NBA Power Rankings: Top 10

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NBA Power Rankings

The NBA season is well underway. With another week of games under our belts, let’s take a look at the NBA Power rankings. Some of these rankings may come as a surprise, and some may not; let’s dive in!

1. Los Angeles Lakers (11-4)

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 22 points a game. (James 23 and Davis 21)

Add that Davis leads the team in steals at 1.2 per game; they are a formidable team to stop. It’s easy to see why they’re favored to win the Western Conference Finals with all this success and depth. 

2. Los Angeles Clippers (11-4)

The Los Angeles Clippers have found their groove, and that groove is winning. With that said, the Clipper’s star players are performing at an incredibly high level.

Paul George and Kawhi Leonard averaged about 24 points per game, along with Serge Ibaka averaging six rebounds per game. If the Clippers can continue to get this production from George, Leonard, and Ibaka, it could be a complete Los Angeles NBA Western Conference Finals.

 

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3. Philadelphia 76ers (10-5)

The Philadelphia 76ers have been playing excellent basketball over the past couple of weeks. Center Joel Embiid is playing at a high level early on. Currently, Embiid is averaging 26 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 consistent defense 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.

4. Utah Jazz (10-4)

The Jazz have found a rhythm and are playing the right notes. They’re getting concrete production from starters Donovan Mitchell, Mike Conley, and Bojan Bogdanovic; Utah has a fine-tuned band. With Mitchell’s 23.5, Conley’s 16.1, and Bogdanovic’s 13.3 points per game, the Jazz have some real offensive firepower.

Like a band needs a bassist, every team needs a sixth man, and the Jazz have their Ray Brown. Jordan Clarkson has started zero games this season but has produced substantial numbers coming off the bench. Averaging 17.6 points a game and 4.7 rebounds, Clarkson has given Utah a reliable option when going to the bench for help. Don’t be surprised to hear Utah make some noise this season, and it may just sound like some sweet jazz.

5. Boston Celtics (8-5)

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 and Kemba Walker’s return; the Celtics have a 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 Eastern Conference Finals bid.

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