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NBA Power Rankings, 2/24

Posted By Ben Rohrbach On February 24, 2011 @ 6:43 pm In General | 1 Comment

1. San Antonio (47-10): The Spurs have been conspicuously absent from the trade rumor bonanza. But it makes sense, considering their starters have missed one game all season between the five of them — and they’ve lost as many games as the Cavaliers [1] have won.

[2]2. Dallas (41-16): The Mavericks went hard after Detroit’s Tayshaun Prince [3] (for injured Caron Butler [4] and a first-round pick) and Denver’s J.R. Smith [5], but both deals fizzled quickly. Shocking that owner Mark Cuban was active around the trade deadline.

3. Boston (41-14): Who needs centers, anyway? There are other pieces to fall here, trust me. The Celtics [6] aren’t finishing the season with 10 players. Until I know what their roster is going to look like, I’m not moving them anywhere.

4. Miami (42-15): The funniest tidbit I heard on the rumor mill was this [7]: The Heat shopped Mike Miller [8] in trade talks. Oh, sure, Mr. Riley, I’d love to take a 30-year-old guy with an extensive injury history, literal head problems [9] and four years, $24 million remaining after this season. The one Miami rumor [10] that’s intriguing is buyout candidate T.J. Ford.

[11]5. Chicago (38-17): Both Juwan Howard [12] and Chris Bosh have endorsed Derrick Rose [13] for Most Valuable Player over LeBron James [14]. Is it just me, or does that say a lot about what his Heat teammates think about him? Do you think Joakim Noah [15] would side with James? Would Ron Artest [16] back anybody but Kobe … nevermind, scratch that.

6. LA Lakers (40-19): The Lakers are expected to stand pat with their current roster, even once buyout candidates become available. You mean nobody was interested in Ron Artest or Steve Blake [17], who are owed a combined $33.8 million through 2014?

7. Oklahoma City (36-20): Sure, the Thunder got Kendrick Perkins [18] and Nate Robinson [19], but the real story is that they and the Celtics could be competing [20] for Jason Kapono once the 76ers buy out his contract. That’s kind of like a lion and a crocodile competing over a dead animal carcass. No offense to dead animal carcasses.

[21]8. Atlanta (34-23): The Kirk Hinrich [22] deal puts the Hawks over the top, if by “over the top” you mean “into the No. 4 seed.” They also apparently shopped [23] Zaza Pachulia [24], his remaining two-year, $10 million deal and his back acne.

[25]9. Orlando (36-22): After losing to the Kings, Magic center Dwight Howard [26] said: ‘€œEverybody on the team has to step up and play hard. I’€™m not singling anybody out.’€ You hear that Gilbert Arenas [27], he’s not calling anybody out!

10. New Orleans (34-25): Any time I can mention Mark Cuban twice and spread a conspiracy theory  at the same time in the Power Rankings, I’ll do it. He called B.S. [28] on the Hornets’ deal for Carl Landry, which will cost owners $750K since the NBA owns the franchise: “If most of the owners in this league can’t take back salary in a deal, the Hornets shouldn’t be allowed to, either.” Amen.

11. New York (28-26): Does the Carmelo Anthony bring the Knicks any closer to an NBA championship in the next four years? As a Syracuse guy, I hate to say it, but not really. I spent a few thousand words [29] explaining my rationale. No need to explain further.

12. Portland (32-25): The Trail Blazers dealt Joel Przybilla [30] and two first-round draft picks to the Bobcats for Gerald Wallace [31]. No news yet whether or not Wallace has purchased knee braces and insurance on both ACLs.

[32]13. Memphis (32-27): According to Fox Sports Memphis reporter Chris Vernon, the Grizzlies [33] dealt Hasheem Thabeet and a first-rounder for Shane Battier [34], then failed to ship O.J. Mayo to the Pacers for Josh McRoberts and a first-round pick. Ladies and gentlemen, Chris Wallace does it again!

[35]14. Phoenix (28-27): The Suns dealt Goran Dragic and a first-rounder for Aaron Brooks, according to Arizona Republic reporter Paul Coro. Now Phoenix has added Vince Carter [36]– a problem throughout his career – and Brooks, a problem [37] recently in Houston.

[38]15. Utah (31-27): Shouldn’t the Jazz [39] have dealt Deron Williams for Devin Harris and Derrick Favors [40] before the whole Jerry Sloan [41] ordeal? I’ve heard “This town’s not big enough for the both of us” before, but usually that leads to one person leaving — not both.

[42]16. Philadelphia (28-29): The 76ers were awful quiet on Thursday. They have a lot of tradeable assets and should make the playoffs this season. Kinda strange. Did general manager Ed Stefanski forget it was trade deadline day?

17. Houston (28-31): The Rockets got Hasheem Thabeet, Goran Dragic and two first-round picks for an unhappy camper (Brooks) and an expiring deal (Battier). It’ll be interesting to see who those first-rounders turn into. A lot of flexibility in Houston.

18. Indiana (26-30): The Pacers failed to get their (stuff) together to make a deal for O.J. Mayo before the trade deadline. Who is Tony Allen [43] going to punch for that mistake?

team got killed [44] in a deal.

