NBA 2012-13 Power Ranking (Week of November 19)

 

The New York Knicks finally lose a game and the Miami Heat are looking ahead to the playoffs. That means we have a new number 1 this week! Teams playing with a chip on their shoulder go a long way in these rankings…


1. Memphis Grizzlies

After losing their opener the Grizzlies have rattled off seven wins in a row. Rudy Gay is playing like a stud and the front court is as tough as ever. Many had this team underachieving and being broke up by February. Take that NBA writers and bloggers!

2. Los Angeles Clippers
The Clippers are winners of four in a row, including a statement game against the defending champions. Jamal Crawford is on fire and L.A. goes ten deep on their bench. If you don’t include Lamar Odom, then that number is nine.

3. New York Knicks

They beat the San Antonio Spurs, but lost to the Grizzlies. Why not ranked higher? Still not a believer, but don’t worry, they will climb to the top if deserving. Please, no hate mail Knick fans.

4. Oklahoma City Thunder
Last week we discussed Kevin Martin contributions, but let’s not forget about the other Kevin. Durant is averaging 24 points, 10 rebounds, and 4 dimes a game. Obvious statement of the week: Kevin Durant is the early MVP favorite.

5. Miami Heat

After leaving Boston, Ray Allen sounded like a scorned woman. We can now see why, Allen has a lot left in the tank and will be an integral part of this team. Now, if only Miami can keep their focus during the regular season.

6. San Antonio Spurs

You can’t lose to the New York Knicks at home and not drop a couple of spots. Again, please hold the hate mail Knick fans, it’s nothing personal.

7. Chicago Bulls
Joakim Noah at 16 points, 10 rebounds, and 3 dimes a game is holding down his side of the court, but will need more than 4 dimes a game from Nate Robinson if the Bulls are going to stay in contention without Derrick Rose.

8. Brooklyn Nets
We assumed Deron Williams would be effective at the point and the Brook Lopez/Kris Humphries combo would control the glass, but who expected Joe Johnson to play the role of “Mr. Clutch?” No one in Atlanta I’m guessing.

9. Milwaukee Bucks
Mike Dunleavy Jr. continues to be the most productive sixth man in the league. The Milwaukee Bucks have a balanced attack and strong bench. Mike Dunleavy is a big part of this.

10. Boston Celtics
They return to the rankings, but won’t be here long if the C’s don’t get more than 10 points a game from Jason Terry. (NOTE: The 20 scored Saturday night will do just fine.)

Honorable Mention: Los Angeles Lakers

The Lakers drop out of the top ten, but are number one in the “Drama” category. Still, until Steve Nash is healthy and able to run Mike D’Antoni’s “7 seconds or less” offense, this team is going to tread water with Steve Blake as the primary point guard.

DROPPED OUT: Minnesota Timberwolves, Philadelphia 76ers

 

by David Grant
Pro Basketball Fans Staff Writer


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