NBA Power Rankings Week 12: Grizzlies rise, Thunder make small jump

Every Monday throughout the season, we will release our weekly NBA power rankings, slotting the league's teams 1-30.

Oklahoman Modified: January 20, 2014 at 10:21 am •  Published: January 20, 2014
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Every Monday throughout the season, we will release our weekly NBA power rankings, slotting the league's teams 1-30. Here's our list after 12 weeks of games:

Running Weekly Archive: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11

Power Rankings - Week 12
Rank Darnell Mayberry
Anthony Slater
1
Records
32-7
32-7
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Last Week: 1
A Pacers-Clippers Finals would be worth it solely for the David West-Blake Griffin drama.
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Last Week: 1
Five game West coast road trip coming up, starting in Golden State on Monday night.
2
31-9
32-9

Last Week: 4
Won five straight. Averaging 113.2 points over that span.
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Last Week: 2
13-3 in November, 11-4 in December, 7-2 so far in January. As consistent as they come.
3
32-9
31-10
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Last Week: 3
Only loss in the last eight games came against the Blazers.

Last Week: 5
This Blazers-Spurs back-to-back will be an interesting test for a team finally finding itself without Westbrook.
4
31-10
31-9

Last Week: 5
If The Peake refuses to do it consistently for Kevin Durant, I will. "M-V-P! M-V-P!"

Last Week: 3
Just swept a Spurs-Mavs road back-to-back. Now faced with a Rockets-Thunder one.
5
26-16
29-11

Last Week: 2
Went 1-2 last week and uncharacteristically yielded 250 points in those two defeats.

Last Week: 4
Wake them up in mid-April.
6
29-11
28-14
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Last Week: 6
You almost have to try to lose by 17 to the Wizards.
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Last Week: 6
Next six games come against non-Heat/Pacers Eastern Conference teams. Tasty.
7
28-14
27-15
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Last Week: 7
So far, J.J. Redick is averaging 18 points on 44 percent shooting without Chris Paul.

Last Week: 8
They should do everything they can to avoid OKC in Round 1. Bad matchup.
8
27-15
26-16
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Last Week: 8
Terrence Jones is balling, averaging 21.6 points,12.2 rebounds and three blocks in his last five.

Last Week: 7
I could watch the Splash Brothers fire in jumpers all day.
9
20-19
24-18
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Last Week: 9
Wouldn't have guessed their only two losses in the last six would come against Boston and the Lakers.
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Last Week: 9
If they sustain this success, OKC gets their first round pick.
10
23-17
20-19
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Last Week: 10
Goran Dragic, most improved player this year?

Last Week: 15
Five straight wins. Marc Gasol is back. Here they come.
11
24-18
20-19
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Last Week: 11
On pace to win 47 games. Their first-round pick could be headed to OKC.
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Last Week: 11
Third best team in the East.
12
20-19
23-17

Last Week: 14
Marc Gasol is back, and Memphis is getting healthy in time to make a second-half push.

Last Week: 10
The Grizzlies are coming for Phoenix’s playoff spot.
13
20-20
19-21

Last Week: 12
Can't believe they're just 11-9 at home.
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Last Week: 13
Fifth best point differential in West, 11th best record.
14
20-19
20-20

Last Week: 13
Just 4-6 since Al Horford went down.

Last Week: 12
20-20, probably on their way to 41-41.
15
19-21
19-20

Last Week: 15
They're 5-16 against teams .500 and above and 14-5 against sub-.500 teams. Sums up everything you need to know about the Wolves.

Last Week: 16
Tom Thibodeau isn’t your ideal coach for a tanking scenario.
16
19-20
20-19

Last Week: 15
Stellar defense is keeping them competitive.

Last Week: 14
As expected, falling off a bit after Al Horford’s injury.
17
19-20
19-20
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Last Week: 17
They haven't been above .500 all year.
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Last Week: 17
If they can beat Philly and Boston the next two games, they’ll finally get over .500.
18
16-22
16-22

Last Week: 19
They're 6-1 in January and have a real shot at finishing the month 10-3.

Last Week: 19
They’re 6-1 in 2014.
19
17-23
15-25

Last Week: 18
Their leading scorer, Brandon Jennings, is shooting 37.4 percent.

Last Week: 21
Despite another three-game losing streak, only two games out of a playoff spot.
20
15-25
17-23
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Last Week: 20
Lost three straight after season-best five-game winning streak.
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Last Week: 20
Won three of four, with a nice schedule awaiting them at the end of January.
21
14-25
15-24
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Last Week: 21
Isaiah Thomas is incredible.

Last Week: 18
Potential playoff team next season, when they’ll be fully healthy and joined by another lottery pick.
22
14-28
14-25

Last Week: 24
Enes Kanter starting to show signs of life in January.
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Last Week: 22
Isaiah Thomas is making a late push for All-Star consideration.
23
17-25
17-25
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Last Week: 23
Kemba Walker could be out two weeks with an ankle injury. Not what the slumping Cats need.

Last Week: 23
Just 3-10 since the Thunder beat them in late December.
24
15-25
14-28

Last Week: 25
Luol Deng is off to a great start.

Last Week: 23
Trey Burke’s January averages: 14.8 points, 5.9 assists. Looks like he’ll be a good pro.
25
16-25
16-25

Last Week: 27
It was actually considered news when Pau Gasol voiced uncertainty with the Lakers making the playoffs.

Last Week: 24
Sentence I never thought I’d type: Nice upset win for the Lakers in Toronto on Sunday.
26
13-27
15-25
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Last Week: 26
Losers of six of seven.

Last Week: 29
Won four of six. Luol Deng: MVP.
27
15-24
11-30

Last Week: 22
Losing streak has reached eight games.

Last Week: 26
The front office call log in Orlando will be loaded come trade deadline.
28
11-30
14-28
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Last Week: 28
Victor Oladipo played 57 minutes and scored 35 points in a triple OT loss to Chicago.
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Last Week: 28
I’m glad Rajon Rondo is back. It’s good for basketball.
29
14-28
13-27
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Last Week: 29
Rajon Rondo is back. But how much longer will he be a Celtic?

Last Week: 27
Best part of their season: Knowing they will eventually land one of these can’t-miss college prospects.
30
7-33
7-33
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Last Week: 30
Nine straight losses, and they've been competitive in just one of them.
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Last Week: 30
Bucks basketball is not a visually pleasing experience.

by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as NewsOK.com's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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