Blazers Rank No. 21 In Just About All The NBA Power Rankings

Here's your latest round up of NBA Power Rankings updates. The Portland Trail Blazers are 23-26, good for fifth in the Northwest Division and 12th overall in the Western Conference. Portland went 2-3 last week.

Marc Stein, Blazers are No. 21 (19)

The Kaleb Canales story is a fairy tale to us -- since we haven't seen too many NBA head coaches from Mrs. Line's alma mater (UT-Arlington) -- but I can understand rabid Blazermaniacs might not see it that way. The deep-pocketed Paul Allen's team is run by an interim coach and an interim GM (Chad Buchanan)?

John Hollinger, Blazers are No. 20 (14)

John Schuhmann, Blazers are No. 21 (21)

The Blazers are 3-3 with wins over the Bulls and Grizzlies under Kaleb Canales, but their defense had still been pretty awful (113 points per 100 possessions allowed) before Sunday's defensive win over the Warriors. So don't be too surprised if the Thunder score 183 points on Tuesday.

David Aldridge, Blazers not in top-15

Chris Sheridan, Blazers are No. 21 (22)

Kaleb Canales is just the fifth coach in NBA history younger than 34. The others were George Karl (Cleveland in 1984-85), Stu Jackson (New York in 1989-90), Sidney Lowe (Minnesota in 1992-93) and Lawrence Frank (New Jersey in 2003-04).

Kurt Helin, Blazers are No. 21 (21)

21. Blazers (23-26, LW 21). They have started out 3-3 under interim coach Kaleb Canales. Apparently their young coach thinks they are supposed to be winning, not tanking. He didn't get the memo.

Tom Ziller, Blazers are No. 21 (21)

Portland, you are awful at tanking. Just awful. Sunday's game against the Warriors was must-lose. Way to show up.

Jeff Sagarin, USA Today: Blazers are No. 16 (14)

John Hollinger's Playoff Odds...

  • Portland has a 14.9 percent chance (down from 27.6 percent last week) to make the playoffs
  • Portland has a 0 percent chance to win the Northwest Division

John Hollinger of's advanced stat team rankings...

  • No. 15 in Offensive Efficiency (down from No. 11 last week)
  • No. 15 in Defensive Efficiency (down from No. 13 last week)
  • No. 16 in Pace (up from No. 17 last week)
  • No. 22 in Rebound Rate (down from No. 21 last week)
John Hollinger of's PER positional rankings...
  • Raymond Felton -- No. 46 among point guards (up from No. 48)
  • Wesley Matthews -- No. 32 among shooting guards (up from No. 39)
  • Jamal Crawford -- No. 17 among shooting guards (down from No. 11)
  • Nicolas Batum -- No. 8 among small forwards (down from No. 7)
  • LaMarcus Aldridge -- No. 5 among power forwards (same)
  • Kurt Thomas -- No. 52 among centers (up from No. 53)

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