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 October 31.
No. 30 Atlanta Hawks
2017-18 record: 2-12, 5th in Southeast Division
Atlanta hasn't won since November 6th when they beat the Cavaliers.
Then again, they've only won two games all year, so that would make sense.
This is what happens during rebuild years.
No. 29 Dallas Mavericks
2017-18 record: 2-13, 5th in the Southwest Division
The Mavs' win in Washington might have been a major turning point for the Wizards, who have found a way to turn things around defensively over the last few games.
For Dallas, they went the other direction.
They haven't won since.
No. 28 Chicago Bulls
2017-18 record: 2-9, 5th in the Central Division
This ranking could change over the next few weeks if Bobby Portis continues to do what he's doing.
Over his first three game since serving an eight-game suspension, Portis is averaging 19.3 PPG, 10.0 RPG, while shooting 50 percent from three.
No. 27 Sacramento Kings
2017-18 record: 3-10, 5th in the Pacific Division
The second-worst offensive team in the NBA.
Rookie De'Aaron Fox continues to grow week by week though, already showing an ability to make plays in clutch moments.
No. 26 Phoenix Suns
2017-18 record: 5-10, 4th in the Pacific Division
Yes, this team is young. Yes, they're losing a lot right now.
The Suns though, after the Eric Bledsoe trade, now have seven first-round picks over the next four years.
The future is bright in Phoenix, and no, that's not a weather joke.
No. 25 Brooklyn Nets
2017-18 record: 5-9, 5th in the Atlantic Division
D'Angelo Russell has missed time with a left knee contusion.
He's been one of the bright spots for the Nets this year.
When Russell is on the court, it's obvious a change of scenery was the right thing for him.
No. 24 Los Angeles Lakers
2017-18 record: 6-8, 2nd in the Pacific Division
The Pacific is topped by the Warriors, and followed by every other team sitting under .500.
The Lakers have had some really bad shooting from rookie Lonzo Ball, but he's shown he can contribute well in other areas while he learns to shoot in the NBA.
According to Elias Sports Bureau, Ball is just the fourth Lakers rookie to record a triple-double joining Elgin Baylor, Jerry West and Magic Johnson.
No. 23 Charlotte Hornets
2017-18 record: 5-7, 4th in the Southeast Division
Help is at least on the way, with Nicolas Batum returning from a torn ligament in his left elbow.
Charlotte has lost four straight.
No. 22 Indiana Pacers
2017-18 record: 6-8, 4th in the Central Division
The Pacers rank in the top-10 in the NBA in points and assists per game.
Victor Oladipo is the main reason.
The problem is, they struggle on the other end of the court.
No. 21 Miami Heat
2017-18 record: 6-7, 3rd in the Southeast Division
Hassan Whiteside getting back into the flow after missing time will be a huge help for this team.
Whiteside will bring another scoring option in the post while he continues to protect the rim.
No. 20 Utah Jazz
2017-18 record: 6-8, 5th in the Northwest Division
Losing Rudy Gobert for at least a month won't help a Jazz team already struggling to find a rhythm.
Joe Johnson did see a hand specialist and will be reevaluated in two weeks. Johnson has been out since Oct. 31 with tendon instability in his right wrist.
No. 19 Philadelphia 76ers
2017-18 record: 7-6, 3rd in the Atlantic Division
Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid continue to prove "The Process" might actually have been worth waiting for.
Both are already playing like All-Stars.
Now, if only they can get Markelle Fultz healthy.
No. 18 New York Knicks
2017-18 record: 7-6, 3rd in the Atlantic Division
One thing's for sure, this young Knicks core isn't scared of anyone, willing to mix it up with LeBron James the other night.
With all the Kristaps Porzinigis hype, Enes Kanter and his solid play has gone overlooked so far this year though.
Averaging a double-double, and bringing plenty of
instigation toughness to the court.
No. 17 Los Angeles Clippers
2017-18 record: 5-8, 3rd in the Pacific Division
At one point the Clippers were the last unbeaten team in the NBA.
They're 1-8 since that start.
No. 16 New Orleans Pelicans
2017-18 record: 8-6, 3rd in the Southwest Division
Both Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins are averaging over 25 points and 11 rebounds.
The problem with New Orleans is they're still trying to find other guys to hold up their end of the deal.
Only two other players, Jrue Holiday and E'Twaun Moore, are even averaging double figures in points.
