NBA Power Rankings Week 16: Rockets rise, Thunder fall from top spot

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

Oklahoman Modified: February 24, 2014 at 11:32 am •  Published: February 24, 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 13 weeks of games:

Running Weekly Archive: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15

Power Rankings - Week 16
Rank Darnell Mayberry
Anthony Slater
1
Records
42-13
42-13

Last Week: 2
I have more questions about how Evan Turner fits than I do Andrew Bynum. Still, pretty good haul for a player who no longer was in the plans.

Last Week: 2
Just 3-3 in past six, but still hold best record in the NBA.
2
43-14
40-14

Last Week: 1
Reintegrating Russell Westbrook isn't so seamless after all.

Last Week: 3
Count me among the minority: I think Greg Oden can give them something come playoff time.
3
38-18
43-14

Last Week: 4
A three-point overtime loss at Golden State is all that's keeping them from an unblemished mark in their past 10.

Last Week: 1
Need to go 17-8 the rest of the way for second straight 60-win season.
4
40-14
38-20

Last Week: 5
Serge Ibaka might have done the league a favor. Because LeBron and his boys were turning it on.
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Last Week: 4
Lit up OKC for 125 on Sunday. I think they’ll be West’s second best team by the playoffs.
5
38-20
40-16

Last Week: 3
Huge win here in OKC salvaged a week in which they went 1-2. Now eight of their next 13 are at home.

Last Week: 6
Experiment for next season: Give Gregg Popovich a D-League roster and see if he can make playoffs.
6
40-16
38-18

Last Week: 6
Do injuries even matter to these guys? Doesn't look like it. They just keep rolling.

Last Week: 7
Best record in the West since the New Year: 17-5.
7
38-18
38-18

Last Week: 6
Went into the All-Star break slipping, losing eight of 13. Came out with LaMarcus Aldridge sidelined. Can they finish strong this year?

Last Week: 5
Fading fast: Just 7-9 in the past 16 games and now the West’s fifth seed.
8
34-23
34-22
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Last Week: 8
Feasting on the East, from which six of their last nine wins have come.

Last Week: 9
Getting a huge boost from Jermaine O’Neal of late. Won seven of last 10.
9
33-22
33-22
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Last Week: 9
Coming off a 3-1 week, five of their next six are at home. The first four are against sub-.500 teams.

Last Week: 8
Goran Dragic has scored 20-plus in nine of the past 12 games. Turning into a star.
10
34-22
34-23

Last Week: 11
Won three straight after going 7-9 before the break. Now play their next seven against the East. Good time to turn it around.
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Last Week: 10
If they make the playoffs, the Thunder will likely get their first round pick.
11
31-24
31-24

Last Week: 10
Finally healthy, they could start making some noise.
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Last Week: 11
Only team in the NBA with double-digit losses within their division: 2-11 vs Southwest.
12
31-25
31-25
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Last Week: 12
Establishing themselves as the clear-cut third best team in the East, while Kyle Lowry continues to prove he should have been an All-Star.
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Last Week: 12
Haven’t made the playoffs since 2008, haven’t made it out of the first round since 2001.
13
28-28
28-28
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Last Week: 13
John Wall is quietly living up to his No. 1 overall pick status.
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Last Week: 13
Destined to finish 41-41, which may be good for homecourt in the first round out East.
14
29-26
29-26

Last Week: 15
There are 11 other teams in the East that should be embarrassed by the Bulls' play this season.

Last Week: 15
Five-game win streak snapped in Miami on Sunday.
15
27-29
27-29

Last Week: 20
Should be getting Nikola Pekovic back any day now. At this point, though, I'm not sure anything will help these guys.

Last Week: 19
Another disappointing season will end in the lottery.
16
27-30
26-28

Last Week: 18
Al Jefferson has been the most underrated offseason acquisition, maybe even the best.

Last Week: 17
They were 10-21 in 2013, now 16-7 in 2014.
17
26-28
25-30

Last Week: 16
Jason Collins made history. Can he help the Nets make the playoffs?

Last Week: 16
They’ve lost seven of eight, basically knocking them out of playoff contention.
18
23-32
26-29

Last Week: 17
Only win in last six came at Milwaukee. Now five of their next six are on the road. Tough sledding ahead.

Last Week: 14
They are 2-8 in February, falling to the eighth seed in the East.
19
25-30
27-30
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Last Week: 19
Losers of seven of eight and nine of 12.

Last Week: 21
Second straight season Kemba Walker has averaged 17.5-plus points and 5.5-plus assists. Good player.
20
26-29
23-32

Last Week: 14
In a tailspin, having dropped eight of nine. And with six of their next seven on the road, their 9-19 road mark could get worse.

Last Week: 18
Every personnel move from here on out is about building around Anthony Davis.
21
19-36
23-33
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Last Week: 21
Gordon Hayward is avg 11.1 pts on 29.7 percent his last 10 games. Wonder if he should've taken extension Utah had on the table in October.

Last Week: 23
Far too much talent to be 10 games below .500.
22
22-35
20-36

Last Week: 25
Lost six straight then won six straight. Now on a two-game skid.

Last Week: 26
Isaiah Thomas is about to get PAID.
23
23-33
22-35

Last Week: 22
Just 2-4 since firing Mo Cheeks, not that we needed confirmation that he wasn't the problem.

Last Week: 27
Won six straight earlier this month, but still five games out of a playoff spot.
24
20-36
21-35

Last Week: 29
Keep an eye on what they do with Roger Mason. He could be an intriguing pickup for the Thunder.

Last Week: 22
Disaster season in NY continues: 2-8 in February, 21-35 overall.
25
21-35
19-36

Last Week: 24
Let the Carmelo Anthony drama begin.

Last Week: 20
They are a respectable 15-17 since mid-December. But about that 4-19 start…
26
19-38
19-38
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Last Week: 26
Brad Stevens got bounced from his first NBA game, and it came straight out of the "Hoosiers" playbook. He reportedly asked to be tossed.

Last Week: 28
Rajon Rondo has double-digit assists in five of the six games he has played this month.
27
17-41
19-37

Last Week: 23
Wonder how hard they tried to trade Arron Afflalo and Jameer Nelson at the deadline.

Last Week: 24
Gonna miss the playoffs for only the second time since 1994.
28
19-37
17-41
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Last Week: 28
Lost 12 of 15 and have fallen to the worst record in the West.

Last Week: 25
Still find it hilarious they beat OKC and Indiana in back-to-back games.
29
15-41
15-41

Last Week: 27
Yielding a league-worst 110.7 points per game. Still rising each week.
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Last Week: 29
Lost 10 in a row. Giving up 110.7 points per game.
30
10-45
10-45
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Last Week: 30
Should soon be guaranteed a top four pick.
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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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