NBA Rankings (12/23/2012)

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

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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 (12/23/2012) rosters and projected depth charts.

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2012 NBA Team Rankings (12/23/2012)

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