Lakers Nation NBA Power Rankings: Week 12 Reviewed by Momizat on . The Contenders 1. Indiana Pacers (32-7) – The Pacers have won four straight and eight of their last ten games. After a considerably significant slump, Paul Geor The Contenders 1. Indiana Pacers (32-7) – The Pacers have won four straight and eight of their last ten games. After a considerably significant slump, Paul Geor Rating: 0
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The Contenders

1. Indiana Pacers (32-7) – The Pacers have won four straight and eight of their last ten games. After a considerably significant slump, Paul George has surfaced back to playing at an MVP level. He’s heating up.

2. Oklahoma City Thunder (31-10) – The Thunder got some big wins this week against the Rockets and Warriors as a result how great Kevin Durant is. The superstar raved NBA fans this week after scoring a career high of 54 points against the Warriors.

3. San Antonio Spurs (32-9) – This franchise is the model of consistency in the NBA. They are well-coached and execute at a high level. They currently have the second best record in the NBA and have yet to peak.

4. Miami Heat (29-11) – The defending champs continue to hover around the best record in the league. Despite resting multiple guys, they are going to continue to be one of those teams that can rely on their experience to win ball games.

5. Portland Trail Blazers (32-9) – The Blazers are a half-game out from the number one overall seed out West after defeating the Spurs this week. They have been playing consistent basketball, and we can officially call them a legit contender in the West.

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6. Los Angeles Clippers (28-14) – The Clippers went to Madison Square Garden and got a pretty impressive win against the Knicks without Chris Paul. It seems as if they’ll be able to hold down the fort without their best player.

7. Houston Rockets (27-15) – Houston dropped a bomb this week when they gave up a game they should have won against Oklahoma City. However they found a way to bounce back and finished the week strong.

8. Golden State Warriors (26-16) – The Warriors have cooled off after being one of the hottest team in basketball. After looking elite for a small time frame, they have regressed back to their standard form.

Middle Of The Pack

9. Dallas Mavericks (24-18) – Dallas is heating up and looking to make that next leap as we get toward the All-Star break.

10. Phoenix Suns (23-17) – Many thought that this team would be at the center of the tank sweepstakes, but new head coach Jeff Hornacek has this young team playing excellent basketball. They might be a playoff team out West.

11.  Memphis Grizzlies (20-19) - The Grizzlies have turned their season around just in time for the return of Marc Gasol. They went 4-0 last week and are looking to continue climbing the standings out West.

12. Toronto Raptors (20-19) – Ever since the Rudy Gay trade, the Raptors have been playing some excellent basketball. They have won six of 10 and are looking like a playoff team out East.

13. Atlanta Hawks (20-19) – The Hawks have quietly put together a solid season thus far. The Milsap-Horford connection has been very effective and they’re winning more ball games than many expected.

14. Denver Nuggets (20-20) – This team is finally starting to play some very good basketball. They’ve won five games in a row now, and have found out how to thrive in Brian Shaw’s system.

15.  Washington Wizards (19-20) – John Wall has elevated his game to another level this season. As a result, the Wizards are currently a playoff team and are fighting for that number three seed in the Eastern Conference.

16. Chicago Bulls (19-20) – This team is starting to get themselves back into playoff form. They’ve won seven of their last 10 games, and continue to show their resilience each night they play.

17. Minnesota Timberwolves (19-21) – The Timberwolves have been a very disappointing ball club due to their inability to win close ball games. As a result, they see themselves under the .500 mark.

Pretty Bad

18. Brooklyn (16-22) – The Nets have finally turned the corner after winning seven of their last 10 games. They gotten themselves back into the Eastern Conference playoff picture, and are playing well under Jason Kidd after remaining patient in adopting his philosophies.

19. Detroit Pistons (16-22) – The Pistons can never put together a consistent stretch of good basketball. Because of that, they’ll continue to hover around as one of the worst teams in the league. They still can make the playoffs in the subpar East, but they would eliminated in the first round.

20. Los Angeles Lakers (16-25) – The Lakers have won two games in a row and have used their loss in Phoenix as a means of motivation. This team could potentially be experiencing a turing point in their season on this Grammy trip.

21. Charlotte Bobcats (17-25) - The Bobcats are playing better basketball than what we are accustomed to seeing, but they are still pretty bad team nonetheless.

22. Cleveland Cavaliers (15-25) – As of now, they are playing .500 level basketball, and could be making a playoff appearance if they keep this pace up.

23. New York Knicks (15-25) – The Knicks have now lost three games in a row after posting a four game winning streak. There still is potential for this team to fully turn things around, but time is running out as we inch toward the All-Star break.

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24. New Orleans Pelicans (15-24) – The Pelicans have had some unfortunate injuries throughout this season. They currently hold the longest losing streak in the NBA at eight games. Tough times for the young guys.

25. Sacramento Kings (14-25) – Sacramento has been playing .500 level basketball over their last 10 games. They aren’t a good team but they are starting to find chemistry with their young pieces.

