NBA POWER RANKINGS

NBA Basketball Power Rankings

NBA Power Rankings Week 5

Sam Amico

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Posted January 24, 2012 12:44 PM EST

Bulls, Thunder and Heat remain usual suspects at top, but here come the Hawks and Nuggets, too. Also, check out the best performances of the week.

+8

Denver Nuggets

-11

Los Angeles Lakers

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RK Team RECORD CHANGE HIGH/LOW COMMENTS
1

16-3 1 1/8
The Bulls are the deepest and most cohesive unit in the league. Just wait until Derrick Rose doesn’t have a sore foot anymore.
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2

14-3 1 1/4
Oklahoma City lives by the philosophy of getting stops, then getting out and running the break. With Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook leading the way, there's no reason to believe it will stop working any time soon.
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3

11-5 2 1/5
Miami still boasts the league’s most explosive trio in LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade (when healthy). But as we’ve seen in losses, taking care of ball can sometimes be an issue.
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4

13-5 7 4/14
It's difficult to see them getting very far if injured Al Horford can’t return for the playoffs -- but we can’t argue the fact that the fickle Hawks suddenly are soaring again.
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5

12-5 8 5/19
The Nuggets are proving team basketball doesn’t have to be a forgotten slice of American history. And they did a lot of that proving on the road.
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6

11-7 1 2/15
Just when they seemed to be getting it together, Dirk Nowitzki goes down. Time for the real Lamar Odom to please stand up.
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7

11-5 1 5/16
Dwight Howard’s refusal to commit is making less sense by the victory. Honestly. Could he really maneuver his way to a better situation?
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8

11-4 4 5/24
Danny Granger and David West are making life underneath a little easier for Roy Hibbert, who has been capitalizing. If it continues, no one will be thrilled to see them in the first round.
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9

12-5 1 4/22
The Sixers are the only team in league whose leading scorer (Lou Williams) comes off the bench. That alone says a lot about their depth and unselfishness.
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10

11-7 7 1/11
Overall age and the injury to Manu Ginobili are causing them to lose in ways they never have before (read: at home to teams like the Kings). But it's still too soon to kiss them goodbye for good.
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11

9-5 2 5/21
They're not setting league on fire yet, but with Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, considerably brighter days still seem ahead.
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12

10-5 2 7/25
Nothing fancy here, just finding ways to get it done. Makes you think Tyrone Corbin has to be in the running for Coach of the Year.
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13

10-6 2 6/24
The Grizzlies are suddenly surprising without Zach Randolph. Sort of like they did late last season without Rudy Gay.
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14

10-7 4 5/21
Portland might be No. 1 if there were no such thing as a road game. The bottom line is someone needs to help LaMarcus Aldridge on a consistent basis.
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15

10-8 11 1/15
The offense suddenly has become stagnant. That takes work when you have Kobe Bryant, Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol.
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16

10-7 1 10/25
Well, who woulda thunk it? Truth is, Kevin McHale has this band of no-names playing like a team and believing. The result is unexpected surges like this.
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17

7-9 2 2/19
Their biggest win of season (31 points vs. Magic) came without Ray Allen, Rajon Rondo and three key bench players. Take your time. We’ll give you at least another week to try to figure them out.
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18

6-10 4 13/24
Up one day, down the next. But at least the ups are becoming a little more believable.
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19

6-10 1 3/21
Carmelo Anthony, Amar’e Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler can’t really be on a team this bad, can they? It will be up to Baron Davis to save Mike D’Antoni’s job.
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20

7-10 - 17/29
Likely came close to .500 much sooner than many anticipated. Then youth and reality set in. Either way, the T-wolves are inching toward becoming a bona fide threat.
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21

6-9 5 16/28
Impressive early start tempered with pair of embarrassing losses. What's worse, it's starting to look like Kyrie Irving might have to try to do it on his own.
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22

6-10 1 12/24
The Suns still have Steve Nash and the forever-professional Grant Hill, which means they’ll still be able to steal one from time to time. That’s probably better than anyone thought.
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23

5-11 2 19/26
Mark Jackson is learning what Dick Vitale discovered decades ago: Talking about basketball on TV is much easier than trying to explain it to a bunch of really rich 20-somethings.
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24

6-12 2 23/29
Mixing up the rotation hasn’t meant instant success for Keith Smart, but at least they’re trying. When DeMarcus Cousins is on the team, that’s a big step.
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25

5-13 4 17/29
Good thing Deron Williams got the heck out of Utah. But in fairness, at least Nets are less laughable than several others when he’s healthy.
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26

4-13 2 19/30
It really says something about the state of league when the Raptors lose eight straight and still aren’t last. Regardless, there's no excuse for them being even this bad.
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27

4-14 2 22/29
Step one: Hang on to Brandon Knight. Step two: Gut the rest of the team.
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28

3-14 - 16/29
All indications are Eric Gordon wants to stay when his contract expires at season’s end. Yes, he’s a better man than you and me.
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29

3-14 2 23/30
The league should merge this franchise with New Orleans to create the Charlotte Hornets. Wait. We tried that already?
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30

2-15 - 18/30
They throw up bad shots, refuse to work the ball for better ones and are mostly lazy on D. And coach Flip Saunders was fired Tuesday. Other than that, it’s been one big party.
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