NBA Power Rankings Update

Tom Exel 1
Joel Embid
Inquirer.com

The NBA season is well underway. With another week of games under their belts, let’s take a look at our NBA Power rankings. Some of these rankings may come as a surprise, and some may not. Either way, let’s take a look at this top 5 update.

1. Philadelphia 76ers (7-1)

The Philadelphia 76ers have been playing excellent basketball over the past couple of weeks. With that, they find themselves with the best record in the league. Their record is primarily because Center Joel Embiid is playing at a high level early on. Currently Embiid is averaging 25 points and 12 rebounds per game and will only improve as the season goes on.

In addition to Embiid, Tobias Harris and Seth Curry have both averaged 17+ points a game. The 76ers are also finding success on the defensive side of the ball. Ben Simmons has played defense outstandingly this season and has been able to shut down multiple opponents. If Philadelphia can continue this play, it won’t be hard to imagine them making it to the Eastern Conference Finals.

 

2. Los Angeles Lakers (6-2)

The Lakers are one of the top teams in the Western Conference and quite possibly the best. With the likes of LeBron James and Anthony Davis it’s easy to see why. Both James and Davis are averaging around nine rebounds and 23 points a game.

Add that Davis leads the team in steals at 1.6 per game; they are a formidable team to stop. It’s easy to see why they are favorites to win the Western Conference Finals with all this success.

 

3. Indiana Pacers (6-2)

Ah, the Indiana Pacers. If they are still flying under your NBA radar, you better lookout. The Pacers are playing perfect ball. With Victor Oladipo, Domantas Sabonis, and Malcom Brogdon averaging 20+ points a game, the Pacer’s offense is explosive.

Building off last week’s success the Pacers have shown they are a force to be reckoned with. If they keep playing at this high level, Indiana will be tough to keep pace with in the East.

Kawhi Leonard
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4. Los Angeles Clippers (6-3)

The Los Angeles Clippers have found their groove again after getting punched in the mouth by Dallas last week. Pun intended. With that said the Clipper’s star players are performing at an incredibly high level.

Paul George and Kawhi Leonard averaged about 23.5 points per game, along with Leonard averaging six rebounds per game. If the Clippers can continue to get this production from George and Leonard it could be a complete Los Angeles WCF.

 

5. Boston Celtics (6-3)

The Boston Celtics are a team that will be a big problem for teams in the Eastern Conference. They have been getting concrete production from Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown who are both averaging 26 points per game. Add that with Tristian Thompson’s eight rebounds per game; the Celtics have a pretty solid offense.

The Celtics are a team that hits their stride as the season moves along. With the production Boston has gotten already from their starters this early in the season, they will contest an ECF bid.

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