By Matt Dollinger
December 23, 2013
Kevin Durant and the Thunder shoot to No. 1 this week after winning 17 of their last 19 games.
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NBA Power Rankings
1 Oklahoma City Thunder
Last Week: 2
Since: 3-1
NBA League Pass. The Thunder are the best team in the league right now, but imagine what could have been if James Harden or Jeff Green were still playing on the team. League Pass will help them do just that -- and also help them start scout potential trade partners for Kendrick Perkins.
2 Portland Trail Blazers
Last Week: 1
Since: 2-1
Five golden rings. We couldn't leave any of Portland's starters out, who are the only five-man group to have started every game this season. We won't speculate whether they'll be receiving any other rings this year, but this group deserves something shiny for powering the Blazers' sensational start.
3 Miami Heat
Last Week: 5
Since: 3-0
Miami Heat (20-6)
Ring polish. What do you get the team that already has everything? We figure this might come in handy again next spring.
4 Indiana Pacers
Last Week: 3
Since: 2-2
Kitchen mixer. The Pacers are trying to work Danny Granger back into the rotation, which is no small task with one of the most cohesive teams in the league. Asking a guy who is used to shooting 15 times per game to be a complementary player could be tricky, but the Pacers had to like what they saw with Granger's 4-of-5 effort from three-point range Sunday night.
5 Los Angeles Clippers
Last Week: 7
Since: 4-0
Starter jacket. For former Sixth Man of the Year Jamal Crawford, who has dazzled since being moved into the Clippers' starting lineup. Even better, Los Angeles is 5-0 since making the move. Even when J.J. Redick does come back, the Clips would be crazy to mess with success like this.
6 San Antonio Spurs
Last Week: 4
Since: 2-2
Something from the Craig Sager collection. We considered getting Gregg Popovich a subscription to TV Guide after he sat his stars during another nationally televised game last week, but we're guessing that won't make a difference. Instead, we're getting Pop one of Sager's technicolor dreamcoats. After seeing them up close for so many years, you know he wants one.
7 Phoenix Suns
Last Week: 6
Since: 2-1
Phoenix Suns (16-10)
A camera. To capture this moment right now. With a roster in flux, a first-year head coach calling the shots and a team that traded its starting center a day before the start of the season, the Suns are currently playoff-bound and the talk of the league.
8 Houston Rockets
Last Week: 8
Since: 2-1
A trade for Omer Asik. James Harden could use a set of shears and you know Dwight Howard won't be happy if he doesn't get something, but the best thing for the Rockets right now would be to move their disgruntled defensive center and get a rotation player or first-round pick in return.
9 Golden State Warriors
Last Week: 11
Since: 2-1
An Andrew Bogut-sized Otter Box. Keeping their starting center healthy is imperative for the Warriors. Outside of Stephen Curry, he's the most indispensable player on the team. Opponents are shooting just 43.9 percent on attempts at the rim against Bogut, the third-best mark of any player facing at least eight attempts per game.
10 Atlanta Hawks
Last Week: 13
Since: 3-0
Atlanta Hawks (15-12)
Surround-sound speakers. The Hawks have the second-worst home attendance numbers in the league this season despite having a playoff-bound team. It's not going to be easy creating noise in Philips Arena with less than 14,000 tickets sold per game, maybe this will help.
11 Dallas Mavericks
Last Week: 10
Since: 1-2
Timeshare in Boca Raton. Vince Carter (37 years old), Dirk Nowitzki (35), Shawn Marion (35) are getting to that age when the magnetic pull of South Florida begins to take over. Don't believe me? The Heat are the oldest team in the league with an average age of 30.7.
12 Denver Nuggets
Last Week: 9
Since: 0-3
A treadmill. After finishing second in the league in pace the last two seasons, the Nuggets have slowed to seventh this season under Brian Shaw. Their points per possession have dropped this year too, meaning a little bit more running might be in their best interest.
13 Minnesota Timberwolves
Last Week: 12
Since: 1-3
Pop-a-shot. Ricky Rubio's shooting is the only thing that's keeping him from becoming a star and the Wolves from being a playoff team. He's shooting just 34.7 percent from the field this year and taking a career-low 8.5 attempts, a sign his confidence may be slipping.
14 Los Angeles Lakers
Last Week: 14
Since: 2-2
An anchor. It's not going to be easy keeping Nick Young grounded for the rest of the year. He's about to become the first Laker in over a decade to lead the team in scoring besides Kobe Bryant.
