Power Rankings: Pau! Lakers get big boost

Updated: February 4, 2008, 11:19 AM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com


The Detroit Pistons have seized the No. 1 spot in ESPN.com's weekly NBA Power Rankings for the third time this season, helped along by a five-game winning streak and the fact that they're one of the few elite teams at full strength these days.

But that's not the big story at committee (of one) headquarters.

The Los Angeles Lakers made this week's most notable jump. Having sunk to No. 11 when Andrew Bynum went down with a long-term knee injury, L.A. is back up to No. 4 almost solely because it stole Pau Gasol away from the Memphis Grizzlies. Pau hasn't even played for the Lakers yet and you can see what the trade did for their energy in road routs of Toronto and Washington.

New Orleans' drop to No. 3, Utah's rise to No. 5 and the push from Orlando and Houston to climb back into the top 10 are the other major developments on this Monday. You can rank the teams yourself or click here or at the bottom to register your approval or disagreement with the order at the top or anywhere else.

Tune into "NBA Fastbreak" on ESPN to see this week's Army Power Rankings.

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