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 (16-6)
It’s another week and another number one ranking for Los Angeles. 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 eight rebounds and 23.5 points a game. (James 25 and Davis 22)
Add that Davis leads the team in steals at 1.3 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 (16-5)
The battle for LA continues, and the Clippers find themselves looking up at the Lakers once again. With that said, don’t be surprised if the Clippers move into the top spot within the next few weeks. The 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 seven 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.
3. Utah Jazz (15-5)
In the words of Johnny Cash, “Hey, get rhythm! When you get the blues!” The Jazz found their rhythm and are playing the right notes. The Jazz are getting concrete production from starters Donovan Mitchell, Mike Conley, and Bojan Bogdanovic; Utah has a fine-tuned band. With Mitchell’s 22.8, Conley’s 16.6, and Bogdanovic’s 14.7 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 has their Ray Brown. Jordan Clarkson has started zero games this season but has produced substantial numbers coming off the bench. Averaging 17.7 points a game and 4.6 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.
4. Philadelphia 76ers (15-6)
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 28.3 points and 11 rebounds per game and is an early MVP candidate.
In addition to Embiid, Tobias Harris has found success and is averaging 20.3 points per 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.
5. Milwaukee Bucks (12-8)
The Milwaukee Bucks have been playing good basketball consistently so far this season. Getting the most out of Superstar Forward Giannis Antetokounmpo and Shooting Forward Khris Middleton, the Bucks are hard to beat. With Giannis averaging 27.3 PPG and 11 rebounds a game and Middleton’s 22.1 PPG, they give opposing defenses problems. Is this the year that the Bucks finally make it back to the Finals?