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Week 3 NBA Power Rankings

November 17, 2010

2010-2011 Week Three S&M Power Poll

This is the first power poll since about a week into the regular season so there have been some drastic changes. Both sunshine state teams, the Miami Heat and Orlando Magic, have taken a tumble. The Heat have defeated just one team with a winning record, but remain in the top 7 in both polls because they have LeBron James (plus Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh). The Magic have a record at 7-3, but have been extremely inconsistent so far this season and they’ll have to show some consistency before either of us move them back up into the top 5.

The Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics rank 1 and 2, respectively. It’s absolutely shocking that the two teams who have met in the NBA finals in 2 of the last 3 seasons are there, right? The New Orleans Hornets finally suffered their first loss against the Dallas Mavericks on Monday night, prompting Sir Melnick to throw the Mavericks above his current MVP, Chris Paul and the Hornets. I left the Hornets above the Mavericks by virtue of the superior record. The San Antonio Spurs have been on fire, winning 7 straight. Their using their health and depth to win and that prompted both us to move them up to #3.

Once you pass Portland and Phoenix, there is a significant drop off in talent.

S&M Power Poll – Brian Serra S&M Power Poll –  Mr. Howard the Dunk, Andew Melnick
1 Los Angeles Lakers (1) (9-2) 1 Los Angeles Lakers (1) (9-2)
2 Boston Celtics (3) (8-2) 2 Boston Celtics (3) (8-2)
3 San Antonio Spurs (7) (8-1) 3 San Antonio Spurs (5) (8-1)
4 New Orleans Hornets (11) (8-1) 4 Dallas Mavericks (11) (7-2)
5 Dallas Mavericks (5) (7-2) 5 New Orleans Hornets (10) (8-1)
6 Miami Heat (2) (6-4) 6 Utah Jazz (14) (7-4)
7 Orlando Magic (4) (7-3) 7 Miami Heat (2) (6-4)
8 Utah Jazz (12) (7-4) 8 Orlando Magic (4) (7-3)
9 Chicago Bulls (9) (6-3) 9 Atlanta Hawks (8) (8-4)
10 Atlanta Hawks (13) (6-3) 10 Chicago Bulls (12) (6-3)
11 Oklahoma City Thunder (6) (6-4) 11 Denver Nuggets (11) (6-5)
12 Denver Nuggets (8) (6-5) 12 Oklahoma City Thunder (6) (6-4)
13 Phoenix Suns (14) (6-4) 13 Portland Trail Blazers (9) (7-5)
14 Portland Trail Blazers (10) (7-5) 14 Phoenix Suns (18) (6-4)
15 Golden State Warriors (20) (7-4) 15 Milwaukee Bucks (16) (5-6)
16 Milwaukee Bucks (18) (5-6) 16 Memphis Grizzlies (13) (4-8)
17 Memphis Grizzlies (16) (4-8) 17 Golden State Warriors (19) (7-4)
18 Indiana Pacers (17) (4-5) 18 Indiana Pacers (15) (4-5)
19 Cleveland Cavaliers (29) (5-5) 19 Houston Rockets (17) (3-7)
20 New York Knicks (19) (3-8) 20 Charlotte Bobcats (25) (4-7)
21 Houston Rockets (15) (3-7) 21 Cleveland Cavaliers (23) (5-4)
22 Charlotte Bobcats (24) (4-7) 22 New Jersey Nets (22) (4-6)
23 Detroit Pistons (26) (4-7) 23 Detroit Pistons (28) ) (4-7)
24 New Jersey Nets (28) (4-6) 24 New York Knicks (21) (3-8)
25 Washington Wizards (22) (3-6) 25 Minnesota Timberwolves (30) (3-9)
26 Minnesota Timberwolves (27) (3-9) 26 Washington Wizards (24) (3-6)
27 Toronto Raptors (30) (2-9) 27 Toronto Raptors (27) (2-9)
28 Sacramento Kings (22) (3-6) 28 Philadelphia 76ers (26) (2-9)
29 Philadelphia 76ers (23) (2-9) 29 Sacramento Kings (20) (3-6)
30 Los Angeles Clippers (25) (1-10) 30 Los Angeles Clippers (29) (1-10)

 

Brian Serra is the founder of MagicBasketballOnline.com.  You can follow/add him on Twitter and on Facebook.

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One Comment
  1. November 17, 2010 6:20 PM

    Really cool comprehensive article

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