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 5 Power Rankings. Think we're way off? Agree with our picks? Hit us up on Twitter at @BullsTalkCSN with comments or criticisms.
|1|| Tony: Hottest team in the league right now.|
Mark: Eight straight wins for the West's best home team.
|2|| Tony: Riding a five-game winning streak behind Parker.|
Mark: Imagine how good they'll be when Kawhi Leonard comes back.
|3|| Tony: Dominated the Heat, but couldn't run with the Bulls.|
Mark: Wade's shot coming back around, prompting LeBron to tell Barkley to "shut up."
|4|| Tony: Dynamic team, but a bit inconsistent to start.|
Mark: Looked fantastic without Carmelo, but they're glad to have the early season MVP back.
|5|| Tony: Would be the class of the West if not for OKC/SA.|
Mark: Six straight wins, led by a red-hot Blake Griffin.
|6|| Tony: Wow, when did they become THE team in L.A.?|
Mark: December has been a rough stretch.
|7|| Tony: Have won 8 of 10 to put them among NBA's best.|
Mark: Huge jump this week, but it's deserved. You can thank Steph Curry.
|8|| Tony: Really looking like a playoff team.|
Mark: Love what Lou Williams is doing for a bench that needs scoring.
|9|| Tony: Still clutching first place, but not by much.|
Mark: Have lost 3 of 5, but the talent is still there.
|10|| Tony: Need to find a way to win on the road.|
Mark: Andray Blatche puts up decent numbers, but they need Brook Lopez back.
|11|| Tony: If Holiday goes down, they're doomed.|
Mark: Joakim Noah is a dark horse for MVP the way he's playing on both ends so far.
|12|| Tony: Four-game losing streak bumps them down.|
Mark: Dead last in rebounds per game.
|13|| Tony: Have won three straight to climb over .500.|
Mark: Larry Sanders leads the NBA in blocks per game. Read that again.
|14|| Tony: Home/Road splits are scary.|
Mark: Nash still 2 weeks away, which means L.A. is 2 weeks away from turning this around.
|15|| Tony: Not time to push panic button, but at least time to bring it out of storage.|
Mark: Won 4 of 5 to start December.
|16|| Tony: Need to get their frontcourt rotation nailed down.|
Mark: Al Jefferson quietly putting together a monster season for the Jazz.
|17|| Tony: Just too inconsistent right now, but will be there in the end.|
Mark: Defense keeping them in the playoff hunt.
|18|| Tony: They're starting to get healthier, playoff push time?|
Mark: Ty Lawson picking things up lately.
|19|| Tony: Ninth out of 9 teams vying for playoff spots in the East.|
Mark: T-Wolves can't wait to get Rubio back, other 29 teams just fine waiting.
|20|| Tony: They can't even win when Lin puts up 38. Ouch.|
Mark: Omer Asik now hitting 17-footers in Houston. Convinced he was trolling Chicago.
|21|| Tony: See? Can't hack it when injuries hit because of lack of depth.|
Mark: They're winning games lately (3-of-5), but not playing anyone good (CLE, CHA, TOR).
|22|| Tony: Best of the worst in the East.|
Mark: Likely Lottery-bound, but this is an impressive turnaround led by Greg Monroe.
|23|| Tony: They have talent, but that's about it.|
Mark: Anthony Davis has the talent to turn the tides for the
|24|| Tony: Been better of late since their horrendous start.|
Mark: 3-2 on recent West roadtrip was nice to see. Still haven't played at home in Dec.
|25|| Tony: Getting Anthony Davis back. Eric Gordon on the horizon?|
Mark: Had won three in a row before loss in Dallas.
|26|| Tony: Have lost eight straight after their 7-5 start.|
Mark: Fast start was fun, but reality setting in fast on Mike Dunlap's group.
|27|| Tony: What are they doing with Marcin Gortat? Do they even know?|
Mark: Injuries just won't let this team play healthy together.
|28|| Tony: Kyrie coming back, but he can't do it alone.|
Mark: 5-5 at home, but just 2-11 away from Phoenix.
|29|| Tony: All the big offseason acquisitions haven't helped, huh?|
Mark: Still think Tristan Thompson has the skill set to be a star in the NBA.
|30|| Tony: Just flat-out awful. What is there to say?|
Mark: Injuries continue to decimate an already-shallow roster.