NBA Power Rankings: Lake Show Returns To Lead, Suns Keep Rising

Denton Ramsey@DentonRamseySenior Analyst IDecember 1, 2009

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It’s time for another week of NBA Power Rankings from your Featured Columnists. This week the L.A. Lakers and Phoenix Suns occupy the top two spots, while the Minnesota Timberwolves and New Jersey Nets continue to round out the bottom.

1.  LA Lakers
Surprise, surprise. The Hollywood crew is cruising to yet another great season at 13-3. Kobe Bryant and company have also won six straight and are 10-2 at home.

2. Phoenix Suns
The Suns currently have the best record percentage-wise at 14-3. Phoenix is also streaking, having won four straight and going 8-2 over their last 10 games. Oh yeah, the Suns also haven’t lost at home.

3. Orlando Magic
Although Orlando has dropped a couple notches since last week, they are still on quite a roll at 14-4. The Magic are atop the East and have won three in a row.

4. Boston Celtics
After a super hot start, the Celtics now appear to be human with a 13-4 mark. Boston is 7-3 in their last 10 games and are currently riding a four-game win streak. The Celtics are also coming off a big win over the Heat to keep their win streak alive.

5. Cleveland Cavaliers
LeBron James and the Cavaliers are currently 12-5 and a mere 1.5 games out of the lead in the East. It’s going to be a tight race to the finish, especially amongst the top four teams in the Eastern Conference.

6. Atlanta Hawks
The Hawks also have a 12-5 overall record in the East, but are coming off a tough loss to Detroit on the road. Atlanta is also still 7-1 at home, with their only loss coming against the Orlando Magic.

7. Dallas Mavericks
The Mavericks are really beginning to play team basketball, having compiled an 8-2 mark over their last 10 games en route to an overall record of 13-5. Dallas is also just 1.5 games out of first place.

8. Denver Nuggets
Denver, although coming off a loss, has had a remarkable season thus far at 12-5. The Nuggets have also only lost once at home, going 7-1 in Colorado.

9. Portland Trailblazers
The Trailblazers have dropped their last two contests, but they are still 12-7 overall and are only three games behind the conference-leading Suns.

10. San Antonio Spurs
Welcome back to the top 10, San Antonio. The Spurs are back to playing championship basketball after a slow start, having won five straight and garnering an 8-2 home court record.

11. Miami Heat
Though the flames have somewhat been doused in Miami, the Heat are still contenders at 9-7 overall. Plus, you can never count out a team when D-Wade is the hardwood leader.

12. Utah Jazz
The Jazz, also slow starters, have won three in a row and are 7-3 over their last 10 games. Utah is currently in seventh place in the West at 10-7.

13. Houston Rockets
The Rockets may have slipped some since the Power Rankings began, but Houston is still surprising many by remaining above .500 at 9-8. After dropping a pair of intrastate rivalries, the Rockets bounced back with a big win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

14. Oklahoma City Thunder
Speaking of Oklahoma City, Kevin Durant and the Thunder are looking pretty good this season under head coach Scott Brooks. At 9-8, Oklahoma City is right in the thick of things in the West.

15. Milwaukee Bucks
Back to the Eastern Conference we go and the Bucks, 9-7 overall, are currently 7-2 at home and in fifth place in the East.

16. Charlotte Bobcats
Although the Bobcats are two games under .500, they currently hold the seven-spot in the East at 7-9. Charlotte has also won four in a row.

17. Chicago Bulls
The Bulls are in a free-fall right now, having dropped five straight and sitting at 6-9 overall.

18. Sacramento Kings
The Kings have managed to put together a trio of wins in a row en route to the .500 mark at 8-8.

19. Indiana Pacers
Even with three Dukies on board, Indiana is still struggling early with a 6-8 record. But if the playoffs were to start today, the Pacers would be an eight-seed in the East.

20. LA Clippers
The Clippers have won back-to-back games and still find themselves two games under .500 at 8-10.

21. New Orleans Hornets
New Orleans is great at home, going 6-2, but they have only won one game on the road leading to a 7-10 overall record.

22. Detroit Pistons
The glory years in Detroit are over. The Pistons aren’t going anywhere anytime soon at 6-11 in a weak Eastern Conference.

23. Toronto Raptors
The Raptors are 5-3 at home but just 7-11 overall. You do the math.

24. Memphis Grizzlies
When was the last time Memphis has a good NBA team? Have the Grizzlies ever been good? They are currently 6-11.

25. Golden State Warriors
They may not be as bad as New Jersey, but the Warriors are absolutely shunned in California. Golden State is 4-6 in their last 10 games and 5-10 overall.

26. Washington Wizards
Maybe Sam Cassell’s presence as an assistant coach will help out the Wizards. Washington needs all the help they can get at 5-10.

27. Philadelphia 76ers
The 76ers have lost seven straight and are 5-12 overall. Nothing else really needs to be said.

28. New York Knicks
It’s amazing that the Knicks have even won three games. Then again, it’s tough when you are 1-8 at home.

29. Minnesota Timberwolves
Minnesota is terrible. With two wins overall, the Timberwolves have won just once at home and once on the road.

30. New Jersey Nets
The Nets absolutely suck. New Jersey is still sadly winless at 0-17 and has tied a record for worst start in an NBA season. Need I say more?

The Bleacher Report NBA Power Rankings are done by averaging individual feature columnist's tallies. Weekly contributors are: Denton Ramsey (Houston Rockets), Keith Schlosser (NY Knicks), Curtis Finchum (Oklahoma City), Brandon Ribak (Orlando Magic), Bryan Toporek (Philadelphia 76ers), Andrew Ungvari (LA Lakers), Shaun Ahmad (Washington Wizards) and DeMarco Williams (NBA Lead).

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