In case you weren't around for last week's installment, 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.
For full disclosure purposes, here are the 13 rankings 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, many||Low: 3, Hollinger||Average: 1.45|
|2. Chicago Bulls (last week: t-2)|
|High: 1, many||Low: 2, many||Average: 1.55|
|3. Oklahoma City Thunder (last week: t-2)|
|High: 3, many||Low: 7, Stein||Average: 3.55|
|4. Philadelphia 76ers (last week: 5)|
|High: 3, Sagarin||Low: 6, Sheridan||Average: 4.36|
|5. Los Angeles Clippers (last week: 7)|
|High: 3, Helin/Pincus||Low: 10, Hollinger||Average: 5.18|
|6. San Antonio Spurs (last week: 10)|
|High: 5, many||Low: 11, Harper||Average: 6.73|
|7. Indiana Pacers (last week: 8)|
|High: 3, Stein||Low: 12, Ziller||Average: 6.82|
|8. Denver Nuggets (last week: 4)|
|High: 6, Complex/Ziller||Low: 11, Pincus||Average: 8.09|
|9. Atlanta Hawks (last week: 6)|
|High: 7, Harper||Low: 14, Stein||Average: 9.09|
|10. Los Angeles Lakers (last week: 13)|
|High: 8, Moore||Low: 15, Sheridan||Average: 10.91|
|11. Portland Trail Blazers (last week: 12)|
|High: 2, Hollinger||Low: 16, Amico/Robson||Average: 11.73|
|12. Boston Celtics (last week: 18)|
|High: 8, Sheridan||Low: 16, Sagarin||Average: 12.18|
|13. Orlando Magic (last week: 15)|
|High: 7, Pincus||Low: 19, Hollinger||Average: 12.36|
|14. Dallas Mavericks (last week: 9)|
|High: 9, Amico||Low: 17, Moore||Average: 13.45|
|15. Utah Jazz (last week: 14)|
|High: 10, Harper||Low: 21, Hollinger||Average: 14.45|
|16. Minnesota Timberwolves (last week: 17)|
|High: 12, Stein||Low: 20, Amico||Average: 15.64|
|17. Houston Rockets (last week: 11)|
|High: 14, many||Low: 20, Stein||Average: 15.91|
|18. Memphis Grizzlies (last week: 16)|
|High: 13, Sagarin||Low: 19, Robson||Average: 17.45|
|19. Milwaukee Bucks (last week: 19)|
|High: 17, Hollinger||Low: 20, Complex||Average: 18.91|
|20. Cleveland Cavaliers (last week: 20)|
|High: 17, Stein||Low: 24, Hollinger||Average: 20.55|
|21. New York Knicks (last week: 25)|
|High: 18, Amico||Low: 25, Stein||Average: 21.00|
|22. Phoenix Suns (last week: 21)|
|High: 20, Robson||Low: 25, Sheridan/Harper||Average: 22.27|
|23. Golden State Warriors (last week: 24)|
|High: 20, Hollinger||Low: 26, Schumann/Moore||Average: 23.18|
|24. Sacramento Kings (last week: 26)|
|High: 22, Stein||Low: 27, Hollinger||Average: 23.91|
|25. Toronto Raptors (last week: 22)|
|High: 22, Schumann||Low: 27, Sheridan||Average: 24.55|
|26. New Jersey Nets (last week: 23)|
|High: 22, Sheridan||Low: 27, Sagarin||Average: 25.27|
|27. Detroit Pistons (last week: 29)|
|High: 26, Sheridan||Low: 28, Sagarin/Hollinger||Average: 27.09|
|28. New Orleans Hornets (last week: 27)|
|High: 24, Sagarin||Low: 29, many||Average: 28.18|
|29. Washington Wizards (last week: 28)|
|High: 28, many||Low: 29, many||Average: 28.55|
|30. Charlotte Bobcats (last week: 30)|
|High: 30, everyone||Low: 30, everyone||Average: 30 (still)|
|Average calculated after removing highest and lowest ranking|
AT THE TOP: If you look at the average score, the Bulls and Heat are closer than you'd think. In fact, they'd be even closer if not for the dropping of the highest and lowest score, which knocked the Heat's lone 3 -- the only non-1 or 2 ranking for those two teams -- out of the calculation. And by "closer", I mean "tied exactly." Essentially, Miami and Chicago have separated themselves from the pack in everyone's eyes (note: Hollinger's computer doesn't have eyes, at least not that I know of).
HIGH RISER: Boston Celtics, up 6.
Remember all those "OMG teh Celtics are EPIC FAIL" stories from earlier this season? Yeah, those seem to be going away. Boston has won four straight, and appears to be getting things together after its slow start.
BIG FALLER: Houston Rockets, down 6.
Houston actually has a couple wins in the last week, but half the rankings used in this couldn't account for Monday's win over the Nuggets. Two losses to the Wolves didn't help matters, nor did the general closeness of the teams between 11 and 18.
LOUD NOISES Team of the Week (least consensus): Portland Trail Blazers
The Blazers checked in as high as 2, and as low as 16. Even taking Hollinger's computer out of the equation, they made multiple appearances in the top 10 and multiple appearances outside the top 15. Basically, no one knows what to make of this team, which has alternated wins and losses in its last eight games.
SO WHAT ELSE IS NEW Team of the Week (most consensus): Charlotte Bobcats
They've pretty much locked down this award, along with their 30th position in the rankings. The schedule doesn't get any easier, so I'm just gonna go ahead and assume they'll be back here after another winless week.