It’s still pretty early in the season and we can’t just hand the trophy to any team, but truth to be told, some squads are looking like legit threats to go the distance and at least make some noise in the playoffs.
Getting off to a good start of the year is always positive, especially considering how tough things can get towards the end of the regular season, so having the upper hand and calling the shots against your rivals is a must.
Some teams entered the season with high expectations and haven’t failed to deliver so far, and today, we’re going to let you know about the top 10 teams in this year’s regular season.
10. Indiana Pacers: 4 - 3
The Indiana Pacers are definitely building on last season’s success, continuing to make strides as one of the most entertaining young teams in the league, even though they’re not a legit threat to make it to the ECF.
Victor Oladipo continues to improve as one of the league’s best young players, while Myles Turner is yet to step up and prove he was worthy of the huge extension the team handed him a couple of weeks ago.
9. Los Angeles Clippers: 4 - 2
The Los Angeles Clippers aren’t unlikely to sustain this kind of performances, as Montrezl Harrell isn’t going to score 30 points on the Houston Rockets on a nightly basis. Still, they’ve been playing really fun basketball so far.
Shai-Gilgeous Alexander has looked like a stud in the making early on and Patrick Beverley’s defense has really come along as well, but still, they’re unlikely to make the playoffs in the tough Western Conference.
8. Boston Celtics: 4 - 2
The Boston Celtics entered this season with a lot of expectations and truth to be told, they’ve been a bit of a disappointment, especially with Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward struggling to find consistency.
Still, they’re the best team in the Eastern Conference and is just a matter of time before they start clicking again. Oh, and that boy Jayson Tatum is going to be the best player in the world 5 years from now. Mind my words.
7. Utah Jazz: 4 - 2
The Utah Jazz are a treat to watch. They should’ve been 5 and 1 but lost on a Jonas Jerebko buzzer-beater putback against the Warriors. Still, they proved that they can match up really well against anybody.
Utah continues to thrive off their defense and guys of the likes of Joe Ingles and Dante Exum have really stepped up with Rubio and Mitchell still in preseason shape. They’re going to be a top 4 team in the West for sure.
6. New Orleans Pelicans: 4 - 2
The New Orleans Pelicans were really bold in the offseason by adding Julius Randle to the mix, and truth to be told, he has really delivered so far, especially with Anthony Davis sidelined for a couple of games.
Davis is once again in MVP form and Nikola Mirotic has balled lights out, while Elfrid Payton is finally looking comfortable on a team’s offensive system. They’re definitely going to make the playoffs this year.
5. Detroit Pistons: 4 - 1
The Detroit Pistons are definitely going to find a way to mess things up and miss the playoffs or something like that, because that’s just what they do. Still, they’ve been great so far led by their twin towers.
Both Griffin and Drummond look like they’re in the best shape of their respective careers, but unless Reggie Jackson steps up any time soon, they’re once again going to miss out on their playoff run.
4. Denver Nuggets: 5 - 1
The Denver Nuggets are definitely living up to the hype that surrounded them this season, with Gary Harris playing lights out and the team even beating the defending Champions at home to hand them their first loss of the season.
Nikola Jokic continues to improve and with their young backcourt playing lockdown defense, this team is only going to get much better amid Isaiah Thomas’ return. Hopefully, we get to see Michael Porter Jr as well.
3. Toronto Raptors: 6 - 1
The Toronto Raptors did something extremely bold and aggressive by firing Coach of the Year Casey and trading away DeMar DeRozan to enter win-now mode, but so far, so good for the dinosaurs up north.
Kawhi Leonard isn’t 100% yet and still, he’s led the team to a perfect 6-0 start. Kyle Lowry looks more aggressive, stronger and faster, and this team is finally bound to make it to the Finals for the first time ever, unless, they choke, as they always do.
Last night, they lost against the Bucks, but they played without Kawhi Leonard, so they are still one of the two best teams in the Eastern Conference.
2. Golden State Warriors: 7 - 1
Newsflash: The Golden State Warriors are great. Yeah, there’s not much to say about them that hasn’t been said before. They’ve ruined the league, they’re likely going to win the Championship again, et cetera.
Nonetheless, they’ve kind of struggled to close out a couple of games this season, but they always get off to slow starts. Also, Klay Thompson is not going to struggle with his shot all year long, so don’t worry, Warriors fans.
1. Milwaukee Bucks: 7 - 0
The Milwaukee Bucks have been one of the most pleasant surprises of the year, piling up quite impressive victories so far and with Giannis Antetokounmpo proving that he’s keen and determined to win the league’s MVP.
The Bucks aren’t going to be this good all year long but even so, they have what it takes to make a huge splash in the playoffs this year, and who knows? Maybe even pull off an upset and make it to the ECF.