NBA Power Rankings Halfway Through the 2016-17 Season

January 13th, 2017 by Grant Hughes Leave a reply »
The league's hierarchy is showing no signs of stabilizing halfway through the 2016-17 NBA season.

Good. Who'd want a second half of foregone conclusions?

The Philadelphia 76ers keep climbing with stunning wins and delightful celebrations, and Joel Embiid is talking playoffs. He might even be serious.

Elsewhere, every team in the top seven lost this week, forcing some tough decisions. The result: A familiar member of the league's elite takes over the No. 1 position, a spot it hadn't touched all season until now.

Rankings are based on record, advanced metrics and gut feeling—with recent exploits counting for more than season-long performance. Health is a factor as well. Losing a star to injury or reinserting a recovered player makes a team's prior statistics less relevant. Example: The Los Angeles Clippers, shoved down into the teens for as long as Chris Paul was out, enjoy the benefits of regaining their best player this week.

One half down, one to go.

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