NBA Power Rankings
1. Golden State Warriors » Still the best team in the league. But sans Kevin Durant, the margin for error is smaller.
2. San Antonio Spurs » The Spurs and Warriors play twice more. That could go a long way toward determining West’s top seed.
3. Boston Celtics » Beating the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Warriors in the span of a week? That comes with rewards.
4. Cleveland Cavaliers » Had lost three straight and four of five as of Friday. Will they be ready for the playoffs?
5. Houston Rockets » Missing the shooting of Ryan Anderson, who has been out with injury.
6. Utah Jazz » Have beaten the Rockets and the Washington Wizards since the All-Star break. Both wins have come on the road.
7. Washington Wizards » Staying strong in that three spot in the East. Had a horrid start and now on pace for 50 wins.
8. Los Angeles Clippers » Still a very dangerous team. But they have to start putting it together — and soon.
9. Toronto Raptors » Missing Kyle Lowry. Former Ute Delon Wright is in an NBA rotation for the first time in his career.
10. Memphis Grizzlies » Almost in a free-fall. Offense is hard to come by, and they haven’t been great defensively.
11. Oklahoma City Thunder » Russell Westbrook gets 31st triple-double in win over the Spurs.
12. Atlanta Hawks » Entering a dangerous realm: Too good to tank, not good enough to contend.
13. Indiana Pacers » Very good at home with 22 wins. Not good at all on the road, with 21 losses.
14. Detroit Pistons » Got a very good home win over Cleveland on Thursday.
15. Chicago Bulls » With Dwyane Wade injured, Jimmy Butler has had to carry the load.
16. Miami Heat » Dion Waiters deserves a lot of credit. He has resurrected his career in Miami.
17. Denver Nuggets » Entering a very difficult stretch of games. Their playoff chances depend on how they navigate it.
18. Milwaukee Bucks » A half game out of a playoff spot. Amazing, considering how many injuries they’ve had to manage.
19. Portland Trail Blazers » Getting Jusuf Nurkic has been a great trade for them. He’s already a fan favorite.
20. Dallas Mavericks » The same thing can be said about Nerlens Noel. That was a trade deadline steal.
21. Minnesota Timberwolves » Karl-Anthony Towns has been sensational since the All-Star break.
22. Charlotte Hornets » Hard to believe this team was solidly in the playoff race for 30 games. Then, they fell off a cliff.
23. Sacramento Kings » May be better with DeMarcus Cousins off the floor, but they are struggling on the floor.
24. New Orleans Pelicans » Speaking of Cousins, he has already been suspended, fined since trade to New Orleans.
25. New York Knicks » Played the Golden State Warriors tough on national TV. That’s a win for them, these days.
26. Orlando Magic » Elfrid Payton is developing into a very nice point guard.
27. Philadelphia 76ers » Have fallen off the map since Joel Embiid went down for the season.
28. Los Angeles Lakers » We’re seeing why they wouldn’t include rookie Brandon Ingram in a deal for Cousins. Bunch of upside.
29. Phoenix Suns » They are finding out that diminutive point guard Tyler Ulis can really play.
30. Brooklyn Nets » Only team in the league without at least one win over a division foe (0-10).