Baseline 2k13 – Season 1 Power Rankings v 1.0 I’m going to do this countdown style, from the bottom up. User teams only. Not ranked: Los Angeles Lakers recchem2000 and Denver Nuggets Ghost. 18. Phoenix Suns RyanC (1-7, point differential of -12.1) – Not much to say here, Ryan seemingly despises everyone on his roster not named Beasley and is in the process of burning the house down to the foundations so he can rebuild. On the upside, he got his first W today vs Utah, so he is currently on a winning streak. 17. Orlando Magic Bondzai (3-3, point differential of -2.5) – Sorry, Bond is my boy, but that roster is a grease fire. I just can’t see him pulling out many wins from that group this season. On the upside, there actually looks like there may be a couple of franchise guys in the draft. 16. Charlotte Bobcats ZCar352 (2-3, point differential of -4.4) – Zac will be getting this turned around, as he is getting one of the top 5 offensive big men (Nene) from Washington for virtually nothing. Pencil it in, Charlotte will be a top 6 team in the East by seasons end. 15. Indiana Pacers sonn (4-6, point differential of 1.7) – I’ve got to think Sonjay gets this turned around soon, but I think the differences in 2k13 have thrown him for a bit of a loop. Uber-wing Paul George is struggling this year, leading to talk that he may be on the outs in Indy. 14. Memphis Grizzlies TEClemson53 (4-3, point differential of 2.6) – One of many teams complaining that they can’t rebound, so of course the solution is to trade your frontcourt! Having not played Trey yet, it’s difficult to determine where he will shake out in the ending standings. 13. Washington Wizards ryalaman (4-3, point differential of -3.6) – Ryal won with a similar Wizards team in 2k12, so I have to assume he is going to get this turned around, but he has been complaining that he can’t get John Wall going in transition like last year. 12. Houston Rockets Mike E (3-2, point differential of 4.2) – He has some early wins, but he has one of the worst 5 rosters among user teams, with a lot of youth and no real stars. Can Linsanity resurge in the Lone Star State? 11. LA Clippers KnightNoles (3-5, point differential of -0.3) – Nick has probably had the toughest early schedule, with games against GS, Chicago, NY and NJ. He will end up higher than this, his ability on the sticks and the talent of the roster will guarantee that. 10. Philadelphia 76ers PAgamer07 (4-2, point differential of 2.3) – PA is getting used to a very different type of team than he had in last years game, and with the best center in the East, if Bynum stays healthy no one will want to play him come the postseason. 9. Cleveland Cavaliers JFace907 (5-2, point differential of 2.6) – The Kyrie show is in full effect, with the youngster pulling out wins early with huge 4th quarter performances. If Irving had more help Justin would be higher, but he will make everyone earn any win against him, as he never beats himself. 8. Oklahoma City Thunder Papa Perry (5-1, point differential of 10.7) – The Perry factor at NBA games is offset by him having Durant. He’ll be a tough opponent as long as the 7 footer with unlimited range is on the court. 7. Portland Trail Blazers bringbackjimmy (5-2, point differential of 12.1) – BBJ would be higher due to his adept free agent signings…..but nah, fuck him and his signing of T-Wizzle. I hope someone blows the Rose Garden up. 6. New Orleans Hornets JrRawlins (2-2, point differential of 1.7) – The first of my picks based solely on user ability. JR is really good and has a guy he is really good with in Austin Rivers, who is currently in the top 5 in scoring. If he figures out how to use Eric Gordon effectively, watch out Western Conference. 5. Golden St Warriors capp34 (4-1, point differential of 9.0) – I haven’t played him yet, but have heard good things. He has a trio of shooters in Curry/Thompson/Barnes and that always is dangerous in 2k. 4. Chicago Bulls Dru50 (6-1, point differential of 21.0) – I can’t put myself higher than the guys above this spot, because I know they are way better at the game than I am. The Bulls are playing solid defense, that and Rose/Booz has been enough so far. 3. Brooklyn Nets @djillmatic23 (6-1, point differential of 12.6) – DJ has a few solid early wins, but until I see more of him against the top guys from Baseline 2k12, I’m not yet a believer. 2. Atlanta Hawks Bucs (6-1, point differential of 5.0) – Bucs is too good to not win with this team. If he can lock up J-Smoove long term he will contend for the duration. 1. New York Knicks Blaza (4-1, point differential of 11.8) – The Knicks roster is over-rated in my opinion, and Carl is probably the best guy I’ve played in 2k. This is my pick for season 1 champ.