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November 03, 2009
by Jeff Briggs
The RCS NBA Power Ranking Averages combine seven* 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 NHL on a weekly basis.
After one week of play the Celtics are the new No. 1 team in the RCS NBA Power Ranking Averages.
The Cavaliers, struggling to mesh for the first few games of the season dropped from 3rd to 10th in the rankings this week. Also falling were the Hornets, who slipped from 11th to 18th.
The hottest team in the rankings is the undefeated Heat, who shot up the rankings, going from 19th all the way up to 7th.
At the bottom of the rankings, the Nets take over the 30th position with an 0-4 record, and are not ranked higher than 29th by any of the sites.
Not surprisingly at this point in the season, the sites that compose the RCS Averages have varying opinions on some teams. The Cavs are ranked as high as 5th and as low as 15th, and the Jazz range from 8th to 17th. The Knicks have the most discrepancy in their rankings: as high as 19th while also slotted dead-last (30th) by Sports Illustrated. As the season goes on and there are more games and data, the various rankings will converge and we will have a better idea of where the real strength and weakness lies within the league.
*Fox and USA Today did not have up to date rankings at the time this blog post was published, so only five sites power rankings were used to create the RCS Averages.
UPDATE: Fox Sports published their rankings now, so numbers in this post may not accurately reflect the numbers in the actual RCS Averages.