15 Washington Wizards
Last Week: 23
Since: 3-0
An all-expenses-paid trip to the Northeast. The Wizards are 4-1 on the road against Atlantic teams and 2-7 against everyone else. Unfortunately for the Wizards, they aren't scheduled to return to the Northeast until late February.
16 Toronto Raptors
Last Week: 17
Since: 2-1
A label maker. It will come in handy during Masai Ujiri's fire sale in February, when the Raptors continue to clean house and look to deal Kyle Lowry, Landry Fields or any of their spare parts acquired from the Kings.
17 Charlotte Bobcats
Last Week: 20
Since: 3-1
Red Ryder BB gun. The Bobcats are the worst three-point shooting team in the league, but maybe they'll have luck with the old classic from A Christmas Story. Anthony Tolliver currently leads the team with a 37.8 shooting percentage from deep, which pretty much says it all.
18 New Orleans Pelicans
Last Week: 15
Since: 0-3
Dartboard and blindfold. I'm guessing Tyreke Evans has more success with his Christmas gifts than his three-point attempts. The Pelicans' new sixth man is shooting just 8.3 percent from deep this season.
19 Memphis Grizzlies
Last Week: 16
Since: 1-2
The board game Operation. The only way the Grizzlies make any noise this year is if they can miraculously heal Marc Gasol and Quincy Pondexter. Maybe a little practice on Cavity Sam will do the trick.
20 Detroit Pistons
Last Week: 21
Since: 2-2
XBox One. The much ballyhooed trio of Andre Drummond, Greg Monroe and Josh Smith would be a dominant defensive force in video games, but in real life the Pistons' starting frontcourt is giving up a disastrous 109.4 points per 100 possessions.
21 Boston Celtics
Last Week: 18
Since: 1-3
New iPhone for Danny Ainge. Is there something wrong with his current one? As of today, the Celtics are still in eighth place in the East and outside of the much-desired lottery. A few well-placed phone calls could seal Boston's ping-pong pipe dream.
22 Cleveland Cavaliers
Last Week: 19
Since: 1-2
LeBron James. Look, Santa probably has a better chance of delivering LeBron to Cleveland than the Cavaliers' front office. Friendship bracelets for Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters might be of more use this season, but since when was Christmas about being rational?
23 Brooklyn Nets
Last Week: 22
Since: 1-2
The spring from Tuck Everlasting. I have no idea how they're going to get it to Brooklyn, but I'm sure Mikhail Prokhorov will spare no expense, as he did with Nets, who are eight games under .500 and just lost Brook Lopez for the season. It could be the only thing that could save the ailing Nets' season.
24 Utah Jazz
Last Week: 28
Since: 2-2
Utah Jazz (8-22)
Training wheels. The Jazz's five leading scorers are all 23 or younger and playing prominent roles for the first time, with the exception of Gordon Hayward. After being baptized by fire the first month and half of the season, the Jazz's youngsters are starting to get the hang of things, going 4-3 over their last seven.
25 Chicago Bulls
Last Week: 24
Since: 1-3
Chicago Bulls (10-16)
A Roomba. The Bulls are struggling mightily to create offense these days, averaging just 85.2 points over their last nine games. There's no guarantee the Roomba will be able to clean things up, but at least Tom Thibodeau will have someone moving around on offense.
26 New York Knicks
Last Week: 26
Since: 1-2
An intervention. Spending money on the Knicks is frivolous (ask James Dolan). What the organization needs is help. What better time to confront a loved one's major issues than the holidays? Eggnog anyone?
27 Orlando Magic
Last Week: 27
Since: 1-2
Mittens. Victor Oladipo's hands have been ice cold this season, shooting 28.4 percent from three-point range and creating a team-high 3.4 turnovers per game.
28 Sacramento Kings
Last Week: 25
Since: 1-3
A gift receipt. Is it too late to return Rudy Gay? Do the Kings have to bring him all the way back to Toronto or can they exchange him at any location? Can Sacramento at least get store credit and take DeMar DeRozan instead? The team is 2-4 since acquiring the polarizing swingman.
29 Philadelphia 76ers
Last Week: 30
Since: 1-2
Rabbit's foot. For good luck and health for Michael Carter-Williams and Nerlens Noel in 2014. The former has battled injuries this season and the latter is likely sitting out all together, but the building blocks are there for the Sixers to crawl out of the cellar next season.
30 Milwaukee Bucks
Last Week: 29
Since: 1-2
A Magic 8-Ball. Larry Drew looks as confused as we are. Maybe the 8-ball can provide some answers. Are they rebuilding? Are they contending for a playoff spot? Who are their best players? The Bucks have 11 players who are averaging at least 20 minutes per game right now and all 14 players on their roster have started at least one game.

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