Every site has a guy who creates his own Power Rankings that rank every NBA team. It’s like having college rankings in professional sports, except they are meaningless — just like in college basketball — and after the Top 5 or 10, no one really cares.
But it’s always fun to see your team at the top because that means they are one of the best teams in the league. That’s the case with the Pacers. For their fans, they’ve seen the struggle the team and players have dealt with in gaining respect from outside the state.
The Pacers have arguably been the best team in the NBA this season and still are at 18-3. But that hasn’t stopped those who create the Power Rankings to keep them out of the No. 1 spot, despite having the best record in the NBA.
It’s easy to look past the Pacers record because they had the easiest schedule up until their five-game West Coast trip that finished up last night in Oklahoma City. It’s easy to say the Pacers’ record was helped due to how bad 13 of the other 14 Eastern Conference teams have been. It’s easy to find the negative if you look hard enough.
The Pacers should be No. 1 on every Power Ranking, which isn’t true this week. With the new rankings released, they were ranked No. 1 by Rant Sports, ESPN, Bleacher Report, SB Nation, CBS Sports and others. But NBA.com, Sports Illustrated, Fox Sports, and possibly others have them ranked as low as third.
While it’s all a matter of opinion, the facts are the Pacers have proven to be the best team in the NBA and they should have remained atop every Power Rankings completed.