NBA Power Rankings A Month Into the Season

With being about a month into the NBA season, it’s only just to rank all of 30 teams. No teams can escape, no matter how terrible.

#30: Dallas Mavericks

Sitting at the worst record in the NBA at 3-15, there’s not much needed to be said here.

#29: Atlanta Hawks

With the terrible roster they have, it’s no surprise they have a record of 3-14. This team could be at the bottom of the league for years to come.

#28: Sacramento Kings

The Kings have a lot of young talent; however, with a record of 4-13, “young” seems to be the keyword.

7: Chicago Bulls

With a record of 3-12, the Bulls just slightly squeak past the other three teams on this list. Lauri Markannen is budding into a young star, but that’s about the only bright spot for this team.

26: Phoenix Suns

Despite terrible front-office management and the trading of Eric Bledsoe, their star player, the Suns have somehow managed to win seven games, while only losing eleven. However, raw talent can only carry them so far.

25: Los Angeles Clippers

The Clippers were playing extremely good basketball at the genesis of the season. That has come to a close, with a record of 5-11.

25: Los Angeles Lakers

At a record of 8-10, the Lakers are exceeding my expectations. However, they’re on a four game losing streak.

24: Brooklyn Nets

This team, at 6-10, is doing significantly better than last season. Smart management has gotten them to this point.

22: Miami Heat

At 7-9, you’re probably wondering why the Heat are so low. One reason: Hassan Whiteside, their star, has been hurt. They’ll move up the rankings eventually.

21: Indiana Pacers

Well, at 10-8, it looks like Victor Oladipo’s brief super-stardom is coming to a close. The Pacers will most likely drop no further than this point throughout the year, though.

20: Utah Jazz

At 7-11, the Jazz aren’t doing very well in comparison to last season. Their star, Rudy Gobert is only putting 13.9 points. Yikes.

19:New Orleans Pelicans

With a record of 9-8, the Pelicans are doing better than expected. Cousins and Davis form a fearsome frontcourt duo, but the rest of the team, well…

18: Charlotte Hornets

With a record of 7-9, you’re probably wondering why the Hornets are higher than the Pelicans. Dwight Howard has returned, averaging nearly 15 points and 13 rebounds, as well as almost 2 blocks per game.

17: Oklahoma City Thunder

The only reason they’re ranked this high with a record of 7-9 is because of Anthony, George and Westbrook. This team needs to get it together, or else they could very easily drop in the rankings.

16: Portland Trail Blazers

Damian Lillard has led his team to a record of 10-7. He does NOT want to be an All-Star snub again.

15: Philadelphia 76ers

TRUST THE PROCESS. Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons (who has two triple-doubles already) are rolling, leading the 76ers to a record of 9-7

14: Milwaukee Bucks

Giannis Antetokounmpo would be the front-runner for MVP if not for his team’s 8-8 record. However, with the acquisition of Eric Bledsoe, expect this team to move up in the rankings.

13: Cleveland Cavaliers

I tried to make excuses for why the Cavs should be higher, but I can’t. Lebron James has been outstanding, but the Cavs don’t look like the same team as last year, with a record of 10-7. Even the Knicks are ranked higher, which is saying something considering Lebron is on the team.

12: Orlando Magic

The Magic have been on a magical journey so far this season, with a record of 8-9. Not entirely sure what happened this offseason. However, they’re on a 4 game losing skid, which means they will most likely drop in the rankings.

11: New York Knicks

Yes, you read that right. With a record of 9-7, Porzingis and the Knicks have been playing solid basketball. Fringe playoff team?

10: Toronto Raptors

The Raptors are doing what they always do: quietly winning multiple games without making too much noise in the national spotlight.

9: Memphis Grizzlies

Much like the Raptors, the Grizzlies are quietly winning multiple games, against the likes of the Rockets and Warriors.

8: Washington Wizards

John Wall and Bradley Beal have led this mediocre team to a record of 10-7. The Wizards will most likely end up being a top-three seed in the East at the end of the year.

7: Detroit Pistons

Somehow, the Pistons are 11-6. Andre Drummond is shooting 64% from the free throw line. Both things are confusing. This team is doing better than expected; however, they’re not as good as their record says.

6: Denver Nuggets

The Nuggets are sitting at 10-7, yet they’re higher than the Pistons simply because their offense finally started clicking recently. However, Paul Millsap’s injury will hinder this team going forward.

5: San Antonio Spurs

The Spurs are 11-6; however, with Kawhi Leonard being out until January, the Spurs could drop in the rankings.

4: Minnesota Timberwolves

The Timberwolves are 10-7, and they’re much better than their record shows. Karl-Anthony Towns, Jimmy Butler, and Andrew Wiggins should start to mesh well together in the upcoming weeks.

3: Golden State Warriors

No, the Warriors are not number one. This is because of a number of things, but it honestly seems like the Warriors haven’t even been trying out on the court, but hey, they’re 13-4.

2: Boston Celtics

The Celtics, even with the loss of star Gordon Hayward, have the best record in the NBA at 16-2; however, they have a tough slate of games coming up, against a few teams such as the Warriors, Magic, and the Pistons. The Celtics should very handily get the 1 seed in the East, unless Lebron pulls something miraculous off. However, they’re not number one solely because I don’t see them continuing this miraculous journey against the upcoming teams they have.

1: Houston Rockets

Right now, the Rockets are playing like the best team in the league with the second best record of 13-4. They have the MVP front-runner in James Harden (yes, Harden is the front-runner), and they have beaten solid teams like the Warriors and the Grizzlies. The Rockets will be vying for the 1 seed in the West.

Clearly, these rankings are apt to change, but don’t be surprised if the Finals doesn’t have the Warriors or the Cavs this year. My bet’s on a Rockets-Celtics Finals.


  1. Very well thought out analysis. It’s great that the Rockets are No. 1.

  2. i said the exact same thing about the finals. I am an avid Rockets fan, but i do think that the celtics are probably going to pull it all together in the finals and beat the Rockets.