Carter's NBA Power Rankings: December 29

David CarterCorrespondent IDecember 30, 2009

DENVER - OCTOBER 28:  Carmelo Anthony #15 of the Denver Nuggets dribbles the ball upcourt against the Utah Jazz during NBA action at Pepsi Center on October 28, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. The Nuggets defeated the Jazz 114-105.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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NOTE:Top Ten Wins include wins over teams currently ranked in the top ten in these rankings.

1. Boston Celtics (24-8)
Top Ten Wins: def. Cavaliers 95-89, def. Spurs 90-83
Key Players: Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett

2. Atlanta Hawks (21-8)

Top Ten Wins: def. Blazers 97-91, def. Nuggets, 125-100, def. Celtics 97-86, def. Mavericks 80-75
Key Players: Joe Johnson, Jamal Crawford, Josh Smith

3. Los Angeles Lakers (24-6)
Top Ten Wins: def Hawks 118-110, def Suns 121-102, def. Suns 108-88
Key Players: Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum

4. Cleveland Cavaliers (24-8)
Top Ten Wins: def. Mavericks 111-95, def Suns 107-90, def Blazers 104-99, def Suns 109-91, def Lakers 102-87
Key Players: LeBron James, Mo Williams, Shaquille O’Neal

5. Orlando Magic (22-8)
Top Ten Wins: def. Suns 122-100, def Celtics 83-78, def Hawks 93-76, def Blazers 92-83
Key Players: Vince Carter, Dwight Howard, Rashard Lewis

6. Denver Nuggets (20-12)

Top Ten Wins: def Blazers 97-94, def Lakers 105-79, def Spurs 106-99, def Suns 105-99, def Hawks 124-104
Key Players: Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups, J.R. Smith

7. San Antonio Spurs (17-11)
Top Ten Wins: def Mavericks 92-83
Key Players: Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Richard Jefferson

8. Dallas Mavericks (22-9)
Top Ten Wins: def Lakers 94-80, def Spurs 99-94 in OT, def Suns 102-101, def Cavaliers 102-95, def Nuggets 104-96
Key Players: Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Terry, Josh Howard

9. Phoenix Suns (20-12)
Top Ten Wins: def Celtics 110-103, def Spurs 116-104, def Lakers 118-103
Key Players: Amare Stoudemire, Steve Nash, Jason Richardson

10. Portland Trailblazers (20-13)
Top Ten Wins: def Spurs 96-84, def Suns 105-102
Key Players: Brandon Roy, LaMarcus Aldridge, Andre Miller

11. Utah Jazz (17-13)
Top Ten Wins: def Spurs 113-99, def Spurs 90-83, def Blazers 108-92, def Spurs 104-101, def Magic 120-111, Lakers 102-94
Key Players: Carlos Boozer, Deron Williams, Mehmet Okur

12. Oklahoma City Thunder (16-14)

Top Ten Wins: def Magic 102-74, def Spurs 101-98, def Suns 117-113
Key Players: Kevin Durnat, Russell Westbrook, Jeff Green

13. Miami Heat (16-12)
Top Ten Wins: def Nuggets 96-88, def Magic 99-98, def Blazers 107-100, def Magic 104-86
Key Players: Dwyane Wade, Michael Beasley, Jermaine O’Neal

14. Houston Rockets (18-13)
Top Ten Wins: def Blazers 111-107, def Lakers 101-91, def Cavaliers 95-85, def Mavericks 116-108 in OT
Key Players: Aaron Brooks, Carl Landry, Trevor Ariza

15. Charlotte Bobcats (12-17)

Top Ten Wins: def Hawks 103-83, def Cavaliers 94-87, def Nuggets 107-95
Key Players: Gerald Wallace, Stephen Jackson, Raymond Felton

16. Milwaukee Bucks (12-17)

Top Ten Wins: def Nuggets 108-102, def Blazers 108-101 in OT
Key Players: Brandon Jennings, Andrew Bogut, Ersan Ilyasova

