NBA Power Rankings – Week 5

1. Golden State Warriors (11-2)

No shock here. Golden State came out firing on all cylinders. Curry has shot just under 50% from 3 so far. Curry will most likely miss at least one more game with his groin injury. The team was able to fend off Brooklyn without him.

2. Toronto Raptors (12-1)

The Toronto Raptors are quickly becoming the Eastern Conference favorite. The fast start to this season has largely come on the back of Kawhi Leonard proving he is still a top 5 player in the NBA. Kawhi has played 9 games and the team’s future success will largely depend on whether or not he stays healthy. Another beautiful development in Toronto has been the emergence of Pascal Siakam. In his 3rd year he is already averaging career highs in points, rebounds, and steals.

3. Milwaukee Bucks (10-3)

Milwaukee is 2-2 in their last 4 games. However, these games were certainly nothing light. With 4 road games in 6 days the Bucks were able to defeat the Warriors and Nuggets while falling in close games to the Clippers and Blazers. Mike Budenholzer should deserve a lot of credit for their success as Milwaukee had struggled to find the right coach throughout last season. They may have their guy in Bud.

4. Portland Trailblazers (10-3)

After a major let down in the playoffs last season the Blazers have put that all in the past. This team is built for the regular season and between Terry Stotts, McCollum, and Lillard should be a shoe in for a playoff spot. Coming into the season I had plenty of hesitation on this team, but they are consistently tough to beat at home. Barring injury or a major shake up by the front office this team should see steady wins rest of season. That being said, I wouldn’t expect them to be in a top 8 spot for too long.

5. Denver Nuggets (9-4)

It was difficult for me to not put Denver ahead of Portland. I’m excited about the prospects of this young team. This team is led offensively by Jokic, Murray, Harris, and Barton. Millsap is also contributing with just under 13 points a night. Harris has only shot 27% from 3, and this shouldn’t last. He hasn’t performed this poorly from 3 since his rookie season so it is reasonable to expect more from him moving forward.

6. Boston Celtics (7-6)

Boston has lost 4 of their last 5 games with the lone win coming in a tight game against Phoenix. My panic meter for this team isn’t high… yet. Incorporating Hayward is taking time and will continue. Luckily, they have veterans in Kyrie, Morris and Horford while also having one of the league’s best coaches. I would be much more concerned with this team if they didn’t have quality vets, coaching, and miles of depth. Still, Boston should be playing the long game with their injury history. If their losing skid continues my panic meter will rise. For now we stay calm.

7. Houston Rockets (5-7)

If I hadn’t watched last year’s playoffs I would chalk up this slow start to a NBA Finals hangover. Unfortunately, it may just be laziness. Again, much like Boston I’m very hesitant to panic with this team. Especially, after a solid victory last night over Indiana. Houston looked much like themselves in that victory and moving on from Anthony might help them get kick started again. Carmelo will become the scapegoat when they get this turned around, which will distract from the true crime of letting Ariza and Mbah-Moute walk. Morey and the Houston front office deserve much blame for this slow start.

8. San Antonio Spurs (7-4)

When I was putting together my season long predictions this year I projected the Spurs making their 21st consecutive playoff. To my chagrin I saw/heard others counting San Antonio out. Now, it is still very early in the season, but San Antonio seems to be plodding along. They aren’t exciting, but they get the job done. I have an expectation that this should be the expectation rest of season.

9. Oklahoma City Thunder (7-5)

OKC is a candidate to drop furthest in the next power ranking. It seems unclear what Westbrook’s time table is and I’m not sure if they can win without him. Since his nasty ankle injury OKC is 2-1 which is fantastic. Their next 4 games they’ll face Phoenix twice, New York, and Sacramento. This injury really couldn’t have come at a better time.

10. Philadelphia 76ers (8-6)

Philadelphia has made a huge splash with the addition of Jimmy Butler. The 76ers were looking like they needed something more if they wanted to truly compete at the end of the season with Toronto and Boston. They will lose 2 very important pieces in Saric and Covington, but the addition of Butler does increase their ceiling. I’m excited to see what he can add to this already talented team.



Complete List

  1. Golden State Warriors
  2. Toronto Raptors
  3. Milwaukee Bucks
  4. Portland Trailblazers
  5. Denver Nuggets
  6. Boston Celtics
  7. Houston Rockets
  8. San Antonio Spurs
  9. Oklahoma City Thunder
  10. Philadelphia 76ers
  11. Indiana Pacers
  12. Utah Jazz
  13. New Orleans Pelicans
  14. Los Angeles Lakers
  15. Los Angeles Clippers
  16. Memphis Grizzlies
  17. Charlotte Hornets
  18. Detroit Pistons
  19. Miami Heat
  20. Minnesota Timberwolves
  21. Brooklyn Nets
  22. Washington Wizards
  23. Sacramento Kings
  24. Orlando Magic
  25. Dallas Mavericks
  26. Phoenix Suns
  27. New York Knicks
  28. Chicago Bulls
  29. Atlanta Hawks
  30. Cleveland Cavaliers



Author: landryinman

Sports enthusiast. I sell insurance in Portland, IN. All while attempting to figure out life and what it means to follow Jesus.

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