No. 15 Milwaukee Bucks
2017-18 record: 7-6, 2nd in the Central Division
Bringing in Eric Bledsoe takes some of the playmaking pressure off of Giannis Antetokounmpo.
The Greek Freak currently leads Milwaukee in every major statistical category.
No. 14 Oklahoma City Thunder
2017-18 record: 6-7, 4th in the Northwest Division
OKC has done a good job this year when it comes to their defense. Second in the NBA in points allowed.
They're still looking to find out who fits where offensively though.
Give Russell Westbrook credit, he's been the one to sacrifice the most for his new teammates. Taking seven fewer shots per game this year.
No. 13 Portland Trail Blazers
2017-18 record: 7-6, 3rd in the Northwest Division
Brutal stretch coming for the Blazers with six of their next eight games on the road.
Although it helps having back-to-back games with the Kings to start things off.
No. 12 Washington Wizards
2017-18 record: 8-5, 1st in the Southeast Division
Three straight wins since the embarrassing loss to the Mavs at home.
Also three straight games where the Wizards held opponents under 100 points.
The Wiz have a home-and-home this week against the Heat, and then five of their next six on the road.
No. 11 Cleveland Cavaliers
2017-18 record: 7-7, 3rd in the Central Division
Let's face it. This Cavs team has been historically bad on defense, but they're still a .500 team because of LeBron James.
It doesn't help having so many new faces trying to find their role either.
No. 10 Orlando Magic
2017-18 record: 8-6, 2nd in the Southeast Division
Couple of tough losses to the Nuggets and Warriors don't take away from the fact that this Magic team is still one of the early surprises in the league.
Aaron Gordon has been a big reason, shooting over 50 percent from three, by far the best of his young career.
No. 9 Denver Nuggets
2017-18 record: 8-6, 2nd in the Northwest Division
Nikola Jokic helped spark Denver's just-snapped three-game winning streak with a 41 point 12 rebound 5 assist game against the Nets.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he joined George McGinnis, Alex English, and Michael Adams as the fourth player with 40 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists in a game in Nuggets history.
No. 8 Memphis Grizzlies
2017-18 record: 7-6, 4th in the Southwest Division
Memphis has lost two straight while playing in one of the toughest divisions in the NBA.
Things only get harder with Indiana, another meeting with Houston, and then Portland over the next three games.
No. 7 Minnesota Timberwolves
2017-18 record: 8-5, 1st in Northwest Division
Minnesota has now scored at least 100 points in 12 consecutive games, a team record.
The defense still isn't where Tom Thibodeau would like it to be though. The Timberwolves are ranked 27th in the NBA in points allowed.
No. 6 Toronto Raptors
2017-18 record: 8-5, 2nd in the Atlantic Division
Toronto has been quietly steady throughout the season so far.
After losing back-to-back games to the Warriors and Spurs early in the year, The Raptors haven't lost more than one in a row since.
Top-5 in points per game, and a top-15 defensive team in points allowed as well.
No. 5 Detroit Pistons
2017-18 record: 10-3, 1st in the Central Division
Andre Drummond is once again dominating the glass for Detroit.
His improved free-throw shooting is a much needed bonus.
The Pistons have won eight of nine heading into their Wednesday game with the Bucks, a team they already beat this season.
No. 4 Spurs
2017-18 record: 9-5, 2nd in the Southwest Division
San Antonio's defense recently has been much better, which is a major reason they're no longer stuck in a four-game losing streak.
Now allowing under 100 points a game, and also doing it with top-10 assist numbers as well.
All this without Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker.
No. 3 Houston Rockets
2017-18 record: 11-4, 1st in the Southwest Division
The Rockets are expected to get Chris Paul back later this week after missing almost a month with a bruised left knee.
Expect an adjustment period working Paul back into the mix.
He has to get back into game shape, and essentially still learn his new teammates.
No. 2 Golden State Warriors
2017-18 record: 11-3, 1st in the Pacific Division
Despite the talent level being the highest in the NBA, it's hard to put even the Warriors ahead of a team that hasn't lost since October 18.
Luckily though, the Warriors and Celtics see eachother Thursday night.
No. 1 Boston Celtics
2017-18 record: 13-2, 1st in the Atlantic Division
13 straight wins moves you ahead of the Warriors. But it pretty much takes that to do it.
The Warriors and Celtics play on Thursday, and we'll see if this 13-game win streak comes to an end or not for Boston.