Skip to content

NBA Power Rankings

  1. NBA Power Rankings: Hot hot Heat move back to top spot

    Feb 25, 2013, 4:33 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Atlanta Hawks

    It looks like the Miami Heat have started to get focused and in the West it is the Spurs, Thunder and everyone else. The rest of the league has less than two months to state their case that they can knock one of those big three off. 1. Heat (40-14, last week ranked No. 2).…

  2. NBA Power Rankings: Rose or no Rose, Bulls back on top

    Apr 16, 2012, 2:31 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls' Deng goes to the basket against the Miami Heat during second half of their NBA basketball game in Chicago

    In our penultimate power rankings, the Bulls grab the top spot. They have been the best team in the league in the regular season, but there remain questions about them in the playoffs. 1. Bulls (45-14, last week ranked number 1). Huge win over the Heat last week — a little for the standings but…

  3. NBA Power Rankings: Thunder move up to second spot

    Mar 26, 2012, 3:46 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder's Durant leaves the court after their NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat in Oklahoma City

    Some shifting around near the top as the Thunder go up, the Heat drop down and the Spurs hold steady. So do the Bobcats at the bottom. It’s not March Madness, but it is March setting up for a run to the playoffs. 1. Bulls (40-10, last week ranked number 1). With an undefeated week…

  4. NBA Power Rankings: Bulls grab top spot by the horns

    Mar 5, 2012, 1:33 PM EDT

    Taj Gibson, Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah,

    The top three are pretty much set, it’s just a matter of who is playing the best among them at this moment. Right now it’s Chicago. The bottom three are pretty much locked in, too, but the Bobcats have really grabbed hold of the last spot and made it their own. 1. Bulls (31-8, last…

  5. NBA Power Rankings: All-Star Weekend edition

    Feb 27, 2012, 4:50 PM EDT

    Heat's Wade and James watch teammate Chalmers compete in three-point contest during the NBA All-Star weekend in Orlando

    With no games after Thursday, we don’t have a lot of movement in the standings this week, but we tie in some All-Star Weekend notes and look ahead at the second half for teams. 1. Heat (27-7, last week ranked 1). LeBron James’ All-Star performance is what fans seem to expect from him — 36…

  6. NBA Power Rankings: Spurs advancing, Heat still on top

    Feb 13, 2012, 3:22 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Atlanta Hawks

    I’m beginning to wonder: Will the Eastern Conference Finals be the real NBA finals this year? Feels that way some days. 1. Heat (21-7, last week ranked 1) The Magic and Knicks combined to shoot 85 threes against the Heat in two nights. The Heat’s defensive energy does that to teams, makes them settle (although…

  7. NBA Power Rankings: Heat on top, Clippers climbing

    Feb 6, 2012, 2:12 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's James prepares to make a shot against Milwaukee Bucks during their NBA game in Milwaukee

    Miami moves back into the top spot — but the Clippers have now cracked the top three, which had been the domain of the Heat, Bulls and Thunder for a while. Oh, and the Bobcats still suck. 1. Heat (18-6, last week ranked No. 2). They’ve had a few uninspired wins (like Sunday against the…

  8. NBA Power Rankings: Bulls on top after quarter of season

    Jan 23, 2012, 2:48 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Boston Celtics

    Believe it or not, we are about a quarter of the way through the condensed NBA season already. And with that, these rankings are starting to take some solid shape. Which is bad news for Celtics and Knicks fans. But it’s all good in Chicago. 1. Bulls (15-3, last week ranked No. 1). If Derrick…

  9. NBA Power Rankings: Heat slip, Bulls charge into top spot

    Jan 16, 2012, 3:02 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose listens to coach Tom Thibodeau during their NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons in Chicago

    Miami tripped up out West and the Bulls ran over them on the way to the top of PBT’s weekly power rankings. Meanwhile, jump on the Sixers bandwagon while you can. 1. Bulls (12-2, last week ranked No. 2). Five wins in a row and their next five games are against teams under .500, so…

  10. NBA Power Rankings: Heat on top, Blazers best in West

    Jan 9, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's James does a dance with Chalmers during a time-out in overtime after they tied their NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks in Atlanta

    A little shifting up at the top but nothing too dramatic. Your big movers this week is the 76ers, who are playing well and moving up the rankings, and the Hornets dropping like a rock. 1. Heat (8-1 last week ranked No. 1). Chris Bosh drops 33 on the Hawks and wants you to remember…

  11. NBA Power Rankings: Blazers climb, Heat on top of mountain

    Jan 2, 2012, 1:35 PM EDT

    Mario Chalmers, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, LeBron James

    Lots of big moves up and down as the rankings start to shake themselves out a little. In college football they should hold off doing polls through those early weeks because said polls impact the postseason, but as the NBA has a playoff to determine who is best let’s dive in. 1. Heat (5-0, last…

  12. NBA Power Rankings: Mavericks start out season on top

    Dec 19, 2011, 12:07 PM EDT

    Dallas players Carter, Marion, Nowitzki, Odom, Kidd, and Terry pose for photos during media day at the team's headquarters in Dallas, Texas

    Welcome to our inaugural power rankings for the 2011-12 NBA season (a regular Monday feature at PBT). These are fun if ultimately meaningless — in the NBA we have a playoff system to decide who is best (are you listening college football?). This is a preseason ranking, so remember that when you get mad about…

  13. NBA Power Rankings: Chicago finishes regular season as No. 1

    Apr 11, 2011, 2:36 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Chicago Bulls

    Our final rankings make for an interesting playoff comparison — the top three come in as the hottest teams going into the playoffs, but the next three more veteran squads. Who do you take when it really matters? (We lean to the second three, but the Bulls may prove us wrong. Again.) 1. Bulls (60-20,…

