NBA POWER RANKINGS

NBA Basketball Power Rankings

NBA Power Rankings Week 23

Sam Amico, FOX Sports Ohio

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Posted April 02, 2013 04:43 PM EDT

Even with a defeat, the Heat are proving to be better than everyone else. But the Thunder, Spurs and Nuggets are sticking around as the regular season reaches an end.

Also: Check out the week's best performances.

+2

Utah Jazz

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Boston Celtics

FOX SPORTS NBA POWER RANKINGS

RK Team RECORD CHANGE HIGH/LOW COMMENTS
1

58-15 - 1/4
The streak has ended, but the their domination has not. If the Bulls taught us anything, it’s that you have to get physical with Miami to have a chance.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
2

54-20 1 1/12
Almost seems as Kevin Durant and the gang are coasting to playoffs. But the Thunder are good enough to beat most anyone, anyway.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
3

55-19 1 1/6
Losing Manu Ginobili for three to four weeks because of a hamstring injury stings. Are the Spurs starting to break down and slip up when it means most?
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
4

50-24 - 4/24
Move the ball with the greatest of ease, particularly on the break. Is it conducive to the postseason? We’re about to find out.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
5

50-24 1 1/10
Mike Conley is having a career year, and Tony Allen is better than ever as a defensive stopper. Read: Grizzlies might be most playoff-ready team in West.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
6

48-27 1 5/21
Losing Danny Granger for the season would normally be a big deal. But not when Paul George and several others are having seasons of a lifetime.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
7

49-26 2 1/9
Jamal Crawford is perhaps the league’s most dangerous weapon off the bench. But the Clippers need to start closing games again.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
8

46-26 - 2/12
The Knicks are playing as well as they did early in the season, using defense and ball movement to become a real Eastern threat. Proof that everyone contributing is better than All Carmelo Anthony, All The Time.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
9

42-32 1 4/21
They took a few lumps right after the All-Star break, but Stephen Curry and David Lee have put Warriors back on pace. They are well-rounded enough that they just might surprise their way to conference finals.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
10

42-31 1 5/17
Brooklyn seems to have everything in place but an ability to beat the best of the best. Deron Williams might have to defer less when playoff time gets here for Nets to get out of the first round.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
11

42-33 1 7/18
Larry Drew’s contract expires at season’s end, as is the one belonging to Josh Smith. The fact the Hawks are still fighting for a top-four seed in the East says a lot about both men.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
12

40-32 1 8/19
Their only hope at making something of the postseason is to play a rough-and-tumble brand of basketball. On the bright side, the Bulls have been doing that a lot more lately.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
13

41-33 2 6/26
Omer Asik is starting to add some offense to all those nasty picks he sets and rebounds he grabs. Couldn’t happen at a better time, either.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
14

39-36 2 13/23
The Jazz have spent an entire season getting contributions from Al Jefferson, Paul Millsap and a different face every night. It just might result in a desired playoff berth.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
15

38-36 - 3/21
Dwight Howard thinks they can win out and nab the final playoff spot. With just about every game at home, he might be right.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
16

36-37 1 4/22
Dirk Nowitzki and his supporters seem to have it all figured out. It’s just too bad for the Mavericks that the season didn’t start in February.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
17

38-36 3 4/18
Life without Kevin Garnett has made life without Rajon Rondo stink even more. But Celtics have the playoff know-how to make it hard to believe they’ll just be another first-round pushover.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
18

36-37 - 5/20
Brandon Jennings has been spectacular at times and fairly ordinary on others. Either way, questioning his coach on Twitter doesn’t make you think the Bucks are exactly unified.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
19

33-41 - 13/23
Without LaMarcus Aldridge (ankle) and a bench that can manufacture points, the Blazers are starting to finish with a whimper. But, man, they’re getting close to being really relevant again.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
20

27-46 1 20/30
Clearly, John Wall had no plans to tank for a higher draft pick, as he and the Wizards haven’t been better all year. The East had better keep an eye out for this gang next year.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
21

30-43 1 8/22
The Sixers surrendered Andre Iguodala, Moe Harkless and Nikola Vucevic for a guy (Andrew Bynum) who never took the floor. Could we expect anything different?
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22

27-46 1 9/23
Still playing hard through another lost season. That said, some changes (again) will be on the way. Hopefully for the Wolves, that means a healthy Kevin Love.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
23

27-47 1 20/29
Another lottery pick and a trade or two might be all the Raptors need this summer. And that time of year can’t get here fast enough.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
24

27-47 2 21/29
This is the month we find out where they’ll actually be playing home games next year. In about two months, we’ll find out who the coach will be.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
25

25-50 2 21/30
No one suspected a rookie like Andre Drummond to make such a big impact on how the Pistons fare. But it’s pretty clear they’re better when he’s healthy.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
26

26-48 2 13/29
Anthony Davis had a very nice second half of season. The Hornets have something besides a name change to get excited about moving forward.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
27

23-51 2 20/29
Can’t help but wonder who will actually be on this team next season. Or who will be coaching it.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
28

22-51 - 22/30
With a third straight last-place finish in the division, the Cavs’ plan of gradual progress is hard to see. Some major steps need to be made next season -- key injuries or not.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
29

19-56 - 21/30
They spent most of the first season after Dwight Howard looking like a really good D-League team. The promise is there. The results are not.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
30

17-57 - 17/30
Kemba Walker and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist are keepers. Other than that, though, the Bobcats can feel free to gut the team.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets

 

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