There is not much debate about who is the worst team at this time (with one surprising exception) and the battle for #1 is just between two teams: The Spurs and Pacers. Finally Hollinger’s rankings are up and updating at ESPN.
Note that most of these rankings were issued before the Grizzlies beat the Clippers, so only those posted on the 20th reflect that. The Grizzlies rank from a high of 7th to a low of 20th.
The Grizzlies are in the bottom 15 of Hollinger’s rankings but the gurus at ESPN are predicting they will rise in the rankings. Read it here under question 5.5-on-5-131119/hollinger-power-rankings-edition.
West dominates the East. John Schuhmann @NBA.com writes, “The Eastern Conference was supposed to be stronger this season. . . . Well, through Sunday, only four East teams have a winning record and only five have a positive point differential. The entire Atlantic Division is under .500 and the East is 16-29 in games against the West after going 0-7 on Saturday and Sunday. . . . The West is 31-16 (.660) against the East in interconference games and was 17-6 last week (7-0 on Saturday and Sunday).”
It’s the same story as the last few years. If the Grizzlies were in the East, even with the terrible start, they would be 4th in the East. But they are in the West which is even harder than last year with Portland, Minnesota, Dallas and even Phoenix rising from lottery teams to playing like they could make the playoffs.
Average ranking for the week is 13.5, down from last week of 12.09. (Actual not included in average.)
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