NBA Rankings1.Houston Rockets(24-4) – With James Harden averaging 32 points a game and a healthy Chris Paul, the Rockets look unbeatable right now. Reigning Sixth Man of the year Eric Gordon has been on a tear the past few weeks of the season.
2.Boston Celtics(25-7) – Led by Kyrie Irving, the Celtics have recovered extremely well from the Gordon Hayward injury on opening night.I like their supporting cast of Al Horford, Marcus Morris, Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart. Jayson Tatum is having a successful rookie season through 32 games. 3.
Golden State Warriors(23-6) – With injuries to Stephen Curry and Draymond Green, the Warriors have managed to stay hot due to the fact that Kevin Durant is back to MVP form. Klay Thompson has been playing well recently, too. Rookie Jordan Bell has provided some highlight plays in 26 games so far and he is looks like a steal for the Warriors as well. 4.Cleveland Cavaliers(23-8) – Since starting off the season with a record of 5-7, the Cavaliers have been red hot, winning 18 of their last 19 games. Lebron James is playing his best in the regular season since he won his last MVP award in 2012-13. Kevin Love has been sensational these last 18 games, averaging around 24 points and grabbing 13 rebounds.
Jeff Green and Jae Crowder have been nice offseason acquisitions.This team will play at an even higher level once Isaiah Thomas returns in early January from a hip injury. 5. Toronto Raptors(20-8) – Demar DeRozan may be averaging less points per game this season, but he is averaging a career high 5.2 assists. Kyle Lowry is averaging his lowest points per game since 2014, but he is averaging a career high 6.2 rebounds. 6.
San Antonio Spurs(20-10) – After an offseason meeting with head coach Gregg Popovich, LaMarcus Aldridge is back to playing at a high level. Once Kawhi Leonard returns to form, the Spurs will be tough to beat in the West. 7. Minnesota Timberwolves(17-13) – This team features a star-studded starting lineup that includes Karl Anthony-Towns, Andrew Wiggins, Jimmy Butler, Jeff Teague, and Taj Gibson. They also have a pretty good bench unit.
Led by coach Tom Thibodeau, this team should be a tough out come April. 8.Indiana Pacers(17-13) – This team is currently four games over .
500 mainly due to the emergence of Victor Oladipo. He looks like he is well on his way to his first All-Star bid of his career. Myles Turner is a future Defensive Player of the Year in my opinion. 9. Detroit Pistons(17-13) – Led by their two stars, Reggie Jackson and Andre Drummond, The Pistons have rebounded nicely from last year’s disappointing 37-45 record and are currently the 4th seed in the Eastern Conference. 10.Portland Trail Blazers(16-13) – Led by their backcourt of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, the Trail Blazers are currently the 5th seed in the West through 29 games.
11.Denver Nuggets(16-14) – Since losing Paul Millsap for three months after he got surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left wrist, the Nuggets’ role players such as Gary Harris, Jamal Murray, Kenneth Faried, and Will Barton have stepped up in his absence. Nikola Jokic has been his usual self as well. 12. Oklahoma City Thunder(15-15) – Despite creating a new big 3 by bringing in Paul George and Carmelo Anthony during the offseason, The Thunder have been underperforming up to this point.
13. New Orleans Pelicans(15-15) – The Pelicans have been scorching the nets lately , shooting 47 percent on 3 pointers this month, but they have the league’s worst defensive rating during that same stretch(112.6)14. New York Knicks(16-14) – Kristaps Porzingis and Tim Hardaway Jr.
have the Knicks thinking of the playoffs already. Porzingis is currently averaging 25.5 pts and is shooting 40 percent on 3 pointers. Hardaway Jr. is averaging 17.8 pts this year, but he hasn’t played lately as he has been injured.15. Milwaukee Bucks(15-13) – Giannis Antetokoumpo is having an MVP-caliber season, averaging 29.
8 pts, 10.5rebounds, and 4.5 assists this season. Since Eric Bledsoe was traded to the Bucks, he has averaged 17.2pts and 4.0 assists.
16. Washington Wizards(16-14) – The duo of John Wall and Bradley Beal has propelled the Wizards to the 7th seed in the Eastern Conference so far.John Wall is currently averaging 19.4 pts and 8.
5 assists, while Beal is averaging 23.7 pts and is shooting 35 percent from 3-point range.They also have an improved bench unit this year, adding MIke Scott and Jodie Meeks.