Below is the latest edition of the NBA Power Index, which is an objective ranking of NBA teams based upon a simple formula I call PVOA. It compares the number of points each team scores and allows on average per game compared to the number of points the rest of the NBA is scoring and allowing against the same schedule in the same number of possessions. Please refer to this season’s debut index post for a fuller explanation.
This Week’s Movers
Bucks fans will notice the Bucks are ranked in the top 10 for the first time in the three seasons I’ve done this ranking, and their defense is by far and away the best in the NBA. On the other hand, the offense is ranked 28th.
Other movement of note: New Orleans takes over the top spot from the Lakers, who fall to third. Orlando does a free fall after a series of bad performances. The Knicks go from surprise upper half team to lower half. The Timberwolves put together two nice performances to move out of the basement. They are replaced by the Kings. The Bulls move all the way up to number six. And Atlanta and Houston both fall. Bear in mind that the numbers are in constant motion at this point in the season.
In reading the index, the first number next to the team name is the team’s overall PVOA. The second is offensive PVOA. The third is defensive PVOA. “+” always means above average, meaning it is good to have both on offense and defense.