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: Hey, they finally lost!|
Mark: Best team in the NBA, and they are coached by Vinny del Negro.
|2|| Tony: Hey, they still haven't lost since November!|
Mark: Win streak is over, but OKC-Miami will be lots of fun tomorrow.
|3|| Tony: Parker and Co. spoiled #TheReturn: Dirk Edition.|
Mark: LeBron went 250 minutes without committing a foul? Wow.
|4|| Tony: Need to get LeBron some help.|
Mark: Kawhi Leonard making a big impact after his return from injury.
|5|| Tony: Can't handle Bulls, Rockets.|
Mark: Nasty week, but Carmelo is still playing out of his mind.
|6|| Tony: What happens if 31-year-old Randolph gets hurt?|
Mark: Recent struggles, but still just 1 game behind the Spurs for the division.
|7|| Tony: Not much star power, but very solid all-around squad.|
Mark: Marc Jackson continues to successfully coach easily the biggest surprise in the NBA.
|8|| Tony: Curry should be getting some MVP votes. He's been phenomenal.|
Mark: Good for them to get a big win over Chicago last week.
|9|| Tony: Not quite consistent enough yet, but rounding into form.|
Mark: If they replicate this success until Rose returns, Bulls will fight for East supremacy.
|10|| Tony: Just won't let Bulls run away with the division.|
Mark: Interested to see how Omer Asik responds to Joakim Noah's comments.
|11|| Tony: At least they have the Knicks' number, ya know?|
Mark: Deepest team in league finding stride, beating Memphis and San Antonio last 2 weeks.
|12|| Tony: If McGee can stay under control, he's a solid, efficient role player.|
Mark: Nash coming back, but will it make a difference for West's No. 11 seed?
|13|| Tony: So now Humphries is getting benched? Too much drama in Brooklyn.|
Mark: Same as Bulls, patiently waiting until their superstar (Granger) returns.
|14|| Tony: Ellis can just take over games sometimes.|
Mark: Jennings trade talks heating up, and they will be until the deadline.
|15|| Tony: Kevin Love just needs to stay on the court.|
Mark: Rubio beginning to ramp up minutes can only mean good things for Minnesota.
|16|| Tony: On outside of playoff race if season ended today.|
Mark: Struggled against fierce competition, as expected by most.
|17|| Tony: Can still be exploited inside by most teams.|
Mark: Bynum thinks he can still contribute this season; I'll say he doesn't.
|18|| Tony: J.J. Hickson is actually playing pretty well.|
Mark: What did Avery Johnson do to Deron Williams' field goal percentage?
|19|| Tony: Fading fast, and even with Holiday back and playing at high level again. |
Mark: Pierce is on fire lately, but his teammates aren't matching the effort.
|20|| Tony: On a four-game win streak, but they've had to fight and claw for every victory.|
Mark: Wes Matthews needs to get healthy, as the playoffs are a possibility in diluted West.
|21|| Tony: To say Dirk's return could've gone better is an understatement.|
Mark: So what will Dwight Howard say if the Magic make the playoffs and he doesn't?
|22|| Tony: Still just kinda hangin' around.|
Mark: Fading fast, need some shakeups.
|23|| Tony: I just don't get Alvin Gentry's rotation. At all.|
Mark: 12-16 Mavs must love having Dirk back.
|24|| Tony: They're on a five-game win streak and they're still only 9-19? Ouch.|
Mark: Two straight wins after losing six in a row, eight of nine.
|25|| Tony: Andre Drummond looking like a solid future piece.|
Mark: 5 straight wins, but Houston the only opponent of note.
|26|| Tony: The DeMarcus Cousins situation has just become laughable.|
Mark: Cavs probably need to deal Varejao and continue rebuilding.
|27|| Tony: Ridiculous that a six-win team is 27th.|
Mark: With Evans, Cousins out, Kings score 105 points. Go figure.
|28|| Tony: It's like a race with Nawlins for worst record in NBA. They may never win again.|
Mark: Would love to see Anthony Davis, Austin Rivers and Eric Gordon together soon.
|29|| Tony: Seriously? 11 straight losses? At least Davis has grown another half-inch in NO.|
Mark: 15 losses in a row. It's last year all over again.
|30|| Tony: Amazing that a seven-game losing streak is far from worst in league.|
Mark: Bradley Beal and Jordan Crawford will work well when John Wall returns.