NBA Power Rankings – Week 20

NBA Power Rankings – Week 20

Houston Rockets

RankTeam(Record)+/- Pt DifferentialPrevious Ranking

1 – Houston Rockets (46-20) +5.5 last week rank: 4
Week results: 4-0

2 – Boston Celtics (52-13) +10.4 last week rank: 1
Week results: 3-1

3 – Detroit Pistons (48-18) +7.7 last week rank: 5
Week results: 2-1

4 – Utah Jazz (44-24) +6.0 last week rank: 6
Week results: 2-2

5 – New Orleans Hornets (44-21) +5.0 last week rank: 7
Week results: 2-1

6 – Dallas Mavericks (44-23) +5.0 last week rank: 9
Week results: 4-0

7 – LA Lakers (45-21) +7.0 last week rank: 2
Week results: 1-2

8 – Golden State Warriors (41-24) +3.1 last week rank: 8
Week results: 2-1

9 – Phoenix Suns (44-22) +4.8 last week rank: 10
Week results: 3-0

10 – San Antonio Spurs (44-22) +4.2 last week rank: 3
Week results: 1-3

11 – Denver Nuggets (40-26) +3.9 last week rank: 11
Week results: 3-1

12 – Orlando Magic (44-24) +4.8 last week rank: 13
Week results: 4-0

13 – Philadelphia 76ers (33-34) +0.8 last week rank: 14
Week results: 3-1

14 – Washington Wizards (33-32) –0.1 last week rank: 17
Week results: 3-0

15 – Portland Trailblazers (35-32) –0.7 last week rank: 15
Week results: 2-2

16 – Cleveland Cavaliers (38-29) –0.3 last week rank: 12
Week results: 2-2

17 – Sacramento Kings (30-36) –2.5 last week rank: 18
Week results: 2-1

18 – Toronto Raptors (34-32) +2.9 last week rank: 16
Week results: 0-4

19 – New Jersey Nets (28-38) –5.1 last week rank: 22
Week results: 2-1

20 – Chicago Bulls (26-39) –2.5 last week rank: 20
Week results: 1-1

21 – Atlanta Hawks (28-38) –2.4 last week rank: 21
Week results: 2-2

22 – Indiana Pacers (25-41) –2.4 last week rank: 23
Week results: 1-2

23 – Charlotte Bobcats (24-42) –5.0 last week rank: 19
Week results: 0-3

24 – Milwaukee Bucks (23-43) –6.7 last week rank: 24
Week results: 0-3

25 – LA Clippers (21-44) –6.3 last week rank: 25
Week results: 1-3

26 – Minnesota Timberwolves (15-50) –7.2 last week rank: 26
Week results: 1-2

27 – New York Knicks (19-47) –6.6 last week rank: 27
Week results: 1-2

28 – Seattle Supersonics (16-51) –8.7 last week rank: 28
Week results: 0-4

29 – Memphis Grizzlies (15-50) –6.9 last week rank: 29
Week results: 0-3

30 – Miami Heat (11-54) –7.9 last week rank: 30
Week results: 0-4

NBA Awards (*so far)

Here is a look at my top ten candidates for NBA awards as of today (March 16):

Most Valuable Player:

Kobe

1. Kobe Bryant
2. Lebron James
3. Kevin Garnett
4. Chris Paul
5. Tracy McGrady
6. Dwight Howard
7. Tim Duncan
8. Steve Nash
9. Dirk Nowitzki
10. Chauncey Billups

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Rookie of the Year:

Kevin Durant

1. Kevin Durant
2. Luis Scola
3. Al Horford
4. Jamario Moon
5. Carl Landry
6. Al Thornton
7. Thaddeus Young
8. Juan Carlos Navarro
9. Joakim Noah
10. Mike Conley

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Most Improved Player:

Andrew Bynum

1. Andrew Bynum
2. Rajon Rondo
3. Rudy Gay
4. Travis Outlaw
5. Jose Calderon
6. Hedo Turkoglu
7. Ronnie Brewer
8. John Salmons
9. Jordan Farmar
10. Kendrick Perkins

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Coach of the Year

Rick Adelman

1. Rick Adelman
2. Byron Scott
3. Doc Rivers
4. Maurice Cheeks
5. Phil Jackson
6. Don Nelson
7. Jerry Sloan
8. Flip Saunders
9. Nate McMillan
10. Eddie Jordan

NBA Star/Goat of the Week (Week 19) – Tracy McGrady & Mark Cuban

NBA Star of the Week – Tracy McGrady

Tracy McGrady

McGrady and the Rockets can do no wrong

Tracy McGrady – Even the injury to Yao Ming cannot slow the Rockets down.  McGrady has carried the Rockets since Yao’s injury and their win streak is now at 18.  In three wins last week, McGrady averaged 32.3 pts, 7.7 ast, 5.0 reb while shooting 56% from the field.

