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2008-09 NBA Power Rankings (22 Nov 2008)

Posted on: November 22, 2008 3:02 pm

Here are my current NBA power rankings!
Note: The previous rank numbers are in the parenthesis after each team’s current record as of 21 Nov 2008.

1. Los Angeles Lakers, 10-1 (1): Remain in the first place with its best record despite its horrible embarrassment to the bragging “Bad Boys II” Detroit Pistons.  It was NO excuse for the Lakers to lose that game to the underdog Pistons at home.  Supposed to go up to 8-0 but fell to 7-1.  See you in Detroit on March 26, and the Lakers will win in revenge, pulling the season series at 1-1 period!  No exceptions!

2. Boston Celtics, 12-2 (6): Only two losses to the Indiana Pacers and Denver Nuggets.  The Pacers did the excellent job to hold the defending NBA champion to only 79 points, handing them its first loss.

3. Cleveland Cavaliers, 9-3 (11): LeBron James and Mo Williams are the Cavaliers’ best duo to help the team to exceed their expectations.  They are one of the biggest threats to upset the Celtics in the potential Eastern Conference Finals.  Yes, they are favored to clinch its Central title this season, and watch out of them!

4. Orlando Magic, 9-3 (10): The Magic embarrassingly started with a 0-2 hole after losing to the underdogs, Atlanta Hawks and lowly Memphis Grizzlies.  Surprisingly, they have won the 5 straight games.  Don’t get surprised that they have now edges over their No. 1 hateful rival, now-weaker Detroit Pistons, by at least 8 points!

5. Utah Jazz, 8-5 (5): The Jazz have played well despite having Deron Williams sidelined with a sprained ankle most of the times.  They continue with their road woes.  They have lost the last 19 games in San Antonio, dated back to February 1999.

6. Denver Nuggets, 8-5 (17): Wow, a great sky rocket from No. 17 to No. 6!  The Nuggets are 7-2 with Chauncey Billups since the blockbuster trade.  Huge advantage for the Nuggets with their true veteran leader!  Not to mention, it was Nuggets’ greatest win over the Celtics at Boston!

7. Portland Trail Blazers, 8-5 (12): A lot of improvement with the youth, including second-year veteran Greg Oden, who is technically a rookie after missing last season with a knee injury.

8. Phoenix Suns, 8-5 (8): The Suns impressively outplayed the newly Detroit Pistons featuring Allen Iverson, but they were outplayed and defeated by the Lakers at home.  Notably, Shaquille O’Neal finished with just one rebound versus the Utah Jazz, and it was his only second time in his NBA career.

9. Houston Rockets, 8-5 (4): They have played very good but a little disappointment that they did not meet my expectations.  They have lost to the two best teams, Celtics at home and Lakers on the road.  Also, not to mention, it shocked me that the Rockets lost a game to the injury-depleted Spurs by 2 points in San Antonio.

10. New Orleans Hornets, 6-5 (3): Unbelievable, the Hornets embarrassingly lost to the underdogs, Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte Bobcats and Sacramento Kings.

11. Detroit Pistons, 8-4 (2): My biggest disappointment about their stupid trade involving with the Nuggets but it was probably the best for the salary cap purposes only.  Sadly, the Pistons don’t have their good veteran leader anymore since Chauncey Billups was sent to Denver for Allen Iverson in exchange.  The A.I. and Co. team is 4-3 since the trade.  Honestly, I really wish that the Lakers should outplay and rout the weaker Pistons, like the Celtics had done to the Pistons twice!

12. Atlanta Hawks, 8-4 (19): Shockingly, the Hawks went with a 5-0 start before the Celtics handed them its first loss.  They have won the last two games after suffering with a four-game skid.

13. Toronto Raptors, 6-6 (14): Seemingly bad news for the Raptors, Jermaine O’Neal got re-injured in an overtime 129-127 loss to the New Jersey Nets at home last night.  Hopefully, he won’t be sidelined too long like he did with the Pacers last year.

