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The current NBA rankings are as follows (Courtesy of Jason Guilbault and reprinted from Lineup.com)
2020 NBA Power Rankings (Updated 12.13.2019)
1. Los Angeles Lakers
2019-2020 Record 22-3 Previous Rank: 2
Winning nine of their last ten games, and with the big names clicking, the Lakers come in red hot. Anthony Davis and LeBron James are playing like an MVP duo, and that rusty start to the season is nowhere to be found.
2. Milwaukee Bucks
2019-2020 Record: 22-3 Previous Rank: 3
The Bucks have rattled off 16 straight wins at the moment, and are putting up over 120 points per game. Giannis Antetokounmpo has taken his game to another level, and the secondary pieces are all playing well.
3. LA Clippers
2019-2020 Record 19-7 Previous Rank: 5
You could say this Los Angeles team has had a harder time gelling with new names, but now 8-2 in their last ten games, and everyone healthy again, the Clippers have been showing why they are such a tough team to beat.
4. Miami Heat
2019-2020 Record 18-6 Previous Rank: 6
Miami is just seemingly playing under the radar as they have the third best winning percentage in the league right now. Jimmy Butler has been playing excellent basketball, but once again Erik Spolstra has been doing a lot with younger or lesser names.
5. Philadelphia 76ers
2019-2020 Record 19-7 Previous Rank: 10
Philadelphia has struggled on the road this season going 6-7, but they have dominated at home. Defensively they have been excellent, but offense has hit a wall at times. This was expected to be an early season struggle at times, and hopefully it is just that.
6. Toronto Raptors
2019-2020 Record: 16-8 Previous Rank: 8
Toronto has hit some tougher teams in their schedule, and we have seen them showcase where they are exactly at in this league. They are a top ten team for sure, but are closer to ten than they are to one.
7. Houston Rockets
2019-2020 Record: 16-8 Previous Rank: 9
Houston is a tough team to rank right now, as they have been a bit inconsistent to start the season. James Harden is scoring at will, but overall this team doesn’t seem to have quite the same appeal as the last year or two.
8. Dallas Mavericks
2019-2020 Record 17-7 Previous Rank: 12
Dallas is certainly here. They are scoring 118 points per game with Luka Doncic leading the way, and we have yet to see Kristaps Porzingis really click. The Mavericks are 8-2 in their last ten games and have put themselves as one of the better teams in basketball.
9. Indiana Pacers
2019-2020 Record 16-9 Previous Rank: 14
Indiana is 7-3 in their last ten games, and Malcolm Brogdon has strong competition for most improved but we can see what he brings to the Pacers. Domantas Sabonis has also been playing tremendous basketball.
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10. Boston Celtics
2019-2020 Record 17-7 Previous Rank: 1
It has been a few weeks since I last updated, so you can see a steeper drop here for Boston. They have failed to beat some of the more notable teams of late, and the offense and rebounding still seem iffy.
11. Denver Nuggets
2019-2020 Record 15-8 Previous Rank: 4
A team that was expected to be contenders in the west has not looked to be that just yet. Returning the same core, this is a bit confusing, even with a tougher conference. Defensively they have played well, but the offense comes and goes, and the same goes with Nikola Jokic.
12. Utah Jazz
2019-2020 Record 14-11 Previous Rank: 7
Utah has been a bit disappointing so far this season, but there is still a long way to go. They have slipped of late going 4-6 in their last ten games, as they have really struggled on the road.
13. Brooklyn Nets
2019-2020 Record 13-11 Previous Rank: 17
Brooklyn has gone 9-4 without Kyrie Irving this season, and are a few games over .500 now on the year. This has been a weird season for Brooklyn, and Irving’s return is going to cause more talking points if they slip once he returns.
14. Phoenix Suns
2019-2020 Record 11-13 Previous Rank: 11
We knew Phoenix wasn’t going to keep it up, but this team is already drastically improved upon last year. Deandre Ayton is going to return from suspension fairly soon, which will help.
