NBA Power Rankings 2017-18
NBA Power Rankings 2017-18
Keeping you up-to-date on which teams are among the best in the NBA, who is struggling and who might surprise you. Here are our most recent NBA power rankings, updated January 9.
No. 30 Orlando Magic
2017-18 record: 16-36, 4th in the Southeast Division
The Magic got just their seventh road win of the season Monday in Miami.
They've only won four games over their past 16 overall though.
No. 29 Sacramento Kings
2017-18 record: 17-36, 5th in the Pacific Division
The King have the fewest home wins (8) in the entire NBA.
No. 28 Phoenix Suns
2017-18 record: 18-36, 4th in the Pacific Division
The Suns set the all-time record for consecutive games with a made 3-pointer, a streak that started in March 2004.
No. 27 Memphis Grizzlies
2017-18 record: 18-34, 4th in the Southwest Division
Tyreke Evans is on the block, and Memphis reportedly wants a first round pick in return.
No. 26 Dallas Mavericks
2017-18 record: 17-37, 5th in the Southwest Division
Dallas allows the ninth fewest points per game right now in the league.
Scoring is an issue still though, 101.5 points per game, just 26th in the NBA.
No. 25 Atlanta Hawks
2017-18 record: 16-37, 5th in the Southeast Division
Another team involved in trade deadline talks.
Could Dennis Schroder be on the move?
No. 24 Chicago Bulls
2017-18 record: 18-35, 5th in the Central Division
Zach LaVine is starting to find his rhythm in February.
In two games, he's averaging 24 points per game, and that doesn't include his 23 points against Portland Jan. 31.
No. 23 Charlotte Hornets
2017-18 record: 23-30, 3rd in the Southeast Division
Kemba Walker's future is up in the air, with Walker firmly in trade rumors leading up the Thursday's deadline.
Safe to say the Hornets are trying to hit the reset button and go in a new direction.
No. 22 Brooklyn Nets
2017-18 record: 19-35, 5th in the Atlantic Division
The Cavs own the Nets' first round pick this offseason.
It's not as valuable as it was once seen, but it's still likely to be a high lottery pick.
Does it get moved by Thursday, or even this offseason?
No. 21 New York Knicks
2017-18 record: 23-31, 4th in the Atlantic Division
Jeff Hornacek said that Jarrett Jack will continue to start ahead of rookie Frank Ntilikina.
No. 20 Los Angeles Lakers
2017-18 record: 21-31, 3rd in the Pacific Division
ESPN reports the The Lakers aren't abandoning a 2018 summer pursuit of free-agent stars, but rather recalibrating their focus on a 2019 class that could include Kawhi Leonard, Klay Thompson and Jimmy Butler.
No. 19 Los Angeles Clippers
2017-18 record: 27-25, 2nd in the Pacific Division
Blake Griffin is gone, could DeAndre Jordan or Lou Williams be next?
Maybe both? The Clippers are clearly looking to sell at the deadline, the question is, can they get the future assets they want?
No. 18 Detroit Pistons
2017-18 record: 26-26, 4th in the Central Division
Blake Griffin is averaging 20.3 points per game, 9.3 rebounds, and 6 assists in three games with Detroit.
No. 17 Utah Jazz
2017-18 record: 25-28
Donovan Mitchell scored 40 points for the second time this season against the Suns.
Over the past 35 seasons, he's the fourth rookie to do this multiple times
The names he joins? Michael Jordan (seven), Allen Iverson (five) and Blake Griffin (two).
No. 16 New Orleans Pelicans
2017-18 record: 28-25, 3rd in the Southwest Division
Nikola Mirotic debuted for the Pelicans with 18 points and 12 rebounds on Saturday.
He won't replace DeMarcus Cousins, but he'll be a good band-aid.
No. 15 Philadelphia 76ers
2017-18 record: 25-25, 3rd in the Atlantic Division
Joel Embiid now has his first set of back-to-back games played under his belt.
He had 24 points and ten assists against the Pacers.
No. 14 Indiana Pacers
2017-18 record: 30-25, 3rd in the Central Division
The Pacers expect to be without guard Darren Collison for two to three weeks after Collison had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee.
No. 13 Miami Heat
2017-18 record: 29-25, 2nd in the Southeast Division
Miami has now lost four straight, with the Rockets up next.
No. 12 Denver Nuggets
2017-18 record: 29-25, 3rd in the Northwest Division
On Saturday, the Nuggets beat the Warriors for the fourth time over the past three seasons.
That's the most regular-season wins against the Warriors over that timeframe.
No. 11 Cleveland Cavaliers
2017-18 record: 30-21, 1st in the Central Division
The Cavs have lost 13 of their last 20, and continue to be surrounded by rumors of dysfuction, chaos, and potential trades.
No. 10 Portland Trail Blazers
2017-18 record: 29-25, 4th in the Northwest Division
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, CJ McCollum joined Klay Thompson as the only players in NBA history to score 50 or more points and play fewer than 30 minutes in a game, when he scored 50 against the Bulls last week.
No. 9 Milwaukee Bucks
2017-18 record: 29-23, 2nd in the Central Division
Since firing coach Jason Kidd, the Bucks have won six of seven games and are now six games over .500 for the first time this year.
No. 8 Washington Wizards
2017-18 record: 31-22, 1st in the Southeast Division
The Wizards' have won five straight without John Wall.
They're now 10-6 on the season without him.
No. 7 Oklahoma City Thunder
2017-18 record: 30-24, 2nd in the Northwest Division
The Thunder have lost four straight since their eight game winning streak was snapped.
The Warriors are up next.
No. 6 Minnesota Timberwolves
2017-18 record: 34-22, 1st in the Northwest Division
The 34 wins by Minnesota is now more wins than they've had in 11 of their last 12 seasons.
No. 5 San Antonio Spurs
2017-18 record: 34-21, 2nd in the Southwest Division
The Spurs have lost two straight, and now head out on their marathon of a road trip, with their next six games away from home.
San Antonio is 12-15 on the road this year.
No. 4 Toronto Raptors
2017-18 record: 36-16, 2nd in the Atlantic Division
Toronto sits two games back of the Celtics for the best record in the East.
No. 3 Boston Celtics
2017-18 record: 39-15, 1st in the Atlantic Division
The Celtics are reportedly another team interested in the Grizzlies Tyreke Evans before the trade deadline.
Memphis though is said to want a first round pick.
No. 2 Golden State Warriors
2017-18 record: 41-12, 1st in the Pacific Division
Golden State has lost two of their last three games.
They had also entered Saturday night having won 37 straight games when leading entering the fourth quarter, until Denver ended that.
No. 1 Houston Rockets
2017-18 record: 38-13, 1st in the Southwest Division
Four straight wins, including a 32-point blow out of Cleveland, where LeBron James was held to just 11 points.
Houston's recent streak, along with the mini-slump for the Warriors, has the Rockets just two games back of Golden State for the best record in the NBA.