Sunday, February 22, 2009

My Approach to Power Rankings!

One of the hot things for basketball websites to do is rank teams weekly based on current play. They call them power rankings and when you search NBA power rankings on Google, there's almost three million results. So, I'm also going to start doing my own, but with a little twist!

I only care about playoff teams
Does it matter that the Clippers moved back to 29th in the latest ESPN power rankings? Of course not, everyone knows they're out of the playoff race, only die hards will really want to know what's up with them. If you're like me, you probably haven't seen them at all, or in very limited time. So, I'm going to weed out teams that won't make the playoffs from my rankings. The exception: teams that are on the outside looking in (Bulls, Knicks and Suns). I'm not going to go all out to touch on them, but if they've had a good week, they'll be mentioned.

Don't rank from the get-go
People rank from the beginning of the season to the end-why? At the earliest, I'd start a quarter of the way in, probably when ABC starts to get head-to-head contender match ups ideally. While you need to set a tone as a team from the start, I feel you don't need to look at these teams when they're not in mid-season form.

So, with all that said, I will start my rankings tomorrow! They're not power rankings, they're Playoff Power Rankings!