Power Rankings: Race For Homecourt Heats Up As Season Winds Down

25. Charlotte Bobcats (19): Other than Minnesota, I don’t think there is a team playing worse basketball than the Bobcats right now. They’ve lost six straight, and maybe after realizing that they were eliminated from playoff contention, they have simply been “playing” for more ping pong balls.

24. Utah Jazz (25): The Jazz’s only win in the last 10 games has come against the Lakers, and that game was a Kobe game-winner away from being a loss too. They are obviously a completely different team without Deron Williams and Jerry Sloan, and I don’t think they know what their identity is right now. They have a lot to do over the summer, but with a competent GM in Kevin O’Connor, the Jazz should be back in the playoffs in no time.

23. Sacramento Kings (22): The Kings are just a young, immature team – plain and simple. They just need a few more years to continue their development and to continue gaining experience. If they can add a smart, composed veteran to the starting lineup or bench, that would be a huge boost for this team heading into next year.

22. Detroit Pistons (24): The Pistons are apparently retaining General Manager Joe Dumars, which is probably the worst internal decision made all year long. He has plagued this franchise with his poor decisions over the past three seasons, and keeping him around is only going to continue a tradition of poor basketball for this struggling ball club.

21. Los Angeles Clippers (23): After showing some serious flashes early in the year, the Clippers cooled off considerably. Blake Griffin is still going to be one of the best players in the league next year, and they should see this season as a major success since it will ultimately act as a crucial stepping stone into a successful 2011-12.

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