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NBA Power Rankings: Where Are Blazers Going Into ‘24?

Where do the Portland Trail Blazers rank in this week’s power rankings?

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NBA: Portland Trail Blazers at Phoenix Suns Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

The Portland Trail Blazers are 9-23 after their New Year’s Day loss to the Phoenix Suns.

Let’s take a look at how power rankings across the internet have the Blazers ranked:

John Schuhmann, No. 26 (previously No. 26)

Sometimes, the Blazers are pretty competitive. Sometimes, they’re not. Two nights after they beat the Kings, they suffered a wire-to-wire loss to the Spurs.

After getting clobbered in Phoenix, the Blazers are 4-12 on the road, 0-10 against the West and 4-2 in Eastern Conference arenas. The seven-game trip that began on Monday is West-heavy but will take them through Brooklyn (on Sunday) and New York.

Zach Harper, The Athletic: No. 25 (previously No. 26)

New Year’s Resolution: Hand the keys to Scoot Henderson and see what happens.

We’ve seen the 19-year-old Henderson look a lot more comfortable lately, and his last 11 games have been pretty encouraging. He’s putting up 15.9 points, 5.5 assists and 3.0 rebounds with 40.4/42.5/86.5 shooting splits. And, in their last eight games together, the Blazers are plus-0.1 points per 100 possessions with Henderson and Anfernee Simons on the court together. Let’s see where that goes.

Jeff Zillgitt, USA Today Sports: No. 26 (previously No. 27)

Three of the Blazers’ victories have happened in the past two weeks as Anfernee Simons (29.2 points per game on 48.1% from the field in past six games) and Jerami Grant (23.1 points per game on 50.8% shooting from the field and 43.9% on 3s) have provided a boost.