NBA Power Rankings: Playoff picture coming into focus
NBA Power Rankings
Here is a look around the NBA with CSN's power rankings. Where does your favorite team place? Click through to find out.
30. Brooklyn Nets (LW: 30)
The Nets are two wins away from clinching... the worst record in basketball. That's good news for the Celtics, who can swap first round picks with them.
29. Los Angeles Lakers (LW: 29)
Could Nick Young's days in L.A. be over? He's getting scant minutes as the Lakers go with a youth movement and he can opt out of his contract following this season.
28. Sacramento Kings (LW: 28)
The Kings reportedly wanted to hire Sam Hinkie to their front office. That should make them competitive by, what, 2024? All kidding aside, good for Hinkie, who deserves a second shot.
27. Phoenix Suns (LW: 27)
Devin Booker dropped 70 points against the Celtics, yet it came in a loss. That doesn't diminish the accomplishment entirely, but it should be noted.
26. Orlando Magic (LW: 25)
The Bismack Biyombo signing hasn't worked out too well yet. He's posted his worst offensive and defensive ratings since 2012-13.
25. Philadelphia 76ers (LW: 26)
The Sixers could triple their win total from last season. They only won 10 games last year, but still. That's pretty nuts.
24. New York Knicks (LW: 24)
Now even Scottie Pippen is calling for his former coach Phil Jackson's job? That's not a good look on several accounts.
23. New Orleans Pelicans (LW: 21)
The Pelicans have had 25 different players suit up for them this season. That's a lot.
22. Charlotte Hornets (LW: 23)
Hornets Steve Clifford has to be on one of the hottest seats in the NBA with Charlotte taking a double-digit step back in the wins department.
21. Minnesota Timberwolves (LW: 22)
Fifth overall pick Kris Dunn is starting to show promise and appears to be finishing the season strong. He should be fun to watch in summer league.
20. Dallas Mavericks (LW: 20)
Seth Curry has emerged this season. He averages 12.8 points per game and shoots a higher percentage from three (42%) than his brother.
19. Detroit Pistons (LW: 17)
The Kentavious Caldwell-Pope DUI arrest was bad timing for a guy who is about to hit free agency.
18. Chicago Bulls (LW: 18)
The Bulls sweeping their season series against the Cavaliers has to be one of the biggest head-scratching anomalies of the 2016-17 NBA season.
17. Denver Nuggets (LW: 16)
In a cruel twist of irony, the Nuggets are now on the outside of the playoff picture looking up at the Blazers, who have improved significantly since Portland traded them Jusuf Nurkic.
16. Portland Trail Blazers (LW: 19)
I've seen debates on Twitter among fans and media about whether the Jusuf Nurkic trade is the best in Blazers history. That's saying something.
15. Indiana Pacers (LW: 14)
Paul George is fed up with his Pacers teammates, whom he belives aren't "pissed off enough." It will be interesting to see if that frustration carries over into the offseason.
14. Milwaukee Bucks (LW: 12)
I'm a huge fan of Malcolm Brogdon and what he has done as a second round pick. But Joel Embiid should be the rookie of the year.
13. Miami Heat (LW: 15)
Tied with the Wizards for the most wins in the East since mid-January, the Heat appear to be the team none of the top teams should want to face in the first round. They are dangerous.
12. Atlanta Hawks (LW: 13)
The Atlanta Hawks haven't beaten a team with a winning record in three weeks. Yikes.
11. Memphis Grizzlies (LW: 11)
Mike Conley has dealt with the pressure of being the highest paid player in the NBA quite well. He's having his best season.
10. Oklahoma City Thunder (LW: 10)
If the playoffs started today the Thunder would face the Rockets in the first round. That would be unbelievable.
9. Toronto Raptors (LW: 9)
This is the fourth straight season of at least 45 wins for the Raptors. That's not bad at all.
8. Washington Wizards (LW: 7)
The Wizards just have to win four of their last seven to post 50 wins and end the longest 50-win drought in the NBA. The schedule is tough, but they can do it.
7. Los Angeles Clippers (LW: 8)
The Clippers have won six of eight and may be heating up at just the right time.
6. Cleveland Cavaliers (LW: 4)
One more note on the Bulls sweeping the Cavs. That was the first time in LeBron's career that he's been swept by a division opponent. Crazy.
5. Utah Jazz (LW: 6)
Quin Snyder should get some consideration for the NBA's coach of the year award. He won't win it, but he's done a nice job with a young team.
4. Boston Celtics (LW: 5)
It's impressive what Boston has done this year. They could snag the No. 1 seed despite dealing with some injuries and not having a true superstar.
3. Houston Rockets (LW: 3)
James Harden's 11.2 assists per game this season are almost double his career average of 5.7. He has thrived in Mike D'Antoni's offense.
2. San Antonio Spurs (LW: 2)
I've seen a lot of people compare Kawhi Leonard to the robots from Westworld. If you have seen the show, that is hilarious.
1. Golden State Warriors (LW: 1)
The Warriors are probably going to surpass 65 wins this season despite missing their best player, Kevin Durant, for an extended period of time.