The BDL NBA Power Rankings combine two parts Pepsi Free ("hey, if you want a Pepsi, you have to pay for it!") with one part flippant observation to create the most unbalanced ranking possible, and to offer the least accurate look at the state of the NBA on a weekly basis. If you disagree with your team's spot, go crazy in the comments or spit venom via email.
1. Los Angeles Lakers — It is that time of the year. Time for the "are the Lakers better off without Andrew Bynum?" question. And it's still a dumb one. (But the Lakers are winning more!) No, they're playing Pau Gasol about 147 minutes per game, Kobe is having to work twice as hard, Lamar Odom (who fell back to earth on Sunday) was having to play way over his head, and they're winning close games that they used to win by 12. Stop it. [Kelly Dwyer]
2. Cleveland Cavaliers — The Cavs are 6-1 this season when LeBron James scores 40 or more, 25-6 all-time. Forget what I said about letting him be a scorer first and passer second. I was hopped up on malaria prophylactics. [J.E.]
3. Boston Celtics — Sure, Joe Smith shares an agent with 80 percent of the Cavalier roster, and he played with Cleveland last year, but couldn’t Boston have waited this out a little longer? Something tells me that, even if Smith eventually signed with Cleveland, Mikki Moore would still be available right now. [KD]
4. Orlando Magic — Congratulations to Hedo Turkoglu and his wife on the birth of their new baby girl. Now don't let Turk anywhere near her. "We took a vote and there are a few of us that are concerned with Hedo being responsible for another human being," Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said. "So we'll see what happens." [J.E.]
5. Denver Nuggets — Dahntay Jones and Anthony Carter are two of the worst rotation players in the NBA, they combine for about 44 minutes per game, and the Nuggets still have a good record. Should we credit, or discredit George Karl for this? I think you have an idea as to which direction I’m leaning in. [KD]
6. Utah Jazz — Motion sickness is a very common disturbance of the inner ear that is caused by repeated motion such as from the swell of the sea, the movement of a car, the motion of a plane in turbulent air or Deron Williams' making a fool of Marco Belinelli. [J.E.]