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Carter's NBA Power Rankings, March 2: Cavs Remain Number One

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David CarterCorrespondent IDecember 24, 2016

 

It’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve posted my rankings but here I am once again.

I think the Cavs should be in the top spot in my rankings because they have played well as of late, they have played great throughout the season against “good” teams. They also are one of very few teams who play well offensively and defensively.

Speaking of the Cavs, LeBron James is also my favorite to win the NBA MVP Award mainly because I think he’s just been playing the best out of all the players this year. He and Kevin Durant are the only two players that have scored over 1,700 total points this year. With that said, here’s how I see NBA’s top 30 teams.

Basically in order, here’s the teams that I DON’T want to play against in the playoffs if I’m a head coach of a team. Also I continue to give my NBA award races.

Carter’s Top 30 Teams:

1. Cleveland Cavaliers (47-14)

Offense Rank: 6

Defense Rank: 5

Last Ten Games: 7-3

W-L vs. +.500 Teams: 23-10

 

2. Los Angeles Lakers (45-15)

Offense Rank: 5

Defense Rank: 8

Last Ten Games: 7-3

W-L vs. +.500 Teams: 25-14

 

3. Orlando Magic (41-20)

Offense Rank: 10

Defense Rank: 6

Last Ten Games: 7-3

W-L vs. +.500 Teams: 21-14

 

4. Utah Jazz (38-22)

Offense Rank: 7

Defense Rank: 13

Last Ten Games: 6-4

W-L vs. +.500 Teams: 23-16

 

5. Atlanta Hawks (38-21)

Offense Rank: 9

Defense Rank: 11

Last Ten Games: 6-4

W-L vs. +.500 Teams: 22-14

 

6. Denver Nuggets (39-21)

Offense Rank: 3

Defense Rank: 22

Last Ten Games: 5-5

W-L vs. +.500 Teams: 23-12

 

7. Boston Celtics (36-21)

Offense Rank: 19

Defense Rank: 1

Last Ten Games: 5-5

W-L vs. +.500 Teams: 16-15

 

8. San Antonio Spurs (34-24)

Offense Rank: 15

Defense Rank: 9

Last Ten Games: 6-4

W-L vs. +.500 Teams: 15-21

 

9. Oklahoma City Thunder (35-23)

Offense Rank: 17

Defense Rank: 7

Last Ten Games: 8-2

W-L vs. +.500 Teams: 15-21

 

10. Phoenix Suns (38-24)

Offense Rank: 1

Defense Rank: 28

Last Ten Games: 7-3

W-L vs. +.500 Teams: 20-18

 

11. Portland Trail Blazers (36-27)

Offense Rank: 22

Defense Rank: 4

Last Ten Games: 6-4

W-L vs. +.500 Teams: 19-21

 

12. Dallas Mavericks (40-21)

Offense Rank: 14

Defense Rank: 15

Last Ten Games: 8-2

W-L vs. +.500 Teams: 22-17

 

13. Milwaukee Bucks (30-29)

Offense Rank: 20

Defense Rank: 12

Last Ten Games: 7-3

W-L vs. +.500 Teams: 9-22

 

14. Miami Heat (29-31)

Offense Rank: 27

Defense Rank: 3

Last Ten Games: 5-5

W-L vs. +.500 Teams: 14-26

 

15. Charlotte Bobcats (28-30)

Offense Rank: 28

Defense Rank: 2

Last Ten Games: 4-6

W-L vs. +.500 Teams: 14-22

 

16. Houston Rockets (30-29)

Offense Rank: 11

Defense Rank: 21

Last Ten Games: 3-7

W-L vs. +.500 Teams: 18-23

 

17. Memphis Grizzlies (30-30)

Offense Rank: 8

Defense Rank: 23

Last Ten Games: 4-6

W-L vs. +.500 Teams: 14-21

 

18. Toronto Raptors (31-28)

Offense Rank: 4

Defense Rank: 27

Last Ten Games: 5-5

W-L vs. +.500 Teams: 11-23

 

19. Chicago Bulls (31-29)

Offense Rank: 25

Defense Rank: 14

Last Ten Games: 6-4

W-L vs. +.500 Teams: 13-18

 

20. New Orleans Hornets (31-30)

Offense Rank: 16

Defense Rank: 19

Last Ten Games: 4-6

W-L vs. +.500 Teams: 14-23

 

21. Philadelphia 76ers (22-37)

Offense Rank: 23

Defense Rank: 17

Last Ten Games: 4-6

W-L vs. +.500 Teams: 10-25

 

22. Washington Wizards (21-36)

Offense Rank: 21

Defense Rank: 20

Last Ten Games: 5-5

W-L vs. +.500 Teams: 10-20

 

23. Golden State Warriors (17-41)

Offense Rank: 2

Defense Rank: 30

Last Ten Games: 4-6

W-L vs. +.500 Teams: 7-31

 

24. New York Knicks (20-39)

Offense Rank: 12

Defense Rank: 25

Last Ten Games: 1-9

W-L vs. +.500 Teams: 7-26

 

25. Los Angeles Clippers (25-35)

Offense Rank: 26

Defense Rank: 16

Last Ten Games: 4-6

W-L vs. +.500 Teams: 10-29

 

26. Detroit Pistons (21-38)

Offense Rank: 29

Defense Rank: 10

Last Ten Games: 4-6

W-L vs. +.500 Teams: 9-27

 

27. Sacramento Kings (20-39)

Offense Rank: 13

Defense Rank: 26

Last Ten Games: 4-6

W-L vs. +.500 Teams: 10-27

 

28. Indiana Pacers (20-39)

Offense Rank: 18

Defense Rank: 24

Last Ten Games: 3-7

W-L vs. +.500 Teams: 7-28

 

29. Minnesota Timber wolves (14-47)

Offense Rank: 24

Defense Rank: 29

Last Ten Games: 1-9

W-L vs. +.500 Teams: 5-35

 

30. New Jersey Nets (6-53)

Offense Rank: 30

Defense Rank: 18

Last Ten Games: 2-8

W-L vs. +.500 Teams: 2-31

 

Carter’s NBA 2009-10 Award Races:

Most Valuable Player:

1. LeBron James (Cavaliers)

2. Kevin Durant (Thunder)

3. Dirk Nowitzki (Mavericks)

4. Kobe Bryant (Lakers)

5. Dwyane Wade (Heat)

6. Amare Stoudamire (Suns)

7. Carmelo Anthony (Nuggets)

8. Monta Ellis (Warriors)

9. Chris Bosh (Raptors)

10. Joe Johnson (Hawks)

 

Coach Of The Year:

1. Mike Brown (Cavaliers)

2. Phil Jackson (Lakers)

3. Stan Van Gundy (Magic)

4. Rick Carlisle (Mavericks)

5. George Karl (Nuggets)

 

Defensive Player of the Year:

1. Dwight Howard (Magic)

2. Zach Randolph (Grizzlies)

3. David Lee (Knicks)

4. Marcus Camby (Blazers)

5. Carlos Boozer (Jazz)

 

Rookie of the Year :

1. Tyreke Evans (Kings)

2. Brandon Jennings (Bucks)

3. Stephen Curry (Warriors)

4. Jonny Flynn (Timberwolves)

5. Marcus Thornton (Hornets)

 

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