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BBR Rankings: 2009-12-04

Posted by Neil Paine on December 4, 2009

7603073_Cavaliers_v_Magic_Gm3Another week, and it's time again for the BBR Rankings, where we rate every NBA team from top to bottom. For the second straight week we have a new #1 squad, as the Orlando Magic's 3-0 record (with 2 wins coming on the road) propelled them to the top overall spot. The Lakers also went 3-0, moving up a spot to #2 in the rankings. The Hawks fell one slot to #3 but stayed pretty steady despite a loss at Detroit, while the Celtics make their first appearance of the season in the Top 5 thanks to a 4-0 record and 3 road wins. Rounding out the top 5 is Dallas, who holds that place for the 3rd consecutive week after going 3-1, with their lone loss coming on the road against #7 Cleveland. Last week's #1, the Phoenix Suns, started strong with 2 wins away from the US Airways Center, but closed out the 7-day period by losing twice on the road (including one defeat vs. the 28th-ranked Knicks). The other big faller of the week was Denver, who dropped from #6 to #11 despite going 3-1 because the one loss was at home vs. the lowly T-Wolves, #29 in this week's rankings. Another note on Denver: they're currently 14-5, but the gaudy record has come at the expense of the easiest schedule in the league, which also hurts them in these rankings. Finally, congrats to the Oklahoma City Thunder, who continue to hang tough at #9 in the rankings. They lost to #8 Houston last Sunday, but otherwise they continue to surprise and are on pace to make the playoffs for the first time in the Durant Era. You can see the rest of the rankings after the jump:

(Want to know how the rankings are calculated? Read this first.)

Rank Prev Team W L Week SOS Rk
1 3 Orlando Magic 15 4 3-0 21
2 4 Los Angeles Lakers 14 3 3-0 18
3 2 Atlanta Hawks 13 5 2-1 15
4 11 Boston Celtics 15 4 4-0 26
5 5 Dallas Mavericks 14 5 3-1 23
6 1 Phoenix Suns 14 5 2-2 29
7 7 Cleveland Cavaliers 13 5 2-1 22
8 8 Houston Rockets 11 8 3-1 4
9 9 Oklahoma City Thunder 10 8 2-1 6
10 14 Utah Jazz 10 7 2-0 9
11 6 Denver Nuggets 14 5 3-1 30
12 15 San Antonio Spurs 9 7 2-1 7
13 13 Chicago Bulls 7 9 1-1 2
14 12 Miami Heat 10 8 1-3 16
15 10 Portland Trail Blazers 12 8 0-3 27
16 19 Sacramento Kings 9 8 3-0 19
17 16 New Orleans Hornets 7 11 0-2 1
18 18 Milwaukee Bucks 9 8 1-3 28
19 22 Washington Wizards 7 10 3-1 17
20 17 Toronto Raptors 7 13 0-4 3
21 23 Charlotte Bobcats 7 10 2-1 12
22 20 Detroit Pistons 6 12 1-2 5
23 21 Golden State Warriors 6 12 1-3 14
24 25 Memphis Grizzlies 7 12 2-2 25
25 26 Los Angeles Clippers 8 11 2-1 24
26 24 Indiana Pacers 6 10 0-3 20
27 27 Philadelphia 76ers 5 14 0-4 10
28 28 New York Knicks 4 15 1-3 8
29 29 Minnesota Timberwolves 2 16 1-2 11
30 30 New Jersey Nets 0 18 0-3 13

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3 Responses to “BBR Rankings: 2009-12-04”

  1. kevin Says:

    The Celtics should be #1. 3 of the 4 losses are to teams in the top 6 and they have the best point differential in the NBA, by a significant margin. Finally, they are 9-1 on the raod, with wins against Cleveland and San Antonio.

    Orlando's schedule has been pretty soft so far. They've played the Nets and Knicks twice each. They even got blown out by OKC.

  2. khandor Says:

    Pretty much as expected ... considering that last go-round I mentioned that the Suns were going to drop down a ways, while the Wizards and Bobcats were going to climb.

  3. Jay Oh Says:

    FYI: Your "read this first" link just links back to the main basketball-reference page.