NBA News: NBA Power Rankings For Week 1 As Of 10/28/14
NBA Power Rankings
October 28, 2014
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With the 2014 NBA season tipping off today, let’s quickly power rank each team entering the new year. Let the fun stuff begin!
1. San Antonio Spurs - The San Antonio Spurs return the exact same team that just dominated the NBA last year and won the championship. Until further notice this is where the Spurs will be.
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2. Chicago Bulls - The Chicago Bulls have always been a scary team defensively but the addition of Pau Gasol and return of Derrick Rose takes this team to a completely different level.
3. Los Angeles Clippers - Blake Griffin was the MVP of the preseason and the addition of Spencer Hawes was drastically underrated. This may be the season the Los Angeles Clippers take over LA and make it out of the West.
4. Cleveland Cavaliers - The Cleveland Cavaliers have all of the talent in the world but still have things to prove before we hand them the hardware. The Cavs are still extremely young, have limited depth and a coach who has never coached in the NBA.
5. Golden State Warriors - Want my prediction as to who is going to win the NBA championship? It’s this team that actually finally has a good X’s and O’s head coach to maximize insane talent.
6. Portland Trail Blazers - The Portland Trail Blazers really made their mark last season and could take yet another step in the right direction with one of the top point guards in the game, Damian Lillard.
7. Dallas Mavericks - The Dallas Mavericks gave the Spurs all they could handle in the playoffs and just got even better with some of their offseason additions. This is probably Dirk Nowitzki’s last real chance to win another NBA title.
8. Oklahoma City Thunder - With or without Kevin Durant for the first couple of months, the Oklahoma City Thunder are still one of the better teams in the NBA. Russell Westbrook should become an early favorite to win the MVP this season.
9. Washington Wizards - The Washington Wizards may have the best starting five in all of the NBA. I’m very high on the Wizards this season and give them a punchers chance to make it out of the East.
10. Memphis Grizzlies - I enjoy the Memphis Grizzlies style of basketball but still question where their offense is going to come from. Different year, same problem.
11. Houston Rockets - The Houston Rockets have all of the talent in the world but continue to struggle defensively. Trading baskets isn’t going to win an NBA championship.
12. Toronto Raptors - The Toronto Raptors know they can win and return pretty much the same team that made a run last season. Canada finally has an NBA team they can be excited about.
13. Miami Heat - For those who think the Miami Heat are done because LeBron James left town, you’re sorely mistaken. The Heat are sure to be one of the league’s biggest surprises.
14. Charlotte Hornets - A big three of Lance Stephenson, Al Jefferson and Kemba Walker isn’t too shabby. Look for the Hornets to compete for a top four seed in the East.
15. Phoenix Suns - With guard depth for days and underrated bigs, the Phoenix Suns have what it takes to compete for a playoff spot in the West.
16. New Orleans Pelicans - The New Orleans Pelicans are another team that’s starting to come together and will be led by MVP candidate Anthony Davis. The Pelicans could make you a ton of money this season if you watch the lines closely.
17. Atlanta Hawks - The Atlanta Hawks were a playoff team last season and that was without Al Horford on the court. The Hawks will have another solid season in a city that could use some happiness with the Atlanta Falcons stinking it up.
18. Denver Nuggets - It’s hard not to root for a combination of TY Lawson and Kenneth Faried. With a couple of other players stepping up, the Denver Nuggets have a punchers chance for an interesting season that includes playoffs.
19. Detroit Pistons - Stan Van Gundy will help the Detroit Pistons a ton. If he could take a garbage Orlando Magic team to the Finals, working with Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe will be a breeze.
20. Brooklyn Nets - Getting Brook Lopez back on the floor is positive news for the Brooklyn Nets, but this is still an old team full of players way past their prime. The Nets can still be a decent team to watch most nights.
21. New York Knicks - I’m not sure what to expect from the New York Knicks this season. Carmelo Anthony gives the Knicks a shot in the East, but he’ll need help.
22. Sacramento Kings - DeMarcus Cousins is a borderline superstar who needs one more player to help get this franchise off the ground. If the Sacramento Kings could make a trade for Rajon Rondo, they’ll be cooking with gas.
23. Indiana Pacers - With no Paul George and now injuries to George Hill and others, I’m not sure how the Indiana Pacers score 80 points most nights or make playoffs.
24. Los Angeles Lakers - I’m one to never bet against Kobe Bryant, but the Los Angeles Lakers are going to be bad. Not as bad as last season but there’s simply not enough talent for the Lakers to have much success.
25. Minnesota Timberwolves - The Minnesota Timberwolves can make some noise with a revamped roster that has several young, talented pieces. The Timberwolves are going to be a fun team to watch once these guys learn how to play together.
26. Milwaukee Bucks - The only thing the Milwaukee Bucks have to look forward to is possible ROY in Jabari Parker. Other than that, prepare for an ugly season.
27. Utah Jazz - Like the Minnesota Timberwolves, I like the Utah Jazz roster and think there’s potential moving forward. Unfortunately, that doesn’t help this team now in a stacked Western Conference.
28. Boston Celtics - The Boston Celtics will have to turn things around by pulling a few strings. They can start by trading Rajon Rondo and stockpiling draft picks.
29. Orlando Magic - Elfrid Payton and Aaron Gordon are two rookies who are going to be fun to watch for Orlando fans. That’s about it, though.
30. Philadelphia 76ers - If the Philadelphia 76ers and Kentucky Wildcats played a seven-game series right now, who you got?