NBA Power Rankings Week 7
1) Oklahoma City Thunder:
The NBA season is a long, tough road. There are winning streaks, losing streaks, and constant stretches of ups and down. Great teams find a way to consistantly win. So far in the 2012-2013 season, Oklahoma City looks like the team to beat. With 11 strait wins, The Thunder are the hottest team in the NBA. The next week will either solidify their seat in the top spot. Tonight they take on a very good Atlanta team, then a rematch with reigning NBA Champion Miami on Christmas day.
2) Los Angeles Clippers:
Seven weeks into the season, The Clippers are by far the best team in the City of Angels. They are also quickly becoming one of the favorites in The Western Conference. Just behind Oklahoma City, they are riding a ten game winning streak. Blake Griffin and Chris Paul are having all star seasons for The Clippers. Griffin is averaging 18 points and just under nine rebounds per game, while Paul leads the team with nine assists and 2.6 steals a night. The schedule has been kind to Los Angeles, but this team looks like a true contender.
3) New York Knicks:
Carmelo Anthony has missed the last two games for New York, and the team went down to Houston on Monday night, but The Knicks are the top team in the Eastern Conference. Melo looks like the leader we have been waiting to see since he entered the NBA. He is second in points per game, trailing only Kobe Bryant. The only real concern with New York is how the team will respond to the return of Amar’e Stoudemire.
4) Miami Heat:
The Heat have struggled a bit this season, but the defending NBA Champions will be just fine. The team has two losses to The Knicks, Memphis, The Clippers, Wizzards, and Golden State. Miami will find their footing, and are still the favorites to represent the Eastern Conference in the NBA Finals.
5) Atlanta Hawks:
The Falcons aren’t the only team in HotLanta, and the Hawks have made an early statement this season. Tonight, we find out if Atlanta’s opening week win over Oklahoma City was an early season apparition or a warning shot. The Hawks have the opportunity to get their second win over OKC, and would be a sign that they belong in the conversation.
6) Memphis Grizzlies:
After coming out blazing, the Grizzlies have cooled off in their past five games. After losing three strait to Atlanta, Phoenix, and Denver, they rebounded with by winning their last two. They hold a half game lead over San Antonio in the Southwest Division, and will need stronger play in the coming weeks if they want to remain in control.
7) San Antonio Spurs:
Long term, San Antonio will be just fine. Without Manu Ginobili in the line up for the past few games has been a disaster for the Spurs. The team has lost four of their last five games, and are sliding in the wrong direction.
8) Golden State Warriors:
David Lee and Stephen Curry have arrived, and have The Warriors in second place in the Pacific Division. The duo have led Golden State to wins over The Clippers, Hawks (twice), and Miami. Look out Western Conference, The new kids on the block are a team that will continue to get better.
9) Chicago Bulls:
Jokim Noah has already averaged a double double per night. Last night he explodes for a triple double against The Celtics. This team is in fourth place in the Eastern Conference, and Derek Rose is still not ready for a return. Imagine how good this Bulls team will be if he is fully healthy when he does step back on the floor in The United Center.
10) Utah Jazz:
This might be the best young lineup in the NBA. This is the one team that I will watch every time they are on tv, regardless of their opponent. Al Jefferson is one of the best Centers in the league, and Mo Williams has been a valuable floor general. This team has the potential of playing in the second or third round of the playoffs.