Thursday, February 19, 2009

NBA Team Power Rankings and Tiers

1. Boston Celtics (44-11)
2. L.A. Lakers (44-10)
3. Cleveland Cavaliers (41-11)
4. Orlando Magic (39-14)
5. S.A. Spurs (35-17)
6. Denver Nuggets (37-17)
7. Portland TBlazers (33-20)
8. Houston Rockets (33-21)
9. N.O. Hornets (32-20)
10. Utah Jazz (31-23)
11. Dallas Mavericks (32-21)
12. Atlanta Hawks (32-22)
13. Phoenix Suns (30-23)
14. Miami Heat (28-25)
15. Philadelphia 76ers (27-26)
16. Detroit Pistons (27-25)
17. Chicago Bulls (24-30)
18. N.J. Nets (24-31)
19. Indiana Pacers (22-34)
20. N.Y. Knicks (22-31)
21. Charlotte Bobcats (22-32)
22. Milwaukee Bucks (27-30)
23. Toronto Raptors (21-35)
24. G.S. Warriors (19-36)
25. Minnesota TWolves (18-35)
26. Oklahoma City Thunder (13-41)
27. Memphis Grizzlies (15-39)
28. L.A. Clippers (13-42)
29. Washington Wizards (12-42)
30. Sacramento Kings (11-44)

My Tiers:
(3) The Elite- Simply the best teams in the NBA right now, they look like they can not only compete for a title, but win the championship this year.
BOS, LAL, CLV

(3) The Division Leading Contenders- Orlando was in the elite but the Jameer Nelson injury slightly dropped them, these teams are very good right now but not quite in the elite.
ORL, SA, DEN

(6) Six teams only five playoff spots out West- they all have over 30 wins currently and just like in recent years a team with a winning record out West will likely miss the playoffs. It's put up or shut up time for these teams.
POR, HOU, NO, Utah, DAL, PHO

(4) Good teams with winning records in the East- At this point all of these teams should feel pretty comfortable about making the playoffs in the East but all four are trying to get that #4 or #5 seed in the east to avoid the big three in first round.
ATL, MIA, PHL, DET

(7) Not so good teams that are still in the playoff hunt in the East- these teams are all battling for #8 seed right now, they all have talent but each has their own problems.
Injuries- IND, MIL, TOR
Weak Frontcourt- CHI, NJ
Youth and Inexperience- NY, CHR

(2) Better than their record- If they played in the East they might have a shot at making the playoffs.
GS, MIN

(5) The Blake Griffin Sweepstakes- I wanted to put OKC in the above group but it would be better if they just lost the rest of their games and got the #1 pick. I would pay to see Durant and Griffin on the same team, I would even consider moving to Oklahoma if their weren't so many losers, I mean Sooner fans there:
OKC, MEM, LAC, WAS, SAC


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