NBA Power Rankings
The NBA season is more than halfway complete as we are just days away from the NBA All-Star Game. 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. Utah Jazz (27-9)
At the halfway point of the season, Utah has surprised a lot of people. Boasting the best record in the league, the Jazz are firing on all cylinders! Utah is getting concrete production from starters like Donovan Mitchell, Rudy Gobert, Mike Conley, and Bojan Bogdanovic. We also can’t forget about the leading 6th man of the year candidate, Jordan Clarkson, who is averaging 17.7 points a game. Mitchell’s 24.7, Conley’s 16.1, and Bogdanovic’s 15.7 points per game make their offense too hot to handle. The Jazz will find themselves in the Western Conference Finals conversation come the playoffs.
2. Philadelphia 76ers (24-12)
The Philadelphia 76ers have been playing excellent basketball over the past couple of weeks. Center Joel Embiid is playing at a high level! Currently, Embiid is averaging 30.2 points and 11.6 rebounds per game and is an early MVP candidate.
In addition to Embiid, Tobias Harris has found success and is averaging 20.2 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’s difficult to say that they won’t make it to the Eastern Conference Finals.
3. Los Angeles Lakers (24-13)
The Lakers are one of the top teams in the Western Conference with the potential to be 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 25.8 and Davis 23) Though Davis’s knee injury does raise some concern, he is a staple for the Laker’s production. If he can (and James) can stay healthy, the Lakers will make a strong playoff push. I’m not buying into their recent woes; this team has a ton of depth and is a threat to make a run for the NBA Finals.
4. Los Angeles Clippers (24-13)
The battle for LA continues, and the Clippers still find themselves looking up at the Lakers. However, 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 are averaging about 25.5 points per game. Pair that with Ivica Zubac averaging almost seven rebounds per game; LA looks to be in good shape. If the Clippers can continue to get this production from George, Leonard, and Zubac, the Clippers may find themselves in the WCF.
5. Phoenix Suns (23-11)
What do the Phoenix Suns and the Sun have in common? They’re both undervalued and red hot! Phoenix finally makes it into Take it to the Hizzy’s top five NBA Power Rankings. The Suns have three very bright rays in Booker, Ayton, and Paul. Booker averages 25.2 points, Ayton 11.4 rebounds, and Paul nine assists per game; it’s clear as day why they are finding success. Phoenix may see a WCF birth and walk away with a pocket full of sunshine if they can continue at this pace.