Power Rankings: Heat improve by doing nothing at deadline

by | The Sports Xchange/CBSSports.com
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Updated March 1

By now, you probably have read or heard about the winners and losers at the NBA trade deadline. Heck, you might even have initiated some of this banter.

The fact is: You haven't heard it all.

Bibby's short run with the Wizards looks to pay off with a contender. (Getty Images)  
Bibby's short run with the Wizards looks to pay off with a contender. (Getty Images)  
You see, every team's power ranking was impacted by the moves. Several teams moved up simply by sleeping through the whole thing.

Take the Warriors, for example.

The perennial lottery fast-track team had the 12th-best record in the Western Conference as the deadline approached. They needed something drastic to happen ... and it did.

Just not to them directly.

The Nuggets, Jazz and Rockets all took major steps backward before the deadline. All of a sudden, leap-frogging four teams to get into playoff position became a whole lot easier for Golden State.

Unfortunately for the Warriors (12th in the Western Conference standings before Tuesday's games), the Trail Blazers, Grizzlies and Suns all improved themselves with deadline moves. So while the Western playoffs appear to morphing into a nine-team scramble, Golden State looks like a solid No. 9.

And, of course, there's the Heat.

Rumor has it Miami tried to do something, but it had basically nothing to offer, so nobody returned the calls.

No matter. The presence of LeBron James and Dwyane Wade made the Heat the logical No. 1 destination of buyout players, so Miami would be getting these guys for nothing in return.

Lo and behold, here apparently comes Mike Bibby. And just like that, Miami truly rates as one of the big winners at the trade deadline without doing a thing.

Since it will take a while for all the transplanted players to settle into new situations, I'm throwing out all the post-All-Star Game results to this point and adjusting this week's CBSSports.com NBA Power Rankings solely on the ramifications of the trade-deadline moves leaguewide.

RANK TEAM MOVE (LW)
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