NBA Power Rankings: Should the Boston Celtics Remain on Top?

Tanner ThomsSenior Analyst IDecember 11, 2008

The season is a quarter of the way over now, so I thought I would give my power rankings (as of Dec. 11).

1. Boston Celtics (20-2)

Boston is on a 12-game winning streak now, which is best in the league. The Celtics, believe it or not, are a much better team than last year. They are on pace to win 74 games.


2. Cleveland Cavaliers (19-3)

Winners of 10 straight now. LeBron is the MVP. Mo Williams has been a great contributor passing and scoring wise. Finally, a threat for Boston.

3. Los Angeles Lakers (18-3)

Los Angeles lost to the Sacramento Kings a few nights back which drops them for No. 2 to No. 3 in my rankings. The Lakers only beat the Suns last night who were without: Raja Bell (traded), Boris Diaw (traded), Jason Richardson (traded to Suns but not yet with team) and Shaq (personal reasons).

4. Orlando Magic (17-5)

Jameer Nelson is back which makes the Magic a force again. Dwight Howard can't be beat when it comes to the center position.

5. Denver Nuggets (15-7)

Carmelo Anthony tied the record for points in a quarter with 33 last night in the third against the Timberwolves. It's clear to see who won the Billups for Iverson trade.


6. New Orleans Hornets (12-6)

The Hornets have a mini three-game winning streak going which is always a good sign. Chris Paul is still averaging a double-double while David West is continuing to progress his game.

7. Portland Trail Blazers (15-8)

Greg Oden is healthy and starting to show why he was the #1 overall pick in 2007 Brandon Roy is also proving to be an all-star performer.

8. Houston Rockets (14-8)

Houston is still winning without T-Mac mainly because of Ron Artest. Shane Battier is also back which gives them a shut-down defender and three point shooting.

9. San Antonio Spurs (13-8)

Manu Ginobli is back which is key to their success. Tim Duncan gets better with age. San Antonio started off cold but is heating up as of late.

10. Utah Jazz (14-9)

Mehmet Okur is worthy of the comeback player of the year award. Carlos Boozer has missed a lot of time which has allowed Okur to be the presence in the paint.

11. Miami Heat (12-9)

D-Wade is playing out of his mind. Michael Beasley is supplying good shooting and defense.

12. Phoenix Suns (13-10)

Phoenix is not where they want to be record wise but they should be soon with the addition of Jason Richardson.

13. Atlanta Hawks (12-9)

Atlanta has lost three straight games. I keep thinking how great of a start they had and now they are struggling to win.

14. Dallas Mavericks (11-9)

Dirk Nowitzki is playing like he did back in 2006-07. Jason Terry off the bench is the best there is.

15. Detroit Pistons (11-9)

It pains me to see how a great team is now in the middle of the pack. Allen Iverson has brought this team down a notch with his poor shooting.


16. Chicago Bulls (10-11)

Chicago isn't over .500 yet but they are making great strides. Derrick Rose is an amazing talent who will be a prized jewel for years to come.

17. New Jersey Nets (11-9)

Vinsanity and Devin Harris are one of the best guard duos in the league which is surprising to some.

18. New York Knicks (10-12)

Al Harrington is a much better player on the Knicks then he was with the Warriors. Stephon Marbury needs to go though.

19. Toronto Raptors (9-12)

The most disappointing team in the league. Toronto could still be a playoff team though seeing as how bad the Eastern conference is yet again.

20. Philadelphia 76ers (9-13)

Another disappointment and one of last years playoff teams. Elton Brand needs to pick up his game if they want to win.

21. Milwaukee Bucks (9-15)

Richard Jefferson has been a big factor to the Bucks much improved year compared to last. Milwaukee on the other hand though has dropped 3 straight.

22. Golden State Warriors (7-15)

Congratulations Warriors on your second straight victory on the season. They are sure to be counting down the days until Monta Ellis gets to play.

23. Memphis Grizzlies (7-15)

O.J. Mayo has lived up to expectations that he had since playing at USC. Rudy Gay and Mayo make for a great combination.

24. Indiana Pacers (7-14)

Indiana can't be too happy about their record but they can take solace in the fact they beat the Lakers recently.

25. Sacramento Kings (6-16)

Sacramento gave the Lakers their third loss on the season. Reggie Theus still sadly is on the burning hot seat.

26. Charlotta Bobcats (7-15)

Who do the Bobcats have left that can score in bunches? J-Rich is now in Phoenix celebrating with his new squad.

27. Washington Wizards (4-15)

Gilbert Arenas should be back pretty soon. Washington recently traded away Antonio Daniels for Mike James from the Hornets and Javaris Crittenton from the Grizzlies.

28. Los Angeles Clippers (4-17)

Don't be surprised if you hear that Baron Davis has been traded. Once again the Clippers are in re-building mode and Davis is clearly not happy with his situation.

29. Minnesota Timberwolves (4-17)

Longest losing streak currently of 7 games. Minnesota could be 6-15 right now if they hadn't given up huge leads to both the Jazz and the Nuggets.


30. Oklahoma City Thunder (2-21)

Hello, Blake Griffin. If you aren't sure who Griffin is, look at his stats or type in "Blake Griffin" on You're sure to be impressed.


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