NBA Rankings: W's look to '12-'13

NBA Rankings: W's look to '12-'13
March 19, 2012, 10:49 pm
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Now that that the NBA trade deadline as come and gone, Matt Steinmetz takes a look at every team and what direction they are heading in.

Unfortunately, for the Warriors, they have essentially thrown in the towel and are looking ahead to next season.

As for the Kings, they are as likely to blow out the Celtics and Timberwolves back-to-back, as they are to losing five in a row.

1 (1) Chicago Bulls Everything depends on when Derrick Rose returns 2 (3) Miami Heat Heat and Bulls on collision course for Eastern Conference finals 3 (2) Oklahoma City Thunder
Backup point guard in postseason likely James Harden 4 (4) San Antonio Spurs Will Stephen Jackson acquisition be postive or negative? 5 (6) L.A. Lakers Nothing shows NBA a business more than Derek Fisher trade 6 (5) Orlando Magic Are Magic good enough to make a run in the East? 7 (10) L.A. Clippers Nick Young Not perfect but a nice acquisition 8 (7) Memphis Grizzlies Grizzlies' goal now is to try to get homecourt advantage 9 (13) Dallas Mavericks Lamar Odom's numbers are just plain awful 10 (11) Denver Nuggets JaVale McGee now George Karl's problem 11 (15) Philadelphia 76ers
Significant improvement from Evan Turner this season
12 (12) Indiana Pacers Leandro Barbosa gives Pacers nice weapon off bench 13 (16) Phoenix Suns Look who's knocking on playoff door? 14 (15) Houston Rockets Rockets, like Warriors, had interest in Andrew Bogut 15 (9) Atlanta Hawks Josh Smith stays put 16 (19) Utah Jazz Jazz still one of best home teams in Western Conference 17 (17) Boston Celtics Not pretty but Celtics surviving brutal 8-game trip 18 (22) Milwaukee Bucks Bucks and Knicks will battle for No. 8 playoff spot in East 19 (21) New York Knicks Mike Woodson yet to lose as head coach of New York 20 (14) Minnesota Timberwolves Love-Barea have to be separated in huddle 21 (18) Portland Trail Blazers Now that's how you waive a white flag 22 (20) Warriors It's all about 2012-13 for Golden State at this point 23 (23) Cleveland Cavaliers Cavs gift Ramon Sessions to L.A. Lakers 24 (25) Sacramento Kings Kings as up and down as any team in NBA 25 (24) Detroit Pistons Pistons playing better of late 26 (27) Toronto Raptors Some maintaining Raptors have made strides. That's a stretch 27 (26) New Jersey Nets
Nets do nothing to jeopardize possible Williams-Howard pairing 28 (28) New Orleans Hornets
Chris Kaman, someone everyone figured would be traded, stays 29 (29) Washington Wizards Only player they wanted to move but couldn't: Andray Blatche 30 (30) Charlotte Bobcats Can Bobcats get to 10 wins?