FOXSports.com NBA power rankings
Jan 29, 2013 at 8:44a ET
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1 Spurs 36-11 +2
We all knew it was just a matter of time before the Spurs reached this spot at least once. Actually, we probably just keep waiting for them to collapse -- but Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Gregg Popovich are as crafty as ever, folks.
2 Thunder 34-11 -1
Is it possible Kevin Martin is even better suited for Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook than James Harden? At the very least, it’s something to start thinking about.
3 Heat 28-13 +1
Another title run will prove NBA is shying away from traditional low-post play and all about having great wings. Because that’s the Heat: Soft in the middle with some great stuff around the edges.
4 Clippers 33-13 -2
OK, so Chris Paul probably needs to stay healthy. That’s what we already knew, and rediscovered recently, Either way, it’ll be interesting to see if the Clips are even better once Chauncey Billups returns.
5 Knicks 27-15 +2
For as much credit as Carmelo Anthony gets (and deserves), it’s Raymond Felton who makes their lethal pick-and-roll game go. Return of Iman Shumpert should shore up sometimes shaky perimeter D.
6 Grizzlies 29-15 -1
Perimeter shooting is their Achilles’ heel. How they address it going forward (via a Rudy Gay trade?) will determine if they’re a true contender.
7 Warriors 27-17 -1
Andrew Bogut is back (for now) and David Lee is an All-Star. Steph Curry should be one, too. If Curry uses his omission as motivation, watch out.
8 Bulls 27-17 +2
Figured out how to play without Derrick Rose. With him seemingly set to return, the rest of the East can start getting a little nervous.
9 Nuggets 28-18 +2
Won 19 of first 30 against West opponents. Guess who Nuggets will face in playoffs? And who ever thought Andre Iguodala might turn into best piece in trade that also involved Dwight Howard and Andrew Bynum?
10 Nets 27-18 -1
Offense is coming together since P.J. Carlesimo took over. But defense still has a ways to go before anyone considers the Nets a contender.
11 Pacers 26-19 -3
If Danny Granger isn’t traded, can he be convinced to come off bench when he returns? Paul George is, after all, the resident shot-taker and All-Star here now.
12 Bucks 23-19 +3
Like a lot of teams that experience a coaching change, the Bucks are playing together and well under Jim Boylan. The result has been more easy baskets, higher scoring and a real shot at becoming a darkhorse.
13 Hawks 25-19 -1
Are the Hawks really this solid, or are they having success because some East opponents are really struggling? We may not know the real answers about this team until after the trade deadline.
14 Rockets 25-22 +2
Seem to have reconnected with their fast-paced ways, and that’s when James Harden and the Rockets are at their best. Still, overall youth can be maddening.
15 Jazz 24-21 -2
What football coach Dennis Green once said about the Chicago Bears could just as easily apply to the Jazz: They are who we thought they were. But ball movement and shot selection are rarely in question, and that always gives the Jazz a chance.
16 Celtics 21-23 -2
Life without Rajon Rondo begins. It probably won’t be real pretty for aged team that was below .500 when he got hurt. Then again, they did beat the Heat.
17 Trail Blazers 22-22
Still too young to know what games you just can’t lose. Still time for Damian Lillard, LaMarcus Aldridge and the rest to get it figured out.
18 Lakers 19-25 +3
They’ve tempted us into believing they’re righting the ship too many times to put a bunch of stock in their win over Thunder. But at least they’re tempting us again.
19 Mavericks 19-25 -1
No team more deserves a bigger, fatter and solid “C” for the first-half body of work. Question is, will it even matter if Dirk Nowitzki gets back to being the Dirk Nowitzki we know and love?
20 76ers 18-26
They’ve been dealing with their own unfortunate injury to a key player (Andrew Bynum) all season. Now that it’s happened to their biggest rival (Rajon Rondo, Boston), Sixers can consider playoffs a real possibility.
21 Timberwolves 17-24 -2
They play hard and smart. There's something to be said for that. A lot more to be said for it, however, if Kevin Love is in uniform.
22 Pistons 17-27
Greg Monroe, Andre Drummond and Brandon Knight aren’t there yet. Most everyone else can get in the way. The Pistons are still focusing on the former, and that’s a good thing.
23 Kings 17-29
New ownership, management and location could make them an entirely different thing next season. In the meantime, all DeMarcus Cousins and the rest can do is audition for future role.
24 Hornets 15-29
When a nickname change to the Pelicans is creating most of the buzz, you know you’ve got a ways to go. But Eric Gordon and Anthony Davis should be able to play well under any moniker.
25 Raptors 16-29 +1
They supposedly want Rudy Gay. Or they might be willing to move Kyle Lowry to Boston. No matter how you spin it, stability resides elsewhere.
26 Cavaliers 13-32 +2
Kyrie Irving is a heck of a top option and responsible for Cavs’ sudden rise. Robbing Memphis of Marreese Speights and Wayne Ellington sure hasn’t hurt, either.
27 Suns 15-30 +2
With Lindsey Hunter on bench, things could suddenly shift to developing some of the guys who never got much of a chance. And, perhaps, trading for a few more in February.
28 Wizards 11-32 -1
Won 11 of first 43 games, and people still haven’t eliminated the Wiz from playoff race. Either the East really stinks or folks’ expectations for John Wall are at an all-time high.
29 Magic 14-30 -4
This roster got a chance and ultimately proved one thing: It’s time to start planning the rebuild and finding a new centerpiece.
30 Bobcats 11-33
Not as bad as they were last year. They won seven games last year. That’s hard to top. Complete lack of team defense might get the Bobcats somewhere close, though.