NBA Rankings (11/18/2012)

Last Updated: 8/19/2014 10:03 PM ET


Not only does the Predictalator run every upcoming game 50,000 times, it plays every team against every other team to come up with the ultimate Power Rankings. The Predictalator is successful because it best accounts for actual matchups and team's abilities to exploit opponent's weaknesses, so the Power Rankings are not necessarily the best way to know who would win between two teams. They are, however, the best possible way to measure which teams have put together the most impressive seasons. The best team may not be favored against the second-best team, but it would be favored more significantly against the rest of the teams in the sport.

To build the NBA Power Rankings below, we "played" every team against every other team 50,000 times each and ranked by overall winning percentage of those games. These Power Rankings are as of (11/18/2012) rosters and projected depth charts.

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2012 NBA Team Rankings (11/18/2012)

Rank Team
1 Memphis Grizzlies
2 Miami Heat
3 Oklahoma City Thunder
4 Los Angeles Clippers
5 San Antonio Spurs
6 New York Knicks
7 Los Angeles Lakers
8 Houston Rockets
9 Chicago Bulls
10 Boston Celtics
11 Denver Nuggets
12 Milwaukee Bucks
13 Philadelphia 76ers
14 Dallas Mavericks
15 Indiana Pacers
16 Brooklyn Nets
17 Atlanta Hawks
18 Utah Jazz
19 Golden State Warriors
20 New Orleans Hornets
21 Portland Trail Blazers
22 Minnesota Timberwolves
23 Cleveland Cavaliers
24 Detroit Pistons
25 Sacramento Kings
26 Toronto Raptors
27 Phoenix Suns
28 Orlando Magic
29 Washington Wizards
30 Charlotte Bobcats