NBA Power Rankings: By default, the Warriors are back on top
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Welcome to another week of Power Rankings!
30A. Nets (13-56)
Bojan Bogdanovic looks really good in a Wizards uniform. Clearly this team has so much extra talent they can just give quality NBA players away.
30B. Knicks (27-42)
The Big Apple is rotten to the core. Phil must go. Carmelo must go. Dolan must go. Spike Lee must go. Not one, but two losses to the Nets this week?
28. Lakers (20-50)
Swaggy P pushing people? He missed the memo that this team stopped fighting 40 games ago. Magic and Rob Lowe...er...Rob Pelinka have their work cut out for them.
27. Suns (22-48)
Brandon Knight declined an invitation to play for the Suns this week, citing back spasms. Too bad Phoenix only owes him another $44 million. Good luck with that.
26. Magic (25-45)
Frank Vogel couldn’t fix this mess and neither can Doc Rivers. Elfrid Payton is trying his best to become a player. He’s one of the few Orlando players making positive strides.
25. Philly (26-43)
Joel Embiid is somewhere sippin Shirley Temples trying to convince voters that 31 games over three seasons is enough to earn the Rookie of the Year trophy. So many bigs on this roster. Saric’ game, like his mustache, is nice.
24. Kings (27-42)
Skal Labissiere is showing star potential since the All-Star break. Even Papa G is getting some burn. We will be talking pick swaps and lottery protections until May 16. Be sure to tune in!
23. Hornets (30-39)
Michael Jordan isn’t going anywhere. Neither is Kemba Walker. The rest of you shouldn’t get real comfortable. This team was two games over .500 on Jan. 23. Just 7-18 since.
22. Timberwolves (28-41)
Season 1 under Thibs went about as well as Kris Dunn’s rookie season. Write it off as a development year for everyone involved, but this team should have been better.
21. Pelicans (29-41)
4.5 games out with 12 to go. Cousins trade didn’t work in the short-term. Do they pull the plug on the experiment this summer or try again next season with the twin towers look?
20. Mavs (30-39)
So close, yet so far away. The rebuild in Dallas is going to be painful. Mark Cuban refuses to play the lottery game, which will only elongate the process.
19. Bulls (33-37)
Flop. No one should survive this mess. The Mayor is on the ropes, as is management. The players should be held accountable as well. Dwyane Wade is somewhere out there wishing he had never left South Beach.
18. Pistons (34-36)
So mediocre. In one season they have gone from an up and comer to boring. Van Gundy will get more time, but should he?
17. Bucks (34-35)
Giannis has put this team on his back since the Parker injury. Second rounder Malcolm Brogdon (10.0 points per game) is the only player from the 2016 NBA Draft that is currently averaging in double-figure scoring.
16. Pacers (35-34)
This team is a hot mess. They haven’t won back-to-back games since early February and they are just 6-12 over the last six weeks.
15. Trail Blazers (32-37)
Can they catch the Nuggets? 8-2 over their last 10. Dame and CJ needed the right kind of big. They are writing folk songs about Nurkic in Bosnia and on the streets of Portland.
14. Nuggets (33-36)
Michael Malone deserves a lot of credit for the turnaround in Denver. He has the Nuggets just three games under .500 and firmly planted in the eighth spot in the west. He’s helped develop Nikola Jokic into a budding star.
13. Hawks (37-32)
Erratic. That won’t work come playoff time. Lose three, win three, lose three - that’s a good way to get bounced early. Tim Hardaway Jr. is coming on strong.
12. Heat (34-36)
Spoelstra for President. Isn’t he close enough to the White House South? Let's make it happen. No one should take this team lightly. They play hard from start to finish and the are 23-6 over their last 29 games.
11. Raptors (41-29)
Hangin tough without Lowry, but they are toast in the postseason if he’s not back. 3-1 this week and holding strong as a four seed in the East.
10. Clippers (41-29)
Those footsteps you hear are coming from Russell Westbrook and his Thunder squad. Better finish strong or you’ll draw the Houston Rockets in round 1. That won’t go well at all.
9. Grizzlies (40-30)
Four straight wins, including a big one over the Spurs on Saturday, has their five-game skid in the rear view window. Saving Z-Bo for the postseason was brilliant. Gasol and Conley playing at an extremely high level.
8. Thunder (40-29)
The triple-double machine has pushed his team to five straight wins and is strengthening his position as the league's’ MVP. Getting Taj Gibson and Dougie McBuckets on the same page with the rest of the club makes this a dangerous team.
7. Jazz (43-27)
Under the radar. No. 1 D in the league. Depth at every position. Grinders going to grind, but can they get past the Spurs or Warriors in round 2? Not a chance. That loss to the Bulls looks bad on your resumé.
6. Wizards (42-27)
Fun, exciting, angry. Losses to the T-Wolves, Mavs and Hornets this week has the Wiz sliding. Bojan and Otto are going to cash in over the summer and there is very little Washington can do to keep them.
5. Celtics (44-26)
Isaiah Thomas is gimpy. Celtics need him at 100 percent if they have any chance of beating the Cavs in the postseason and even that’s a stretch. Monday’s matchup with the Wiz has major implications.
4. Cavs (46-23)
That 30-point loss at the Staples Center without the stars was fun. J.R. Smith is back and he has his shirt on. This team has been coasting for a month. It’s probably time to crank it up and get ready...oh wait, you’re in the East, that’s right. See you in June.
3. Rockets (48-22)
No one wants The Beard and his roving band of long bow archers in round two. D’Antoni is an offensive genius and he has so many weapons at his disposal. The Western Conference playoffs are going to be wild.
2. Spurs (53-16)
LaMarcus is back after making the Spurs championship dreams skip a beat. Just days ago, the Spurs had moved into the no. 1 spot in the Western Conference standings, but back-to-back losses have them sitting back in second place.
1. Warriors (55-14)
By default, the Warriors are back on top. They have a two game lead in the loss column for the no. 1 seed with just 13 games remaining. The health of KD will decide whether this team makes it back to the finals. No one should feel comfortable right now in Golden State, but they are still the team to beat in the west.