NBA News: NBA Power Rankings For Week 1 As Of 10/21/15
NBA Power Rankings
October 21, 2015
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We are less than a week away from the 2015 NBA season tipping off. It should be a fun and exciting season, and of course we’ll have every game covered here at Sports Chat Place.
Before the season begins, let’s take a look at how each team stacks up.
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1. Golden State Warriors - The Warriors kicked ass and took names last season. There’s now a new motivation with everybody saying Golden State was lucky last year.
2. Cleveland Cavaliers - The Cavs still have the best player in the world in LeBron James and will eventually have a healthy Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love and Anderson Varejao. Cleveland is the favorite once again to win the East.
3. Oklahoma City Thunder - My early, early prediction for an NBA champion is the Oklahoma City Thunder.
4. Los Angeles Clippers - If the Los Angeles Clippers can’t win the NBA title this season, they may never win it. Ever, ever.
5. San Antonio Spurs - I have questions that others don’t with the San Antonio Spurs, but this is still a top-five team in the league that will be fun to watch with the addition of LaMarcus Aldridge.
6. Houston Rockets - The Rockets made the WCF last season with two point guards who were 40 years old. A combination of a healthy Pat Beverley and Ty Lawson makes the Rockets a sneaky championship contender to watch.
7. Memphis Grizzlies - The Memphis Grizzlies are what they are and aren’t going anywhere with everybody returning. The Grizz just need to find some shooting to open things up.
8. New Orleans Pelicans - The New Orleans Pelicans were already making strides last season and new coach Alvin Gentry will be able to get this young franchise to the next level sooner than you think.
9. Miami Heat - If the Miami Heat can stay healthy, they’re going to be the team that plays the Cavs in the ECF. You may or may not have heard it here first.
10. Chicago Bulls - Speaking of health, it would be nice if Joakim Noah and Derrick Rose can turn back the clock a bit to get the Bulls back in the thick of the Eastern Conference.
11. Milwaukee Bucks - The Milwaukee Bucks are my favorite young team that’s on the rise. If the Bucks get a little production from other players, they could be a top-four team in the East.
12. Atlanta Hawks - I’m the driver of the “I don’t believe in the Atlanta Hawks success last season” bus. The Hawks have a lot of talent but there’s just something missing when you compare them to the other top teams in the league.
13. Washington Wizards - I once again love the Washington Wizards roster and think John Wall is a legit MVP candidate this season.
14. Boston Celtics - The Celtics will continue to improve due to terrific coaching and the additions of vets Amir Johnson and David Lee. Boston has a chance to climb up this list rather quickly.
15. Toronto Raptors - The Raptors got better with the additions of DeMarre Carroll and Luis Scola, but much like the Hawks, you have to show me you’re for real when it matters or I don’t care.
16. Utah Jazz - This could be the season the Utah Jazz make the playoffs for the first time since 2011.
17. Orlando Magic - The Orlando Magic are looking sharp this preseason and are slowly starting to convince me that there’s enough talent right now for them to sneak into the playoffs.
18. Dallas Mavericks - It’s going to be painful seeing Dirk Nowitzki struggle to carry a Mavs team that’s not playoff caliber in the West. The return of Wes Matthews will give Dallas fans a reason to watch.
19. Detroit Pistons - Andre Drummond is going to become a superstar player this season for the Pistons. Stanley Johnson is also a strong rookie of the year candidate.
20. Indiana Pacers - Paul George is back! Seeing George and Monta Ellis on the court together gives the Pacers some much-needed offensive firepower.
21. Sacramento Kings - DeMarcus Cousins, Rajon Rondo and Ben McLemore in a starting lineup should be interesting. For better or for worse.
22. Charlotte Hornets - Kemba Walker is really starting to climb up that list in terms of better point guards in the league. But unless Al Jefferson can return to being a double-double guy, Charlotte is going to struggle even in the East.
23. Phoenix Suns - With the way the Phoenix Suns ended last season, they have to show and prove to climb up these rankings. A full year of backcourt duo Eric Bledsoe and Brandon Knight has great potential.
24. Minnesota Timberwolves - Although the Minnesota Timberwolves aren’t a playoff caliber team, there’s a lot of intriguing players on this roster that added another in Karl-Anthony Towns. Minnesota is certainly a League Pass team.
25. New York Knicks - I’m interested to see if Carmelo Anthony can finally put a team on his back and make his teammates better. The Knicks have potential, they just need a couple of guys to show others the way.
26. Los Angeles Lakers - Julius Randle looks sharp in the preseason. Add that to a healthy Kobe Bryant and a defensive stopper in Roy Hibbert. The Lakers could be watchable this season. Maybe? Possibly?
27. Denver Nuggets - I love me some Kenneth Faried and Emmanuel Mudiay is a guy who can win rookie of the year. Other than those two guys, I dare you to name three other players on this Denver roster.
28. Portland Trail Blazers - Poor Damian Lillard. That’s really all I have. Poor Damian Lillard.
29. Brooklyn Nets - The Nets go-to player is a 34-year-old Joe Johnson. Yeah, good luck with all that.
30. Philadelphia 76ers - The Philadelphia 76ers are currently 2-4 in preseason play. This brutal franchise can’t even win when it doesn’t count.