NBA News: NBA Power Rankings For Week 8 As Of 12/24/15
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We always have a good idea of where each NBA team is at once we enter the holidays, as we’re more than a quarter into the season. Teams still have many months to improve their ranking, but here’s how the NBA teams stack up heading into Christmas.
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1. Golden State Warriors - The Golden State Warriors are one of the greatest teams of all time and have a point differential of 13.4 points. Yikes.
2. San Antonio Spurs - The San Antonio Spurs have more double-digit victories of any team in the league and Kawhi Leonard is a legit MVP candidate.
3. Oklahoma City Thunder - The Thunder are starting to figure things out under coach Billy Donovan and Kevin Durant looks to have found his groove.
4. Cleveland Cavaliers - A healthy LeBron James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving for once? Watch out, Eastern Conference.
5. Indiana Pacers - The Indiana Pacers went from having a nearly unwatchable offense to being one of the top three-point shooting teams in the league. Paul George should be a lock to win Comeback Player of the Year.
6. Toronto Raptors - I’m starting to believe in the Toronto Raptors, as DeMar DeRozan has taken his game to another level and Kyle Lowry has also improved. Just wait til Jonas Valanciunas returns.
7. Charlotte Hornets - The Charlotte Hornets have become one of the top teams in the East, and that’s without Al Jefferson who returns after Christmas.
8. Miami Heat - The Miami Heat may have the best defense in the league but still have to figure things out offensively. The Heat will only improve down the stretch.
9. Orlando Magic - I started the Orlando Magic bandwagon and those who follow my picks are rolling in dough when it comes to this team. The Magic are more than capable of winning a playoff series.
10. Chicago Bulls - The Chicago Bulls seem a tad bit more consistent this season and it’s nice to have another scoring option in Doug McDermott.
11. Boston Celtics - The Boston Celtics are one of the best coached teams in the league and are finding ways to win without Marcus Smart. Keep an eye on these baby Celtics.
12. Atlanta Hawks - Remember the Atlanta Hawks who took the NBA by storm last season? Yeah, I don’t think this is the same team at all.
13. Detroit Pistons - It wasn’t long ago when the Detroit Pistons had nothing but dark days. Andre Drummond and Reggie Jackson give the Pistons serious hope this year and for the future.
14. Dallas Mavericks - Rick Carlisle deserves some love for Coach of the Year. The Mavericks with a winning record more than 20 games in? Who would have thought?
15. Houston Rockets - I’m not ready to give up on the Houston Rockets just yet and think they’re worth a value look as far as future odds are concerned.
16. Los Angeles Clippers - Another team that shouldn’t be counted out is the Los Angeles Clippers. The Clippers have too good of a starting five to look this poor all season long.
17. Memphis Grizzlies - The Memphis Grizzlies have been too consistent over the years to panic just yet. The Grizzlies are still that grind-it-out team that nobody wants to see come playoff time.
18. Washington Wizards - The Washington Wizards are a sneaky playoff team when everybody is healthy. The problem is that nearly their entire roster has missed time due to injuries and Bradley Beal is still out.
19. Utah Jazz - The Utah Jazz are finding ways to tread water with Rudy Gobert out thanks to a top tier defense and Gordon Hayward blossoming into an All Star caliber player.
20. New York Knicks - The New York Knicks have become a possible playoff team overnight and the guy who the fans booed on draft night (Kristaps Porzingis) is a strong early ROY candidate.
21. Milwaukee Bucks - Since signing Greg Monroe, the Milwaukee Bucks don’t look like the same defensive team they’ve been in the past. The Bucks can play so much better.
22. Phoenix Suns - The Phoenix Suns haven’t quite put things together yet, but there’s a lot of talent out west. The Suns are one of those teams that can make a strong run at some point.
23. New Orleans Pelicans - The New Orleans Pelicans haven’t played with a full roster very long this season. So, while the sky may seem like it’s falling for the Pelicans, there’s still talent and time to get back on track.
24. Sacramento Kings - The Sacramento Kings aren’t winning many games but with Rajon Rondo playing motivated basketball and DeMarcus Cousins leading the way, they’re still a fun team to watch.
25. Minnesota Timberwolves - The Minnesota Timberwolves won’t be at the bottom of the power rankings at all in the upcoming years. Unfortunately, we’re in the present and Minnesota right now is still wet behind the ears.
26. Portland Trail Blazers - The Portland Trail Blazers are a lot better than I thought they would be thanks to C.J. McCollum coming out of nowhere. Still, the Trail Blazers are going to be a lottery team this season.
27. Denver Nuggets - The Denver Nuggets are an interesting team with a lot of young talent. That’s not getting the Nuggets many wins now, but they’re a team that can make you some nice money as underdogs.
28. Brooklyn Nets - This has to be the year the Brooklyn Nets blow things up and start over, right? Brook Lopez and Joe Johnson could thrive on a playoff contender.
29. Los Angeles Lakers - The only reason Byron Scott still has a coaching job is that he’s helping the Lakers get that much closer to drafting Ben Simmons.
30. Philadelphia 76ers - The Philadelphia 76ers have won just nine games since February. Do guys who run the 76ers get paychecks? I hope not.