20. New Jersey (17-40): Would you rather have Williams for Harris/Favors or Anthony for half your roster, picks and cash? Exactly. Never underestimate a Russian billionaire.

21. Golden State (26-30): So, the Warriors are apparently prepared to buy Troy Murphy [45]‘s contract out, allowing him to sign with the Celtics. Murphy averaged 3.6 points and 4.2 rebounds in 16 minutes per game for the Nets [46]. Not wowed by that one.

22. LA Clippers (21-37): With the acquisition of Mo Williams [47] and Jamario Moon for Baron Davis [48] — and Chris Kaman [49]‘s contract coming off the books next season — the Clippers will have a ton of cap room to land one of the big free agents in 2012. Then again, they’ll probably just sign Vince Carter to a max contract.

23. Charlotte (25-32): Just as the Bobcats started to play well, they shipped Gerald Wallace and Nazr Mohammed out of Charlotte for Dante Cunningham, Joel Przybilla, D.J. White, Morris Peterson and two first-rounders. Somewhere Larry Brown [50] sips a Mai Tai and cackles loud enough for the natives to hear.

24. Milwaukee (22-35): The Bucks stuck with their guys during the trade deadline. I guess they’re pinning their hopes on Michael Redd‘s return [51]. I’m sure that’ll pan out.

25. Detroit (21-38): The odd thing is — after not dealing Tayshaun Prince or Rip Hamilton at the deadline — the Pistons could actually make the playoffs. Did I just write that?

26. Washington (15-39): The Wizards [52] got Mike Bibby [53], Jordan Crawford, Maurice Evans and a first-round pick for Hinrich. Not too bad, but I’m not even sure an actual wizard could fix this team.

[54]27. Sacramento (13-40): The Kings want to move to Anaheim? Who will have better chemistry in Orange County: The Kings or that crew of insane housewives?

28. Toronto (15-41): The Raptors acquired James Johnson for a first-round draft pick, and then Johnson gave us the quote of the week [55]: “My plus-minus is outrageous.” Gold. I think I’m going to start yelling that when I’m one of the last few guys picked on the blacktop.

29. Minnesota (13-43): The Timberwolves [56] attempted to trade Jonny Flynn. So, from the 2009 NBA draft in which they had the No. 5 and 6 overall picks, they’ve failed to sign the No. 5 selection (Ricky Rubio [57]) and were prepared to part with the other. What’s a bigger disaster for Minnesota — that or the Kevin Garnett [58] trade?

30. Cleveland (10-46): Given the chance to trade for a point guard with a weight problem and $28 million remaining on his contract (Davis), the Cavaliers pulled the trigger. Of course they did. Cleveland rocks.


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[1] 1. San Antonio (47-10): The Spurs have been conspicuously absent from the trade rumor bonanza. But it makes sense, considering their starters have missed one game all season between the five of them — and they’ve lost as many games as the Cavaliers: http://weei.stats.com/nba/teamstats.asp?teamno=24&type=teamhome

[2] : http://weei.stats.com/nba/teamstats.asp?teamno=06&type=teamhome

[3] Tayshaun Prince: http://media.weei.com/basketball/tayshaun-prince.htm

[4] for injured Caron Butler: http://twitter.com/#!/fishsports/status/40841425084096512

[5] J.R. Smith: http://twitter.com/#!/STEIN_LINE_HQ/status/40836424546791424

[6] Celtics: http://media.weei.com/basketball/boston-celtics.htm

[7] 4. Miami (42-15): The funniest tidbit I heard on the rumor mill was this: http://weei.stats.com/nba/teamstats.asp?teamno=14&type=teamhome

[8] Mike Miller: http://media.weei.com/golf/mike-miller.htm

[9] literal head problems: http://espn.go.com/blog/truehoop/miamiheat/post/_/id/4571/mike-millers-head-game

[10] one Miami rumor: http://twitter.com/#!/MikeWellsNBA/status/40785691612807169

[11] : http://weei.stats.com/nba/teamstats.asp?teamno=04&type=teamhome

[12] Juwan Howard: http://media.weei.com/basketball/juwan-howard.htm

[13] Derrick Rose: http://media.weei.com/basketball/derrick-rose.htm

[14] LeBron James: http://media.weei.com/basketball/lebron-james.htm

[15] Joakim Noah: http://media.weei.com/basketball/joakim-noah.htm

[16] Ron Artest: http://media.weei.com/basketball/ron-artest.htm

[17] 6. LA Lakers (40-19): The Lakers are expected to stand pat with their current roster, even once buyout candidates become available. You mean nobody was interested in Ron Artest or Steve Blake: http://weei.stats.com/nba/teamstats.asp?teamno=13&type=teamhome

[18] 7. Oklahoma City (36-20): Sure, the Thunder got Kendrick Perkins: http://weei.stats.com/nba/teamstats.asp?teamno=25&type=teamhome

