In the Rankings: Week 15

Every Monday the BasketBlog checks the net to bring you the latest NBA power rankings.
This Week: 7 | Last Week: 6 | Diff: -1

With games in Charlotte and Minnesota before the break, the Lakers have a real shot at putting together a 7-2 Grammy trip. But we still await word on the knee.
This Week: 3 | Last Week: 4 | Diff: +1

At 5-1 since the big trade and with Kobe clearly energized by the blockbuster move he’s been waiting for, there’s only one complaint in Lakerland: Pau won’t make his home debut until after the All-Star break.
This Week: 5 | Last Week: 1 | Diff: -4

Friday’s loss at Atlanta officially ends their Pau Gasol-inspired ceremonial one-week reign atop these rankings. But they still had won five of seven on their epic nine-game road trip to keep the good vibe going.

Average Ranking: 5 | Last Week: 3.66 | Diff: +1.33