NBA Playoff Power Rankings: Where Celtics stand among 16 teams


The 16-team NBA playoff field is set. The higher seeds will host the lower seeds at their respective home arenas. Some arenas might even have fans in them. But the postseason isn't necessarily back to "normal." 

We mean that in a good way, too. There's drama in both conferences, and the top seeds aren't expected to cruise to the playoffs like in years past. In the West, the Los Angeles Lakers are threatening another title run as the No. 7 seed, while the NBA's top two teams by record -- the Utah Jazz and Phoenix Suns -- somehow feel like underdogs. In the East, the New York Knicks are hosting a playoff series. Enough said.

All of that uncertainty means the best teams still standing aren't necessarily the highest-seeded teams. Which are the best teams, you ask? Our playoff edition of NBA Power Rankings aims to answer that question by assessing each team's body of work and how well-equipped they are to go the distance.

NBA Playoff Power Rankings: Where Celtics stand among 16 remaining teams