In the Rankings: Week 14

Every Monday the Lakers.com BasketBlog checks the net to bring you the latest NBA power rankings.

NBA.com
This Week: 6 | Last Week: 7 | Diff: +1

All eyes will be on New Jersey on Tuesday as Pau Gasol makes his Laker debut. They could probably use him more defensively than offensively, as they’ve struggled on that end (111.0 rating) since Andrew Bynum went out.

ESPN.com
This Week: 4 | Last Week: 11 | Diff: +7

The steal, er, deal that envious execs and media types can’t stop talking about — Gasol for none of the Lakers’ top 10 players — was summed up best in all of three words by Dallas’ Avery Johnson: ”Merry Christmas, L.A.”

SI.com
This Week: 1 | Last Week: 13 | Diff: +12

How geeked is Kobe over the Gasol acquisition? He outscored the Wizards all by himself 19-15 in the first quarter en route to an easy victory Sunday. Meanwhile, the Lakers’ new 7-foot star could make his debut Tuesday at New Jersey.

Average Ranking: 3.66 | Last Week: 10.33 | Diff: +6.67