DJ's NBA Power Poll: A Tale Of Two Teams In One City, LA That Is!

Dustin JohnsonCorrespondent IJanuary 18, 2017

It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. Some celebrities (Leo and Jack) were grinning. Other celebs (Billy Crystal and ?) were groaning. It all happened in one city. The rise of one fan nation. The continued and prolonged fall of another.

Biggest Movers: New York +11, Toronto -10, Memphis -9

  1. Los Angeles Lakers 12-1 (1): Should remain number one into December, as the next five games are against teams with .500 record or less.
  2. Boston Celtics 13-2 (3): KG and team are on a five game winning streak and have four of the next five at home.
  3. Cleveland Cavaliers 11-3 (5): LeBron leads this team and I mean literally, as he is the team leader in points, rebounds, assists, and steals per game.
  4. Orlando Magic 10-4 (10): D Howard is the man in Orlando. Averaging nearly 21 points, 14 rebounds, and four blocked shots per game.
  5. Houston Rockets 10-5 (8): Until T-Mac or Yao Ming go down to injury this team looks to be a steady top 10 or maybe top five.
  6. Utah Jazz 9-6 (2): The fact that this team is 9-6 and not 1-14 with as many injuries as Utah has had is a testament to why Jerry Sloan should win Coach of Year.
  7. Phoenix Suns 9-5 (9): Nash and Co. look to close out November strong with games against teams that are a combined 17-34.
  8. Denver Nuggets 10-5 (12): The trade for Billups is having a great effect, as the nuggets have won seven of 10.
  9. Portland Trailblazers 9-6 (13): These are the Jailblazers of old. These young men will give the Jazz and the Nuggets a challenge this for the Northwest this year.
  10. Detroit Pistons 8-5 (7): I just might be right about the AI trade not working Detroit's lost three of the last four, including one to Minnesota.
  11. New Orleans Hornets 8-5 (6): CP3 is averaging 21 points, 12 assists, and three steals per game. The man is an animal, a speedy leopard that can handle a basketball.
  12. Atlanta Hawks 8-5 (4): The Hawks fast start has slipped back to a more proper level of mediocrity.
  13. San Antonio Spurs 7-6 (20): If only the Spurs could play the Jazz all 82 games they might go undefeated.
  14. New York Knicks 7-7 (25): Is anyone sure that the Yankees aren't secretly playing for the Knicks? Does Mike D'Antoni look like Joe Torre?
  15. Chicago Bulls 7-8 (17): Derrick Rose is making a case for why he was picked first overall. Did anyone see how he played against the Jazz on Monday night?
  16. Miami Heat 7-7 (14): The future is looking quite sunny for the Heat, with their young guns in Mario Chalmers and Michael Beasley.
  17. Philadelphia 76ers 7-7 (22): The starters on this team are starting gel. If only the bench could at least mingle a little bit they might become contenders.
  18. Dallas Mavericks 7-7 (15): J-Kidd and Dirk still have game. But what about the rest of the Mavs?
  19. Milwaukee Bucks 7-9 (18): It won't be long before Luke Ridnour is looking up from the bench while Ramon Sessions runs the floor on a full time basis.
  20. New Jersey Nets 6-7 (21): A four game road swing out West won't help the Nets stay above .500.
  21. Toronto Raptors 6-7 (11): The Raptors have lost seven of the last 10. Not the direction a team this talented should be headed.
  22. Indiana Pacers 5-8 (19): This is a two man team. Fans please welcome your to the floor the Indiana Ford Grangers.
  23. Golden State Warriors 5-9 (23): Jamal Crawford will fit in well with Don Nelson's run and gun style.
  24. Sacramento Kings 5-10 (26): Giving up 105 points per game isn't going to win many games in the NBA.
  25. Memphis Grizzlies 4-10 (16): Young team + talent + no experience = another trip to the lottery.
  26. Charlotte Bobcats 4-9 (24): It's a good thing this team can play defense because they have no idea what an offense is.
  27. Minnesota Timberwolves 3-9 (27): If Randy Foye can play more aggressive then these young Wolves have a chance at a few more wins.
  28. Washington Wizards 2-10 (29): Goodbye Eddie Jordan. Hello Ed Tapscott? It doesn't matter who the coach is the Wizards need Agent Zero.
  29. Los Angeles Clippers 2-12 (30): Is that another star? Nope just the gleam of hope in Billy Crystal's eye after the Zach Randolph trade.
  30. Oklahoma City Thunder 1-14 (28): The Blunder (I mean Durants) have lost eleven in a row. PJ never had a chance at staying on as coach.

Check back Dec. 1st for a special Power Poll and Awards article.