[19] Nate Robinson: http://media.weei.com/basketball/nate-robinson.htm

[20] could be competing: http://twitter.com/#!/WojYahooNBA/status/40817272608137216

[21] : http://weei.stats.com/nba/teamstats.asp?teamno=01&type=teamhome

[22] Kirk Hinrich: http://media.weei.com/basketball/kirk-hinrich.htm

[23] apparently shopped: http://twitter.com/#!/AlexKennedyNBA/status/40798660581277696

[24] Zaza Pachulia: http://media.weei.com/basketball/zaza-pachulia.htm

[25] : http://weei.stats.com/nba/teamstats.asp?teamno=19&type=teamhome

[26] Dwight Howard: http://media.weei.com/basketball/dwight-howard.htm

[27] Gilbert Arenas: http://media.weei.com/basketball/gilbert-arenas.htm

[28] 10. New Orleans (34-25): Any time I can mention Mark Cuban twice and spread a conspiracy theory  at the same time in the Power Rankings, I’ll do it. He called B.S.: http://weei.stats.com/nba/teamstats.asp?teamno=03&type=teamhome

[29] 11. New York (28-26): Does the Carmelo Anthony bring the Knicks any closer to an NBA championship in the next four years? As a Syracuse guy, I hate to say it, but not really. I spent a few thousand words: http://weei.stats.com/nba/teamstats.asp?teamno=18&type=teamhome

[30] 12. Portland (32-25): The Trail Blazers dealt Joel Przybilla: http://weei.stats.com/nba/teamstats.asp?teamno=22&type=teamhome

[31] Gerald Wallace: http://media.weei.com/basketball/gerald-wallace.htm

[32] : http://weei.stats.com/nba/teamstats.asp?teamno=29&type=teamhome

[33] Grizzlies: http://media.weei.com/basketball/grizzlies.htm

[34] Shane Battier: http://media.weei.com/basketball/shane-battier.htm

[35] : http://weei.stats.com/nba/teamstats.asp?teamno=21&type=teamhome

[36] Vince Carter: http://media.weei.com/basketball/vince-carter.htm

[37] a problem: http://www.sportingnews.com/nba/story/2011-02-07/rockets-point-guard-aaron-brooks-suspended-a-game

[38] : http://weei.stats.com/nba/teamstats.asp?teamno=26&type=teamhome

[39] Jazz: http://media.weei.com/basketball/utah-jazz.htm

[40] Derrick Favors: http://media.weei.com/basketball/derrick-favors.htm

[41] Jerry Sloan: http://media.weei.com/basketball/jerry-sloan.htm

[42] : http://weei.stats.com/nba/teamstats.asp?teamno=20&type=teamhome

[43] 18. Indiana (26-30): The Pacers failed to get their (stuff) together to make a deal for O.J. Mayo before the trade deadline. Who is Tony Allen: http://weei.stats.com/nba/teamstats.asp?teamno=11&type=teamhome

[44] team got killed: http://www.sportsgrindent.com/blog/denver-nuggets-general-manager-says-team-got-killed-in-carmelo-anthony-trade/

[45] 21. Golden State (26-30): So, the Warriors are apparently prepared to buy Troy Murphy: http://weei.stats.com/nba/teamstats.asp?teamno=09&type=teamhome

[46] the Nets: http://media.weei.com/basketball/new-jersey-nets.htm

[47] 22. LA Clippers (21-37): With the acquisition of Mo Williams: http://weei.stats.com/nba/teamstats.asp?teamno=12&type=teamhome

[48] Baron Davis: http://media.weei.com/basketball/baron-davis.htm

[49] Chris Kaman: http://media.weei.com/basketball/chris-kaman.htm

[50] 23. Charlotte (25-32): Just as the Bobcats started to play well, they shipped Gerald Wallace and Nazr Mohammed out of Charlotte for Dante Cunningham, Joel Przybilla, D.J. White, Morris Peterson and two first-rounders. Somewhere Larry Brown: http://weei.stats.com/nba/teamstats.asp?teamno=30&type=teamhome

[51] 24. Milwaukee (22-35): The Bucks stuck with their guys during the trade deadline. I guess they’re pinning their hopes on Michael Redd‘s return: http://weei.stats.com/nba/teamstats.asp?teamno=15&type=teamhome

[52] 26. Washington (15-39): The Wizards: http://weei.stats.com/nba/teamstats.asp?teamno=27&type=teamhome

[53] Mike Bibby: http://media.weei.com/basketball/mike-bibby.htm

[54] : http://weei.stats.com/nba/teamstats.asp?teamno=23&type=teamhome

[55] 28. Toronto (15-41): The Raptors acquired James Johnson for a first-round draft pick, and then Johnson gave us the quote of the week: http://weei.stats.com/nba/teamstats.asp?teamno=28&type=teamhome

[56] 29. Minnesota (13-43): The Timberwolves: http://weei.stats.com/nba/teamstats.asp?teamno=16&type=teamhome

[57] Ricky Rubio: http://media.weei.com/basketball/ricky-rubio.htm

[58] Kevin Garnett: http://media.weei.com/basketball/kevin-garnett.htm

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