NBA Power Rankings 2019: Warriors finally No. 1, Kings slip again
30) Cavaliers (9-40)
Five straight losses, all by more than 15 points. Danny Gilbert’s boys are going to lose 17 more games this season than they won (50) last season.
29) Knicks (10-36)
Wait. What? Yes, one player gave an All-Star vote to Mario Hezonja. Giannis wants his revenge by any means necessary.
28) Bulls (11-37)
Their one win this month was over the Cavs. The Cavs! Drill Sgt. Jim Boylen sure is getting the job done. One more thing: Free Robin Lopez!
27) Suns (11-38)
Yo, Book, good show but you don’t really want a piece of Gorgui Dieng. Better to chill and wait until Deandre Ayton’s ankle is right.
26) Grizzlies (19-29)
Shed a tear for Mike Conley and Marc Gasol. And come up with a new name for the place once proudly referred to as the Grindhouse.
25) Magic (20-28)
No one in the NBA is having a better season under worse conditions than Big Nik Vucevic.
24) Hawks (15-32):
If Travis Schlenk and Lloyd Pierce aren’t careful, John Collins is going to blowup this whole clever “tank” strategy.
23) Pistons (21-26):
How toxic must the roster be for Blake Griffin to air its dirty locker room laundry? Well, of course. Reggie Jackson still has a cubicle.
22) Mavericks (21-26)
We really like Luka Doncic. We also like Harrison Barnes. One of them will be an NBA star, the other an admirable post-career life.
21) Pelicans (22-27)
AD is hurt again. Niko Mirotic is hurt. E’Twaun Moore is hurt. Julius Randle is . . . you get the picture. A six-page injury list says same ol’ Pelicans.
20) Heat (22-24)
One quality win (Celtics) in the last month. Until Dragon returns next month, it’s D-Wade watching Josh Richardson “carry” the team.
19) Wizards (20-27)
It is NBA blasphemy to say they’re better without Fast Johnny Wall, but what should we believe when the results are better when he sits?
18) Lakers (25-24)
Coach Luke tells us he’s not worried. He shouldn’t be. Magic surely knows this bunch has no chance until Bron and Rondo are back.
17) Timberwolves (24-24)
Congrats, Andrew Wiggins. You are this month’s winner of the Most Talented and Least Effective player award.
16) Kings (24-24)
One of the five most watchable (on offense) backcourts in the league can’t enjoy watching its playoff possibility get dimmer by the week.
15) Hornets (23-24)
It warms our hearts to know that Kemba Walker will be a starter in the All-Star Game. Players know who has game.
14) Clippers (26-22)
They’re doing well for a franchise going through the motions while waiting for next season, when reinforcements come to the rescue.
13) Nets (26-23)
Just when their sweat starts paying off, Spencer “Siri” Dinwiddie’s thumb starts barking. Please do not let this be serious.
12) Rockets (27-20)
Respect everything The Beard is doing, but nothing more than his incredible ability to blow the whistles of refs standing 10 feet away.
11) Pacers (32-15)
We enjoyed how these boys were ballin’, particularly Sabonis the Younger. But there’s price paid for V.O. going down. Heal quickly, young buck.
10) Spurs (27-22)
It seems unfair that Coach Pop decries the proliferation of the 3-ball while having a team that shoots it better than any other.
9) Trail Blazers (30-20)
We like and respect Dame and CJ. But every time we look at the rest of this defective roster, we gain a little more respect for Coach Stotts.
8) Jazz (27-22)
Spida Mitchell’s last 10 games (averaging 30.3 points, 42-percent shooting from deep) have been loud. Here come the Jazz.
7) Thunder (30-18)
Being familiar with Russ’s shooting percentages, we can say without hesitation that PG-13 deserves to be starting the All-Star game.
6) Celtics (30-18)
To look closely is to see Kyrie has been tremendous. They’ve won 10 straight at the Gahden and seem eager to face the Warriors on Saturday. Yes!
5) 76ers (32-17)
Embiid is silly gifted, bet we’re more impressed that Ben Simmons, who can’t shoot, makes 57.8 percent from the field. Crazy, huh?
4) Nuggets (31-15)
They’re healthy again, which means they’ll need some time. We enjoy that bored look painted on Jokic’s mug as he’s taking fools to school.
3) Raptors (36-14)
Kawhi needs his rest. We get that. But four games over a full week? Our second All-Star from this team is not Lil’ Kyle but Big Serge.
2) Bucks (34-12)
Greek Freak will captain the East All-Stars, as he should. The teammate most deserving of joining him is “Bledshow,” Robin to Giannis’ Batman.
1) Warriors (34-14)
They’ve won nine in row, averaging 130 points per game Boogie has arrived, and he’s making this look unfair. What ya got, Boston?