NBA Power Rankings: Spurs finish No. 1

By Quixem Ramirez

Mar 25, 2012; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs guard Danny Green (4) reacts against the Philadelphia 76ers during the third quarter at the AT

Kurt Helin, Pro Basketball Talk — 1st (1st in West)

“If they are the top seed in the West they could get through to the finals without having to play Memphis or the Lakers — two big challenges because of their front line size. Manu Ginobili is the key for this team.”

John Hollinger, — 1st (1st in West)

Mike Monroe, Spurs Nation — 1st (1st in West)

“Four straight 20-plus wins has them with West’s biggest point differential (plus6.6), supplanting Thunder, who had led all season.”

John Schumann, — 1st (1st in West)

“Unless they lose their final three games, the Spurs are going to be the top seed in the West for the second straight season. And this time, Manu Ginobili is healthy and making ridiculous passes like this. Speaking of ridiculous, they’re scoring 118 points per 100 possessions with Ginobili on the floor.”

Chris Sheridan, Sheridan Hoops — 1st (1st in West)

“Let’s run down the accolades: 2nd in the NBA in scoring; 2nd in the NBA in point differential; the only team with two, count ‘em two, 11-game winning streaks. The deepest roster Tim Duncan says he has ever had. How will the ghosts of 2011 impact their final week? Remember, Manu Ginobili messed up his elbow in a meaningless Game #82 last season. But this year, home court throughout playoffs may be at stake.”

Marc Stein, — 1st (1st in West)

“David Robinson just proclaimed on Twitter that “this is the best we’ve looked headed into the playoffs.” I think he meant “ever.” Also think he might be right. The Spurs secretly fret about Manu’s health even more than they worry about Duncan’s, but this Pass of the Season would suggest he’s ready to roll.”

Tom Ziller, SB Nation — 1st (1st in West)

“The Spurs have made their case, and do not seek your approval. So long as Manu Ginobili doesn’t break his arm this week, the Spurs will enter the postseason the stunning favorite in the West. Bet against them at your own risk.”

Composite ranking: 1st (1st in West)