Re: 2012-2013 Power Rankings
Edition Two: Week 1
This will be a more condensed version for a few reasons, the main being it takes a long time. As well, a lack of significant changes on a week to week basis. If I keep doing these, I will try to do an extended version every month or so when we get a better feeling for how teams are doing. Onto the ranks where I will attempt to highlight impactful performances (good and bad) of each team.
1. D.R.A.K.E. (7-2-0) - Last Week: 1 (-) - Week 2 @ Milicic Mafia (5-4-0)
Begun his quest for a 3rd straight Premier League title with a convincing 7-2 win over Minors Champion Go Cows! Particularly impactful performance from trade acquisition Kyle Lowry who was the #1 rated player in the Yahoo! system Week 1. If D.R.A.K.E. can continue to get timely production from his supporting depth, the wins should continue to come. D.R.A.K.E. will renew his rivalry with back to back finalist Milicic Mafia in Week 2.
2. DZW (6-3-0) - Last Week: 3 (+1) - Week 2 vs iamgine (6-3-0)
DZW did what DZW do, although it was fairly close across the board, DZW picked up a convincing Week 1 win over two time Premier Basketball champion sizz. A fairly even spread out effort from the team produced the win but we'll give some love to Darren Collison who put up elite production for Week 1. At a position of questionable depth, if Collison can put up those numbers (17/7/3/1.7/1.3), DZW will be a force. Week 2 will see iamgine coming for DZW's spot in a match everyone will be watching closely.
3. iamgine (6-3-0) - Last Week: 4 (+1) - Week 2 @ DZW (6-3-0)
iamgine picked up right where he left off last year with another victory. Employing a similar strategy, iamgine took care of business in a convincing manner. Jamal Crawford has been a straight up beast, coming off the bench for the Clippers and playing a starring role for iamgine, dropping 25/3/1 per game with 3 threes per and amazing efficiency. Shout out to Kobe Bryant who tore it up and is playing at a high level himself. It won't get any easier when the matchup of the week goes down between iamgine and #2 ranked DZW.
4. Keep Floatin (6-3-0) - Last Week: 2 (-2) - Week 2 @ Gimme yer guards (7-2-0)
I don't really know what to make of Keep Floatin' first week, but it feels slightly underwhelming letting a depleted Diaper Dandies roster stay close. A confusing benching on Nikola Vucevic almost cost him a category, but a win is a win at the end of the week. The Beard James Harden is the obvious beast of the week for Keep Floatin and the entire league, a simply exceptional performance from the preseason acquisition, something that will be needed to keep his team in the title hunt. Keep Floatin' will have a chance to squash my doubts with a Week 2 tilt versus quick starter Gimme yer guards.
5. Milicic Mafia (5-4-0) - Last Week: 7 (+2) - Week 2 vs D.R.A.K.E. (7-2-0)
The Milicic Mafia started their quest for a title with a tight, close win over Big Poppa PUMP. As his guards go, so will his team, so we'll highlight Kyrie Irving starting off his sophmore season with a stellar week. You have to wonder if there is enough in the front court to make a legitimate run at the title. Pay close attention to Isaiah Thomas in Sacramento for a key player, shaky rotation and minutes could prove damaging to the Milicic Mafia's chances. He will get a chance for revenge for two title losses vs D.R.A.K.E. in Week 2.
6. Ovinton J'Anthony (3-6-0) - Last Week: 5 (-1) - Week 2 @ Diaper Dandies (3-6-0)
On one hand, it was a smashing 6-3 loss, but you need to look at the bigger picture and give iamgine credit for being one of the best teams in the league. Looking at the numbers, Ovinton J'Anthony still put up a respectable effort, just beaten by the better team this week. We'll take the easy way out and highlight OJ Mayo who dropped 12 threes this week in a losing effort. Credit to David West who balled out and made it known his crusty corpse was still capable of filling the sheet. Ovinton J'Anthony will need to rebound in a big way versus a depleted Diaper Dandies roster.
7. Big Poppa PUMP (4-5-0) - Last Week: 8 (+1) - Week 2 @ Rameek Soul CRUSHER (6-3-0)
Big Poppa PUMP fell defeat to the Mafia in a tight 5-4 match. Despite it, they move up because of some disappointing efforts of others. This looks to be a solid team, though it is lacking heavily in threes and assists. Paul George will need to continue to be a beast across the board for any chance of playoffs. If the Big Poppa can address his needs, he should be able to narrowly edge out a win in Week 2 versus the Soul CRUSHER Rameek. If not, he may find himself falling further behind.
