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January 13, 2009
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 Cavaliers are back at #1 in the RCS NBA Power Rankings Averages after flipping spots with the Lakers. For the first time since November 4th, the Celtics have fallen out of the top-three, dropping down to 5th in response to their losing streak. Only one new team is in the top-10 this week, the Blazers, who rose from 12th to 10th. Dropping out are the Hawks, who fell from 7th all the way down to 13th.
The Sixers are the big riser in the rankings this week, as they climbed up five spots, from 23rd to 18th. The Hawks dropped the furthest in the rankings this week, dropping six spots, but the Knicks are right behind them, dropping from 19th to 24th.
For only the second time this season, the cellar dweller in the ranking is someone other than the Thunder, who have moved up to 28th. Taking their spot is the Clippers, who were the near unanimous choice as the 30th ranked team.
The West continues to be the more powerful conference, with eight of the top 12 ranked teams. But in the West there is no room for mediocrity, as they dominate the bottom of the rankings even more than they do the top, with five of the bottom six ranked teams, and six of the bottom eight calling the Western Conference home.
*AOL and Slam have yet to release their rankings for the week at the time of this blog publication.