Granger more than most people figured.
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13

13-10 1 5/17
Deron Williams already seems to be coming up with excuses. Time to start wondering if the guy isn’t a little overrated?
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14

12-10 2 5/20
Starting to look like they overspent on Ersan Ilyasova this past summer. But that’s good news, because Larry Sanders is main reason why.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
15

13-12 3 4/24
Overall athleticism and teamwork make Nuggets a blast to watch. Danilo Galinari makes them relevant.
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16

11-14 1 3/21
Depth issues aren’t likely to disappear once Pau Gasol and Steve Nash return. Bench has looked lost under three different coaches.
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17

12-12 6 8/22
Hey, at least Andrew Bynum is starting to show some fire while wearing dress clothes on the bench. That puts him in the same stratosphere as a healthy Kwame Brown.
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18

13-12 5 13/23
Should be a top-15 team. If they continue to be something else, it may be time to move on from either Al Jefferson or Paul Millsap, or both.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
19

12-12 1 6/26
Too bad they don’t get to play the Knicks 41 times a year. Either way, are one consistent front-court player away from cool things.
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20

11-12 2 13/23
Someday, Damian Lillard, LaMarcus Aldridge and Nicolas Batum could be the Big Three of the Great Northwest. For now, though, Blazers will settle for watching them grow.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
21

11-13 - 21/30
With his expiring contract and lethal jumper, J.J. Redick is one of league’s most-sought players. Surprising Magic could do worse than keeping him, though.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
22

11-13 7 4/22
If Dirk Nowitzki doesn’t get back soon, the Mavs may have to start doing their homework on potential lottery picks. Yes, things are that bad.
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23

10-15 4 20/29
Hard to see what the plan is here. Except for the fact that now, they don’t really want Michael Beasley, either.
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24

7-16 1 17/30
Really came around offensively to start the season. But despite several new faces, still can’t really guard anyone.
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25

7-20 - 21/30
Brandon Knight having best season of any second-year player who’s completely ignored. Too bad rest of team is so doggone inconsistent.
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26

5-20 2 22/30
Now have three players (Kyrie Irving, Tristan Thompson, Tyler Zeller) sporting protective masks. But Irving is better blindfolded than a lot of vets.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
27

5-18 1 13/29
Greivis Vasquez is early candidate for Most Improved, Anthony Davis for Rookie of Year. Unfortunately for Hornets, almost everyone else may be bad fit.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
28

7-17 4 21/29
It’s one thing to be young. It’s quite another to be young and disjointed. For Pete’s sake, starting trading guys.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
29

6-19 - 20/29
Andrea Bargnani spent a day refuting a report that claimed he said Raps are league’s worst team. Why contest something that might be true?
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30

3-18 - 20/30
Randy Wittman could be a goner weeks before John Wall returns. Basically, nothing’s changed here.
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