Blakely's NBA Six Pack Power Rankings
BOSTON — With the final quarter of the regular season left to be played, all teams - good, bad and those in between - are looking to fortify their roster for this final home stretch.
Playoff teams are looking to add more depth while keeping their core guys healthy. Teams out of the playoff hunt are seeking to continue developing their young talent and possibly expand that search, if possible.
As far apart as both sides might seem, they tend to find a common ground this time of year when it comes to adding players via 10-day contracts.
It certainly has been the case with a number of teams near the bottom of the NBA such as the Boston Celtics.
Boston (20-41), which has the fourth-worst record in the NBA this season, has signed three different players (Chris Johnson, Vander Blue and Chris Babb) to 10-day deals. Of the three, Johnson is the only one to parlay that into a contract that will keep him around for the remainder of the season.
Babb is less than a week into his 10-day contract which he signed on Feb. 28.
"This is the goal for all of us, to be in the NBA," Babb told CSNNE.com.
Boston by no means is unique in targeting players to fill roster spots with 10-day deals.
The Sacramento Kings, a team likely to be in the lottery just like the Celtics, recently signed former first round pick Royce White to a 10-day contract and immediately assigned him to their Development league affiliate in Reno, Nev.
Oklahoma City is among those with a legit shot at dethroning Miami this season as NBA champs, and they recently signed four-year veteran Reggie Williams to a 10-day contract.
And Brooklyn, a likely playoff-bound club, signed former Celtic Jason Collins to a pair of 10-day deals and recently added Jorge Gutierrez who was also signed as a 10-day player.
Those players will all get their chances to impress, although their impact on their respective teams is expected to be minimal, if at all.
And with that, here's this week's power rankings.