  14. NBA Power Rankings: Chicago is our kind of town

    Apr 4, 2011, 3:06 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Chicago Bulls

    It’s our penultimate rankings, the Bulls have solidified themselves at the top and Minnesota is trying hard to make sure they finish the season on the bottom. Or not trying, as the case may be. 1. Bulls (56-20, LW #2). The East is theirs, barring a total collapse, and they are just one back of…

  15. NBA Power Rankings: Celtics, Spurs drop at regular season’s end

    Mar 28, 2011, 12:59 PM EDT

    Jackson_ring

    At the top would be every lazy sports columnist’s dream finals matchup — the Lakers versus the Bulls in Phil Jackson’s final year. (Well, final year for now, anyway). But do you really think the recent struggles of the Celtics and Spurs tell you much about those teams in the playoffs? 1. Lakers (53-20, LW…

  16. NBA Power Rankings: The Lakers look like the Lakers again

    Mar 21, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Lakers

    Notice that two of the top three are from the West? That’s because the East is stumbling toward the playoffs. 1. Lakers (50-20, LW #3). Four wins in a row and just one loss since the All-Star break. They won Monday without Andrew Bynum and will have another game without him Tuesday, but with his…

  17. NBA Power Rankings: How about a Spurs vs. Bulls NBA finals?

    Mar 14, 2011, 2:54 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Golden State Warriors

    It still feels like with the top six teams you could flip a coin week to week on who is playing the best at any given moment. This week the coin came up Spurs. 1. Spurs (54-12, Last Week #4). After a loss to the Lakers a week ago Sunday they put together three nice…

  18. NBA Power Rankings: The Lakers are on top, the Cavs are out of the cellar

    Mar 7, 2011, 2:37 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Los Angeles Lakers

    Changes at the top and bottom of the roster, and we wonder who can coach Kwame Brown? 1. Lakers (45-19, LW #4). It’s not the seven wins in a row that vault them to the top (well, it was in part). It wasn’t just wins over Boston and the Spurs recently. It’s the defense with…

  19. NBA Power Rankings: Trade deadline edition

    Feb 28, 2011, 1:33 PM EDT

    Manu Ginobili, Tim Duncan

    The trade deadline shook the league last week, and the ripple impacts our NBA Power Rankings. But at the top it is all Texas. 1. Spurs (49-10, Last Week #2). No deadline moves for this group, nor should there have been. They are 6 games up on the Mavericks and Celtics for best record in…

  20. NBA Power Rankings: All-Star influenced edition

    Feb 21, 2011, 2:41 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics All-Stars

    With teams only playing one or two games this weekend due to the All-Star break, we decided to let the weekend activities influence the power rankings. Like dunking over a car moves you up. But just a little. 1. Celtics (40-14, LW #2). Doc Rivers played Kevin Garnett 7:32 in the All Star Game and…

  21. NBA Power Rankings: Spurs still sitting pretty, Heat slip

    Feb 14, 2011, 1:21 PM EDT

    Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Gregg Popovich

    Our weekly NBA Power Rankings, every team seemed to have a nice win and an ugly loss, balancing the karmic scales. 1. Spurs (45-9, Last Week #1). They are 5-2 on the rodeo road trip so far (still to come the Nets and Bulls). Their one loss this week was just one of those game…

  22. NBA Power Rankings: Antonio McDyess’ tip keeps Spurs on top

    Feb 7, 2011, 2:06 PM EDT

    Antonio McDyess, Manu Ginobili, Richard Jefferson, Gary Neal

    Our weekly NBA Power Rankings, where the Heat and Mavericks are hot, but are they really better than the Spurs and Celtics 1. Spurs (42-8, Last Week #1). They are on the annual rodeo road trip (a rodeo kicks them out of their arena for a couple weeks) and early on they got a quality…

  23. NBA Power Rankings: How would you feel about a Spurs/Celtics NBA finals?

    Jan 31, 2011, 2:29 PM EDT

    Paul Pierce, Kobe Bryant

    Our weekly NBA Power Rankings, where we’re thinking that the finals could be Spurs and Celtics because no teams are executing anywhere near their level right now in crunch time. 1. Spurs (40-7). They are now 7.5 games ahead of the second place Lakers in the Western Conference (and 4 ahead of Boston for the…

  24. NBA Power Rankings: Where the Spurs just keep on keeping it on

    Jan 24, 2011, 2:05 PM EDT

    Manu Ginobili, Richard Jefferson, Tim Duncan, Tony Parker

    Our weekly NBA Power Rankings, not many changes at the top this week… or on the bottom. 1. Spurs (37-7). You’ve been wondering when you’ll see a kink in the Spurs armor. Well, they have just one home game between now and Feb. 23. That might be the time. Or, they might grow tighter and…

  25. NBA Power Rankings, the mid-season report edition

    Jan 17, 2011, 2:04 PM EDT

    Shawn Marion,  Tim Duncan

    Our weekly NBA Power Rankings, with a focus on the first half of the season and what to look forward to. So for you Cavs fans, we should start talking draft. 1. Spurs (35-6). Well, that first half couldn’t have gone much better. We knew the Spurs would be good, they always are, but one…

Featured video

Stephenson goes elsewhere for his future
Top 10 NBA Player Searches
  1. K. Love (4678)
  2. L. Stephenson (3722)
  3. L. James (3680)
  4. A. Wiggins (3318)
  5. C. Boozer (3271)
  1. R. Allen (3260)
  2. K. Bryant (3114)
  3. E. Bledsoe (3088)
  4. D. Rose (2881)
  5. D. Wade (2473)