Blakely's NBA Six Pack Power Rankings: Jan. 16
Blakely's NBA Six Pack Power Rankings: Jan. 16
BOSTON — And so we've hit the show-and-tell portion of the NBA season where teams are starting to show just how for real they are this season which in itself, can be quite telling.
The Brooklyn Nets, considered too old on the court and too young on the bench, are getting it together and making a push for the postseason.
Sticking in the Atlantic, the Boston Celtics continue to acquire assets while continuing to chip away at a roster that wasn't all that talented or deep to begin with.
The Miami Heat have hit a bit of a skid, which makes one wonder if they're just not as good as they've been the past two seasons, or whether the boredom of playing regular season games is starting to affect their play.
And as we head out West, Golden State adds depth, the Lakers add to their fans' frustration, and San Antonio just keeps adding up the wins.
It's a fun time in the NBA right now with teams jockeying for position to improve their playoff standing.
With that, here's the latest NBA power rankings:
THE FLAT PACK
Current Ranking (last week)
30. (30) Milwaukee — The Bucks' 0-for-January record continues, with their best hope for a win being Detroit on Wednesday.
29. (28) Utah — Rookie Trey Burke and his 13.2 points per game average this season one of the few brightspots for the Jazz.
28. (29) Orlando — Currently riding a nine-game losing streak, the longest current skid in the NBA.
27. (24) Boston — Avoided double-digit losing streak with Wednesday win over Toronto.
26. (26) New York — J.R. Smith sees no point in being with the Knicks. Finally, the two have found some common ground.
25. (23) Los Angeles Lakers — Nick Young feels his teammates don't have his back, no Kobe Bryant due to injury, six straight losses... #longseasonahead
BACK OF THE PACK
24. (27) Philadelphia — Giving up a league-worst 108.3 points per game this season.
23. (25) Sacramento — Sacramento trying to do what no NBA team has done - become a winner with Rudy Gay on the roster.
22. (21) Cleveland — Cavs are 2-2 in the games Luol Deng has played in since the trade. It's a small sample, but #progressisprogress
21. (17) Minnesota — Getting back over .500 won't be easy with five of the next six games on the road.
20. (15) New Orleans — Injuries starting to pile up for the Pelicans, losers of seven in a row.
MIDDLE OF THE PACK
19. (22) Detroit — Josh Smith playing more power forward will eat into Greg Monroe's minutes. But if it's winning games, Pistons would be silly to not stick with it.
18. (18) Charlotte — Can't be a legit playoff contender without winning at least one game (0-6 currently) in your own division.
17. (19) Chicago — The Luol Deng trade a clear sign the Bulls are like most teams in the NBA, looking more towards the future than the present.
16. (20) Brooklyn — Kevin Garnett has just four double-digit rebounding games this season, but two have come in the last three games he's played.
15. (13) Washington — John Wall should be an All-Star this season. Period.
14. (10) Toronto — Bad loss at Boston, still doesn't diminish the Raptors' much-improved play.
13. (12) Atlanta — Paul Millsap loves playing on the road, evident by him averaging 19.2 points away from Atlanta compared to just 15.7 points at home.
12. (11) Dallas — Quietly effective this season, embarking upon a stretch with four of the next games on the road.
11. (14) Denver — Winners of six of their last seven with the lone loss to ... Utah? #headscratcher
RUNNING WITH THE PACK
10. (16) Memphis — Trading for Courtney Lee came has been good for the Grizzlies so far, especially with Tony Allen expected to be sidelined for another week or so due to a hand injury.
9. (9) Phoenix — Only Indiana defends the 3-point shot better than the Suns.
8. (7) Golden State — The Warriors got some much-needed firepower for their bench by trading for Jordan Crawford and to a lesser extent, MarShon Brooks.
7. (8) Houston — Rockets are 24-11 with Chandler Parsons on the floor, 2-3 without him.
6. (6) L. A. Clippers — With seven straight road games against Eastern Conference teams, Christmas is coming a little late for Clippers this year.
5. (3) Miami — Much will be made about their three straight losses. But when the playoffs get here, they'll be ready.
HEAD OF THE PACK
4. (4) Oklahoma City — Like the Heat, the Thunder are in the middle of a dip with losses in three of their last four games.
3. (5) Portland — Very telling stretch coming up for Portland with road games against all three Texas teams, followed by a road date with Oklahoma City.
2. (2) San Antonio — Has reeled off six straight wins by an average of 11 points per game.
1. (1) Indiana — Lots of points, lots of great defense. They continue to display greatness at both ends of the floor and remain the class of the NBA this season.