The Memphis Grizzlies.

2014-15 NBA Power Rankings: Week 8

(Photo: Brandon Dill/Associated Press)

(Prepared prior to games played evening of Wednesday, December 17th, 2014)

Roughly 25-30% of the 2014-2015 N.B.A. season has concluded and rather than add more opinionated  fluff to the web, Raining 3’s is here raining facts.

Current Conference Standing & 18 statistical categories spanning Offense (Points, Assists, Field Goals, Free Throws & 3-Pt FG’s), Defense (Opp Pts, Assists, FG’s, FT’s, 3’s, Rebounds, Blocks, Steals, Turnovers) & Differential’s (Point, FG, FT & 3-Pt FG Differentials) are factored here, providing the most unfiltered N.B.A.’s team-ranking:

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

Each category is weighted the same, no matter how a Fan, Player, Trainer, Agent, Coach, G.M. or Owner may revere a stat category, so the strength of scoring, handling-the-ball, (or not turning-it-over), rebounding, and blocking a shot is just as important/relevant as Free-throw Shooting Percentage, Points/Field-Goal Differentials, stealing the ball or holding the opposition to fewest points per game.

A SoCal native following the N.B.A. since mid-80’s & playing basketball by ’87 who grew accustomed to an unbiased play-call due to the late-Laker-great, ‘Chick’ Hearn.

While still following the sport — and the Lakers organization more closely — there’s an uncanny desire for truth and accuracy while sharing a vantage point that may have been missed amidst the entertainment, also known as the N.B.A.