This week has had quite a few surprises for the NBA.
We’re updating our NBA power rankings for this week and quite a few teams have moved around. Some fans will be happy, with the Boston Celtics finally becoming the team people expected, while others will have their faith shaken due to the Bucks’ first loss.
10. New Orleans Pelicans (4-4)
Anthony Davis is keeping the New Orleans Pelicans in the discussion for a postseason run because of his talent on the court. He’s been in the center of many NBA trade rumors however the young players maintains his dedication of staying with his team. However, Davis has also spoken about dealing with the high pressure of needing to be perfect on the court in order to win games.
9. Utah Jazz (4-4)
The Jazz has a great defense but they’re their own worst enemy. In a disappointing loss to the Grizzlies, some of Utah’s biggest weaknesses were on show. They fouled Memphis a ridiculous amount of times, and if the Jazz doesn’t clean up their act this could be a short season for them.
8. Indiana Pacers (6-3)
So far, the Pacers are in an interesting situation. They’re on a win streak, but both of those past two games have had slow starts. They face off against the Celtics, where they need to be at the top of their game. Myles Turner and Victor Oladipo have both been impressive this season, with the latter showing off his durability and toughness, and could easily lift their team higher in the rankings.
7. Memphis Grizzlies (5-2)
Confidence seems to be growing in Memphis as the Grizzlies improve their record to 5-2. However, waiving Andrew Harrison is a bit troubling for a team who needs to keep all the talent they have. Only time will tell if the implications will be deep enough to keep them from moving up in the power rankings.
6. Portland Trail Blazers (6-2)
The Trail Blazers have been better than any fan could’ve expected this season. A large part of that is Terry Stotts getting his team’s act together. Portland has been capitalizing on uneven matchups and if they continue this way could be in for a great season.
5. Boston Celtics (6-2)
While the Celtics got off to a disappointing start, Boston is back on track. Their offense still has room for improvement, but Boston is looking more like the team experts were anticipating this season. Defeating the Milwaukee Bucks will definitely inspire more confidence in this roster going forward. Especially with Gordon Hayward back to his usual self on the NBA court.
4. Denver Nuggets (7-1)
It’s certainly been a fantastic start to this NBA season for the Denver Nuggets. Currently riding a three-game win streak, there’s a lot to like about Denver. They’ve been exceeding expectations in every game and have played consistently well. Juancho Hernangomez has been exciting to see as well, and we’re predicting the Nuggets are going to only keep improving.
3. Milwaukee Bucks (7-1)
The Bucks finally lost their first game in this NBA season ending what fans hoped would be an undefeated streak. However, just because Boston managed to defeat him we don’t see Milwaukee slowing down by this setback. Giannis Antetokounmpo is still an MVP candidate and with the way he’s playing many teams will have difficulty defending him.
2. Toronto Raptors (8-1)
What’s been impressive about the Raptors this season is how they’ve managed to win games even when they’re not at their best. Not everyone can play perfectly every game, and the Raptors ability to still win is going to help them in the long run. Fred VanVleet is back, and things are going to start heating up in Toronto.
1. Golden State Warriors (9-1)
Let’s face it, no one is stopping the Golden State Warriors this year. It seems like Golden State is destined to lead the NBA every season until Steph Curry retires.
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