NBA Midseason Power Rankings: Lakers Get the Top Spot

David CarterCorrespondent IJanuary 19, 2010

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 15:  (L-R) Kobe Bryant #24 and Lamar Odom #7 of the Los Angeles Lakers share a laugh on the bench during the game against the Los Angeles Clippers on January 15, 2010 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The Lakers won 126-86. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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1. Los Angeles Lakers (32-9)

Offense Rank: 6

Defense Rank: 7

Last Ten Games: 7-3

Key Players: Kobe Bryant, Andrew Bynum, Ron Artest

 

2. Cleveland Cavaliers (31-11)

Offense Rank: 11

Defense Rank: 4

Last Ten Games: 7-3

Key Players: LeBron James, Mo Williams, Shaquille O’Neal

 

3. Boston Celtics (27-12)

Offense Rank: 16

Defense Rank: 2

Last Ten Games: 4-6

Key Players: Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo

 

4. San Antonio Spurs (25-15)

Offense Rank: 9

Defense Rank: 5

Last Ten Games: 6-4

Key Players: Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Richard Jefferson

 

5. Atlanta Hawks (26-14)

Offense Rank: 7

Defense Rank: 11

Last Ten Games: 5-5

Key Players: Joe Johnson, Jamal Crawford

 

6. Denver Nuggets (26-14)

Offense Rank: 3

Defense Rank: 21

Last Ten Games: 6-4

Key Players: Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Nene Hilario

 

7. Orlando Magic (26-15)

Offense Rank: 10

Defense Rank: 8

Last Ten Games: 3-7

Key Players: Dwight Howard, Vince Carter, Rashard Lewis

 

8. Utah Jazz (23-18)

Offense Rank: 12

Defense Rank: 10

Last Ten Games: 5-5

Key Players: Carlos Boozer, Deron Williams, Mehmet Okur

 

9. Portland Trail Blazers (25-17)

Offense Rank: 22

Defense Rank: 3

Last Ten Games: 5-5

Key Players: Brandon Roy, LaMarcus Aldridge, Andre Miller

 

10. Oklahoma City Thunder (23-18)

Offense Rank: 19

Defense Rank: 6

Last Ten Games: 6-4

Key Players: Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Jeff Green

 

11. Dallas Mavericks (27-14)

Offense Rank: 15

Defense Rank: 14

Last Ten Games: 5-5

Key Players: Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Terry, Shawn Marion

 

12. Phoenix Suns (24-18)

Offense Rank: 1

Defense Rank: 29

Last Ten Games: 4-6

Key Players: Amar'e Stoudemire, Steve Nash, Jason Richardson

 

13. Charlotte Bobcats (20-19)

Offense Rank: 28

Defense Rank: 1

Last Ten Games: 8-2

Key Players: Gerald Wallace, Stephen Jackson, Raymond Felton

 

14. Houston Rockets (23-18)

Offense Rank: 14

Defense Rank: 18

Last Ten Games: 5-5

Key Players: Aaron Brooks, Carl Landry, Trevor Ariza

 

15. Memphis Grizzlies (22-18)

Offense Rank: 4

Defense Rank: 25

Last Ten Games: 8-2

Key Players: Zach Randolph, Rudy Gay, O.J. Mayo

 

16. Miami Heat (20-19)

Offense Rank: 24

Defense Rank: 12

Last Ten Games: 4-6

Key Players: Dwyane Wade, Michael Beasley, Jermaine O’Neal

 

17. Toronto Raptors (21-20)

Offense Rank: 5

Defense Rank: 26

Last Ten Games: 7-3

Key Players: Chris Bosh, Andrea Bargnani, Hedo Turkoglu

 

18. New York Knicks (17-24)

Offense Rank: 13

Defense Rank: 22

Last Ten Games: 5-5

Key Players: David Lee, Al Harrington, Wilson Chandler

 

19. Milwaukee Bucks (16-23)

Offense Rank: 23

Defense Rank: 16

Last Ten Games: 4-6

Key Players: Brandon Jennings, Andrew Bogut, Luke Ridnour

 

20. New Orleans Hornets (21-19)

Offense Rank: 20

Defense Rank: 17

Last Ten Games: 7-3

Key Players: David West, Chris Paul, Emeka Okafor

 

21. Los Angeles Clippers (18-22)

Offense Rank: 26

Defense Rank: 15

Last Ten Games: 5-5

Key Players: Chris Kaman, Baron Davis, Eric Gordon

 

22. Sacramento Kings (15-25)

Offense Rank: 8

Defense Rank: 27

Last Ten Games: 1-9

Key Players: Tyreke Evans, Jason Thompson, Beno Udrih

 

23. Philadelphia 76ers (13-27)

Offense Rank: 21

Defense Rank: 19

Last Ten Games: 5-5

Key Players: Andre Iguodala, Thaddeus Young, Elton Brand

 

24. Chicago Bulls (18-21)

Offense Rank: 27

Defense Rank: 13

Last Ten Games: 6-4

Key Players: Derrick Rose, Luol Deng, John Salmons

 

25. Washington Wizards (14-26)

Offense Rank: 18

Defense Rank: 23

Last Ten Games: 4-6

Key Players: Gilbert Arenas, Antawn Jamison, Caron Butler

 

26. Golden State Warriors (12-27)

Offense Rank: 2

Defense Rank: 30

Last Ten Games: 4-6

Key Players: Monta Ellis, Corey Maggette, Stephen Curry

 

27. Indiana Pacers (14-26)

Offense Rank: 17

Defense Rank: 24

Last Ten Games: 5-5

Key Players: Danny Granger, Dahntay Jones, Roy Hibbert

 

28. Detroit Pistons (14-26)

Offense Rank: 29

Defense Rank: 9

Last Ten Games: 3-7

Key Players: Rodney Stuckey, Chalie Villanueva, Ben Gordon

 

29. Minnesota Timberwolves (9-33)

Offense Rank: 25

Defense Rank: 28

Last Ten Games: 2-8

Key Players: Al Jefferson, Jonny Flynn, Corey Brewer

 

30. New Jersey Nets (3-37)

Offense Rank: 30

Defense Rank: 20

Last Ten Games: 1-9

Key Players: Brook Lopez, Devin Harris, Chris Douglas-Roberts

 

Carter's NBA Award Races

 

NBA Most Valuable Player Award Race

1. LeBron James (Cavaliers)

2. Kevin Durant (Thunder)

3. Kobe Bryant (Lakers)

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