So after the jump are this week’s power rankings. As you’ll see, due to the small number of games played and the size of the league it is relatively easy for teams to move up or down pretty quickly. As always here are my guidelines:
- These rankings are based on who is playing the best basketball in the PBL right now. How you played last season, in the pre-season, or how you might play in two months doesn’t mean that much to me. If your team looks good on paper but are winless then you’re still going to find yourself at the bottom of the heap.
- Strength of schedule matters (and that includes homecourt advantage)
- Win-Loss is most important, but margin of victory also matters.
- Recent results matter more than older results but both count. A team’s last five regular season games are weighted heavier than older results.
- Two other things worth noting: Champlain Cup games and exhibition games are not taken into account. The sample size is very small since it is only week four so expect these rankings to be very different in a week when the sample size gets bigger and teams start separating from the pack on the top and bottom. A number of teams have played a pretty limited number of opponents so that also limits the ability to properly compare teams.
You can see last week’s rankings here, and I have included each team’s ranking from last week in parentheses. As always these are 100% unofficial and are here to spark conversation about the league as a whole as well as to give some idea of how things are going down to people who may only follow the home team.
#1 (1) Battle Creek Knights (6-0) The PBL’s only undefeated team needed overtime to beat the hapless Destroyers and there are serious questions about the strength of their opponents thus far, but until they lose I think they’re staying right here.
#2 (4) Manchester Millrats (5-2) After a slow start Manchester went out and overhauled their roster and the new faces have fixed the team’s offensive woes and allowing them to reel off five straight wins.
#3 (2) Augusta Groove (4-2) AJ Millien is still the leading candidate for MVP and Augusta are still winning games.
#4 (5) Vermont Frost Heaves (4-3) Consistency still plagues the Heaves as they went down to Quebec this weekend after after an emotional win in Rochester last week. After the Quebec loss they came out the next night and demolished Montreal. Will Voigt continues to tinker with the roster but the team still does not look anywhere near as dangerous as they did last year in the ABA.
#5 (7) Halifax Rainmen (5-3) They hold the fourth best record in the league but still seem incapable of beating good teams.
#6 (10) Rochester Razor Sharks (3-3) The reigning champs seem continue to struggle and lost their first home game in years last week, but they’re getting in the groove and have a relatively easy set of games coming up.
#7 (3) Wilmington Sea Dogs (3-3) The fact that the team lost just one game this week and dropped four sports is an indication of just how much parity there is in the league this year. But when you’re third in your division and sitting at .500 it’s hard to justify keeping you in the top half of the rankings.
#8 (8 ) Chicago Throwbacks (3-4) How bad are the non-Knight teams in the central division? Chicago are just one spot behind Battle Creek.
#9 (12) Quebec Kebs (2-4) They continue to play solid defense and have a lot of talent, but I can’t help but feel like they lack a go to alpha dog scorer. House, Fortier and Anderson are all great players but they all seem like second bananas to me.
#10 (6) Montreal Sasquatch (2-4) The Sasquatch have gotten blown out in two straight games and have lost four out of their last five after a promising start.
#11 (9) Detroit Panthers (2-4) If the only team you can beat is Mid-Michigan it might be time to start worrying.
#12 (13) Mid-Michigan Destroyers (1-4) There is no longer a winless team in the PBL thanks to Chicago. The Destroyers’ top scorer is Odgra Bobo who I believe was the man responsible for capturing Han Solo and incasing him in carbonite.
#13 (11) Buffalo Stampede (1-5) There’s a new worst team in town, folks. Not only is their record worse than Mid-Michigan’s but they have also lost five straight. Yikes.