It's kinda crowded at the top, and despite finishing their road trip with six wins in seven outings, Golden State hasn't moved much. With rankings ranging from fifth through ninth, the team has solidified the perception that it's a top 10 team, coming in overall at seventh.
Plenty of reasons to cheer this week, and another
excuse for a Warrior Girls picture roundup of NBA rankings. The Dubs are on the radar, now, after beating three of the top five Eastern teams on one road trip.
View the story "Warriors Rankings Review - 12/17/2012" on Storify] Warriors Rankings Review - 12/17/2012
Storified by SF Sportsball · Mon, Dec 17 2012 11:35:27
Well - fifth? Even I think that may be a bit high
5 Golden State (16-8) Pace: 96.1 (6), OffRtg: 102.9 (11), DefRtg: 100.6 (9) The Warriors laid an egg in Orlando on Friday, but there will be no criticism after a 6-1 trip. There will, however, be a third straight week of praise for David Lee, who had at least 20 points and 11 rebounds in each of the seven games. There will also be a link to that sweet dish from Jarrett Jack to Draymond Green to beat the Heat on Wednesday. The Dubs are 13-4 since Nov. 14. We believe ... again.Power Rankings: West continues to dominate | NBA.com
Sixth - Might be actually the top of the reasonable range for the Dubs.
6 Last Week: 9 Since: 4-0 Golden State Warriors (15-7) By stunning the Heat in Miami, the Warriors proved there is nothing fluky about their best start since 1991-92. Golden State is 5-0 on a seven-game road trip, with visits to Orlando and Atlanta remaining. What's even more impressive is that they've won 10 of their last 12 and boast a 7-2 mark against teams with winning records. Mark Jackson has to be considered an early Coach of the Year favorite, given that the Warriors finished 20 games below .500 last season. He's done it with a roster that averages 25.2 years old and features four rookies. He's also done it by emphasizing rebounding; Golden State is 14-1 when winning the battle on the glass. It'll be even better on the boards when center Andrew Bogut returns.NBA Power Rankings: Golden State Warriors continue to surprise - NBA - Matt Dollinger - SI.com
Golden State6104 375.69.483181.54NBA Basketball - Power Rankings - December 17, 2012
Seventh - That's where most of the rankings have the Warriors at this point. One more road win to the best road record in 4 years - and the season isn't even a third over.
7 7 16-8 Jarrett Jack was one of the most underrated offseason acquisitions.NBA Power Rankings Week Seven | HOOPSWORLD | Basketball News & NBA Rumors
7 Golden State 16-8 2 Last Week: 9 The Dubs just finished the best road trip in team history, posting wins in Miami, Brooklyn and Atlanta for a 6-1 finish. And with 10 road Ws already, Golden State needs just one more to top its total from the last three non-lockout seasons (10, 8 and 8). As for David Lee's heroics ...NBA Basketball Power Rankings - National Basketball Association - ESPN
7 103.584 13-12 +1.08 .533 5-5 +1.00 .523 Won 2 7/18 3rd 7th 10 102.3052012-2013 Hollinger Power Rankings 1-15- National Basketball Association - ESPN
7 Golden State (16-8) 105.0 1-2 6-2 3-0 2 24 7NBA Power Ratings - NBA Team Overall Power Rating
7 Warriors 16-8 2 7/21 This may be the season Stephen Curry makes the All-Star team and the young Warriors get a taste of the playoffs.NBA Power Rankings - Top 30 NBA Basketball Teams - FOX Sports on MSN
7 WARRIORS (14-7) Huh? Team supposedly counting on perennially injured Bogut wins seven of eight, including 4-0 East Coast trip with three left. Unfortunately, one is in Miami.NBA Power Rankings: Thunder stay No. 1, Warriors on the rise
7 Golden State Warriors 16-8 9 W: @CHA, @MIA, @ATL; L: @ORL Golden State of Mind The way Mark Jackson has gotten the Warriors to play defense -- even putting aside their excellent rebounding for a second to leave just the floor defense -- reminds me at times of the Grizzlies when the Grizzlies started to really click. The personnel on the floor rarely strike you as excellent individual defenders, but there they are rotating, helping and just generally knowing what to expect from one another on that end. Like, even David Lee. One thing: the win over the Heat was fairly impressive (nearly as impressive as the hungover flop in Orlando two nights later), and Golden State's been building this momentum on the road, but they've had and will continue to have a pretty easy December. January's going to get rough, so if they're still rolling then, this success stops being cute and starts getting scary.NBA power rankings, week 8: Everyone's chasing the Thunder - SBNation.com
7. Golden State Warriors (16-8) Led by Stephen Curry and David Lee, the Warriors have been a pleasant surprise this season, winning eight of their past 10 games and trailing the Clippers by just 1.5 games in the division.NBA Power Rankings: Surging Teams That Will Continue to Roll | Bleacher Report
Eighth - some sites haven't quite finished their glass of Kool-Aid(tm) yet.
8. Golden State Warriors (16-8) Under Mark Jackson the young Warriors squad has played at an extremely high level. They have lots of talent and for the first time Stephen Curry is healthy. Curry has long been revered has tremendous talent but he always falls to some sort of injury. Now he is playing great and has been a great compliment to Klay Thompson and David Lee. The Warriors will only get better when Andrew Bogut returns and when Draymond Green blooms to become a great draft steal. Harrison Barnes has been a great addition to the team and provided the team with another sharp shooter. The Warriors will be great force come time for the playoffs if healthy.NBA Power Rankings: Week 7 2012-2013 Season - Hardwood Houdini - A Boston Celtics Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
#8 (21) Golden State Warriors [13-7] Hibachi Steak & Shrimp Jr. A great combination of shrimp and beef. The Warriors came out to playyyy. What a pleasant surprise for those in the Bay Area. Considering this team is made up of kids, they have no choice but to eat from the children's menu.NBA Power Rankings: Benihana Edition | Food Republic
8. Golden State Warriors Without Andrew Bogut in the lineup, the Dubs have continued their success and seem playoff bound for the first time since the 2006-2007 campaign. Unless Stephen Curry happens upon another ankle injury (which isn’t far outside the realm of possibility), this unstoppable force will punch a ticket to the postseason.NBA Power Rankings: Breaking Down Where Every Team Stands | Bleacher Report
Ninth - that's so last week, guys - catch up!
9 Golden State Warriors = 92.25 16 8 91.04( 3) 5 4 | 10 5 | 92.93 9 | 91.61 11USA TODAY