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NBA Power Rankings: Week 8

Jimmy Spencer

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Posted December 24, 2013 12:06 PM EST

Remember that feeling on Christmas morning as a kid, ripping through those gifts in the hopes of getting that one thing you truly wanted? Well, each NBA team has its own wish list this holiday season, and even the most spoiled teams have at least one thing they need under that tree.

‘Tis the season, so this week’s power rankings includes every team’s wish list

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+5

Washington Wizards

-4

Memphis Grizzlies

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RK Team RECORD CHANGE HIGH/LOW COMMENTS
1

0-0 1 1/6
Gift cards are sort of a cop-out when it comes to holiday giving, but Oklahoma City has everything it needs for this time of year. What the Thunder really need is for everything to stay in place come April. A healthy big three of Kevin Durant, Russell WesExpand Description
Gift cards are sort of a cop-out when it comes to holiday giving, but Oklahoma City has everything it needs for this time of year. What the Thunder really need is for everything to stay in place come April. A healthy big three of Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka, as well as a bench that’s clicking, means the Thunder are again capable of winning their first title.Collapse Description
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2

0-0 1 1/14
Can Santa Claus stop time and allow Portland fans to enjoy these moments on top? Actually, maybe they just want to fast-forward to the postseason and ride this wave when it really counts. Teams never want to peak in December, so Portland’s biggest wish isExpand Description
Can Santa Claus stop time and allow Portland fans to enjoy these moments on top? Actually, maybe they just want to fast-forward to the postseason and ride this wave when it really counts. Teams never want to peak in December, so Portland’s biggest wish is sustainability.Collapse Description
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3

0-0 2 1/6
Five golden rings. OK, save that for the 2015 Christmas list perhaps. The two-time defending champs are seeking that third consecutive ring ceremony, however. Right now, the Heat are rolling again and even beat those pesky Pacers.
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4

0-0 1 1/14
Danny Granger is in the final year of his contract, and there’s no point of regifting him at the trade deadline by taking on equal salary. Plus, he wants to stay and help push the Pacers to a championship. He could be the missing piece to avoid falling toExpand Description
Danny Granger is in the final year of his contract, and there’s no point of regifting him at the trade deadline by taking on equal salary. Plus, he wants to stay and help push the Pacers to a championship. He could be the missing piece to avoid falling to Miami for the third straight year. We know he can score, but he'll need to defend to be valuable to the Pacers.Collapse Description
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5

0-0 1 2/9
The Clippers will have everything they need when J.J. Redick returns and steps back into the starting shooting guard role. Los Angeles is starting to click without him though, as they’re a top-five scoring team and are actually holding opponents to an aveExpand Description
The Clippers will have everything they need when J.J. Redick returns and steps back into the starting shooting guard role. Los Angeles is starting to click without him though, as they’re a top-five scoring team and are actually holding opponents to an average under the century mark.Collapse Description
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6

0-0 2 1/7
Gregg Popovich may not seem like the cheerful type, but he’d gladly accept more of that age-defying cream, or whatever it is, that’s keeping Tim Duncan young. Duncan is averaging 17 points on 52.2 percent shooting and 12.2 rebounds in December. In games oExpand Description
Gregg Popovich may not seem like the cheerful type, but he’d gladly accept more of that age-defying cream, or whatever it is, that’s keeping Tim Duncan young. Duncan is averaging 17 points on 52.2 percent shooting and 12.2 rebounds in December. In games on zero days rest, he's shooting 61.7 percent, averaging 17.8 points and 9.4 rebounds.Collapse Description
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7

0-0 1 2/9
James Harden has dealt with some minor injuries, but he'll be fine. Dwight Howard has been good enough for all the offseason hype. But the biggest gift would be to find leverage in the Omer Asik standoff. At least saying he's off the market is a good firsExpand Description
James Harden has dealt with some minor injuries, but he'll be fine. Dwight Howard has been good enough for all the offseason hype. But the biggest gift would be to find leverage in the Omer Asik standoff. At least saying he's off the market is a good first step.Collapse Description
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8

0-0 1 7/29
The Suns are on pace to win 50 games this season, which would be double their wins last season and far more than people expected out of the team that was supposed to finish in the West’s cellar. This pace is a gift, but the real treasure would be keeping Expand Description
The Suns are on pace to win 50 games this season, which would be double their wins last season and far more than people expected out of the team that was supposed to finish in the West’s cellar. This pace is a gift, but the real treasure would be keeping it.Collapse Description
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9

0-0 3 9/22
The Hawks’ greatest gift has been the collapse of the East around them. No one expected Atlanta to coast into a top-three playoff spot this season, but as it stands now it looks like Atlanta should receive the gift of home-court advantage.
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10

