Monday, March 2, 2009

NBA-Power Rankings/Tiers

1. L.A. Lakers (48-12)

2. Cleveland Cavaliers (47-12)

3. Boston Celtics (47-14)

4. Orlando Magic (43-16)

5. S.A. Spurs (40-19)

6. Houston Rockets (38-22)

7. Utah Jazz (37-23)

8. Denver Nuggets (39-21)

9. Portland TBlazers (37-22)

10. N.O. Hornets (37-22)

11. Dallas Mavericks (36-24)

12. Phoenix Suns (34-25)

13. Atlanta Hawks (34-26)

14. Miami Heat (31-28)

15. Philadelphia 76ers (29-30)

16. Detroit Pistons (29-29)

17. Chicago Bulls (27-33)

18. N.J. Nets (26-33)

19. Milwaukee Bucks (29-33)

20. Charlotte Bobcats (25-35)

21. Indiana Pacers (26-36)

22. G.S. Warriors (20-39)

23. NY Knicks (24-35)

24. Toronto Raptors (23-38)

25. Minnesota TWolves (18-41)

26. Memphis Grizzlies (15-43)

27. Oklahoma City Thunder (15-45)

28. L.A. Clippers (15-46)

29. Washington Wizards (14-46)

30. Sacramento Kings (13-48)



Tiers based on types of teams they are:

(3)-The time is now- They are veteran teams with a lot of playoff and championship experience, the NBA champion will likely come from this group. However as far as the future goes, they may only have a little time left.
LAL, BOS, SA

(5)-Great teams built around young stars-They can win now but these teams also must build young pieces around their young stars for the future as well.
CLV, ORL, Utah, NO, DEN

(4)-Veteran Teams who have a year or two left as contenders-They have been competitive for the past couple of years but now these teams must decide whether they are going to try to keep winning now, or start to build for the future.
HOU, PHO, DAL, DET

(5)-Young teams that can become elite in the next few years- These teams are young, talented, and will be very dangerous in the next few years.
POR, ATL, MIA, NJ(especially if they can trade Vince Carter over the summer and get that James guy in 2010), CHR, whichever young team drafts Blake Griffin.

(3)-Waiting for the summer of 2010
CHI, NY, TOR

(6)Bitten by the injury bug- These teams have some stars that are in their prime, but have been depleted by injuries, will they try to win in the next few years or will they start building for the future? Some are still in the playoff hunt this year despite the injuries.
PHL, MIL, IND, LAC, WAS, GS

(4)-Completely Building/Rebuilding-These teams may have a young stud or two but they are at least a few years from being competitive.
MIN, MEM, OKC, SAC


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