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NBA Goat of the Week – Mark Cuban

Mark Cuban

Cubes is now anti-blogger?

Mark Cuban – According to the Dallas News, Mark Cuban has banned all bloggers from the Mavs locker room. Apparently, bloggers wrote things that Cuban doesn’t approve of so they lost their access.  Of all people to pull this… what a hypocrite!

NBA Power Rankings – Week 19

NBA Power Rankings – Week 19

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RankTeam(Record)+/- Pt DifferentialPrevious Ranking

1 – Boston Celtics (49-12) +10.3 last week rank: 2
Week results: 3-0

2 – LA Lakers (44-19) +7.5 last week rank: 3
Week results: 2-1

3 – San Antonio Spurs (43-19) +5.0 last week rank: 1
Week results: 2-2

4 – Houston Rockets (42-20) +5.0 last week rank: 5
Week results: 3-0

5 – Detroit Pistons (46-17) +7.6 last week rank: 4
Week results: 3-1

6 – Utah Jazz (42-22) +6.3 last week rank: 7
Week results: 4-0

7 – New Orleans Hornets (42-20) +5.0 last week rank: 9
Week results: 3-1

8 – Golden State Warriors (39-23) +3.2 last week rank: 8
Week results: 3-1

9 – Dallas Mavericks (40-23) +3.8 last week rank: 6
Week results: 2-2

10 – Phoenix Suns (41-22) +4.2 last week rank: 12
Week results: 2-2

11 – Denver Nuggets (37-25) +2.5 last week rank: 13
Week results: 2-2

12 – Cleveland Cavaliers (36-27) –0.4 last week rank: 10
Week results: 2-1

13 – Orlando Magic (40-24) +4.3 last week rank: 11
Week results: 2-1

14 – Philadelphia 76ers (30-33) +0.9 last week rank: 14
Week results: 3-0

15 – Portland Trailblazers (33-30) –0.7 last week rank: 16
Week results: 2-1

16 – Toronto Raptors (34-28) +4.0 last week rank: 15
Week results: 2-2

17 – Washington Wizards (30-32) –0.4 last week rank: 17
Week results: 1-2

18 – Sacramento Kings (28-35) –2.4 last week rank: 18
Week results: 1-3

19 – Charlotte Bobcats (24-39) –4.6 last week rank: 24
Week results: 4-0

20 – Chicago Bulls (25-38) –2.7 last week rank: 22
Week results: 2-2

21 – Atlanta Hawks (26-36) –2.8 last week rank: 20
Week results: 1-3

22 – New Jersey Nets (26-37) –5.2 last week rank: 19
Week results: 0-4

23 – Indiana Pacers (24-39) –2.5 last week rank: 21
Week results: 0-3

24 – Milwaukee Bucks (23-40) –6.5 last week rank: 23
Week results: 1-2

25 – LA Clippers (20-41) –5.8 last week rank: 25
Week results: 1-3

26 – Minnesota Timberwolves (14-48) –7.4 last week rank: 29
Week results: 2-2

27 – New York Knicks (18-45) –6.3 last week rank: 26
Week results: 0-4

28 – Seattle Supersonics (16-47) –7.7 last week rank: 27
Week results: 0-4

29 – Memphis Grizzlies (14-45) –6.5 last week rank: 30
Week results: 1-2

30 – Miami Heat (11-50) –7.8 last week rank: 28
Week results: 0-4

Two Teams No One is Talking About

Caron Butler, Gilbert Arenas & Antawn Jamison

The consensus around here (Boston) and most of the country is that no one wants to play Cleveland come playoff time. After what Lebron did last year to the Pistons, I can sort of see that point. Even with Lebron playing out of his mind, I don’t see Cleveland as that scary of a team for either Boston or Detroit. The Cavs are 10-9 since Jan. 25 including losses to Seattle, Milwaukee and Chicago. it doesn’t seem like the trades have made the Cavs any better. They are a slightly above average team before and they are a slightly above average team now. Sure, they have the most unstoppable player in the game, but not much else.

Meanwhile, the Orlando Magic are 13-5 since the end of January and 4.5 games ahead of the Cavs. They have been the better team than Cleveland this season and are playing much better basketball right now. Lebron might be the best player in the NBA, but Dwight Howard ain’t that bad either. And he has a lot more help. In a matchup of the Cavs and Magic, Orlando would have 3 of the top 4 players.

