2016-17 NBA Power Rankings: How Every Team Stacks Up After 7 Weeks of Action

December 16th, 2016 by Grant Hughes Leave a reply »
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, which means the NBA season is nearing the unofficial point at which we all start taking game-to-game swings and bigger trends a little more seriously.

This week, we get a new entry into the top five, learn a few things about trusting the Orlando Magic and have to accept the fact that Luke Walton can't work miracles with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Rankings are based on win-loss records, advanced stats, head-to-head meetings and health. Because these are designed to measure how each team is playing right now, injuries matter. Squads missing key guys aren't as potent as their records suggest, while those getting big names back on the floor might be better than their underlying statistics.

Recent performance matters most, but we're getting deep enough into the season now that a loss or two in a week may not outweigh a larger body of work.

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