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NBA Power Rankings Part One

30: Milwaukee Bucks
Did I actually once say that Bucks forward Khris Middleton was a poor man’s Kevin Durant?
Unfortunately I did. That was when Middleton was at Texas A&M though, so does it really

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N.Y. State of Mind


Losers of 6 straight, and 9 of their last 10 games, the New York Knicks are in a bit of a, “funk,” so to speak.  Acquiring a major talent in one, Carmelo Anthony, just before the NBA Trade Deadline, seemed to be the next big step, in “Righting the Ship.”  However, the Knicks have found themselves in a worse predicament than they were before the deal.  A lot of people, namely “fans,” are suggesting that maybe that was the wrong move to make, in acquiring Anthony.  They feel that blowing up the team, and trading away its young talent, was a mistake.  A record of 7-9, and falling to the 7th seed in the Eastern Conference, would also back those claims.  With the Knicks currently facing a potential playoff match-up with the Celtics, whom the Knicks are 0-3 against; the future doesn’t seem much brighter.

So who gets the blame in this situation?  We could point the finger at the Star Players, Melo & Amare, but they’ve performed consistently.  What about the bench…Or lack thereof?  Naaah, that’d just be a cop out of sorts and besides that only, consists of 3-4 players at max.  The finger can be pointed at the Front Office for making the deal, right?  Let’s face it; the Knicks weren’t exactly playing elite basketball prior to the trade.  Their record only stood, 2 games above .500, which isn’t saying much compared to where they are now.  There isn’t one specific, “Answer,” to the Knicks’ problems.  There are several things wrong with this team. Continue Reading

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NBA Power Rankings: 2/14/11

We had two showdown games in the NBA yesterday (not counting Cavs/Wizards), and well, one of them lived up to the hype. The Boston Celtics held off the Miami Heat after a missed three by Mike Miller was off the mark. Oh, and LeBron James might have missed an important free throw in there somewhere.

As for the other game, the Orlando Magic were great defensively in a 89-75 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers. Like most have said, the Lakers looked tired, and the Magic just took it to them in the second half.

You can bet that some of yesterday’s games had an impact in our power rankings this week, so let’s get right to them! Continue Reading

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NBA Power Rankings: 2/7/11

When I opened up TweetDeck yesterday and saw everyone talking about the “big game“, I’ll admit that it was a little surprising. After all, I had no idea that the Indiana Pacers/New Jersey Nets game would capture so many people’s attention. OK, I kid.

But now that the Super Bowl is officially in the books, the NBA takes center stage, and as we start to hit the stretch run of the season, there are some teams that are starting to separate themselves from the rest of the pack. Therefore, it’s time once again for STS’s super duper mega awesome power rankings. Or something like that.

We’ve got the whole crew assembled this week, and we’ve got our list ready. Our opinions differ on several spots, but hey, if we had the same list from top to bottom, that would be rather boring wouldn’t it? Continue Reading

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NBA Power Rankings: 1/10/11

Basketball fans, it’s time for another edition of power rankings here on STS, and after a great week of action in the NBA (which concluded with a possible game of the year candidate in Portland last night), it’s time to see where the teams stand heading into this week.

So without any further ado, here’s a look at the rankings: Continue Reading

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NBA Power Rankings: 1/3/11

Ladies and gentlemen, another week of NBA action is upon us, which means more power rankings! And now that the new year is here, it’s time for some teams to make their move if they want to be contenders come May, and it’s time for others to start rebuilding their roster and prepare for the future.

Let’s take a look at this week’s power rankings, and see which teams are in good shape…..and which teams are already searching for that Top 5 draft pick that will change the culture of their franchise. Continue Reading

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NBA Power Rankings: 12/6/10

San Antonio Spurs

(Source: Yardbarker.com)

Another great week of NBA action is upon us, but before it gets started, let’s first take a look at our NBA Power Rankings for this week. Not many surprises in this set of rankings, although a few teams have certainly improved their stocks (Knicks and Mavs), while others have struggled mightily recently (Kings and Clippers).

But without any further ado, let’s get right to the rankings: Continue Reading