Composite NBA Power Rankings for Feb. 14


In case you haven't figured this out yet, let me give you a quick refresher on the Composite NBA Power Rankings: I've picked 11 representative weekly power rankings and two automated daily power rankings from around the web. I drop each team's highest and lowest ranking, then average out the remaining 11 rankings and sort the teams by lowest average.

However, we've only got 12 rankings this week, because Tom Ziller of SB Nation ranked the teams based on lovability, rather than power. I highly recommend you check them out, but for obvious reasons I couldn't include them in the composite.

For full disclosure purposes, here are the 13 rankings usually included in the composite. If there's a major one you think I've missed, let me know and I'll be happy to add it, as long as it gets published on either Monday or Tuesday.

Sam Amico (FoxSports.com), Complex.com, Zach Harper (HoopSpeak.com), Kurt Helin (ProBasketballTalk), Matt Moore (CBSSports.com), Eric Pincus (Hoopsworld), Britt Robson (SI.com), John Schuhmann (NBA.com), Chris Sheridan (SheridanHoops.com), Marc Stein (ESPN.com), Tom Ziller (SB Nation), Jeff Sagarin (USA Today), John Hollinger (ESPN.com)

There's been some movement within the rankings, but not at the top or bottom, where the same teams come in where they did a week ago. But should they be? Let's take a look at all 30 teams and find out.


Composite NBA Power Rankings - Week of Feb. 7
1. Miami Heat (last week: 1)
High: 1, manyLow: 3, Sheridan/ComplexAverage: 1.50
2. Chicago Bulls (last week: 2)
High: 1, manyLow: 3, SteinAverage: 1.70
3. Oklahoma City Thunder (last week: 3)
High: 1, ComplexLow: 5, SteinAverage: 3.30
4. San Antonio Spurs (last week: 6)
High: 2, SteinLow: 6, Complex/HarperAverage: 4.60
5. Los Angeles Clippers (last week: 5)
High: 3, Helin/PincusLow: 7, Amico/HollingerAverage: 4.80
6. Philadelphia 76ers (last week: 4)
High: 4, manyLow: 7, RobsonAverage: 6.73
7. Dallas Mavericks (last week: 14)
High: 5, RobsonLow: 11, PincusAverage: 7.60
8. Atlanta Hawks (last week: 9)
High: 7, Complex/PincusLow: 14, HollingerAverage: 8.60
9. Indiana Pacers (last week: 7)
High: 7, Stein/MooreLow: 13, RobsonAverage: 9.00
10. Los Angeles Lakers (last week: 10)
High: 8, Stein/RobsonLow: 15, SheridanAverage: 10.70
11. Orlando Magic (last week: 13)
High: 8, PincusLow: 14, Sagarin/HollingerAverage: 11.40
12. Denver Nuggets (last week: 8)
High: 10, Helin/SagarinLow: 13, Sheridan/PincusAverage: 11.70
13. Boston Celtics (last week: 12)
High: 10, SteinLow: 16, Complex/SagarinAverage: 13.10
14. Houston Rockets (last week: 17)
High: 9, SheridanLow: 16, SteinAverage: 13.20
15. Portland Trail Blazers (last week: 11)
High: 5, HollingerLow: 16, Helin/PincusAverage: 14.00
16. New York Knicks (last week: 21)
High: 15, HelinLow: 21, SagarinAverage: 16.80
17. Utah Jazz (last week: 15)
High: 13, ComplexLow: 21, HollingerAverage: 17.10
18. Memphis Grizzlies (last week: 18)
High: 14, SagarinLow: 20, MooreAverage: 17.60
19. Minnesota Timberwolves (last week: 16)
High: 15, SteinLow: 20, Pincus/AmicoAverage: 18.50
20. Milwaukee Bucks (last week: 19)
High: 19, MooreLow: 23, SteinAverage: 20.70
21. Phoenix Suns (last week: 22)
High: 19, PincusLow: 23, MooreAverage: 21.10
22. Golden State Warriors (last week: 23)
High: 19, AmicoLow: 25, SheridanAverage: 21.20
23. Cleveland Cavaliers (last week: 20)
High: 22, manyLow: 25, Stein/RobsonAverage: 23.00
24. Sacramento Kings (last week: 24)
High: 22, SteinLow: 26, Sheridan/HollingerAverage: 23.90
25. Toronto Raptors (last week: 25)
High: 24, manyLow: 26, Helin/HarperAverage: 24.70
26. Detroit Pistons (last week: 27)
High: 23, SheridanLow: 28, Sagarin/HollingerAverage: 26.50
27. New Jersey Nets (last week: 26)
High: 25, HarperLow: 28, Stein/RobsonAverage: 27.00
28. Washington Wizards (last week: 29)
High: 26, SteinLow: 29, HollingerAverage: 27.90
29. New Orleans Hornets (last week: 28)
High: 25, HollingerLow: 29, manyAverage: 28.70
30. Charlotte Bobcats (last week: 30)
High: 30, everyoneLow: 30, everyoneAverage: 30 (forever)
Average calculated after removing highest and lowest ranking

AT THE TOP: Once again, the Bulls and Heat come in at a virtual dead heat (no pun intended... or is that LINtended?) at the top, with Miami edging Chicago by just two tenths of a point. More rankings had the Heat (2) than the Bulls (1) outside the top two, but seven rankings had Miami on top, compared to just four for Chicago (OKC got the other first-place vote this week).

HIGH RISER: Dallas Mavericks, up 7
Dirk Nowitzki has his mojo back, thanks to a well-timed "conditioning" break, and he has the Mavs moving quickly up the rankings.

BIG FALLER: Denver Nuggets/Portland Trail Blazers, down 4
Denver had lost five straight prior to Saturday's win at Indiana, while Portland has dropped four of its last six, with the wins coming against the similarly struggling Nuggets and a dismal New Orleans team.

LOUD NOISES Team of the Week (least consensus): Orlando Magic
I'm ignoring the Portland Trail Blazers for this week, because outside of the computers, they're actually pretty stable across the board. The same can't be said for Orlando, which checks in as high as 8 and as low as 13 among the 10 human rankings (and 15th in Sagarin's computer ratings).

SO WHAT ELSE IS NEW Team of the Week (most consensus): New Orleans Hornets
Again, ignoring the Bobcats, because the disaster going on in Charlotte isn't worth writing about weekly. What's interesting is that all 10 human rankings had the Hornets at 29, meaning we've now got consensus about the two worst teams in the NBA. If only the top was as orderly.

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