And the team that absolutely no one is talking about is the Washington Wizards. Its amazing that the Wizards have maintained a near .500 record this season with the injuries that they have had – especially after their 0-5 start. If both Arenas and Butler come back at 100% (or close to 100%), the Wizards could be a very tough matchup for anyone come playoff time. And, yes, I realize that this is a very big “if”. But the Wizards were rolling along last year until injuries to the same two guys virtually ended their chances. The good news for Wizards fans is that the players surrounding the big 3 of Arenas, Jamison and Butler have drastically improved this season.

So while the Cavs get all the hype, its the Magic and (possibly) the Wizards that I see as the biggest upset threats to the two top teams in the East.

So be careful what you wish for Celtics and Pistons fans…

Ten Things I’m Sick of…

Charles Barkley and Dwyane Wade

Dwyane Wade finally got in Chuck’s “Fave 5″… Yesssss!!

  1. David Lee – I know he’s white. I know he plays in New York. I know everyone else on the Knicks sucks. But enough already Knick fans, he’s not the next “Great White Hope”. He’s not untradeable. He’s just flat out not that good. So just stop telling me how great David Lee is. He’s a decent role player, nothing more. I’m sorry that he is the only bright spot in New York (actually, I’m not).
  2. Hubie Brown – Hubie jumped the shark years ago when he traded his perm-fro for the Caesar dew. Nowadays, I can barely watch a game that Hubie is broadcasting. Even worse than his talking in different persons and tenses is his 100% agreement with the referees on every call. Maybe I’m just used to Tommy Heinsohn, but don’t insult my intelligence by defending clearly awful calls with bullshit explanations and then telling me it was an “easy call”. Why is Hubie Brown still around… where is Bill Walton these days? At least give me Tom Tolbert.
  3. Dwyane Wade getting in Charles Barkley’s “Fave 5” – Enough already! Its not even a bad advertising campaign, but stop beating me over the head with this. I can’t even get T-Mobile service in my area and I live right outside Boston. D-Wade should just concentrate on helping the Heat reach the 15 win mark.
  4. Lebron talking about being a Global Icon – Dude, just play basketball. Why don’t you win a championship first, then worry about being the first billionaire athlete. I don’t need to see you hosting the ESPYs (actually I didn’t) or talking to Jay-Z during games. Just play basketball, appear in basketball commercials and maybe host SNL if you really feel the need to force your non-basketball life on the public.
  5. Carmelo Anthony not playing defense – ‘Melo just makes no effort at all on defense and if there is a worse defensive player in the league than Carmelo, I haven’t seen him. The Nuggets could be so good… but not until Anthony either starts giving much more effort or learns how to defend.
  6. Jose Calderon – Sure, he has low turnovers and he did an unexpectedly great job filling in for TJ Ford, but Calderon is not an MVP candidate. I actually saw seemingly legitimate sources put Calderon on the All-Star team over Paul Pierce! His adjusted +/- is +0.3. Calderon is not a difference maker.
  7. PER (Player Efficiency Rating) – With all apologies to John Hollinger, this is just a garbage statistic that means very little. Current players in the top 50 include: Carl Landry, Leon Powe and Amir Johnson. Adjusted plus/minus is a much better indicator of player performance. For those truly interested in basketball stats, steer clear of PER and check out the stats on these sites: 82Games and BasketballValue.
  8. Joakim Noah – I just hate you, Joakim. Please go away.
  9. Manu Ginobili flopping – Ginobili is having a outstanding year, playing at a near-MVP level. But the non-stop flopping and flailing makes it very difficult to like this guy. He must have grown up watching the diving Argentina national futbol team (aka the Argencheaters), but this is the US and fans here don’t appreciate it.
  10. Terrible teams on nationally televised games – The NBA has an inflexible schedule they make before the season that they won’t change no matter what. For this reason, we have been subjected to the Miami Heat over and over again this season. Plus, we have six more national Heat games to go… they’re on pace to be the first NBA team ever to have a greater number of games on national TV than total wins for the season. On the plus side, the country gets to watch the 24-36 Bulls play three times over the next four nights. Sweet!

NBA Star/Goat of the Week – Week 18

NBA Star of the Week – Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant

Kobe might finally be happy with the Lakers

Kobe Bryant – Kobe is making a serious case for MVP. This week’s numbers… 34 pts, 7 reb, 6 ast, 2 stl and 1 blk while shooting 50% from the field and 82% from the line. Highlights of the week include 52 points in a big win against Dallas and this.

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NBA Goat of the Week – David Stern

David Stern

Stern has let all Sonics fans down

David Stern – It looks certain now that the Sonics will be leaving Seattle and there’s only one person who can truly be to blame… NBA Commissioner David Stern. The Sonics have been in Seattle for 40 years, have an excellent fan base and Seattle is a major market. The bottom line is that the NBA should not be leaving a market like Seattle to go to Oklahoma City, no matter what kind of arena they promise to build. Stern could’ve and should’ve done better. Long time Seattle fans are devastated.