NBA Power Rankings: Warriors no longer the No. 1 team
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Welcome to another week of Power Rankings! The race to the postseason is on. A change at the top, not so much at the bottom.
30. Nets (10-51)
Nets beat the Kings, snapping a 16-game losing streak. Hurray! They are now 2-29 over their last 31 games. We need some Russian intervention here, Prokhorov.
29. Lakers (19-44)
Keep reminding yourself that this team was 10-10 after 20 games. 9-34 since. Even Magic can’t fix that. The Buss drama is so Hollywood.
28. Magic (23-40)
Harry Potter World, Universal Studios, Disney World, Epcot Center, Cape Canaveral, alligators, snow birds. #ThingsMoreInterestingThanTheMagic
27. Philly (23-39)
Can Embiid win Rookie of the Year honors after playing just 31 games? If not, teammate Dario Saric is next in line. Lots of talent in Philly. Also lots of injuries.
26. Suns (21-42)
Gave up 48/9/17 to Russell Westbrook and still beat the Thunder? Impressive. Three game win streak has this team moving up in the rankings.
25. Kings (25-37)
Remember that scene from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory where Charlie is staring in the window at all the candy he can’t afford while other kids are looking for the golden ticket? Welcome to the world of Kings fans right now.
24. Pelicans (25-38)
Fitting Boogie, AD and Jrue Holliday into the same starting unit was never going to be simple. And the other 12 guys on the roster are nothing to write home about. If this experiment fails, does Cousins play for his eighth different head coach next season?
23. Knicks (25-38)
The Phil Jackson/Carmelo Anthony story has consumed New York’s season. It should have been all about the smooth transition of power to Kristaps Porzingis, not a circus. Both Phil and Melo need to go.
22. Hornets (27-35)
They just don’t have the horses to compete. How Steve Clifford won 48 games with this club last season is shocking. Did Jeremy Lin really make that big of a difference?
21. Mavs (26-36)
It’s Seth Curry’s world, we’re all just living in it. Nerlens Noel appears to be a different player when he’s not looking over his shoulder waiting for the hook the entire game. Never count out a Rick Carlisle team.
20. Timberwolves (25-37)
So much talk at the deadline and no action. This team still has a ton of talent and still enough time to figure things out. Wiggins and Towns are becoming stars under Tibs.
19. Trail Blazers (26-35)
Lillard, McCollum, Nurkic...it just rolls off the tongue. I’m pretty sure the Blazers got the best out of that Plumlee deal. The Bosnian Bear (that’s a thing?) might be the missing link in Rip City.
18. Bucks (28-33)
Malcolm Brogdon (36th overall selection) leads all 2016 NBA draft picks in scoring at 9.9 per game. He’ll battle Saric for the Rookie of the Year trophy down the stretch.
17. Nuggets (28-34)
Can they hang on? Michael Malone has his group scoring 110.6 per game. But the defensive-minded coach might pull all of his hair out over the 111.4 his team is giving up each night.
16. Heat (29-34)
Spoelstra is a great coach. He has a ragtag group within a game and a half in Detroit for the eighth spot out east. 18-4 over their last 22 games makes them one of the hottest teams in the NBA.
15. Pistons (30-32)
Stan Van Gundy loves his roster so much, almost every single one of his players was rumored to be on the block at the deadline. This team should be better, but we’ve been saying that all season long.
14. Bulls (31-31)
The Bulls front office has been waiting for the Kings to fall out of the top 10 in the Draft Lottery since 2014 when they dealt Luol Deng to the Cavs for Sacramento’s pick. After the Cousins trade, they will likely receive the Kings’ second rounder this season and nothing else. That’s a long wait for such a small payoff.
13. Pacers (32-30)
This team was a hot mess at the deadline. Can they get value for Paul George this summer? Can they mend fences or is he destined to head to La La Land in the summer of 2018?
12. Thunder (35-28)
OKC went out and got Westbrook the help he needed. The Thunder are having some adjustment issues, but I’m not sure people are lining up to play this team in the first round.
11. Hawks (34-28)
The Hawks aren't setting the world on fire, going just 2-5 over their last seven games. If the season ended today, they would play the Raptors in the first round as a five seed. Is that must see TV?
10. Grizzlies (36-27)
Quietly plugging away under the radar, the Grizz could end up anywhere between 5-7 in the Western Conference standings when it’s all said and done. Just think where this team could have been if they would have given all that money to someone other than Chandler Parsons. Anyone.
9. Raptors (37-26)
Ibaka at the deadline was a solid addition. In his first six games up north, the 27-year-old power forward is averaging 17.2 points, 7.7 rebounds and shooting 44.8 percent from behind the arc. That’s what you call a nice fit.
8. Clippers (37-25)
The window is closing on this team. If they can hold onto the five seed, they have a shot at a second round appearance. If they slide to six or seven, it’s one and done.
7. Wizards (37-24)
Bojan Bogdanovic might have been the pick up of the deadline. The 27-year-old sharpshooter has added a new dimension to an already exciting lineup. Scotty Brooks has an arsenal of weapons to take into the postseason.
6. Jazz (39-24)
Well built from top to bottom, the Jazz are a solid four seed in the west. Rudy Gobert is becoming a monster. Gordon Hayward is an All-Star. They have solid veterans all over the roster. Showing faith in Quin Snyder was the right move.
5. Celtics (40-23)
Danny Ainge balked at the deadline, making his team a nice regular season story, but not a contender. They needed another star. Ainge had the pieces to get one. There’s always next year.
4. Cavs (42-19)
While other contenders stayed relatively quiet over the last few weeks, Cleveland added Deron Williams, Andrew Bogut, Derrick Williams and Kyle Korver at positions of need. J.R. Smith is almost ready to come back as well. Is this the team to beat?
3. Rockets (44-19)
Lou Williams jumps right in and starts hoisting 8.2 3-pointers per game. This was a perfect player for a team that will try to outscore everyone in the postseason.
2. Warriors (51-11)
The loss of KD is brutal. Matt Barnes might be a solid fit for a team looking for another enforcer down the stretch. They’ll have a tough time holding off the Spurs for the top spot in the west. They have a lot riding on Durant’s ability to heal.
1. Spurs (48-13)
Here they come. You know the Spurs are always going to make a late run in preparation for the playoffs. Kawhi has carried San Antonio all season long. A healthy Pau Gasol makes this team a contender.