26. Boston Celtics (14-28) – The Celtics got Rajon Rondo back this week and that seemed to provide an emotional lift for the fans and players in this franchise. However, that has yet to translate to wins, as they are currently 0-2 with Rondo in the starting lineup.

27. Utah Jazz (14-28) – Utah has quietly been playing .500 basketball over their last 10 games. However, they find themselves in the “tank” discussion because there is nothing better for this franchise to do. Their young guys are continuing to get better though.

28. Philadelphia 76ers (13-27) – The 76ers are clearly one of the few teams that understands that their franchise is in rebuild mode. They’ll be counting on a quality draft pick coming their way.

29. Orlando Magic (11-30) – This week they competed very hard and found a way to get a their first victory in their last 10 games. Aaron Afflalo’s return should help them out moving forward.

30. Milwaukee Bucks (7-33) – No one tanks harder than the Bucks. Period.
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  • LakersHeatBeef

    OKC is the best team in the West right now.Durant is playing like MR. MVP!

    • kobe24

      Okay is by no means the best in the west (at least not till Westbrook is back) KD is playing really well right now but all the shooting and playing time could result into an injury.

      I rate them 2nd after the Spurs right now

      • LakersHeatBeef

        Ok i disagree strongly with you.

      • Daryl Peek

        Injury? No disrespect man but why are so many people hung up on potential injury? This coddling mess is for the birds!

        The Spurs are horrible against the elite this season. Portland will not keep this up IMO. The Clippers are better than we thought. Jordan has become a monster! Griffin now has a faairly consistent jumper. They are doing it without CP3 right now.

        OKC is by far the best team right now. Jeremy Lamb is benefiting big time from Westbrook being out and so is Reggie Jackson. KD does not like his role but the time he didn’t have with Russell last year prepared him for this. He” be fine.

        • kobe24

          Agreed in some of your aspect regarding other team. Clippers are sadly looking great and Portland will not last.

          But look at the Spurs, I can’t disagree that Spurs have lost against the elite (8 of their nine losses were from top teams) but Spurs never really care about regular season. Pop likes to rest Parker,Duncan so that they can be ready for play offs.

          On the other hand, I don’t get what you mean by potential injury. Westbrook has an injury right now nothing to argue there. And like I said, moment Westbrook comes back (assuming hes healthy) then OKC #1

          • Daryl Peek

            OKC is #1 right now as I see them. Pop does rest players but he still has them competing in the regular season. They have the Label regular season champs since 07 for that very reason. They played us as the second team of a 5 game stretch in 8 days where they had Portland as the second of a back to back after the game against us. Pop didn’t rest anyone.

            The injury thing is about you saying “KD is playing really well right now but all the shooting and playing time could result into an injury.” Can’t coddle a player worrying about potential injury.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Yes the Power Ranking is a good proving ground for all teams.

  • Marty Susman


    I am not a NBA front office expert, all I know is how things are & how things should be so here goes.

    A. New coach should be Byron Scott with D. Fish as his asst. (They will attract greater players who will want to play for them.

    B. Young, Hill, Marshall, Johnson, Kelly all need to be trained/taught by special asst. Larry Brown to work with them the rest of the year until, the beginning of the next season.

    C. Steve Nash needs to be signed to do nothing but train Kendall Marshall as the new future point hero & Nash can make him into a top 5 point in the NBA.

    D. Pau Gasol needs to be packaged with Johnson & get a sign n trade deal for Love. (Make it happen Mitch)

    E. Dion Waiters needs to be in purple & gold, make this work Mitch, maybe Meeks for Waiters.

    F. Blake & a 2nd round pick for Harrison Barnes who sits on the bench for Golden State & would start at the Lakers.

    G. Draft Joel Embiid. A trade with Philly for their draft pick ??

    • Mitch

      I agree with you 100% put it this way the difference between the number 1 pick and number 12 pick is huge in a draft like this.LeBron was selected number one and Wade number 5 in 2003 now they are winning championships together well picked number 9 and 10 in 2003 were Michael Sweetney and Jarvis Hayes yes that is a major difference between the top 5 and picks 9-13.

      Lakers are in the major danger zone of the 2014 Draft Lottery tanking positioning.It’s the difference between Hakeem Olajuwon and Jon Koncak or Joe Kleine.

      I would venture to guess the teams drafting Jon and Kleine would have wished the had drafted Hakeem instead.

      Also the difference this year between picks 1 and 12 is Joel Embiid over junk boy Willie Cauly-Stein big differnce night and day difference.Embiid>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Willie.Lakers must tank and hope for the top 3 pick to in their hand it will save them from doom and gloom.

      • Marty Susman

        I agree, the Lakers NEED TO TANK…

        • kobe24

          They ain’t tanking when they just aren’t good enough sheesh people don’t understand tanking vs lack of talent.

          Also, lets not forget uh…13th pick KOBE BRYANT arguably 2nd greatest player of all time? 15th pick STEVE NASH (although hes bad now) one of the best PG of all time???

