NBA POWER RANKINGS

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NBA Power Rankings Week 1

Sam Amico

WEEK#    
Posted December 27, 2011 03:47 PM EST

The season is just a couple days old, but teams are already showing their true colors. Here's how it shakes out so far, plus the best performances of the week.

+11

New Orleans Pelicans

-6

Dallas Mavericks

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RK Team RECORD CHANGE HIGH/LOW COMMENTS
1

1-0 - 1/5
Served opening-day reminder that even though they basically only go three deep (LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh), Heat possess type of firepower to dominate you more than any team since the Showtime Lakers of the 1980s.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
2

2-0 1 1/4
Lots of youth, lots of balance, lots of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. Another year together could result in their best finish yet.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
3

1-0 6 3/21
Addition of Tyson Chandler to Amar'e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony gives Knicks best frontcourt in league. Now if they could only get Baron Davis (back) to heal quicker than expected.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
4

1-1 - 1/8
Opening win over Lakers shouldn’t be discounted just because of flatness in loss to Warriors the next night. With Derrick Rose leading way, Bulls will be threat to the end.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
5

1-0 2 1/11
Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili still won’t dazzle anyone -- but Spurs still have to be considered legitimate contenders. They have, after all, been there before.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
6

1-0 2 5/21
It only took Chris Paul and Blake Griffin one on-court hookup to make believers of NBA fans. And we haven’t even mentioned Chauncey Billups and Caron Butler yet.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
7

0-1 2 2/19
Took Knicks to last shot on opening day in New York without Paul Pierce. You could almost consider that a victory.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
8

0-2 6 2/15
Record looks bad, but re-made Mavs likely to be much like last year’s version, finishing considerably better than they start.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
9

0-2 3 1/15
Kobe Bryant and the gang obviously need time to adapt to new coach Mike Brown and his system. But another week or two of this and it’s time to panic.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
10

0-0 2 4/14
Same core that’s been impressing everyone with its athleticism for half a decade. Question is, have Hawks hit their ceiling?
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
11

1-1 - 5/16
Hard to see this team accomplishing anything until Dwight Howard situation is resolved. Still, enough talent here to stay afloat.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
12

1-0 2 5/24
Adding David West to team that already had Danny Granger and Roy Hibbert, and made playoffs, should result in immediate improvement.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
13

0-1 3 6/24
Replaced Shane Battier with Rudy Gay after postseason that built confidence. Read: Expectations clearly raised.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
14

1-0 1 5/21
LaMarcus Aldridge will keep them relevant all by himself. Could climb if he gets help from likes of Raymond Felton, Nicolas Batum and Jamal Crawford.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
15

1-0 4 5/19
George Karl is still around and keep team playing hard in first full season of the post-Carmelo Anthony era.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
16

1-0 11 16/29
Eric Gordon is no Chris Paul, but Gordon is pretty doggone good. Enough left over from Paul trade to keep things interesting.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
17

0-1 2 4/22
Got a taste of the playoffs and brought everyone back, making Sixers perhaps league’s most underrated up-and-comers.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
18

0-0 - 7/25
Crowded frontcourt includes Al Jefferson, Paul Millsap, Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter. Good problem to have.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
19

1-1 3 19/26
Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry best combo-guard duo in league. But is there enough up front to dream of playoffs?
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
20

0-1 4 13/24
May take awhile with several new faces, but Brandon Jennings, Andrew Bogut and Stephen Jackson give them plenty of firepower.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
21

0-1 - 10/25
Roster certainly not spectacular, but Luis Scola and Kevin Martin good starting points for new coach Kevin McHale.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
22

1-0 5 17/29
Deron Williams lifts teammates’ games to another level, but loss of Brook Lopez to injury for several weeks likely to hurt early.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
23

1-0 1 19/30
Tall lineup can make them a matchup nightmare, but still live and die by outside shot too often.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
24

0-1 4 12/24
Steve Nash and Grant Hill are two most consistent threats, and they’re like a combined 212 years old.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
25

1-0 4 23/29
Tons of potential, particularly when it comes to lighting up the scoreboard. But still very young and likely to be fickle because of it.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
26

1-0 4 23/30
Lineup is small and not overly athletic. Make up for it with determination surely to be demanded from Paul Silas.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
27

0-1 4 17/29
Would go undefeated and win national title if they were an NCAA team. Too ripe for anything beyond anticipation in NBA, though.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
28

0-1 2 16/28
Will have to exhibit patience as Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson develop, and Antawn Jamison tries to play dual role of scorer and teacher.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
29

0-1 4 22/29
Not overly talented and don’t seem overly motivated. New man in charge Lawrence Frank has a lot of work to do to change culture.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
30

0-1 2 18/30
Gifted and young, but still too hard to have faith in anyone besides John Wall. And he’s only in his second year.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets

 

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