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NBA Power Rankings of Week 5

RANK(LW) TEAM RECORD EXPERT COMMENT

30 (30)

WAS Wizards 4-16 Can’t beat the unfathomable upset of OKC for shock value, but it really can’t be looked at as anything more than a temporary distraction in a lost season.

29 (28)

CHA Bobcats 3-18 The Bobcats’ best games all season, apart from a thriller in Miami, were wins against the mediocre Knicks. Walker is in a lost situation.

28 (23)

TOR Raptors 7-14 The compacted season can’t go fast enough for the Raps, who can’t score without center Andre Bargnani. They need more depth.

27 (29)

 NO Hornets 4-16 Expectations were low after the CP3 deal, but no one expected them to be this bad. Thank injuries for their 1-13 tailspin.

26 (27)

NJ Nets 7-14 D-Will nearly got a triple-double on Sunday, but the Nets need to fix this: they’ve shot a lower % than their opponent in every game.

25 (18)

NY Knicks 7-13 As rough as things are without a true PG and clashing stars, I’d still have made the trade. They gave a way a lot, but … they got Melo.

24 (26)

 DET Pistons 4-17 Detroit is one of two teams not to have allowed a 30-point scorer. But, they haven’t scraped 100 points themselves. Need balance to win.

23 (22)

CLE Cavaliers 8-11 It’ll take a lot to put a damper on the exellence of Kyrie, but last week was an undeniable patience-tester after several tough losses.

22 (25)

SAC Kings 6-14 Home win over Indiana? Shocking the Spurs on the road? Adds up to a week off from the usual harping about the Kings’ need for a passer.

21 (20)

GS Warriors 6-12 For a guy with 15 games on his resume, Mark Jackson is well-acquainted with excruciating losses. His team’s average loss comes by four points.

20 (16)

BOS Celtics 9-10 The surprise isn’t that the reeling Celts are willing to blow up their aging roster. It’s the fact that their owners are so vocal about it.

19 (21)

 PHX Suns 7-12 This team may not have the offense to win right now, but they have the savviness. Two wins while scoring under 80 points is impressive.

18 (19)

Minnesota T’Wolves 9-11 This team is looking very good going forward, especially with the young talent they have (Williams, Rubio, Love, Beasley).

17 (24)

MIL Bucks 6-9 Brandon Jennings’ recent resurgence has led to a couple nice road wins, most prominently in South Beach, so expect the Bucks to hang around.

16 (14)

POR Trailblazers 12-8 I was prepared to give Portland a bye, but a loss to Detroit changed that. They need more production from the bench.

15 (5)

L.A. Lakers 12-9 The Lakers are still title contenders, believe me, but perhaps a mega-deal (involving Pau) could be in the future.

14 (12)

UTA Jazz 11-7 Utah has been remarkably good in 2012, with only two losses, but their lack of daily superstar talent has me doubting them.

13 (17)

HOU Rockets 12-8 With a softer schedule and center Sammy Dalembert producing, the Big 3 of Martin, Lowry, and Scola could lead this team far.

12 (11)

 DAL Mavericks 13-8 Even without Tyson Chandler, the Mavericks have a top three defense. As long as Dirk stays healthy, they will continue to rise.

11 (10)

L.A. Clippers 11-6 CP3, who beat the Heat and the Lakers, is now on the bench after pulling a hammy. In Lob City, however, they actually have depth with Mo.

10 (15)

MEM Grizzlies 10-9 Make that three straight losses for the Z-Bo-less Grizz, but 11 straight double-digit rebound performances from Marc Gasol.

9 (7)

ATL Hawks 15-6 The Hawks, on a tear even without Horford, showed signs of weakness by losing at Philly. Their response? Shred Cleveland by 27.

8 (8)

 ORL Magic 12-8 Ryan Anderson’s lights-out shooting, Hedo’s resurgence, and Dwight’s production as a 20-15 guy have the Magic in a good spot.

7 (6)

SA Spurs 12-9 Even with injuries ravaging the Spurs, they are 2-8 away from home. No wonder Pop has been openly calling them “soft”.

6 (13)

 IND Pacers 13-6 Indiana’s solid win over the Lakers and excellent showing at home have them as one of the top 4 Eastern teams.

5 (4)

PHI 76ers 14-6 After losing to Miami, the Sixers have responded with double-digit wins over CHA and DET as the schedule starts to heat up.

4 (9)

DEN Nuggets 14-6 30-12 since the Melo trade? Danilo Gallinari has been fantastic in a Nuggets uniform, and Ty Lawson’s 7 APG is a plus.

3 (1)

OKC Thunder 16-3 The Thunder have been the best team since the Melo trade, but a loss in D.C. to the listless Wizards is hard to overlook.

2 (3)

 MIA Heat 15-5 The home loss to a Milwaukee was embarrassing, but wins over the Lakers, Sixers, and the Bulls are nice.

1 (2)

CHI Bulls 17-5 Even after losing in South Beach yesterday, nobody can overlook how dominant the Bulls have been overall.


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Author:Curran Aiyer

Studying Finance, Business Analytics, and International Business at the Kelley School of Business, Indiana University with a minor in Spanish. Aspiring to change the world by driving education and the importance of staying informed. Looking to share my learnings and knowledge on behavioral economics and how that correlates with investing in yourself wisely. Originally from Philadelphia and trusting the process.

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