NBA Power Rankings: West dominance

NBA Power Rankings: West dominance
January 21, 2013, 11:27 pm
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By Tony Andracki & Mark Strotman

Each Monday throughout the regular season, Mark Strotman and Tony Andracki will rank all 30 NBA teams. Below are Week 11 Power Rankings. Think we're way off? Agree with our picks? Hit us up on Twitter at@BullsTalkCSNwith comments or criticisms.
Past rankings:PreseasonWeek 1Week 2Week 3Week 4Week 5Week 6Week 7 Week 8 Week 10 Week 11

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Tony:Durant is just flat out ridiculous.
Mark: The NBA Gods owe us another Thunder-Heat Finals.
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Tony: Amazing that they didn't miss a beat with CP3 out.
Mark: The NBA Gods also owe us Thunder-Clippers in the Western Finals.
3
Tony: Tony Parker is having the best season of his career at age 30.
Mark: Danny Green needs to step up, but Duncan remains fantastic at 36.
4
Tony: Man, they really have the Bulls' number this year.
Mark: Heat won't move Chris Bosh, but interested to see how Birdman fits in middle.
5
Tony: LeBron has taken complete ownership of this team.
Mark: BIG overtime win over the Thunder on Sunday. Watch out for the Nugs.
6
Tony: Steph Curry's return is a huge boon. Can't afford to lose him.
Mark: Those defensive matchups like the one in Chicago on Saturday are fun.7
Tony: Felton supposedly coming back soon. Will be a boost.
Mark:Tyson Chandler's numbers being overshadowed by Melo's career year.8
Tony: Proving they're a legitimate contender with solid last couple of weeks.
Mark: Good to see Steph Curry back; Marc Jackson should be coach of the year.
9
Tony: D-Will is money at the charity stripe.
Mark: Could be the hottest team in the league right now.
10
Tony: George looks like a beast some nights, a non-factor others.
Mark: Nate can be one big headache at times, and win you games the next night.
11
Tony: Gritting out wins in Rose's absence.
Mark: Boylan seems to understand the roster better, or the team is rejuvenated post-Skiles.
12
Tony: Are they really more than just a .500 team?
Mark: Playing well, but I have concerns about how Granger could mess with George's game.
13
Tony: If Sullinger maintains production, will be key role player.
Mark: Could be one of the busiest teams at this year's trade deadline (Jefferson, Millsap).
14
Tony: Sanders has turned into a bonafide stud. Just has to improve offensive game.
Mark: Continue to fade fast, and losing Lou Williams (torn ACL) won't help matters.
15
Tony: Very good at home, but bad (9-11) on the road.
Mark: Three-game losing streak right after they looked to be turning the corner.
16
Tony: Batum playing heavy minutes in breakout year, but can't seem to stay healthy.
Mark: The pieces are there when healthy; a healthy Rubio may carry them to playoffs.
17
Tony: Lost 7 straight, but somehow still in 8-seed in West.
Mark: Terrible January after being the biggest surprise of the 2012 calendar.
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Tony: What happened to the positive momentum they gained last season?
Mark: Worst bench in the league means starters won't make it all year.
19
Tony: Love still has 2 months until he's back on the court. Sigh.
Mark: Dirk hasn't been the guy the Mavs have needed, but they're not out of the hunt yet.
20
Tony: Really didn't see this poor season coming, you guys.
Mark: The Lakers in the Lottery. Sounds weird, but likely to happen.
21
Tony: Can Cousins stay out of trouble?
Mark:Have fun in Seattle, DeMarcus.
22
Tony: Just getting sad now. But only 3 games out of playoffs.
Mark: Time to get Andre Drummond more minutes, Detroit.
23
Tony: Would've been completely different season if Gordon starts healthy.
Mark:Bynum looks ready to return after the All-Star break; if that's the case, don't count them out.
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Tony: Monroe is a stud, but players around him just too inconsistent.
Mark: Finally out of the cellar in the West, and have won 7 of 10.
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Tony: 4-17 record in the US, but 11-9 in Canada.
Mark: Do they have to move Lowry or Calderon?
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Tony: What's their plan for the future? 'Cause it's time to start thinking about that.
Mark:Unleash Moe Harkless!
27
Tony: Taken over the crown as the worst team in the west.
Mark:Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is only 19, but he's been a disappointment as the No. 2 pick.
28
Tony: Giving them the nod over WAS because of wins alone.
Mark: Varejao done for the year, but probably a good thing to rest his knee.
29
Tony: Wall is a big boost, but he can't do it all himself.
Mark: In the last 10 games, have doubled their win totals.
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Tony: Kemba's rekindled early-season success, but not leading to any more wins.
Mark: Firing Alvin Gentry wasn't the answer, but it had to happen. Rock-bottom in PHX.