0-0 1 3/12
Andre Iguodala is back, but what has really been absent during this recent stretch of bad basketball has been defensive desire. Golden State plays with urgency on a part-time basis. That’s not good enough for a team competing for a top spot out West. WhenExpand Description
Andre Iguodala is back, but what has really been absent during this recent stretch of bad basketball has been defensive desire. Golden State plays with urgency on a part-time basis. That’s not good enough for a team competing for a top spot out West. When the three-point shooting isn’t masking a lack of defensive effort, the Warriors look bad. Collapse Description
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11

0-0 1 7/20
Dallas needs more games against losing opponents. The Mavericks did knock off Portland two weeks ago, but since then have lost four of six. Dallas is just 4-8 against teams .500 and above this season.
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12

0-0 1 7/28
What happened to that home-court advantage in Denver? The Nuggets need that gift back. George Karl’s Nuggets went 30-3 last season at the Pepsi Center, while this year’s club has already lost five of its first 12 home games.
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13

0-0 2 7/19
If only Minnesota could unwrap a Ricky Rubio jumper. Rubio is shooting just 34.7 percent for nine points per game this season. In Sunday's loss to the Clippers, he was held scoreless. He's averaging seven assists in his 31.5 minutes and he's a fantastic oExpand Description
If only Minnesota could unwrap a Ricky Rubio jumper. Rubio is shooting just 34.7 percent for nine points per game this season. In Sunday's loss to the Clippers, he was held scoreless. He's averaging seven assists in his 31.5 minutes and he's a fantastic on-ball defender, but that isn’t superstar stuff.Collapse Description
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14

0-0 5 13/26
Every team enters the season with an ideal starting lineup. Injuries had derailed Washington from delivering that — until now. The greatest gift would be continued health, especially for the duo of John Wall and Bradley Beal.
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15

0-0 1 13/28
The Lakers have become synonymous with Christmas Day, but even David Stern may have left them off the schedule if he knew Kobe Bryant would be missing. The Lakers’ hope is that they can continue to play .500 ball, as they did before Bryant’s first return,Expand Description
The Lakers have become synonymous with Christmas Day, but even David Stern may have left them off the schedule if he knew Kobe Bryant would be missing. The Lakers’ hope is that they can continue to play .500 ball, as they did before Bryant’s first return, during this stretch of his most recent absence.Collapse Description
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16

0-0 3 13/28
The Pistons are a .500 club that will benefit from playing in the East. But they could be far better. Detroit needs outside shooting. The Pistons rank 29th in the league with 31.8 percent three-point shooting.
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17

0-0 1 12/24
Everyone expected New Orleans to make a quick turnaround this season. The offseason was a beauty, bringing in Jrue Holiday and Tyreke Evans, and Anthony Davis would be another year better. Like many teams though, the Pelicans need health if they’re going Expand Description
Everyone expected New Orleans to make a quick turnaround this season. The offseason was a beauty, bringing in Jrue Holiday and Tyreke Evans, and Anthony Davis would be another year better. Like many teams though, the Pelicans need health if they’re going to surpass last season’s 27 wins. The good news is they should be fully healthy before the All-Star break.Collapse Description
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18

0-0 1 16/29
A healthy, content Rajon Rondo will be enough to win the Atlantic Division. There’s plenty of hope for the future in Boston, but sometimes you’re given a gift early. The Celtics get to remain competitive while rebuilding at the same time. Merry Christmas,Expand Description
A healthy, content Rajon Rondo will be enough to win the Atlantic Division. There’s plenty of hope for the future in Boston, but sometimes you’re given a gift early. The Celtics get to remain competitive while rebuilding at the same time. Merry Christmas, Boston!Collapse Description
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19

0-0 4 14/27
The Bobcats already got a heap of new clothes following the newly unveiled Hornets logo. But who wants clothes? With an opportunity to make just their second postseason in franchise history, the Bobcats would love to add a shooting wing. Of course, that’sExpand Description
The Bobcats already got a heap of new clothes following the newly unveiled Hornets logo. But who wants clothes? With an opportunity to make just their second postseason in franchise history, the Bobcats would love to add a shooting wing. Of course, that’s a costly talent to acquire, as it's somewhere on most teams’ wish lists. Collapse Description
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20

0-0 - 16/27
LeBron James? OK, that’s been on the Christmas wish list consistently for the past few holidays. Since that gift is not coming, how about a taker for Dion Waiters? The second-year player has underperformed and now voices an “I want out” attitude. Talk aboExpand Description
LeBron James? OK, that’s been on the Christmas wish list consistently for the past few holidays. Since that gift is not coming, how about a taker for Dion Waiters? The second-year player has underperformed and now voices an “I want out” attitude. Talk about a nightmare before Christmas.Collapse Description
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21

