Mark Heisler's NBA rankings

February 23, 2010

Comment (last week's rank)

1. Cavaliers 43-13 (1): With Antawn Jamison's arrival, return of Mo Williams, Delonte West, went 0-2.

2. Lakers 42-14 (2): Who says he never learns? Kobe Bryant now hibernating, as Shaquille O'Neal used to.

3. Nuggets 36-19 (3): Carmelo Anthony gets 40 in game of pro career, hits winner in LeBron James' face.

4. Celtics 35-18 (7): Dead Celtics Walking 3-0 on West Coast trip, beating Lakers, Trail Blazers.

5. Magic 37-19 (4): Vinsanity back with Carter going 48-15-14-20-16 in last five. They aren't, going 3-2.

6. Jazz 35-19 (6): Andrei Kirilenko wins back starting job, averages 17 in their 13-1 run.

7. Mavericks 34-21 (8): Key to Wizards trade, late, late bloomer Brendan Haywood gets 15-9 in victory in Orlando.

8. Hawks 34-19 (5): Back down to No. 4 in East - looking at Cavaliers, not Magic, in second round.

9. Thunder 31-21 (10): Best part of Durantula's string of 25-point games: They are 20-8 in them.

10. Suns 33-23 (11): Now to stall Amare Stoudemire to see if they win enough to feel like signing him.

11. Spurs 31-22 (9): Not one of their Rodeo Trips of yore yet: 4-3, just lost to … 76ers?

12. Raptors 30-24 (12): With team on roll as deal runs out, GM Bryan Colangelo's 2010-11 option picked up.

13. Trail Blazers 32-25 (13): Brandon Roy, who feared he was out for season, gets nine - as Celtics beat them by 19.

14. Rockets 28-25 (14): Happiness is Tracy McGrady in their rearview mirror.

15. Hornets 29-26 (17): Rookie Darren Collison averages 17 as starter, gets 18-13-12 in victory over Pacers.

16. Heat 29-27 (19): Pursuing Amare Stoudemire shows how confident they are Dwyane Wade will stay - not very.

17. Bulls 28-26 (20): No longer have to look at Tyrus Thomas and remember he could have been LaMarcus Aldridge.

18. Bobcats 27-26 (16): MJ just needs someone to put up money to buy him the team because he won't.

19. Grizzlies 27-27 (15): Second half starts like first half: After winning 24 of 35, just won 2 of 10.

20. Bucks 25-28 (18): Grabbed John Salmons because they won't have cap room in summer, unlike Bulls and Heat.

21. 76ers 21-33 (22): Think Wizards, just without the scandal or the massive salary dump.

22. Knicks 19-34 (23): Cleveland Plain Dealer's Brian Windhorst on their two max slots: "Game changer."

23. Clippers 21-33 (21): In Clipper Nation second half of season also called The Run to the Lottery.

24. Kings 18-36 (24): Why did they deal Kevin Martin? Four words: Omri Casspi, Donte Greene.

25. Wizards 19-33 (25): Washington Post's Michael Lee notes you can't rebuild if you never built anything.

26. Pistons 19-35 (26): First Bad Boy to split as Davidson family sells team: President Tom Wilson.

27. Pacers 18-36 (27): Couldn't dump Troy Murphy's salary, or get D.J. Augustin for T.J. Ford, or anything else. (27)

28. Timberwolves 13-43 (28): Free Darko Milicic VI: 7 feet of attitude joins sixth, presumably last, team.(28)

29. Warriors 15-39 (29): Will bring Don Nelson back next season to break Lenny Wilkens record … won't they?

30. Nets 5-50 (30): GM/coach Kiki Vandeweghe expected to disappear in swamp but President Ron Thorn is OK.

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