Golden State Warriors win 11 games in a row and they are now the best team in the Western Conference. Los Angeles Clippers have 7-3 in the last 10 games and the Spurs have a better record at this moment.
Lakers are still amongst the top 8 teams in the Western Conference, but Portland Trail Blazers have 4-6 in the last 10 games.
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1. Golden State Warriors 15-2 (Previous Rank: 3)
The Warriors have been firing on all cylinders the past few weeks. They are currently on an 11-game win streak after starting 4-2. They lead the league in points per game, and are on pace to set the NBA record for assists per game as a team, at 31.5 so far this season. Draymond Green is having the best season of his career, even with his scoring down a few points, he still leads the team in rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks.
2. Cleveland Cavaliers 13-2 (Previous Rank: 1)
The Cavs slide into the second slot only because of the Warriors outstanding play. Cleveland has been playing very well together lately, and have been shooting the 3-ball at a 40% clip, which leads the league. They became the first team to hit 20 threes in consecutive games with 21 against the Blazers and 20 against the Mavs. Kevin Love is quietly having a great season, putting up over 22 points and 10 rebounds per game to go along with the great performances LeBron James and Kyrie Irving are putting together for this team.
3. San Antonio Spurs 14-3 (Previous Rank: 4)
The Spurs have been playing very well over the past two weeks, and have won nine games in a row. They currently have 7 players with an above-average Player Efficiency Rating, showing how well they are playing as a team. San Antonio also ranks 5th in the league in point differential per game, at +5.8.
4. Los Angeles Clippers 14-4 (Previous Rank: 2)
The Clippers drop two spots after losing their last two games. The team had been playing great but couldn’t find a rhythm on offense this week. After scoring over 100 points in 11 straight games, the Clippers failed to do so in both losses this week, and only put up 70 points against the Pacers. The team is still ranked 2nd in point per game differential, so they should snap out of it soon.
5. Toronto Raptors 10-6 (Previous Rank: 5)
The Raptors continue to look like the next best team in the East behind the Cavs after solid wins over the Bucks and Rockets. DeMar DeRozan has slowed down a little bit, but is still putting up over 30 points per game for the team. Toronto has also only turned the ball over 11.3 times per game so far this season, which is 2nd in the NBA.
6. Memphis Grizzlies 11-6 (Previous Rank: 10)
The Grizzlies have made a big surge as of late, winning 7 of their last 8 games. They currently rank 2nd in the league in points allowed, which is no surprise for this defensive oriented team. Chandler Parson is still yet to find his groove, but if he does, this team could take the next step and become a contender.
7. Houston Rockets 11-6 (Previous Rank: 11)
The Rockets continue to show flashes of brilliance on offense and subpar defense. They are currently 5th in points per game and 2nd in assists per game but just 17th in points allowed. James Harden has continued to play well as their primary point guard, and leads the league with 12.4 assists per game.
8. Chicago Bulls 10-6 (Previous Rank: 9)
The Bulls have been rebounding very well so far this season, and are 2nd in the NBA. Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler have continued to show that they can hit the 3, and are making almost 3 per game combined. Butler has begun to prove he is a star, after putting up 40 points on the Lakers and 35 in the next game against the Nuggets.
9. Atlanta Hawks 10-7 (Previous Rank: 6)
The Hawks have been in a slump lately, losing 5 of their last 6 games. Scoring has been an issue for them over the stretch, as they haven’t been able to put up over 100 points in any of their previous 6 games. Atlanta is also turning the ball over 17 times per game, which is second to last in the league. They need to change this or they might keep losing and keep dropping in these rankings.
10. Utah Jazz 9-8 (Previous Rank: 14)
Utah hasn’t played well without George Hill, and getting him back helped a lot this week. The team ranks 1st in points allowed by over 4 points. In their win over the Hawks on Friday, they only allowed 68 points!
11. Charlotte Hornets 9-7 (Previous Rank: 7)
The Hornets lost 4 in a row after their hot start, but got back on track with a win at home against the Knicks this week. Kemba Walker has continued to play at an All-Star level for the team, but they don’t have anyone else to provide much offense to help him out. Someone needs to step up or this team won’t take the next step.
12. Oklahoma City Thunder 10-8 (Previous Rank: 8)
The Thunder continue to go as Russell Westbrook goes. They put up a solid 106.8 points per game, but allow just over 105, which is 20th in the NBA. The team has a chance to win on any night just because of what Westbrook can do, but he has to play well for them to keep winning.
13. Boston Celtics 9-7 (Previous Rank: 12)
The Hawks have been somewhat of a disappointment for me after the season they had last year. The acquisition of Al Horford has helped the team, but not as much as it should have. Isaiah Thomas has continued to show that his All-Star selection was not a fluke, and always gives the team a chance to win.
14. Portland Trail Blazers 9-10 (Previous Rank: 13)
The Blazers have lost 6 of their last 8 games, and allowed over 110 points in all but one of those games. The team hasn’t had any trouble scoring, as they rank 4th in the league in points per game, but can’t play defense at all, allowing 112.8 points per game, which ranks 29th in the league. The role player system isn’t panning out like it did last year, but Damian Lillard has been good enough to will the team to some wins.