0-0 5 9/27
Does every team get better after it trades Rudy Gay? The Raptors are 5-2 since moving Gay to Sacramento, including Sunday’s delivery of Oklahoma City’s first home loss. The Raptors’ wish list, signed by new GM Masai Ujiri, is an all-out roster revamp. No Expand Description
Does every team get better after it trades Rudy Gay? The Raptors are 5-2 since moving Gay to Sacramento, including Sunday’s delivery of Oklahoma City’s first home loss. The Raptors’ wish list, signed by new GM Masai Ujiri, is an all-out roster revamp. No one ever said winning the Atlantic couldn’t be a part of that, but so much for keeping Andrew Wiggins in Canada.Collapse Description
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22

0-0 4 5/22
It may be hard to hide a seven-foot box around the house or fit it under the tree, but the Grizzlies need their center Marc Gasol back. Since the Grizzlies' big man went down with a severely sprained MCL injury on Nov. 22, the Grizzlies have gone 4-9 withExpand Description
It may be hard to hide a seven-foot box around the house or fit it under the tree, but the Grizzlies need their center Marc Gasol back. Since the Grizzlies' big man went down with a severely sprained MCL injury on Nov. 22, the Grizzlies have gone 4-9 without him. He could return in a couple of weeks.Collapse Description
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23

0-0 1 18/29
An All-Star-caliber center is on every team’s wish list. Santa Cuz (DeMarcus Cousins) has been way more nice than naughty this season. New ownership hopes he continues to present himself with enhanced maturity and continues to dominate as he has.
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24

0-0 2 5/24
It’s not Dr. Claus, unfortunately. Derrick Rose’s latest injury has resulted in a Bulls spiral, and once again Chicago is removed from contention talk. The miracle here would be a healthy Rose, so talks of rebuilding could be wiped away, but maybe the gifExpand Description
It’s not Dr. Claus, unfortunately. Derrick Rose’s latest injury has resulted in a Bulls spiral, and once again Chicago is removed from contention talk. The miracle here would be a healthy Rose, so talks of rebuilding could be wiped away, but maybe the gift here is patience for Bulls fans (which is the equivalent of unwrapping socks).Collapse Description
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25

0-0 4 6/26
Mikhail Prokhorov has more money than Santa himself, yet NBA salary restrictions means even he has a wish list — and it's a long one. Circled on top of that list in big red letters is: "Redo." Unfortunately, it's too late to turn back on the payroll deciExpand Description
Mikhail Prokhorov has more money than Santa himself, yet NBA salary restrictions means even he has a wish list — and it's a long one. Circled on top of that list in big red letters is: "Redo." Unfortunately, it's too late to turn back on the payroll decisions that will engulf the Nets for the next couple of years.Collapse Description
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26

0-0 1 11/28
The Knicks don’t necessarily need a miracle to get back in the mix of the East, but they do need new leadership. Granted, New York’s talent isn’t overwhelming, and injuries have hurt, but whatever Mike Woodson is doing just isn’t working. A change is needExpand Description
The Knicks don’t necessarily need a miracle to get back in the mix of the East, but they do need new leadership. Granted, New York’s talent isn’t overwhelming, and injuries have hurt, but whatever Mike Woodson is doing just isn’t working. A change is needed.Collapse Description
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27

0-0 1 14/30
Michael Carter-Williams has been a gift early for a Philadelphia team on Santa’s tanking list, but his recent knee infection was a tad bit scary. His health and continued development as a star is the biggest need for the Sixers.
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28

0-0 3 20/29
Santa is all about magic, and if he could deliver some giving trade partners to swoop up guys like Jameer Nelson or Glen Davis for valuable picks in this year’s draft, well, that’d be quite magical.
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29

0-0 - 23/30
The Jazz need someone to run the show, whether it’s this year or into the future, and the hope is that Trey Burke could emerge as that guy. The overall No. 9 pick came with a competitive passion out of Michigan, and he’s averaging 14.3 points and 5.9 assiExpand Description
The Jazz need someone to run the show, whether it’s this year or into the future, and the hope is that Trey Burke could emerge as that guy. The overall No. 9 pick came with a competitive passion out of Michigan, and he’s averaging 14.3 points and 5.9 assists in December.Collapse Description
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30

0-0 - 24/30
The Bucks need more than what Santa can carry on that sleigh, so instead they’re asking for a gift certificate they can redeem in June for a No. 1 pick through the NBA draft lottery.
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