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NBA Power Rankings: Second Half Special

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After a week off and the trade deadline passed, things are just getting started in the second half of the NBA season. In our first Power Rankings since the All-Star Break, we offer important statistics that tell the current story of each team.

  1. Golden State Warriors (49-5) —
    In Saturday’s loss to the Trail Blazers, Golden State’s defense allowed Portland to hit 17 three’s, including a 9-of-12 effort from Damian Lillard, who dropped 51.
  2. San Antonio Spurs (47-9) —
    Through 36 games played in a bench role, Boban Marjanovic has a PER of 30.9. If his playing time qualified, that would be second in the NBA (Curry, 32.0).
  3. Cleveland Cavaliers (40-14) —
    Kyrie Irving has been the leading scorer for both teams in five of the Cavs’ last eight games, and is averaging 26.4 PPG in the month of February.
  4. Oklahoma City Thunder (40-16) —
    Per Royce Young, the Thunder’s 115-92 home loss to Cleveland was their fourth-worst home loss all time as a team from Oklahoma City.
  5. Toronto Raptors (36-18) —
    Since January 6th, Toronto is 14-3. They’ve scored under 95 in just two of those games (1-1).
  6. Los Angeles Clippers (36-19) +1
    With Blake Griffin in the lineup, the Clippers are 17-13. Without him, they’re 19-6.
  7. Boston Celtics (33-24) -1
    Despite not having any big names, Boston (.579) holds its best winning percentage in a full season since 2010-2011 (.683).
  8. Memphis Grizzlies (32-23) —
    Vince Carter’s 73-foot buzzer beater against the Timberwolves on Friday night was 16 feet short of being the longest shot ever made in the NBA (Baron Davis, 2001).
  9. Miami Heat (31-24) —
    Only the Clippers (4) and Thunder (3) have more or an equal amount of qualifying players with a PER above 20 than the Heat (3).
  10. Indiana Pacers (30-25) +2
    Paul George is averaging more points, rebounds, assists and blocks and a higher PER than he did in his last full season (2013-2014).
  11. Charlotte Hornets (29-26) +4
    Charlotte’s current 29-26 record has them on pace for their second best season since 2001-2002, when they finished fourth in the East – their highest finish in the standings ever. The Hornets are currently two games out of fourth place.
  12. Portland Trailblazers (29-27) +4
    Since starting 19-26, the Blazers are 10-1. They are averaging 111.3 PPG in those 11 games, with Damian Lillard alone accounting for nearly 28 PPG.
  13. Atlanta Hawks (31-26) -2
    Al Horford, Atlanta’s second-leading scorer, averages 10% shooting and nearly 4 PPG more in wins than in losses.
  14. Dallas Mavericks (30-27) -4
    Dallas is 3-9 in its last 12 games against teams with winning records, with a 10-20 mark on the season against such teams.
  15. Chicago Bulls (29-26) +3
    The Bulls’ 126 points against the Lakers was the most they’ve put up in a regulation game all season. Despite not having Nikola Mirotic or Jimmy Butler in the lineup, six players scored at least 16.
  16. Utah Jazz (27-28) -3
    Prior to the All-Star Break, the Jazz went on a seven-game win streak. In four of those seven games, Rodney Hood was the leading scorer – he’s averaging 19.4 PPG in the month of Febraury.
  17. Houston Rockets (28-28) -3
    The Rockets have not played a game all season in which they entered four games above .500.
  18. Washington Wizards (25-29) +2
    John Wall’s 19.9 PPG would be a career high for him, as would his 4.6 RPG.
  19. Detroit Pistons (27-29) -2
    Of the Pistons’ 275 possible spots in starting lineups this season, 266 (96.7%) have been occupied by the same five starters.
  20. New Orleans Pelicans (22-33) +4
    Per ESPN’s Stats and Information, Anthony Davis is just the third NBA player EVER to score at least 55 points and record 20 rebounds in a game. The other two? Shaq and Wilt.
  21. Orlando Magic (24-30) +1
    The Magic haven’t had a good 2016 so far. Since starting the season 19-13, they’re 5-17 in the new year. Four of their five wins, however, were against teams with winning records.
  22. Denver Nuggets (22-34) -3
    Despite a team high 5.8 APG, Emmanuel Mudiay is shooting just 34% from the field this season and 26% from three-point range.
  23. New York Knicks (24-33) +2
    The Knicks are expected to sign Jimmer Fredette to a 10-day contract. The BYU product has averaged 21.8 PPG, 4.6 RPG and 4.8 APG with the Westchester Knicks so far this year.
  24. Milwaukee Bucks (23-33) +2
    17 of the Bucks’ last 26 games will be played at home, including two separate five-game home streaks. The Bucks are 15-9 at home this season and 8-24 on the road.
  25. Sacramento Kings (23-31) -6
    The Kings are on pace for their best season since 2007-2008. They haven’t made the playoffs in 10 years.
  26. Brooklyn Nets (15-41) +1
    Thaddeus Young has 24 double-doubles this season, his most ever in a season since joining the league in 2007. He’s tied for 13th in the league (Andre Drummond leads with 46).
  27. Minnesota Timberwolves (17-39) -4
    Karl-Anthony Towns leads all rookies in PPG (17.1) and RPG (10.2).
  28. Los Angeles Lakers (11-46) +2
    Kobe Bryant is averaging the lowest FG%, 3FG%, FT%, RPG, APG, and PPG since his second season (1997-1998) in the NBA.
  29. Phoenix Suns (14-42) —
    Since the loss of Eric Bledsoe to injury, the Suns are 2-22 (.083). That is the lowest winning percentage in the NBA since that time.
  30. Philadelphia 76ers (8-47) -2
    Since his acquisition, Ish Smith is second on the 76ers in PPG, first in APG, and second in SPG.
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