Zicarelli's NBA power rankings

FRANK ZICARELLI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:34 PM ET

Frank Zicarelli’s weekly NBA power rankings:

1. Chicago Bulls (31-8)

The D in D-Rose stands for dominant.

2. LA Lakers (23-14)

Watch out for this group as Kobe has his mojo back.

3. Oklahoma City Thunder (29-8)

Kendrick Perkins piling up technicals with alarming regularity.

4. Miami Heat (28-9)

Surprise, surprise, Heat said to be in market for a big.

5. San Antonio Spurs (25-12)

Canadian PG Cory Joseph sent to D-League for valuable minutes.

6. Orlando Magic (22-14)

Jameer Nelson playing with more aggression.

7. LA Clippers (22-13)

Jury still out if Lob-City translates into post-season success.

8. Dallas Mavericks (22-16)

Emotionally disengaged Lamar Odom clearly pines for a return to L.A.

9. Indiana Pacers (23-12)

Surprise team continues to surprise many pundits and foes.

10. Boston Celtics (19-17)

Team needs to take full advantage of current run.

11. Memphis Grizzlies (22-15)

Marc Gasol playing at a higher level than celebrated sibling Pau.

12. Denver Nuggets (21-17)

Poised to make a run after enduring a rough stretch.

13. Houston Rockets (21-17)

Need to rebound from a losing weak.

14. Minnesota Timberwolves (19-19)

Rick Adelman once again proving his coaching mettle.

15. Philadelphia 76ers (22-16)

Still unable to beat good teams in close games.

16. Atlanta Hawks (22-14)

Joe Johnson and his hefty contract said to be on trading block.

17. New York Knicks (18-19)

That silence you hear is the Linsanity buzz slowly popping.

18. Portland Trail Blazers (18-19)

Losing slide has exposed a lot of baggage and turmoil.

19. Utah Jazz (17-19)

Big win versus Heat underlined how dangerous this team can be.

20. Phoenix Suns (17-20)

One of many teams capable of good things when timing is right.

21. New Jersey Nets (12-26)

When D-Will is going off for 50-plus, Nets can be lethal.

22. Golden State Warriors (14-20)

Not good when Raptors are able to play lock-down defence.

23. Cleveland Cavaliers (13-22)

Anderson Varejao drawing plenty of attention leading up to trade deadline.

24. Milwaukee Bucks (14-23)

Team said to be in market for a serviceable big to come off bench.

25. Toronto Raptors (12-25)

DeMar DeRozan showing good signs, but needs to be consistent.

26. Sacramento Kings (12-25)

Dark clouds over new arena deal appear to have cleared.

27. Detroit Pistons (12-26)

There’s capable talent, but no consistency.

28. Washington Wizards (8-28)

See above.

29. New Orleans Hornets (9-28)

Team has moments when it plays hard, but it’s wins that are hard to get.

30. Charlotte Bobcats (4-31)

A team that clearly merits its cellar dweller status.

(*records do not include Monday’s results)


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