Kevin Durant continues to be a machine, leading Oklahoma City in points over each of the team’s last six games. The Thunder, winners of five straight, leapfrogged three teams and into the top slot in KP’s latest edition of NBA Power Rankings.
Last week’s number one team, the Memphis Grizzlies, fall one spot to second place, followed by the San Antonio Spurs, New York Knicks and Miami Heat.
The Chicago Bulls jumped five places to 12th and are this week’s biggest winner, while the Denver Nuggets dropped seven spots and have the distinction of being this edition’s biggest losers.
The full set of rankings is as follows, featuring some stats, figures and thoughts for all thirty teams.
KP’s NBA Power Rankings: December 3, 2012
* Games and statistics include results up to 4pm on December 3, 2012
1. Oklahoma City Thunder (94 points) – Last Week: #4
The Thunder has scored 100 or more points in each of its last five games, all victories.
2. Memphis Grizzlies (88 points) – Last Week: #1
Memphis’ only three losses are by 10 points or less, to the Clippers, Nuggets and Spurs.
3. San Antonio Spurs (84 points) – Last Week: 2
All of San Antonio’s losses are against teams ranked in the top six (Heat, Knicks and Clippers twice).
4. New York Knicks (80 points) – Last Week: #3
On the young season, Carmelo Anthony is averaging 26.6 ppg and 6.9 rbg.
5. Miami Heat (76 points) – Last Week: #5
Thursday night, the Heat host the Knicks in what should be a fascinating, high-octane matchup.
6. Los Angeles Clippers (64 points) – Last Week: #6
The Clippers maintain a high ranking despite a four-game losing streak from November 21-26.
7. Brooklyn Nets (62 points) – Last Week: #8
The Nets have lost to the Heat twice on the season by a combined 43 points.
8. Atlanta Hawks (58 points) – Last Week: #7
Atlanta’s six-game win streak was recently snapped in a two-point loss to the lowly Cavs.
9. Golden State Warriors (55 points) – Last Week: #12
David Lee is averaging a double-double this season (17.1 ppg and 10.8 rbg).
10. Los Angeles Lakers (45 points) – Last Week: #9
In the first game against his former team, Dwight Howard had 21 points and 15 rebounds, but was just 9-21 from the free throw line.
11. Philadelphia 76ers (44 points) – Last Week: #13
Former first-rounder Evan Turner is having the best season of his young career, averaging 14.1 points per game, nearly five more than his average from last year.
12. Chicago Bulls (44 points) – Last Week: #17
The Bulls have rebounded to win three of four, including a 23-point blowout win over the Mavs.
13. Milwaukee Bucks (43 points) – Last Week: #10
The Bucks have just two wins dating back to November 19th and continue to fall down the ranks.
14. Boston Celtics (36 points) – Last Week: #15
In Rajon Rondo’s absence on Saturday, Jason Terry managed 11 assists versus the Bucks.
15. Houston Rockets (32 points) – Last Week: #18
Omer Asik has 56 rebounds over Houston’s last four games combined.
16. Utah Jazz (31 points) – Last Week: #14
Utah’s lost back-to-back road games, giving up an average of 115 points.
17. Indiana Pacers (24 points) – Last Week: #21
David West has scored 20 or more points in three of Indiana’s last four games.
18. Denver Nuggets (21 points) – Last Week: #11
In his first season with the Nuggets, Andre Iguodala is averaging 15.6 points per game.
19. Minnesota Timberwolves (20 points) – Last Week: #20
The Timberwolves ended its five-game losing streak and has won two of three.
20. Dallas Mavericks (20 points) – Last Week: #19
The Mavs have three straight road games coming, at the Clippers, Suns and Rockets.
21. Charlotte Bobcats (10 points) – Last Week: #16
The faltering Bobcats have lost four straight, and have the Knicks, Bucks and Spurs on tap.
22. Portland Trail Blazers (9 points) – Last Week: #22
Rookie Damian Lillard is averaging 18.8 points per game and is a rookie of the year frontrunner.
23. Orlando Magic (6 points) – Last Week: #24
In its first revenge game against Dwight Howard and the Lakers, Orlando posted an impressive ten-point victory, holding Howard to 9-21 from the free throw line.
24. Detroit Pistons (-2 points) – Last Week: #27
Last week’s 40-point victory over the Suns helped give the Pistons a statistical boost this week.
25. Phoenix Suns (-3 points) – Last Week: #23
As mentioned with the Pistons, the 40-point defeat most definitely hurt the Suns this week.
26. Toronto Raptors (-14 points) – Last Week: #28
Toronto ended a six-game losing streak last week with a four-point win over the Suns.
27. New Orleans Hornets (-15 points) – Last Week: #26
Limited by injuries, top draft pick Anthony Davis has only played in six games this season.
28. Cleveland Cavaliers (-17 points) – Last Week: #29
Anderson Varejao has 15 or more rebounds in each of Cleveland’s last nine games.
29. Sacramento Kings (-18 points) – Last Week: #25
The Kings have lost three straight, including a 35-point road loss to the Clippers last Saturday.
30. Washington Wizards (-27 points) – Last Week: #30
Washington’s sole victory on the season was a two-point victory at home against the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday November 28.
* 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.