15. Oklahoma City Thunder
2019-2020 Record 11-13 Previous Rank: 18
Oklahoma City has relied upon their strong defense so far this season, and while they are not going anywhere this season, they have been very competitive and not an easy win for the rest of the league.
16. Orlando Magic
2019-2020 Record 11-13 Previous Rank: 20
This is looking a lot like last year’s Orlando team where they are struggling to score, but the defense has been able to keep them in games. They are allowing the fewest points per game this season, but are also scoring the fewest.
17. Sacramento Kings
2019-2020 Record 11-13 Previous Rank: 24
It was a slow start to the season, but the Sacramento Kings have picked up their play. It was going to be tough building upon last season, but the Kings flirting with a .500 record the rest of the way wouldn’t be the worst outcome.
18. Minnesota Timberwolves
2019-2020 Record 10-14 Previous Rank: 13
Currently on a six game losing streak, and 2-8 in the last ten games, Minnesota’s fast start to the season quickly came to a close. Defensively this team continues to be one of the worst in the league.
19. Charlotte Hornets
2019-2020 Record 11-16 Previous Rank: 23
I don’t think anybody expected Charlotte to be this competitive. It comes with Devonte Graham who has blossomed into a machine in the Hornets backcourt. While they still have below average talent around him, the Hornets are not a team to take lightly.
20. Detroit Pistons
2019-2020 Record 10-15 Previous Rank: 21
Detroit continues to play middling basketball, and are 5-5 in the last ten games. Blake Griffin has not looked like himself since returning, and the injury might still be looming.
21. Portland Trail Blazers
2019-2020 Record 10-16 Previous Rank: 16
The Trail Blazers have been one of the more disappointing teams in the league this season, which is surprising after being one of the more consistent teams in the league. However, this might be the year they look to move pieces around Lillard.
22. San Antonio Spurs
2019-2020 Record 9-15 Previous Rank: 15
San Antonio is allowing 115 points per game, which is uncharacteristic for them. DeMar DeRozan and LaMarcus Aldridge are not a duo that will contend, and the Spurs have to know that.
23. Chicago Bulls
2019-2020 Record 9-17 Previous Rank: 27
Chicago is on their way to at least surpassing last year’s win total, but they remain one of the poorer teams in the league. Zach LaVine leads a stagnant offense, and we haven’t seen bigger steps from the young guy.
24. Memphis Grizzlies
2019-2020 Record 8-16 Previous Rank: 25
Memphis has a young core that is fun to watch, and they are pushing the pace more than any other season prior. The wins won’t come, but at least Memphis is a team we get excited to watch.
25. Washington Wizards
2019-2020 Record 7-16 Previous Rank: 29
The Wizards have a young team of names they are looking to see if they fit in the future. It won’t be a pretty record, but this Wizards team can put up points in bunches, unfortunately they are allowing over 120 per game.
26. Atlanta Hawks
2019-2020 Record 6-19 Previous Rank: 19
Atlanta continues to spiral out of control, which is a bummer after I believed they could be a team to push the playoff picture given the talented young squad. That prediction looks to be a year away.
27. New Orleans Pelicans
2019-2020 Record 6-19 Previous Rank: 26
There were higher expectations than what they likely should have had. New Orleans has now lost ten straight games, and continue to allow teams to run right through them offensively.
28. Cleveland Cavaliers
2019-2020 Record 6-19 Previous Rank: 22
Cleveland has listed about everyone for a possible trade as they are 6-19 and heading back down in the standings to where they were last season. This team will get worse once Kevin Love is traded.
29. Golden State Warriors
2019-2020 Record: 5-21 Previous Rank: 30
Golden State is just flat out taking a year off after being the best team in the league over the last five years. With the lineups they are rolling out due to injuries, it is no surprise.
30. New York Knicks
2019-2020 Record 5-20 Previous Rank: 28
The Knicks are the Knicks. They continue to be ran in a horrendous fashion. Dave Fizdale has now been fired, and this is not a job I would want moving forward.
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