8. Rameek Soul CRUSHER (6-3-0) - Last Week: 10 (+2) - Week 2 vs Big Poppa PUMP (4-5-0)
Amidst scrutiny, the Soul CRUSHER consumed his first victim with a convincing 6-3 win over Team OJ Mayo. Chris Paul got off to a real nice start to his 12-13 season, though I'm sure the CRUSHER would love to see more points. Nevertheless, it is a week thrived without the production of Nene. If he can keep succeeding without Nene, that could end up being a big boost. Rameek finds himself with a tougher matchup in Week 2 with Big Poppa PUMP.
9. Gimme yer guards (7-2-0) - Last Week: 13 (+4) - Week 2 vs Keep Floatin' (6-3-0)
A convincing, but questionnable win for Gimme yer guards in Week 1 over the Minnesota White Boys. It is still the reason for the biggest boost in the PRs up the spot #9. Facing a team without it's 3 best players and forgetting to set its lineup, it's difficult to pinpoint where this team is at. There is no doubt that Wes Matthews was a beast in a much needed way for this team which definitely does need guards. One has to wonder about the durability concerns that were evident in preseason as Danny Granger is still out, Anthony Davis has gotten hurt, Andrew Bogut looks like a cripple and the roster is old. Gimme yer guards may be in for a reality check in Week 2 versus Keep Floatin'
10. Diaper Dandies (3-6-0) - Last Week: 11 (+1) -- Week 2 vs Ovinton J'Anthony (3-6-0)
They weren't close to victory, but I'm liking the Dandies ability to squeeze out even 3 categories versus a quality opponent. The door was open for a 4th but Gasol and Jamison couldn't come through. The key is just keep it close, I feel like any time they walk away with three categories is a moral victory. A nice showing from the Spurs pair of Parker and Duncan who showed they both have plenty left in the tank. It won't get much easier for the Dandies as they face a Ovinton J'Anthony team who will be desperate to rebound off a Week 1 loss.
11. Minnesota White Boys (2-7-0) - Last Week: 6 (-5) - Week 2 @ Team OJ Mayo (3-6-0)
It may be overly harsh, but this weeks big dropper is the Minnesota White Boys who put in an uninspiring performance against Gimme yer guards. Part of the drop comes from not setting a lineup, while some sympathy is due with the absence of Andrew Bynum, Josh Smith and a leg injury to Steve Nash. The MWB do have to be impressed with the huge start of rookie Damian Lillard. Lillard will need to be huge because Week 2 versus a weak Team OJ Mayo is an early season MUST WIN.
12. sizz (3-6-0) - Last Week: 9 (-3) - Week 2 vs Go Cows! (2-7-0)
The drop reflects more a lack of belief in the long term chances of the team than the Week 1 performance versus a strong DZW team. The loss of Eric Gordon indefinitely stings, and one has to wonder whether drafting Dwight Howard then not committing to the conventional strategy will end up sinking this team. Sizz has to be happy with the performance of Stephen Curry who shook off preseason ankle troubles to provide his elite per game production. Adjustments will be absolutely necessary and crucial and week 2 versus a questionable Go Cows! squad will provide opportunity for rebound.
13. Go Cows! (2-7-0) - Last Week: 12 (-1) - Week 2 @ sizz (3-6-0)
Welcome to Premier Go Cows! Can't say I didn't warn you. A stinging 7-2 loss to begin his Premier League career, Go Cows! will must be pleased with the production of his Phoenix duo in the middle of Marcin Gortat and Luis Scola. Both put up big numbers that will surely be needed if the Go Cows! roster is going to turn it around. There are still lots of holes in the roster but maybe a Week 1 reality check will provide the motivation to make the adjustments. He'll get a Week 2 reprieve in an easier matchup versus sizz.
14. Team OJ Mayo (3-6-0) - Last Week: 14 (-) - Week 2 vs Minnesota White Boys (2-7-0)
It's tough to find the silver lining in the performance. The team was unbalanced and talent in the middle was non existant going in. Despite that, the manager refused to adjust. In return, he received a beatdown from the Soul CRUSHER. Team OJ Mayo has to be relieved at the fact Kevin Martin produced in a big way in his new role with the OKC Thunder, but his roster is still filled with holes that he'll need savvy pickups to fill. He gets a chance to redeem himself with a depleted MWB roster missing the likes of Andrew Bynum and Steve Nash in Week 2.
Last edited by Pistol Pete : 11-05-2012 at 12:38 AM.