NBA Power Rankings: Lakers Take a Tumble

10. Los Angeles Lakers (5): The Andrew Bynum drama is putting a real damper on their late-season push for playoff positioning. If they hope to make a legitimate postseason run, Mike Brown needs to put his foot down and take control of this team. A healthy Kobe would help, too.

9. Indiana Pacers (10): Just when it looked like the Pacers had finally hit their stride, they put up a futile effort against the Celtics and raised questions about how they’ll fair in a seven-game series against the NBA’s best. Still, winning seven of their last ten has to count for something.

8. Memphis Grizzlies (11): The Grizzlies have battled through some tough times this season and continue to win against top-notch teams. The real test, however, lies ahead as the finish line comes within sight.

7. Los Angeles Clippers (6): I had almost forgotten all about Caron Butler before he began putting on nightly firework shows for the Clippers. There’s plenty of star power on this team, but whether or not they can succeed in a hostile playoff environment is a completely different question.

6. Atlanta Hawks (11): The Hawks are coming down the final straight-away at full speed, even without Al Horford. Zaza Pachulia has stepped in and played well and the team is feeding off of his energy.

Next Page: NBA Power Rankings: Top 5

You May Also Like

Anthony Davis Proud Lakers Won Championship For Kobe Bryant

Anthony Davis and the Los Angeles Lakers successfully achieved their No. 1 goal from when the season began…

NBA Legend Bill Russell: ‘Lakers Can Be Very, Very Good’

As arguably one of the most successful players to have ever played…

Lakers News: Marcelo Huertas Says ‘It Would Be Awesome To Stay In L.A.’

The Los Angeles Lakers brought veteran point guard Marcelo Huertas to Los Angeles last summer with the hope that he could help mentor young guards D’Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson in the delicate art of the pick and roll…

Kobe Bryant On Michael Jordan’s Influence: ‘No Words Can Really Do It Justice’

Throughout Kobe Bryant’s entire career with the Los Angeles Lakers, the superstar guard has been compared to one NBA legend more than any other…