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Power rankings: With Rondo concerns, Mavericks hover in top ten

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Power rankings roundup is back! Let's see how the Mavericks are faring in public opinion these days.

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Power rankings have been gone for a while. I have no excuse other than work's been busy and I forgot to ask someone else to pick up my slack. But I'm on task this week, so let's see what's up in the Land of Power Rankings.

A reminder, these rankings don't reflect last night's win over the Pelicans. CBS didn't have rankings this week, but the other sites all seem to keep the Mavs hovering around low-Top 10. Rondo's integration into the team was the focus of most of the comments after he was suspended for a game.

As Dirk noted in his postgame comments the other day, hard to tell what this team is until we get them to full strength with Parsons and Tyson back. I'll take top ten, for the time being. What say you, Moneyballers? Let us here you in the comments, and as always, you can read the full rankings for each site by clicking on "what they said."

SB Nation

This Week: 8 Last Week: 6

What they said:

Things aren't going smoothly with Dallas and Rajon Rondo, and that's not just the difference of opinion that turned into a shouting match between Rick Carlisle and his starting point guard. Dallas' offensive efficiency has taken a huge hit -- a swing of almost 10 points per 100 possessions -- though its defense has improved a bit.

Yahoo! Sports

This Week: 8 Last Week: 8

What they said:

The Mavericks actually started Dirk Nowitzki at center in Saturday's loss to the Nets because Tyson Chandler was out with a left hip injury.

ESPN

This Week: 9 Last Week: 9

What they said:

Rajon Rondo might have a stronger argument in his dispute with Rick Carlisle over play-calling if Rondo had more than two double-digit assist games as a Maverick. Or if he were shooting better than 28 percent from the line as a Maverick. Dallas has really only seen Elite Rondo once: Jan. 2 at Boston.

Sports Illustrated

This Week: 9 Last Week: 9

What they said:

Rajon Rondo insists things are "back to normal" in Dallas following his feud with Rick Carlisle, but "normal" still isn't all that great. The reality is that Rondo isn't a great fit in Carlisle's system, something the Mavs knew before they traded for him but decided his talent was worth the risk. The ex-Celtic has struggled mightily to adjust, averaging just 8.9 points and 6.2 assists (his fewest since his rookie season). The on/off splits are even more damning: Dallas' offensive rating is 112.2 with Rondo on the floor and 104.3 with him off.