NBA Power Rankings: Warriors send statement to Cavs, NBA
From 30 to 1...
James Ham stacks up all 30 teams...
30. Nets (8-32)
10 straight losses. 15 L’s in 16 games. Brook Lopez can be had for two first round picks. Any takers? Anyone? The Celtics are going to love that top three pick.
29. Heat (11-30)
This team is a hot mess. Bad mixture of overpriced veterans and overpriced young players. #FreeGoranDragic
28. Suns (13-28)
We see you Devin Booker. Nice rebound after a slow start to the season. Back-to-back 39 point performances has him back over 20 points per game on the season.
27. Mavs (13-27)
Getting old is no fun. Mavs are riding a two-game win streak, but it’s against the Suns and Timberwolves. It’s time to start moving pieces and stop yelling at the officials Mark Cuban.
26. Lakers (15-30)
This team was 10-10. 5-20 since. It’s not a Hollywood story...unless we are talking a true crime drama.
25. Timberwolves (14-27)
Three straight wins had people talking, but a stumble against the Mavs is a head scratcher. Expect a big finish from this young group. The eight seed is still part of the equation.
24. Knicks (18-24)
So much finger pointing. Derrick Rose disappears. Kristaps Porzingis has an Achilles issue. 2-11 over their last 13. This team is much worse than their record.
23. Philly (13-26)
Joel Embiid is perhaps the greatest thing to happen to the NBA since the invention of social media. A three game win streak? Ben Simmons shooting 3-balls at practice? The future is bright.
22. Magic (17-26)
2-8 over the last 10 as the scheduled tightened up. Giving up Oladipo and the draft rights to Sabonis might hurt this franchise long-term. What we are seeing from this team falls short of magical.
21. Pelicans (16-26)
One injury away from disaster, one hot streak from the eighth spot. New Orleans started the season 1-9 and they are 15-17 since. Not a bad turnaround, but when FRA-GI-LE is stamped on half your team…
20. Pistons (19-24)
SVG...you got some explaining to do. How in the world is this team still struggling?
19. Kings (16-24)
Monster Trucks rolled through Sacramento over the last week...no wait...that was just the Kings spinning their tires on their season-long seven game homestand. Quality win against Detroit, but trailing by 14 or more during a 1-5 home stretch is a recipe for disaster.
18. Nuggets (16-23)
The Nuggets have done a nice job mining talent, but they are still a year away or two away. Patience is needed with this group.
17. Trail Blazers (18-25)
You know things have gone horribly wrong when seven games under .500 is good enough for the eighth seed in the Western Conference. The Blazers aren’t good, they just aren’t as bad as the rest. Check back next week.
16. Hornets (20-21)
Steve Clifford wins the Hubie Brown award for having the largest rotation in the league. Charlotte isn’t going to scare anyone come playoff time, but they probably have enough to get there.
15. Bulls (21-21)
Michael Carter-Williams is starting to earn his keep, pushing Rajon Rondo to a secondary role. If Rondo swallows his pride and plays mentor, he could really help Carter-Williams develop.
14. Bucks (20-20)
For his next trick, Giannis Antetokounmpo will take off from half court for a monster dunk. The Bucks still have the issue that they can beat anyone and then lose to anyone, but the future is bright.
13. Wizards (21-19)
After a rough start, Scotty Brooks has his team in a good place. John Wall and Bradley Beal are learning to coexist resulting in a nice stretch for the Wiz.
12. Pacers (21-19)
An unexpected loss to Denver stopped Indy from shooting up the charts. January is usually the month when teams find their rhythm and the Pacers are doing just that.
11. Hawks (24-17)
Blow it up! Wait...we are fourth in the Eastern Conference? Paul Millsap must be super excited about his place in the world.
10. Thunder (25-18)
Enes Kanter is quietly living up to his potential. His development is big for a team looking for one more scorer to step up. Billy Donovan needs to find him more minutes.
9. Grizzlies (25-18)
David Fizdale is having an impressive rookie season coaching the Grizz. He’s overcome major injuries and continues to have his team in the mix. Grit and grind isn’t pretty, but it’s effective.
8. Jazz (27-16)
Rodney Hood bends his leg backwards and does no structural damage. Maybe this is Utah’s year. Gordon Hayward is playing at an All-Star level. So is Rudy Gobert. If they can get healthy, a packed Western Conference gets even more difficult.
7. Raptors (27-13)
The Raptors keep plugging away at a 55-win clip, but does anyone fear them come playoff time? This team needs something more to become a contender. Unlike the Celtics, they don’t have the pieces to add another bigtime player.
6. Clippers (29-14)
After dropping six straight, the Clippers have bounced back with a seven-game winning streak. A soft spot in the schedule couldn’t have come at a better time. Chris Paul’s thumb has to have Doc on pins and needles.
5. Celtics (26-15)
Isaiah Thomas is a star. You better have a big a lead heading into the fourth quarter against the Celtics or the artist formally known as the “Pizza Guy” will beat you single handedly.
4. Spurs (31-9)
A loss to the Suns stops San Antonio from moving up. The rodeo is coming to town, which means the Spurs are about to fly around the country beating teams down in front of their home crowds.
3. Rockets (32-11)
No one wants to play Rockets in the playoffs. They could still use a piece or two on the front line, but they are pacing for 61 wins and that number might be low.
2. Cavs (29-11)
So much for that win streak against the Dubs. Adding Kyle Korver was genius. But playing cat and mouse with NBA teams is dangerous.
1. Warriors (35-6)
This team is 29 games over .500 while still trying to discover itself. The road to the Finals is going to be tougher this season, but this is still the best team in the West. Running over the Cavs earns the top spot.