15. New York Knicks 8-8 (Previous Rank: 17)
The Knicks are starting to play like the team I thought they were going to be when Phil Jackson assembled this roster. They won all 3 games in their last home stand, and lost a close game in Charlotte after that. Kristaps Porzingis has continued to play very well, putting up over 20 points per game, which is 6 more than his average last season.
16. Los Angeles Lakers 9-9 (Previous Rank: 15)
Luke Walton has changed the culture of this team quickly. The defense hasn’t been good for the team so far, but they have flourished on offense. The injury of D’Angelo Russell will hurt the team in the next few weeks, but they play enough as a team that it shouldn’t hurt them too much.
17. Indiana Pacers 9-9 (Previous Rank: 16)
Indiana has started to play better, but still is somewhat hit or miss this season. After getting blown out by the Warriors and losing to the Hawks, they beat the Nets and killed the Clippers. The defense has been an issue for a team with some of the better defensive players in the league. This should get better with as chemistry will increase as time goes on.
18. Detroit Pistons 8-10 (Previous Rank: 18)
The Pistons showed how good they can be in a solid win over the Clippers, but showed their youth in a blowout loss to the Thunder. The team has played great defense, but has struggled on offense at times. They are really in need of Reggie Jackson to come back and help them in this area soon.
19. Milwaukee Bucks 7-8 (Previous Rank: 19)
Trading for Tony Snell has helped the Bucks add scoring to their lineup, as he is now their third leading scorer. They are going to need someone to step up or trade for another scorer to help the Greek Freak and Jabari Parker in this area or their hopes of returning to the playoffs will be dead soon.
20. Orlando Magic 6-11 (Previous Rank: 20)
The Magic continue to struggle scoring the basketball, and are ranked 29th in the league in that department. They haven’t hit 100 points in 7 straight games, and have only hit that mark 4 times this season. Jeff Green’s injury isn’t going to help over the next few weeks.
21. Sacramento Kings 7-10 (Previous Rank: 21)
Demarcus Cousins continues to show he is the best center in the game after a 37 point performance against the Nets. The team has been playing solid lately, winning 3 of their last 4 games. They’ll need to trade for another shooter if they want to improve, as Cousins is currently leading the team in 3’s per game at just 1.6.
22. Minnesota Timberwolves 5-11 (Previous Rank: 22)
The Wolves youth continues to be their Achilles heel. The team’s young players have done well this season, but their lack of veterans has made them lose games. Andrew Wiggins has finally come back to Earth after his super-hot 3-point shooting to start the season. The team needs to get a veteran if they want to win, but developing their youth is probably a better idea.
23. New Orleans Pelicans 5-12 (Previous Rank: 26)
The Pelicans recently went on a 4-game winning streak after getting Jrue Holiday back. Holiday has helped Anthony Davis a lot on offense, putting up over 16 points and 6 assists in the 5 games he has played. Davis will have to continue to play at a superstar level for this team to even have a chance at winning.
24. Denver Nuggets 7-10 (Previous Rank: 23)
The Nuggets have been a decent team this year, but don’t have much of a chance at the playoffs. They have had a tough schedule to start the season, but have beaten all the teams they should be beating, and their young players have continued to grow and get better.
25. Phoenix Suns 5-13 (Previous Rank: 25)
The Suns have no depth, but their young roster has shown flashes of greatness at times. Defense is a major problem for the team, but that was expected with the number of rookies they have in their rotation. The team will be good in a few years if they can keep developing their youth.
26. Miami Heat 5-11 (Previous Rank: 27)
The Heat have been playing great defense lately, which is no surprise with Hassan Whiteside in the paint. They haven’t been so great on offense though, only scoring over 100 points in 2 of their previous 12 games. Nobody has stepped up to fill the shot-making capabilities that Dwyane Wade provided the team for so long, and they need someone too soon or playoffs won’t happen.
27. Washington Wizards 5-10 (Previous Rank: 28)
The Wizards continue to be the biggest disappointment this season for me. John Wall and Bradley Beal are having good seasons, but the rest of the team has been bad. For a team that made the playoffs two years ago, you would think they would be playing a lot better because they have a lot of the same guys.
28. Brooklyn Nets 4-12 (Previous Rank: 24)
The Nets have now lost 7 in a row. They have no defense at all. Brooklyn allows over 113 points per game, which is good for last in the league. On a positive note, Brook Lopez has continued to play well, putting up over 20 points per game and showing the ability to stretch the floor by shooting 3’s.
29. Philadelphia 76ers 4-13 (Previous Rank: 29)
The 76ers have lost 3 in a row, but all were against teams with winning records. Joel Embiid continues to lead the pack for Rookie of the Year, and has been dominating opposing defenses in the limited playing time he receives. The team’s youth is a big problem for them to win games this season, but developing that should be the primary focus for them to win in the future.
30. Dallas Mavericks 3-13 (Previous Rank: 30)
The Mavs continue to suck, but somehow managed to beat the Pelicans this week after going on an 8-game losing streak. They are currently last in the league in scoring, at just over 91 points per game. Harrison Barnes has played well in his new role, but nobody else on the team has been able to help him out.