The Oklahoma City Thunder have won ten straight games and as a result, vault back into the top spot of this week’s NBA Power Rankings at The Wife Sports. The Los Angeles Clippers, also riding a hot streak, jump three spots and into second place. The New York Knicks remain in third place, followed by the San Antonio Spurs and Memphis Grizzlies.
The Indiana Pacers move up five spots and earn the honor of being this week’s big winners, while the Dallas Mavericks fall six spots and have the distinction of being this edition’s biggest loser.
The full set of rankings is as follows, featuring some quick stats and thoughts for all thirty teams.
KP’s NBA Power Rankings: December 17, 2012
* Games and statistics include results up to 10pm on December 16, 2012
1. Oklahoma City Thunder (107 points) – Last Week: #2
No team is shooting any better than Oklahoma City from the behind the arc (.416 3-pt percentage).
2. Los Angeles Clippers (98 points) – Last Week: #5
Chris Paul leads the West in assists per game, averaging 9.3 per contest. He also leads the NBA in steals, averaging 2.57 per game.
3. New York Knicks (97 points) – Last Week: #3
Carmelo Anthony leads the East in scoring, averaging 27.9 points per game.
4. San Antonio Spurs (96 points) – Last Week: #1
Tiago Splitter currently has the second best field goal percentage in the NBA (.605).
5. Memphis Grizzlies (72 points) – Last Week: #4
Zach Randolph’s 12.6 rebounds per game currently lead the Western conference.
6. Miami Heat (72 points) – Last Week: #7
Miami is shooting 49.6% from the floor, which is currently the best mark in the NBA.
7. Atlanta Hawks (66 points) – Last Week: #6
Atlanta’s opponents are turning the ball 17 times per game on average.
8. Golden State Warriors (65 points) – Last Week: #8
Carl Landry hasn’t started a game and averages just over 25 minutes per contest. Still, the power forward is averaging 12.9 points and 6.8 rebounds per game.
9. Chicago Bulls (61 points) – Last Week: #9
Chicago is shooting 80.7% from the free throw line, which leads the Eastern conference.
10. Minnesota Timberwolves (53 points) – Last Week: #14
In 11 starts, Kevin Love is averaging 19.4 points and 13.7 rebounds per game.
11. Brooklyn Nets (46 points) – Last Week: #10
The Nets are 5-1 against its division so far this season.
12. Indiana Pacers (44 points) – Last Week: #17
The Pacers are holding opponents to a .312 three-point percentage and 90.4 points per game. Each of those two stats is the best in the NBA.
13. Milwaukee Bucks (41 points) – Last Week: #15
Larry Sanders averages three blocks per game, which is currently tied for the NBA lead.
14. Utah Jazz (32 points) – Last Week: #12
The Jazz are a solid 9-2 at home, but just 4-10 on the road this season.
15. Boston Celtics (32 points) – Last Week: #11
Rajon Rondo is first in the NBA in assists (12.7 per game) and ranked fourth in the league in steals, averaging 2.05 per game.
16. Denver Nuggets (31 points) – Last Week: #20
Denver’s 68.2% free throw percentage is the worst in the NBA.
17. Philadelphia 76ers (26 points) – Last Week: #13
The Sixers are 20th in the NBA in rebounds, and clearly would benefit by getting Andrew Bynum back from injury and into the lineup.
18. Los Angeles Lakers (23 points) – Last Week: #18
The issue with the Lakers is not on the boards, as the team’s 45.9 rebounds per game currently lead the Western conference.
19. Houston Rockets (21 points) – Last Week: #19
The Rockets are averaging 16.6 turnovers per game, which is the most in the NBA.
20. Orlando Magic (19 points) – Last Week: #21
Orlando’s 5.9 steals per game is the fewest in the NBA.
21. Portland Trail Blazers (12 points) – Last Week: #23
J.J. Hickson is averaging double-double, with 12.0 points and 10.5 rebounds per game.
22. Dallas Mavericks (10 points) – Last Week: #16
Like the Jazz, the Mavs are solid at home (7-3), but awful on the road (4-10).
23. Phoenix Suns (-4 points) – Last Week: #26
Phoenix’s 2-10 road record is the second worst in the Western conference.
24. Sacramento Kings (-16 points) – Last Week: #22
Sacramento’s 1.24 assist to turnover ratio is the worst in the Western conference.
25. Detroit Pistons (-16 points) – Last Week: #24
Greg Monroe leads the team in points (15.2 ppg), rebounds (9.1 rbg) and steals (1.5 spg).
26. New Orleans Hornets (-21 points) – Last Week: #27
On average, Ryan Anderson attempts 15 shots per game, which is three more than any of his teammates.
27. Charlotte Bobcats (-22 points) – Last Week: #25
Charlotte’s -4.5-rebound differential is currently the worst in NBA.
28. Washington Wizards (-27 points) – Last Week: #28
Washington’s 40.7 field goal percentage is currently the worst in the NBA.
29. Toronto Raptors (-31 points) – Last Week: #30
DeMar DeRozan’s 18 points per game average is the best on the team.
30. Cleveland Cavaliers (-32 points) – Last Week: #29
Cleveland’s 1.22 assist to turnover ratio is the worst in the NBA.
* All stats per NBA.com
Note: RED = Falling 3+ spots from last week, GREEN = Rising 3+ spots from last week
The Wife Hates Sports’ NBA Power Rankings system has a method to its madness, attempting to be different and not just rank by popularity and record. It mixes a secret formula of six completely different categories, meshed into a points system. The categories don’t just include team results regarding record, but how each team has performed recently, as well as incorporating some statistics on both a team’s offense and defense.