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 7 Power Rankings. Think we're way off? Agree with our picks? Hit us up on Twitter at @BullsTalkCSN with comments or criticisms.
|1|| Tony: Watch out now, the Serge Protector has an offensive game.|
Mark: 11 wins in a row, showing no signs of slowing down.
|2|| Tony: Blake Griffin and Co. have rattled off 10 straight now.|
Mark: Carmelo may be MVP, but Tyson just as valuable to Knicks.
|3|| Tony: Tony Parker is playing at an MVP level.|
Mark: 10 straight victories…at least one team in L.A. is winning.
|4|| Tony: Still holding off Miami as the beasts of the East.|
Mark: Now Tony Parker is triple-doubling? These guys never get old.
|5|| Tony: They need Dwyane Wade to stay on the court consistently.|
Mark: Chris Bosh having another underrated yet efficient year.
|6|| Tony: Not as hot as other teams in the West, but a bonafide contender.|
Mark: Slowly coming back down to Earth, but still talented.
|7|| Tony: Winning streak came to an end, but have still won 8 of 10.|
Mark: Stephen Curry should be an All-Star for the first time this year.
|8|| Tony: Surprisingly boast leagues 7th best D in pts allowed.|
Mark: Horford/Smith frontcourt has been dominant so far.
|9|| Tony: Bench has been coming to play, Mon. night in MEM notwithstanding.|
Mark: Looking better each week, but Hinrich needs to stay healthy.
|10|| Tony: Rubio back, Love looking like a stud again. All is well in Minny.|
Mark: Brook Lopez is back at the perfect time (ASAP).
|11|| Tony: D-Will calling out his coach? Uh oh.|
Mark: Ricky Rubio was great in return from ACL surgery.
|12|| Tony: Need some frontcourt help. Last in league in rebounding.|
Mark: Quietly have won seven of last 10.
|13|| Tony: Really like this squad, and they're starting to gel.|
Mark: Ersan Ilyosova showing signs of life is great news for Bucks.
|14|| Tony: We all know George can get hot, but can he be consistent?|
Mark: Back over .500 (13-12) for first time since Nov. 23.
|15|| Tony: Ersan Ilyasova coming up just when Bucks need it.|
Mark: One of two teams (Milwaukee) with a winning record and negative point differential.
|16|| Tony: See? They rely on Jrue Holiday so much.|
Mark: Brutal four-game roadtrip awaiting Utah (BRK, IND, MIA, ORL).
|17|| Tony: If they can shore up their D, they may join ranks of elite.|
Mark: Philly hoping for good news on Andrew Bynum’s MRI this week.
|18|| Tony: Just look like a completely different team without Dirk.|
Mark: 12th in the West is the season ended today.
|19|| Tony: Lin starred in return to NY, but he has no consistency.|
Mark: Could sneak into the playoffs as players continue to get comfortable playing together.
|20|| Tony: Can't hack it when one or two guys go down to injury.|
Mark: Damian Lillard is your current Rookie of the Year, and it’s not close.
|21|| Tony: Already talking trades? Alright.|
Mark: Just 4-10 on the road, and play 8 of next 13 away from Dallas.
|22|| Tony: When Nash comes back, run offense through him.|
Mark: 2-0 week on the heels of losing seven in a row.
|23|| Tony: If they have Gortat, why not at least utilize him?|
Mark: Impressive win over Golden State was part of 2-0 week.
|24|| Tony: Rough luck this season for Lowry and Co. thus far.|
Mark: Trade candidate Jose Calderon will lead a contender down the stretch. Book it.
|25|| Tony: I like this Drummond kid. Could be dynamic duo with Monroe.|
Mark: Roller coaster continues after losing four straight.
|26|| Tony: Man, they're sinking faster than the Titanic. This is sad.|
Mark: Isaiah Thomas showing signs of life off the bench.
|27|| Tony: Feel bad for fans in Sacremento. No hope on horizon.|
Mark: Losers of 11 straight, even Kemba can’t straighten it out.
|28|| Tony: Kyrie's back! And he's dropping 40.|
Mark: Irving’s mask is a thing of beauty, and it’s the same dominant player behind it.
|29|| Tony: Vasquez is putting up solid numbers, but needs to improve efficiency.|
Mark: Anthony Davis has lost his grip on Rookie of the Year honors.
|30|| Tony: Not even an exorcism could help this team.|
Mark: Bradley Beal and Jordan Crawford will work well when John Wall returns.