          Just cause you get top 5 and not top 10 doesn’t mean the player can’t be a franchise player

    • Daryl Peek

      Tanking; no, no, no, no, and no…. #YourWelcome

      • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

        Daryl… I know who these tanking group are. They are the consummate DOTA gamers… when they are losing, they will just click the restart mission button, that’s all there is.

  • Marty Susman

    WE NEED TO BE HONEST, the Lakers are hurting their chances of a top three pick by winning. They should NOT win any more games this season… This is crazy with a dozen teams already in the “tank” mode they need to do the same. There is ZERO resin for them to win any more games this year !!!!! There is ZERO resin for Kobe to come back this year, he NEEDS to take it easy & practice nothing but 3 point shooting.

    • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

      Do you understand what”to compete” means… or perhaps not. Fans like you are giving the sports a bad reputation. This is sports not some kind of fantasy “Alice in wonderland” park.

      • Marty Susman

        Richard, are you kidding me, if they win even 10 more games they are out of the picture for a top three pick, get real…

        • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

          so? What is the guarantee that these top picks are going to be as good Kobe?.. Kobe was taken… 16th in the draft… last time I looked… and teams who have been picking 1st in the last ten years hasn’t been winning rings… so, what is your point of tanking?

        • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

          Tanking breeds a culture of losing…. and I guess that is who you are if you go that way… not, tell me one team who has built a chmapionship team b y the draft… and please tell me how long it took them to win a ring.

        • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

          GET REAL! Do not live in your little fantasy basketball. Chmapionships are honed in the court not in fantasy basketball.

  • Daryl Peek

    These young Superstars in the NBA have got to start participating in the dunk contest and three point shooting challenge. Doc, MJ, Nique, ETC… all helped boost the popularity of the NBA in the mid 80′s with their participation in the All-star weekend festivities. There was an upper level of superstar distinction payed homage to when the best of the best showed up and the fans ate it up like an Ali Frazier fight!

    Imagine how off the chain it would be if LeBron and George squared off? And you could have the big men in there too… Javale McGee, D12, DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin. NBA All-star weekend would be EPIC! Fans are being cheated by all this too cool for school borderline coy indifference to the weekend that’s all about them via fan appreciation given they are the ones voting them in the games.

    One of the things I hold against Kobe is not defending his dunk contest title. That and not challenging Vince Carter or LeBron. Again, imagine a Kobe VC dunk contest battle? Most would all agree VC would win but how cool would it be to actually have video footage of the battle?

    Rivalries are what drive ticket sales in the NBA. We’ve lost out on a few generations of sport trash talk memories due to non participation. Kobe VS. VC. Kobe, VC, LeBron and McGrady in the contest…. from 84-89 this is what we saw as the best of the best actually had no fear of damaging their brand by losing in a one on one contest. We don’t get a chance to see these guys battle each other heads up often. Even when the perspective teams they play on play each other they rarely check each other due to the need to be all they can be offensively. MJ relished the chance to check Magic or Bird. Kobe always wanted to be in MJ’s grill when the Lakers played the Bulls. The spirit of competing is dampened due to this brand building protectionism. The thing they don’t realize is how much mano e mano would increase the global popularity of their brands. LeBron VS. George would put them into another stratosphere as global brands if you allow their dunk contest battle go viral on the net! Everyone would be tweeting, Facebooking, Instagramming or any other social media that would increase circulation of the mega spectacle.

    All-star weekend is the perfect chance for sports fans to have a tangible memory in being able to tell their children; I remember being their when McGuire battled Sosa head to head in the home run derby, or I saw Jordan VS. Nique, and Nique got cheated in 88 because the contest was in Chicago.

    All we have now is speculation on who’d win between the generations after Jordan and them of the mid to late 80′s

    • Daryl Peek

      I was inspired to write this as a side bar contrast to the tanking theme that’s out of control in the NBA. There’s to much emphasis on the next when games are being played now and customers are paying to see said games now. Who wants to pay and see a team tank?

      “Oh it’s cool, I’ll renew my season tickets next year or three years from now when the guy who’s not on the team yet (and may never be because said team may not hit the lotto) has developed?!?”

      This is how ridiculous this mass exodus to go from worst to first sounds! All I can do is SMH

      • lakerfan0

        Couldn’t agree more :)

  • e3bonz

    How many teams have tanked for years and still are not competitive? Everyone cites the Spurs as a positive example, but the majority of tanking teams never seem to get any better. Unless I’m missing something, the draft doesn’t always hold the key to a teams future.

    • Daryl Peek

      Exactly and most of those teams don’t keep said players beyond their rookie contracts. Tankers often become professional farm teams. I don’t get the mindset?!? Why would Lakers fans even entertain this? The Spurs had to tank due to Robinson and theirs is a rare case of luck.

      In what world will it be cool for the Lakers to tank and stink for two to three more seasons developing their 2014 draft pick? Couple that with a now thin 2014 FA market and no pick in 2015.

      Kobe and Shaq came when the team had drafted Van Exel, Eddie Jones and a few other good young players. The team is not in that position and other GM’s aren’t cooperating like the use to. this is the different world Jimmy and Mitch have to navigate. But for many it’s all because of ineptitude?

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