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November 19, 2008
by Jeff Briggs
The RCS NBA Power Ranking Averages combine eight other sites' power rankings to make the most balanced and unbiased grade possible, and to offer the most accurate look at the state of the NBA on a weekly basis.
The LA Lakers are the #1 team in the RCS NBA Power Ranking Averages for the third week in a row. Last week they were the consensus top pick, but this week the Celtics and the Cavaliers both picked up some first place rankings.
Only one new team enters the top-ten this week: the Nuggets rose up the rankings from 14th to 9th, while the Hornets fell out (6th to 11th).
The team climbing up the furthest in the rankings this week was the Spurs, rising from 25th to 19th. On the other end of the spectrum, the Hawks proved that they were ranked too high last week, and have since fizzled and dropped the furthest of any team in the rankings this week, falling from 3rd to 10th.
Overall, the rankings tend to be in line with one another, but there seems to be a wide array of opinions when it comes to the Knicks, who are ranked as high as 10th (by AOL and USA Today), and as low as 22nd (by Sports Illustrated), with a standard deviation of 4.74 rankings.
The two conference remain fairly equal at the top of the power ranking averages, but seven of the bottom nine ranked teams are from the Western Conference.