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NBA Power Ranking Lists: How Pundits Rank Houston Rockets Week 11

By Tamberlyn Richardson
Jan 10, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets forward Trevor Ariza (1) drives the ball as Indiana Pacers forward Paul George (13) defends in overtime at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 10, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets forward Trevor Ariza (1) drives the ball as Indiana Pacers forward Paul George (13) defends in overtime at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
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Where National Pundits place Houston Rockets on NBA Power Ranking Lists Week 11

Week 11 of the 2015-16 season is in the books and with that the new NBA Power Ranking Lists are out, so lets take a look at where the Houston Rockets were ranked.

In Week 11 the Houston Rockets rebounded from a tough week of losses by posting 3 consecutive victories. As per what’s become the norm this season the team continues to be consistently inconsistent. Every time it feels like they’ve turned the corner it’s followed up by a string of losses.

Can we trust the amazing comeback they made versus the Indiana Pacers will actually translate into the team finally believing that is there true identity? Week 11 the Rockets get a chance to show us with a 4 game week versus Memphis, Minnesota, Cleveland and finish up on Sunday in Los Angeles versus the Lakers.

So, lets see if the pundits can trust that this time the Rockets have actually turned a corner:

John Schuhmann of nba.com gets caught up in the up-down nature of the Rockets and raises them back to the 15th rung after dropping them to 19 last week. Full week 11 list   Schuhmann notes the continued improvement of Ariza and points out the Rockets haven’t lost any game Ty Lawson hasn’t played. Hmmm

Matt Moore of CBS continues to be the Rockets biggest cheer leaders of the pundits. It’s become typical for him to reward the Rockets on weeks when they are more successful and he doesn’t surprise moving them up 2 spots after their 3-0 performance this week. Moore brings up that Houston have a balanced schedule this next month offering them an opportunity to build upon their current improvements. Sure feels like he’s dying to move them into the top ten. It says here that if the Rockets show up on any National Media top 10, it’ll be Moore who puts them there first!  Complete list.

Marc Stein ESPN  Leave it to Stein to point out some stats that once heard have you shaking your head in agreement they seem so obvious, but which actually weren’t numbers any of us could have grabbed from thin air.  Full List.

Jeremy Woo of Sports Illustrated is the most unmoved by the Rockets performance having run out of trust they’ve turned the corner (yet again) however he leaves room that his mind could be changed if the Rockets build upon the monumental comeback and OT win over the Pacers. His full list is here.

Power Rank week 11 Jeremy Woo
Power Rank week 11 Jeremy Woo

USA Today Panels offers up a note on Harrell after a 3-0 week capped by that amazing OT win…  I mean I guess with only a single sentence to make a bang it’s not easy, but that’s really the best you have? Really? Here’s the full listing power ranking list

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Finally Jeff Sagarin USA Today ranks the Rockets the lowest of the of the pundits dropping them from last week. I find his method to be interesting especially because teams like the Warriors, Spurs and Raptors who’ve been consistently good all year haven’t moved much whereas the Rockets seem to move up on weeks they lose and drop (like this week) after perfect weeks. Is there something Sagarin knows that we don’t? Here’s his Full List:

Power Rank week 11 Jeff Sagarin
Power Rank week 11 Jeff Sagarin

That wraps up the National Media NBA Power Ranking Lists for Week 11 of the season. My list will be up later this week. What are your thoughts on how the pundits ranked the Rockets? Let us know in the comments section below.

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