14. San Antonio Spurs, 6-6 (7): The Spurs went with a 1-4 start for the first time in 12 years, a season before Tim Duncan entered the NBA.  Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili have been sidelined with the major injuries and won’t return until at least December.  Despite the injury-depletion, the Spurs rallied to reach 50% winning for the first time this season after beating the Utah Jazz last night.

15. Dallas Mavericks, 6-7 (9): The Mavericks finally won its first home game over the lowly Memphis Grizzlies after losing to the four playoff contenders (Rockets, Cavaliers, Lakers and Magic).  They have won the four straight games since the last loss to Orlando.

16. Miami Heat, 6-6 (16): Improving with very healthy Dwyane Wade and Sharon Marion, but still struggling.

17. Philadelphia 76ers, 6-6 (13): The 76ers embarrassingly lost to the lowly Minnesota Timberwolves on the road, but they rallied to win a 89-88 victory over Elton Brand’s former team, Los Angeles Clippers, at home last night.

18. New York Knicks, 6-6 (24): Big surprises with a lot of improvement under new coach Mike D’Antoni.  To clean up the salary caps, they made two deals yesterday: acquiring Al Harrington from Golden State for Jamal Crawford; sending Zach Randolph and Mardy Collins to the Clippers for Cuttino Mobley and Tim Thomas.

19. Indiana Pacers, 5-6 (25): Most impressive in a big surprise, the Pacers became the first team to beat the defending NBA champion Boston Celtics 95-79, handing them its first loss.  Excellent job, Pacers!

20. Chicago Bulls, 6-7 (20): Ben Gordon (20 ppg) and rookie Derrick Rose (18.8 ppg) lead the Bulls in scoring.

21. New Jersey Nets, 5-6 (27): Unbelievable, Vince Carter flushed the Raptors with his backward dunk to give the Nets an overtime 129-127 victory at the last second in Toronto.

22. Golden State Warriors, 5-7 (15): The Warriors are still struggling while Monta Ellis is sidelined with an ankle injury.

23. Milwaukee Bucks, 6-8 (22): The Bucks have played without Michael Redd in the last 10 games.  They are 4-6 without Redd.

24. Sacramento Kings, 5-9 (26): The Kings are 2-5 without Kevin Martin, who has been out with an ankle injury.

25. Charlotte Bobcats, 3-8 (30): The Bobcats embarrassingly defeated the two heavily favored teams, New Orleans Hornets and Utah Jazz.

26. Memphis Grizzlies, 4-8 (28): A big shock, the lowly Grizzlies defeated the heavily favored Orlando Magic with Rudy Gay’s 18-foot jumper at the last second.

27. Minnesota Timberwolves, 2-9 (23): After its first win over the Kings, the Timberwolves suffered with the 8-game skid before they finally beat the Philadelphia 76ers.  Last night, Kevin Garnett led the Boston Celtics with 17 points in his first appearance in Minnesota against his former team, Timberwolves.  At this time, the Celtics routed the Wolves 95-78, and the Wolves fell to 2-9.

28. Washington Wizards, 1-9 (18): It is so embarrassing to see this playoff contender that has started with a horrible 1-9 start.  They have played without their 2 key players, Gilbert Arenas and Brendan Haywood, due to the major injuries.

29. Los Angeles Clippers, 2-10 (21): Not surprise to me, and they are just a well-known losing team.  The Clippers acquired Zach Randolph and Mardy Collins from the New York Knicks for Cuttino Mobley and Tim Thomas.

30. Oklahoma City Thunder, 1-12 (30): The Thunder team sounds like an expansion team, although they actually moved from Seattle, where they spent 41 years as an NBA franchise, in the offseason.  Following a 105-80 loss to the New Orleans Hornets at home and falling to the NBA-worst 1-12 record, the Thunder fired head coach P.J. Carlesimo and named Scott Brooks interim coach.

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