NBA News: NBA Power Rankings As Of 3/25/15
NBA Power Rankings
March 26, 2015
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As the NBA playoffs will get underway in less than a month, let’s take a quick look at how each team stacks up. Here are your latest NBA power rankings.
1. Golden State Warriors - Easily the best team in the NBA and the Golden State Warriors are 38-0 when allowing less than 100 points.
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2. Atlanta Hawks - Despite a couple of hiccups as of late, the Atlanta Hawks are still the top team in the East and are a force to deal with when 100 percent healthy.
3. Cleveland Cavaliers - The Cleveland Cavaliers have been one of the hotter teams in the league over the last month and are back to being a championship favorite.
4. Houston Rockets - The Houston Rockets were competing each and every night without Dwight Howard. Now, the Rockets are going to get their big man back.
5. Memphis Grizzlies - The Memphis Grizzlies have won five of their last six games and remain one of the top defensive teams in the league. The Grizzlies shouldn’t be slept on.
6. San Antonio Spurs - The San Antonio Spurs are still mildly inconsistent but are still a team that should be well respected by the time the playoffs begin.
7. Los Angeles Clippers - The Los Angeles Clippers are starting to get 100 percent healthy and Chris Paul is proving he’s still one of the best point guards in the league. The Clippers should only pick up steam heading into April.
8. Portland Trail Blazers - Even without Wesley Matthews, the Portland Trail Blazers have enough to give any team in the West a handful.
9. Oklahoma City Thunder - While OKC is one of the more banged up teams in the league, it’s hard to bet against Russell Westbrook. Also, Kanter is playing his tail off as well.
10. Dallas Mavericks - The Dallas Mavericks were far better without Rajon Rondo and their lack of defense is scary, but the Mavs still shouldn’t be disrespected with all of the weapons on the offensive end.
11. Toronto Raptors - Speaking of a team that doesn’t play defense, here are your Toronto Raptors. But as far as talented starting fives, it doesn’t get much better than this squad.
12. Chicago Bulls - The Chicago Bulls should be healthy by the time playoffs begin. That’s good enough to make a run in the watered down East.
13. New Orleans Pelicans - The New Orleans Pelicans probably aren’t going to make the playoffs, but their young and talented core has promising days ahead.
14. Utah Jazz - The Utah Jazz are playing elite level defense for about two weeks and showing extreme bright spots heading into next season. The Jazz could soon be a playoff team.
15. Washington Wizards - I’m not sure what’s going on with the Washington Wizards, a team I had competing for the East. Still, the Wizards have the ability to surprise come playoff time.
16. Miami Heat - Speaking of a surprise team, the Miami Heat are an experienced and talented group that nobody wants to see in the playoffs. The Heat are like last year’s Brooklyn Nets.
17. Indiana Pacers - The Indiana Pacers could be an interesting playoff team if they can sneak in and Paul George returns to the court.
18. Phoenix Suns - The Phoenix Suns really screwed themselves up at the trading deadline and now probably won’t make the playoffs. Still, the Suns are at least fun to watch.
19. Boston Celtics - Don’t look now, but the Boston Celtics could make the playoffs. Any COY votes for Brad Stevens, anyone?
20. Charlotte Hornets - The Charlotte Hornets should be in a better position than they are right now, but it’s really nice to see Mo Williams drinking from the fountain of youth.
21. Milwaukee Bucks - The Milwaukee Bucks have really fallen off a cliff since trading Brandon Knight. Even with that said, Jason Kidd is going to be the first to make the playoffs with two different teams in his first two years as a head coach.
22. Brooklyn Nets - One of many teams fighting for the last playoff spot, the Brooklyn Nets are simply better off blowing things up during the offseason.
23. Detroit Pistons - The Detroit Pistons have a nice core going heading into next season if they’re able to keep Greg Monroe.
24. Philadelphia 76ers - The Philadelphia 76ers have been a lot more competitive than expected and are starting to show a little promise. The question is how quickly this team can turn the corner.
25. Sacramento Kings - It’ll be interesting to see what George Karl can do with the Kings with a full offseason. Until then...
26. Orlando Magic - The Orlando Magic need a couple more pieces to go along with sleeper ROY candidate Elfrid Payton.
27. Denver Nuggets - Based on the talent level and current roster, the Denver Nuggets are my most disappointing team in the league this season.
28. Minnesota Timberwolves - So much for the overhyped return of Kevin Garnett, huh?
29. New York Knicks - I’ll give you five bucks if you can name the New York Knicks starting lineup.
30. Los Angeles Lakers - Did you know that Kobe Bryant still leads the Lakers in shots attempted?