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: 12-28, 4th in the Southeast Division
The Magic were once 8-4, and the surprise of the NBA.
Since then they're 4-24, which is the worst record over that stretch.
No. 29 Atlanta Hawks
2017-18 record: 10-30, 5th in the Southeast Division
The Hawks are just 3-19 on the road, but luckily for them, six of their next seven are at home.
No. 28 Memphis Grizzlies
2017-18 record: 12-27, 5th in the Southwest Division
Mike Conley recently hinted that he plans to return at some point this season from his Achilles injury, but remains without a timetable for return.
Memphis was 7-5 with Conley in the lineup.
No. 27 Los Angeles Lakers
2017-18 record: 12-27, 5th in the Pacific Division
The Lakers snapped a nine-game losing streak against the Hawks Sunday.
In Lonzo Ball's second game back in the lineup, he had 13 points, ten rebounds, and six assists.
No. 26 Sacramento Kings
2017-18 record: 13-26, 4th in the Pacific Division
The Kings scored an NBA season-high 40 points off turnovers in their 106-98 win over the Nuggets Saturday.
No. 25 Phoenix Suns
2017-18 record: 16-26, 3rd in the Pacific Division
Rookie Josh Jackson has scored in double-figures in his last three games, including 17 points and ten boards in a win over the Thunder.
No. 24 Brooklyn Nets
2017-18 record: 15-25, 5th in the Atlantic Division
D'Angelo Russell took part in a practice with the Nets' G-League affiliate on Monday.
The Nets have been relatively quiet with Russell's progress as he works back from a knee procedure, which has sidelined him since Nov. 11.
No. 23 Dallas Mavericks
2017-18 record: 13-28, 4th in the Southwest Division
Dallas has now lost three straight but sees the struggling Magic up next.
No. 22 Charlotte Hornets
2017-18 record: 15-23, 3rd in the Southeast Division
Back-to-back wins for the Hornets, part of a bigger stretch with four of their last six being wins as well.
No. 21 Chicago Bulls
2017-18 record: 14-27, 5th in the Central Division
The Bulls' 10-2 stretch is long in the past at this point.
They've lost five of their last six games, including getting blown out of the water at Indiana by 36 on Saturday.
No. 20 Utah Jazz
2017-18 record: 16-24, 5th in the Northwest Division
Utah is 4th in the NBA in points allowed, at 101.7 per game.
That, despite center Rudy Gobert playing in just 18 games so far this season.
No. 19 New York Knicks
2017-18 record: 19-21, 4th in the Atlantic Division
The Knicks are close to getting some help for Kristaps Porzingis.
Tim Hardaway Jr. was a full participant in Tuesday's practice.
Hardaway was reportedly able to take part in the team scrimmage, meaning he should be close to a return to the court.
No. 18 Los Angeles Clippers
2017-18 record: 18-21, 2nd in the Pacific Division
The Clippers may sit in second in the division, but the Pacific is obviously owned by the Warriors, who hold a very comfortable 14 game lead.
The Clips see them Tuesday, a team they've lost 12-straight games too.
No. 17 New Orleans Pelicans
2017-18 record: 20-19, 3rd in the Southwest Division
The Pelicans have never been more than three games over .500 this year, and that was only once when they were 11-8.
No. 16 Indiana Pacers
2017-18 record: 21-19, 4th in the Central Division
The Pacers lost all four games Victor Oladipo missed, but have now won back-to-back with him in the lineup again, including a 13-point win over Milwaukee.
No. 15 Philadelphia 76ers
2017-18 record: 19-19, 3rd in the Atlantic Division
The Sixers are riding a four-game win streak, and now get a long stretch of rest.
They last played on Friday against the Pistons and won't play again until Thursday against the Celtics.
They'll be the first team to play a game on five days' rest this season.
No. 14 Miami Heat
2017-18 record: 22-17, 2nd in the Southeast Division
Miami is in the middle of a four-game winning streak, but a massive test next at Toronto.
No. 13 Portland Trail Blazers
2017-18 record: 21-18, 3rd in the Northwest Division
Portland's next four games come on the road, where the Blazers are 11-8 on the season.
No. 12 Detroit Pistons
2017-18 record: 21-18, 3rd in the Central Division
Detroit has lost three of four, and is now 2-9 on the road since their 6-4 start there.
Three of their next four are away from home.
No. 11 Denver Nuggets
2017-18 record: 21-19, 4th in the Northwest Division
No. 10 Milwaukee Bucks
2017-18 record: 21-18, 2nd in the Central Division
The Magic and Warriors are up next at home before three of Milwaukee's next four are on the road.
No. 8 Oklahoma City Thunder
2017-18 record: 22-18, 2nd in the Northwest Division
Russell Westbrook recorded his 14th triple-double of the season; twice as many as the next closest player (LeBron James, 7).
The Elias Sports Bureau says 14 are the 5th-most by a player within his first 40 games of a season.
No. 7 Minnesota Timberwolves
2017-18 record: 26-16, 1st in the Northwest Division
Back-to-back blowout wins for Minnesota, with the Thunder up next.
Minnesota held LeBron James to just ten points in their 28-point win Monday night.
No. 6 San Antonio Spurs
2017-18 record: 28-14, 2nd in the Southwest Division
Spurs guard Tony Parker, who missed the first 19 games of this season and has yet to play in back-to-back games this season.
Kawhi Leonard is also dealing with a partial tear in his left shoulder, although the team isn't too concerned about that injury apparently.
No. 5 Houston Rockets
2017-18 record: 28-11, 1st in the Southwest Division
The Rockets extended their NBA-record streak of making 10 or more 3-pointers to 35 consecutive games Monday night against the Bulls.
It also helped snap a two-game losing streak.
No. 4 Toronto Raptors
2017-18 record: 28-10, 2nd in the Atlantic Division
Toronto is 17-3 over their last 20 games.
They're 3rd in points per game, and 11th in points allowed.
No. 3 Cleveland Cavaliers
2017-18 record: 26-14, 1st in the Central Division
After a 28-point loss in which they trailed by as many as 41, the Cavaliers are looking at a 3-6 stretch.
It won't get any easier with a trip to Toronto Thursday.
No. 2 Boston Celtics
2017-18 record: 33-10, 1st in the Atlantic Division
Tops in the NBA in points allowed, the Celtics have only given up 100+ points once over their current six-game win streak.
No. 1 Golden State Warriors
2017-18 record: 33-8, 1st in the Pacific Divison
The Warriors host the Clippers Wednesday, before heading out on a five-game road trip.
Golden State is 17-3 on the road, a better record than they have at home (16-5).