17. Sacramento Kings (14-16)
Top Ten Wins: def Nuggets 106-101
Key Players: Tyreke Evans, Jason Thompson, Beno Udrih

18. Memphis Grizzlies (14-16)

Top Ten Wins: def Blazers 106-96, def Mavericks 98-82, def cavaliers 111-109 in OT, def Nuggets 102-96
Key Players: Zach Randolph, Rudy Gay, O.J. Mayo

19. Toronto Raptors (15-17)

Top Ten Wins: def Cavaliers 101-91
Key Players: Chris Bosh, Andrea Bargnani, Hedo Turkoglu

20. New York Knicks (11-19)
Top Ten Wins: def Suns 126-99, def Hawks 114-107, def Blazers 93-84
Key Players: Al Harrington, David Lee, Danilo Gallinari

21. New Orleans Hornets (13-15)

Top Ten Wins: def Mavericks 114-107 in OT, def Suns 110-103, def Hawks 96-88, def Nuggets 98-92
Key Players: David West, Chris Paul, Peja Stojakovic

22. Washington Wizards (10-19)

Top Ten Wins: def Mavericks 102-91, def Cavaliers 108-91
Key Players: Gilbert Arenas, Caron Butler, Antawn Jamison,

23. Los Angeles Clippers (13-17)
Top Ten Wins: def Nuggets 106-99, def Celtics 92-90
Key Players: Chris Kaman, Baron Davis, Al Thornton

24. Detroit Pistons (11-19)

Top Ten Wins: def Magic 85-80, def Hawks 94-88, def Nuggets 101-99,
Key Players: Rodney Stuckey, Charlie Villanueva, Ben Gordon

25. Philadelphia 76ers (8-22)
Top Ten Wins: def Celtics 98-97, def Blazers 104-93
Key Players: Andre Iguodala, Thaddeus Young, Elton Brand

26. Golden State Warriors (9-21)
Top Ten Wins: def Blazers 108-94, def Mavericks 111-103, def Suns 132-127, def Celtics 103-99
Key Players: Monta Ellis, Corey Maggette, Stephen Curry

27. Indiana Pacers (9-20)

Top Ten Wins: def Celtics 113-104,
Key Players: Danny Granger, Dahntay Jones, Troy Murphy

28. Chicago Bulls (11-17)
Top Ten Wins: def Spurs 92-85, def Cavaliers 86-85, def Hawks 101-98 in OT
Key Players: Luol Deng, Derrick Rose, John Salmons

29. Minnesota Timberwolves (7-24)

Top Ten Wins: def Nuggets 106-100
Key Players: Al Jefferson, Johnny Flynn, Corey Brewer

30. New Jersey Nets (2-29)

Top Ten Wins: None
Key Players: Brook Lopez, Chris Douglas-Roberts, Devin Harris

Carter’s NBA Most Valuable Player Race:

1. Carmelo Anthony (DEN)
2. LeBron James (CLE)
3. Kobe Bryant (LAL)
4. Kevin Durant (OKC)
5. Monta Ellis (GS)
6. Dirk Nowitzki (DAL)
7. Chris Bosh (TOR)
8. Dwyane Wade (MIA)
9. Brandon Roy (POR)
10. Gilbert Arenas (WSH)

Carter’s NBA Defensive Player of the Year Race:

1. Dwight Howard (ORL)
2. Chris Bosh (TOR)
3. Joakim Hoah (CHI)
4. Zach Randolph (MEM)
5. Gerald Wallace (CHA)

Carter’s NBA Rookie of the Year Race:

1. Tyreke Evans (SAC)
2. Brandon Jennings (MIL)
3. Johnny Flynn (MIN)
4. Stephen Curry (GS)
5. Omri Casspi (SAC)

Carter’s NBA Coach of the Year Race:

1. Phil Jackson (LAL)
2. Doc Rivers (BOS)
3. Mike Brown (CLE)
4. Stan Van Gundy (ORL)
5. Mike Woodson (ATL)


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