NBA Power Rankings: Mid-Season Edition


We are nearing closer to the NBA All-Star Game in LA this year and that means it is time for a mid-season power rankings. Now the order has been defined and the teams that are contenders have appeared and asserted themselves. The pretenders have fallen off and the bad teams have proven they are bad.

30. Sacramento Kings

They are a young team and young teams are going to have bad stretches. The only reason to watch them is to figure out how Vince Carter went through a time machine.

29. Orlando Magic

Aaron Gordon is having a stellar year after a down one last year, but they have lost 15 of their last 16. It is impossible to rank them any higher than this.

28.Atlanta Hawks

Atlanta has the worst record in the league, but they have had a good stretch with the players they will trade at the all-star break; they’re playing like they want to leave Atlanta

27. LA Lakers

Lonzo Ball has gotten into a small groove after shooting awful in the first half of the year. The drama on this team is off the charts, so if you like ridiculousness, this team is for you.

26. Memphis Grizzlies

Marc Gasol has finally started regressing on the defensive end, and the Grizzlies are in a slide because of it. Mike Conley may come back soon.

25. Brooklyn Nets

Spencer Dinwiddie has been the surprise of the year and with D’Angelo Russel coming back, this team may be up for a jump by seasons end.

24. New York Knicks

The Knicks are bad when Kristaps Porzingis plays bad, and he has been in a rough stretch for 2 months. His stats have regressed in January for the past 2 years.

23. Phoenix Suns

The Suns are a young team who have Devin Booker, an alpha scorer. That makes them fun to watch regardless of the day.

22. Dallas Mavericks

The Dallas Mavericks should tank for a draft pick, but their young players are going to keep them winning at least a couple of games.

21. Chicago Bulls

The Bulls are over performing while others thought they would have a rough go at it. They are showing everybody they have a lot of heart even if the talent level is not there.

20. Charlotte Hornets

The Hornets are being carried by Kemba Walker. This season is lost unless somebody steps up besides Kemba.

19. Utah Jazz

The Jazz have Donovan Mitchell, who is playing out of his mind as a rookie. They will keep being average.

18. LA Clippers

Blake Griffin is back and that makes for good news in LA. They may be able to make playoffs with a late push.

17. New Orleans Pelicans

Rajon Rondo is playing like it is 2008, and that is a good thing for the Pelicans. Having someone feeding Davis and Cousins is fun to watch.

16. Denver Nuggets

Gary Harris is turning into a stud out of nowhere. If the Nuggets could defend even a little bit, they would be very good.

15. Milwaukee Bucks

The Bucks are under-performing considering that they have an MVP candidate on their roster and plenty of elite talents. They should be helped by Jabari Parker coming back.

14. Indiana Pacers

This year’s biggest surprise, the Pacers are exceeding expectations from all experts around the NBA. Victor Oladipo looks so much better than he did in OKC last year.

13. Detroit Pistons

The Pistons lost Reggie Jackson, so this may cause a drop in the rankings, but for now they stay put. Tobias Harris will pick up some of the load.

12. Philadelphia 76ers

The Sixers just need to get Markelle Fultz back and they will be golden. The bench struggles and the offense is stagnant at times, but Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons are gonna be a duo for the ages.

11. OKC Thunder

The Thunder finally figured it out. The big three have all started working together and have started climbing back up these rankings.

10. Portland Trail Blazers

The duo of Damian Lilliard and C. J. McCollum are leading this team to something. The Blazers may be able to make some noise in the playoffs this year.

9. Washington Wizards

The Wizards play down to the level of their competition and until they blow out bad teams, they will continue to fall. John Wall has continued his rampage on the East.

8. Miami Heat

The Heat just got Hassan Whiteside and they should be great for the rest of the year

7. Cleveland Cavaliers

The Cavs keep falling and it is a total surprise. Isiah Thomas is back and this shouldn’t be happening. Hopefully they can pull it together.

6. San Antonio Spurs

The Spurs just keep chugging along. Even with Kawhi Leonard out, they keep grinding and winning. They are hard to stop.

5. Houston Rockets

With James Harden out, I can’t rank the Rockets any higher than 5th. Chris Paul has been great since coming back from injury.

4. Toronto Raptors

The Raptors have been the model of consistency in the NBA for the past 3 or so years. They just can’t get over the hump in the playoffs. Maybe this will be their year.

3. Minnesota Timberwolves

Jimmy Butler has taken control of this team from the younger ones on the team and that is a good thing. Butler has actually made the playoffs unlike the rest of the team.

2. Boston Celtics

The Celtics have been excellent, but there’s no catching the Warriors. Apparently all Kyrie needed was a change of scenery as this is his best defensive year by far.

1. Golden State Warriors

As usual, the Warriors are leading the league and it’s not even close. This team is good at everything and with the Cavs recent struggles, another Finals win seems inevitable.