Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Composite NBA Power Rankings for Dec. 11


I may be on vacation, but even from southern Florida the Composite NBA Power Rankings must go on.

We've got our third different No. 1 in the three weeks of doing this rankings. The weekly disclaimer: I have no personal say in these rankings (at least not directly): I've picked 10 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 10 rankings and sort the teams by lowest average.
The regular lineup is as follows:

Sam Amico (FoxSports.com), Sean Deveney (AOL/Sporting News), Kurt Helin (ProBasketballTalk), Matt Moore (CBSSports.com), Eric Pincus (Hoopsworld), Seth Rosenthal (SB Nation), John Schuhmann (NBA.com), Marc Stein (ESPN.com), Marc J. Spears (Yahoo!), USA Today, Jeff Sagarin (USA Today), John Hollinger (ESPN.com).

If you know of any weekly power ranking that you think should be added to the list, just drop me a line. And now what you came for, this week's rankings:


Composite NBA Power Rankings - Week of Dec. 4
1. San Antonio Spurs (last week: 2)
High: 1, multipleLow: 6, HollingerAverage: 1.40
2. Oklahoma City Thunder (last week: 4)
High: 1, multipleLow: 4, AmicoAverage: 1.60
3. New York Knicks (last week: 5)
High: 3, multipleLow: 5, AmicoAverage: 3.30
4. Memphis Grizzlies (last week: 3)
High: 3, multipleLow: 5, multipleAverage: 4.20
5. Los Angeles Clippers (last week: 7)
High: 4, multipleLow: 7, multipleAverage: 5.20
6. Miami Heat (last week: 1)
High: 3, AmicoLow: 6, multipleAverage: 5.70
7. Atlanta Hawks (last week: 8)
High: 5, SchumannLow: 9, HollingerAverage: 7.50
8. Golden State Warriors (last week: 9)
High: 6, MooreLow: 12, Sagarin/HollingerAverage: 8.20
9. Chicago Bulls (last week: t-11)
High: 8, SteinLow: 13, PincusAverage: 10.10
10. Brooklyn Nets (last week: 6)
High: 7, HollingerLow: 13, Helin/SagarinAverage: 10.20
11. Boston Celtics (last week: t-11)
High: 9, Amico/HelinLow: 15, Hollinger Average: 12.00
12. Utah Jazz (last week: 17)
High: 9, Pincus/SpearsLow: 14, Deveney/HelinAverage: 12.30
13. Philadelphia 76ers (last week: 10)
High: 10, Helin/MooreLow: 22, HollingerAverage: 13.70
14. Milwaukee Bucks (last week: 13)
High: 11, Deveney/SteinLow: 19, SagarinAverage: 14.10
15. Denver Nuggets (last week: 15)
High: 7, SagarinLow: 18, multipleAverage: 15.60
16. Dallas Mavericks (last week: 19)
High: 13, SpearsLow: 20, Schumann/SteinAverage: 16.10
17. Minnesota Timberwolves (last week: 20)
High: 14, AmicoLow: 19, Schumann/SteinAverage: 16.50
18. Los Angeles Lakers (last week: 14)
High: 9, SagarinLow: 22, PincusAverage: 17.50
19. Indiana Pacers (last week: 20)
High: 16, multipleLow: 19, multipleAverage: 17.60
20. Houston Rockets (last week: 16)
High: 15, SagarinLow: 20, multipleAverage: 18.30
21. Orlando Magic (last week: 23)
High: 20, SagarinLow: 24, MooreAverage: 21.30
22. Portland Trail Blazers (last week: 21)
High: 20, PincusLow: 25, SteinAverage: 22.20
23. Detroit Pistons (last week: 24)
High: 20, HollingerLow: 25, multipleAverage: 23.20
24. Sacramento Kings (last week: 29)
High: 22, Deveney/RosenthalLow: 26, Moore/SagarinAverage: 23.50
25. Charlotte Bobcats (last week: 22)
High: 23, Amico/MooreLow: 30, Sagarin/HollingerAverage: 25.00
26. New Orleans Hornets (last week: 27)
High: 25, Moore/HollingerLow: 28, HelinAverage: 26.20
27. Phoenix Suns (last week: 25)
High: 24, SagarinLow: 28, SchumannAverage: 26.50
t-28. Toronto Raptors (last week: 26)
High: 27, multipleLow: 30, RosenthalAverage: 28.40
t-28. Cleveland Cavaliers (last week: 28)
High: 26, HollingerLow: 30, SteinAverage: 28.40
30. Washington Wizards (last week: 30)
High: 28, Stein/HollingerLow: 30, multipleAverage: 29.60
Average calculated after removing highest and lowest ranking

AT THE TOP: The Spurs topped the Thunder, but just by the slimmest of margins. Both teams were 1-2 in all 12 of the rankings, and if you flipped the Thunder and Spurs in any one of the seven that had San Antonio on top we'd end up with a perfect tie.

BIGGEST GAIN: Utah Jazz and Sacramento Kings (up 5)
Utah dropped a couple spots from week 1 to week 2, then picked that back up and more in moving into the top 12 this week. For Sacramento, their move up was a combination of the Kings looking slightly more competent this past week and the other teams near the bottom being unspeakably awful.

BIGGEST DROP: Miami Heat (down 5)
Speaking of unspeakably awful, that's what the Heat's loss to the Wizards was (and it didn't help that they followed it up with a stinker against New York). Still, no one was willing to drop them outside of the top 6, and it seems like that group of six (Spurs, Thunder, Knicks, Grizzlies, Clippers, Heat) has a bit of separation from the rest of the league.

LOUD NOISES Team of the Week (least consensus): Philadelphia 76ers
A high of 10 and a low of 22 is just the start of the mess that is the Sixers' rankings. There are 11s, 13s, 18s and 21s mixed in there, as no one seems to know what to make of the perpetually-Bynumless Sixers, who are somehow 12-9 despite a negative point differential.

SO WHAT ELSE IS NEW Team of the Week (most consensus): San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder
The Wizards actually got some non-last-place votes this week, so this category doesn't get the "non-Wizards" disclaimer. As mentioned above, both the Spurs and Thunder were either No. 1 or No. 2 in every ranking, including the computers.

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