Feb 23, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard (12) reacts after an and one basket against the Phoenix Suns during the first half at US Airways Center. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Rockets Power Rankings Update Through Week 17

The Houston Rockets went 2-1 for the week (last Monday-Sunday), beating the Lakers and Suns, while loosing to the Warriors in overtime. This week’s average rank for these publications is 3.5, while last week it was 3.71. Since these power rankings come out throughout the day on Monday, our national power rankings post will come out early Tuesday every week.

Note: National power rankings don’t take into account any of Monday’s NBA action

 

ESPN (Marc Stein)

Ranked – 4 | Last Week – 4

The rising Rockets have quietly posted the NBA’s best record since Jan. 1 (17-5). In even quieter fashion, Houston has nudged its way into the top 10 in defensive efficiency while Dwight Howard became the first player ever to play in three straight All-Star Games with three different teams.

 

CBS Sports (Matt Moore)

Ranked – 3 | Last Week – 5

Dwight Howard is looking more Hulk than Bruce Banner these days. Even his goofiness, like mocking the “Howard sucks” chants in LA, has been endearing.

 

Yahoo Sports (Marc J. Spears)

Ranked – 4 | Last Week – 4

The hot Rockets have won nine of their past 10 games and are now only two games behind San Antonio for the West’s second seed.

 

NBA.com (John Schuhmann)

Ranked – 2 | Last Week – 3

Houston (38-18)
Pace: 98.3 (7), OffRtg: 107.7 (5), DefRtg: 102.2 (10), NetRtg: +5.6 (6)
The Rockets are the only team that ranks in the top seven in both offensive and defensive efficiency since Jan. 1 and would have a 10-game winning streak if James Harden hit the game-winner at the end of regulation at Golden State on Thursday. So you can’t really criticize them for (basically) standing pat at the deadline, but Wednesday’s game in L.A. will be another interesting test.
This week: @ SAC, @ LAC, vs. DET

 

Sports Illustrated (Matt Dollinger)

Ranked – 4 | Last Week – 4

An eight-game winning streak ended with an overtime loss at Golden State, but the Rockets got right back on track with a victory at Phoenix on Sunday. Houston boasts an NBA-best 9.5 net rating this month and has seen its offense rise to a scintillating 110.2 points per 100 possessions in February. If the Rockets can get Omer Asik to buy in for the rest of the season, they’ll be pretty formidable on defense, too.

 

USA Today (combination of writers)

Ranked – 5 | Last Week – 7

Dwight Howard has doubled his career three-pointer total this season, from two to four.

 

ProBasketballTalk (Kurt Helin)

Ranked – 3 | Last Week – 5

They have still won 9 of 10 and have done it some improved defense but mostly a whole lot of offense. When James Harden was asked All-Star Weekend if this team was a contender he sounded like a guy not yet fully sold as he talked about growing and learning. I think they have more learning to do come the playoffs.

 

Basketball Insiders (Moke Hamilton)

Ranked – 3 | Last Week – 3

The eight-game win streak ended on Thursday at the Warriors, but Sunday’s 115-112 win at the Suns was impressive and 9 out of 10. We would have liked to have seen the Rockets make a move at Thursday’s deadline to solidify themselves, but we still feel good about them. We’ll soon see how far they can get with their lack of experience. Last Week: 2-1.    

 

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