Heat Lose to Jazz, Still No.1 in Hollinger Rankings

Yesterday we had a large debate concerning John Hollinger’s PER Diem power rankings, where he listed the Miami Heat (5-2) ahead of the Los Angeles Lakers (7-0). After last night’s games Hollinger released a new set of rankings. Sort of.

New Jersey Nets Joe Smith (Bottom) and Miami Heat LeBron James compete for the ball during the first half of their NBA basketball game in Newark, New Jersey October 31, 2010. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)

The Miami Heat were up 22 points on the Utah Jazz, but eventually lost in overtime, dropping their record to 5-3. The Lakers struggled slightly with the Minnesota Timberwolves, but still won the game and improved their record to 8-0, keeping them a game ahead of the undefeated New Orleans Hornets for the best record in the NBA.

This morning Hollinger released an updated version of his rankings, which kept the Heat atop the heap, this time with a 5-3 record. The Lakers, now 8-0, remained second in the PER Diem rankings. This system has always been controversial, and that is what makes it so interesting. However, Hollinger appears to have developed the only ranking system with more flaws than the infamous Bowl Championship Series in College Football.

According to Hollinger, strength of schedule is the difference between the Lakers and Heat. While it is certainly true that Los Angeles has played an easier schedule than Miami thus far, the fact that these are power rankings and scheduled to change weekly if not daily, the system still seems slightly flawed. Los Angeles has a higher margin of victory, but since they’ve played different opponents that doesn’t count for much.

And so, with the latest and even more bizarre rankings, let the debate continue.


  • nah it aint matter… fact remains that the lakers still are 8-0 while the heat is 5-3
    if its subject to change then maybe hollinger can change the rankings then
    but for right now… the lakers definitely shld be number one

  • I can’t believe now that I know what that fool’s face looks likes.
    Hollinger, you really are a LeBRICK lover, aren’t you? I could see if the Lakers were having a crappy season, so far, but they are 8-0. Heck, the Hawks and the Magics are doing better than the Heat in their section….Hollinger, you obviously don’t know the game.


  • So u are saying that if the lakers went undefeated and the heat lost 30% of their games u would still have the heat atop of the lakers???? That is just bull… Lakers for life

  • The Celtics have beat the Heat 2 times now yet they aren’t ranked higher than them…

  • Listen up guys! As much as I am a Laker fan I must admit these are statistical answers to a question so there is no inherent bias! In fact his rankings are quite good at the end of the year near playoffs because highs and lows cancel and we get a decent picture of good vs. bad teams. That said, the one factor that the Heat do have in their arsenal that Lakers don’t is that stingy defense and Pau witnessed it first hand on Christmas! I think the Celts and Magic will beat the Heat but if the Heat get to the Finals they “might” beat the Lakers. For some reason the Lakers dont perform well against Queen James and his crew, again just my opinion.

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