NBA Our NBA Power Rankings: Scoring 50 Points Is The New Scoring 30 Points
This past week was a good one if you like your basketball chock full of baskets. Everybody from scoring champions to Toronto Raptors got in on the action, as we saw a 62-point game from Carmelo Anthony, a continuance of Kevin Durant’s torrid 30-plus points scoring streak and a 51-point performance from Terrence “I’m Still Here” Ross.
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If scoring an insane amount of points was a consistent recipe for success, however, the Knicks wouldn’t be in the East’s basement and the Raptors wouldn’t be a top-four seed despite being barely over .500. The Thunder would still be good.
As for the rest of the league?
1.30. Milwaukee Bucks
No two-game winning streak all season. Really.
2.29. Orlando Magic
I wanted to rank them above the Lakers, but, nah.
3.28. L.A. Lakers
Is Jodie Meeks the next Kobe Bryant?
4.27. Sacramento Kings
Remember when you traded Marcus Thorton and then he burned you for 27 points?
5.26. Cleveland Cavaliers
6.25. Boston Celtics
That awkward moment where you realize you don't want Rajon Rondo to play as well as he has for fear another team will trade for him.
7.24. Utah Jazz
Higher than we thought they'd be.
8.24. New York Knicks
Oh god, please don't tell me they're actually going to make the playoffs?
9.23. Philadelphia 76ers
They've got a major battle with the Knicks on Monday, or whatever.
10.22. Detroit Pistons
Their best player is also their worst kisser.
11.21. New Orleans Pelicans
Maybe next year, guys.
12.20. Atlanta Hawks
Even if the Hawks manage to hold onto a playoff spot, what could you reasonably expect to happen in the first round?
13.19. Charlotte Bobcats
14.18. Minnesota Timberwolves
Week 1 seems like years ago.
15.17. Denver Nuggets
16.16. Phoenix Suns
Unfortunately, the West is just too tough for a team led by Goran Dragic and Gerald Green.
17.14. Memphis Grizzlies
The new "most up and down team in the league."
18.13. Brooklyn Nets
Creeping into relevancy.
19.12. Washington Wizards
This team is 95 percent John Wall's drive to be recognized as great, 5 percent other stuff.
20.11. Dallas Mavericks
Coming on strong when it matters most.
21.10. Toronto Raptors
This is fine team, but they'll be lucky to get to the second round of the playoffs.
22.9. Golden State Warriors
Will Mark Jackson bolt for New York to form a formidable Jackson tandem with Phil? Nah.
23.8. Chicago Bulls
We don't care what you say, Joakim Noah. You're our MVP.
24.7. Portland Trail Blazers
They might not have the chutzpah to stick with the experienced teams, guys. Hate to say it.
25.6. Oklahoma City Thunder
We hate to overreact, but losing to the Lakers is kind of unforgivable.
26.5. L.A. Clippers
Man, Glen Davis is kinda big. Not in a good way.
27.4. Indiana Pacers
So here's the part where a good team goes through a bad stretch and perseveres to overcome adversity. Right?
28.3. Miami Heat
Again: This is not their final form.
29.2. Houston Rockets
They're putting the hurt on a lot of good teams, and even Jeremy Lin is looking like a winner again.
30.1. San Antonio Spurs
We'll never underestimate them again, until next week.