In the Rankings: Week 8

Every Monday the BasketBlog checks the net to bring you the latest NBA power rankings.
This Week: 6 | Last Week: 6 | Diff: 0

After an impressive road trip, it’s big-game week at STAPLES Center. The Suns, Jazz and Celtics all visit the Lakers over the next seven days.
This Week: 6 | Last Week: 8 | Diff: +2

L.A. needs a 6-1 spurt to match last season’s 23-11 start. But even if the Lakers can’t follow up this 8-2 surge by winning six of seven, scouts are almost unanimous in calling this the best post-Shaq team L.A. has had.
This Week: 7 | Last Week: 7 | Diff: 0

Kobe Bryant became the youngest player to score 20,000 points in Sunday’s win at New York, beating out Wilt Chamberlain for the distinction. Better yet, it was Kobe & Co.’s eighth victory in 10 games as they continue to put last summer’s soap opera behind them.

Average Ranking: 6.33 | Last Week: 7 | Diff: +.66