|NBA Midseason Grades|
Instead of doing the regular Power Rankings this week, I'm going to hand out midseason grades that reflect teams' performance since the season began.
As I noted last season when grading the teams at midseason, there isn't a sole criterion for the marks. A team's record is obviously the most important factor. But consideration is also given to how a team has performed relative to expectations, and how and why it is winning or losing, including its response to injuries and its trends toward improvement or dysfunction as the season unfolds. A faltering championship hopeful is in tougher shape than a team that is losing games but developing its young players and building for the future.
(All stats and records are through Monday, Feb. 21.)