RankingsAugust 19, 2005


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Team Rankings

By Arlo Vander

Are the Spurs still the team to beat? Will the departure of head coach Nate McMillan derail the SuperSonics a year after they won the Northwest? Can Larry Brown return the Knicks to glory, or at least respectability, in his first season at the helm in the Big Apple?

To find the answers to these questions and more, we asked nine hoops experts to rank the NBA’s thirty teams in order of first to worst, with very interesting results. Only two teams – San Antonio and Miami – drew first-place votes, but after that, opinions begin to vary widely. Nonetheless, a clear consensus emerges which should serve as a good indication of how each team is shaping up at this stage of the off-season.

Average rank indicates the average of the scores assigned to a team by each person, with the highest and lowest scores filtered out to improve the accuracy of the rankings. Each ranker’s individual list can be seen in the ten columns at the right.

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San Antonio1.29121111321
Miami1.86312422112
Phoenix4.14444745253
Indiana4.43555254435
Detroit4.29733333874
Houston6.432661086667
Dallas7.71971651210546
Denver8.57108787121098
Cleveland9.576129910117139
Seattle10.298982267171211
Sacramento10.86201110614891014
Minnesota12.7114101114917131710
Chicago13.1415131217139111513
New Jersey13.4311151711171315812
Philadelphia15.00121621121614181415
Washington17.00222214161815121816
Memphis18.43131918231122191919
Los Angeles Lakers17.86172113131518232518
Golden State18.43181719152419201121
Los Angeles Clippers19.29211415181920222220
Boston19.14161825252116142117
Utah21.86192322202026271623
Milwaukee22.00232023212223242022
New York24.29272526192721162626
Orlando23.71242420262329212424
Toronto25.86252627282528252325
Portland25.71262724242624262728
Charlotte27.86282828302825282827
Atlanta28.71292930272927292929
New Orleans29.86303029293030303030

Legend
king = kingctb27
dogg = Crimedogg32
CRaY = CRaYzKiDz89
rhs = rhs_rizzo
MeSh = MeShawn
bigh = bigh0rt
Turm = Turmoil

 
Many thanks to the rankers who looked into their crystal balls to see what the 2005-06 season will bring!

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