NBA Power Rankings, Dec. 5 Edition: It’s A 7-11 Kind Of Week

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Dec 2, 2013; Portland, OR, USA; Portland Trail Blazers power forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) makes a move to the basket on Indiana Pacers power forward David West (21) during the fourth quarter of the game at the Moda Center. Aldridge scored 28 points as the Blazers won the game 106-102. Mandatory Credit: Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports

It’s a 7-11 sort of week for the HoopsHabit NBA Power Rankings.

No, not slurpy. Rather, the top seven from last week’s rankings held their spots and the top 11 teams are the same, just with a slight (and I do mean slight) shuffling.

That’s not to say there weren’t movers. A couple of teams took a five-step march up the rankings and one took a six-place plummet (they’ll be identified later on).

Such as it is with statistical based rankings; the more the numbers begin to normalize (and with the season approaching the quarter pole, the normalization process is well under way) and the less volatile the rankings tend to be from week to week.

But we’re starting to get a pretty clear picture of the contenders, the pretenders and … those other teams that may or may not be involved in a process that rhymes with “ranking.”

And with that, let’s dive in. When citing team stats (all stats from NBA.com, for the record), any team statistic that is in the top or bottom five of the NBA for this week will be noted:

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