so far, 2022-2023 NBA Season It has lived up to the expectations. With about half the mission completed, both western and eastern conference They are as tight as possible. The title race is as wide open as it hasn’t been in a long time. History is being made almost every night, it seems.
As the calendar moves to 2023, now is a good time to take stock of the league with some Power Ranking.
As a reminder, these power rankings are a reflection of where teams are at this point in the regular season, not necessarily where they might end up.
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1. Boston Celtics
The Celtics have the best record in the NBA. Jayson Tatum is playing at an MVP level and Jaylen Brown is toying with his first All-NBA selection. Everything is falling apart to return to the Finals, but Boston can’t afford to fall to the likes of the Orlando Magic and Indiana Pacers.
— Kyle Irving
2. Denver Nuggets
Nikola Jokic’s level of play is MVP-caliber, something that has propelled the Nuggets to the top of the West, even though Michael Porter Jr. and Jamal Murray are far from their best. Once he gets up and running, Denver will be a scary team.
3. Brooklyn Nets
The Nets have been winning and nobody has paid any attention to them. While everyone is talking about the Lakers, Warriors, Bucks and Celtics, the New Yorkers keep on winning. When expectations are low, it seems that Brooklyn fares best.
— Carlin Gay
4. New Orleans Pelicans
Pelicans rank in top 10 rating offensive, defensive and net rating, And they are fighting for the top spot in the Western Conference. New Orleans appears to be a legitimate contender, but has been forced to play stretches without Brandon Ingram, Zion Williamson and others. With Pels fully healthy and playing at full capacity, he can create a lot of trouble in the playoffs.
5. Cleveland Cavaliers
Darius Garland, Donovan Mitchell, Evan Mobley and Jarrett Allen are expectedly good. The only thing missing? A more reliable forward. All that without Ricky Rubio.
6. Memphis Grizzlies
Ja Morant boldly declared that the Grizzlies “WellIn the Western Conference and, to his credit, he hasn’t backed down from those comments. However, after getting beaten by the Warriors and Suns, Memphis is 9-10 against West teams. Will they be able to move on? Of course in the rest?
7. Milwaukee Bucks
The Bucks have been terrible from the 3-pointer this season, with their half-court offense stagnant for long periods of time. Brook Lopez and Grayson Allen are the only rotation players to shoot above 40%. While the absence of Khris Middleton has been a key factor, without reliable shooters, Giannis Antetokounmpo’s life becomes even more difficult.
8. Philadelphia 76ers
Rumors have already swirled about James Harden’s free agency plans, and Doc Rivers won’t be able to escape questions about his job security, even if Philadelphia has a stellar regular season. The Sixers just have to ignore all the outside noise and focus on the challenge ahead.
9. LA Clippers
new years resolution:Staying the course.
The Clippers have one of the most dangerous rosters on paper, but injuries to key players have limited availability. They have managed to maintain themselves in the top half of the West. Once they get their entire team out on the floor consistently, they’ll be fine.
10. Dallas Mavericks
The need for a supplementary star may be exaggerated, but that doesn’t make it any less true. It’s taken Dallas’ arduous efforts from Doncic to win about 50%. At some point this calendar year, Mavs management will need to do something to keep those frustrations at bay.
11. Phoenix Suns
It’s gone on too long. The Suns need something or someone to show them up in that locker room and get them back in the right direction. A crowdsourced business could give them the boost they need.
— Carlin Gay
12. Sacramento Kings
The Kings are winning, lighting up the purple bolts and bringing excitement back to Sacramento. The pressure will mount as the season progresses as they look to end a long playoff drought, but they can’t let the noise be too much of a distraction.
13. Portland Trail Blazers
After starting the season with good numbers on defense, the Blazers have taken a step back in recent weeks, ruining their top 10 offensive efficiency. The absences of Gary Payton II and Nasir Little haven’t helped, but Portland will have trouble competing in a tough West if it doesn’t improve defensively.
14. Utah Jazz
The Utah Jazz were widely expected to go into rebuilding mode following the trade of Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert. Now, as the team is in the midst of an exciting run to the playoffs, management has a tough question to answer: Will they acquire more future assets or go after the season?
15. Indiana Pacers
The Pacers have found their future core with two high-end youngsters in Halliburton and Maturin, which has boosted their playoff options. But with Myles Turner and Buddy Hield attracting the attention of opposing teams, Indiana has to decide whether to both move and accept a rebuild or be stuck in mediocrity.
16. Miami Heat
The Miami Heat entered the season looking to be one of the best teams in the East, but found themselves fatigued with almost 50% wins. Given that they have several potential trade assets in the likes of Kyle Lowry, Duncan Robinson and Tyler Herro, who have yet to start expanding, it may be time for Pat Riley to look for another star. .
17. Golden State Warriors
If the Warriors chase more than 50% of the team away from the center, they would be battling the Grizzlies, Suns, Nuggets and Pelicans for the West lead. Instead, they rotate with teams that would be happy to participate in play-ins.
— Carlin Gay
18. New York Knicks
Through 23 games, when the Knicks were 10–13, they ranked 26th in defensive efficiency. Since then, only the Grizzlies, Celtics and 76ers have been worse on that side of the court.
19. Atlanta Hawks
The inclusion of Murray should have made Young’s life easier, and yet his usage rate is largely unchanged. If the Hawks are going to make any noise, it will be because their two best players have learned to get the most out of each other.
20. Minnesota Timberwolves
The good feeling has faded in Minnesota after a good season last season. It all starts with the lack of chemistry between Anthony Edwards, Rudy Gobert, and Karl-Anthony Towns. The Frenchman, in particular, has been a poor fit in his new surroundings, and his attacking and defensive numbers are down across the board. The Timberwolves need to figure out how to put the key pieces of this puzzle together.
21. Toronto Raptors
Yes, it’s been a rough start, but the Raptors had a nearly identical record to last season. Maybe they’ll turn it around again, but if they can’t, it’s not worth moving on. deadline In an effort to save this campaign.
22. Oklahoma City Thunder
The Oklahoma City Thunder haven’t been shy about sitting their players out in recent years as they look to the future. Gilgies-Alexander has an All-NBA-caliber campaign this 2022-2023 and unless he has a legitimate injury that threatens his future, OKC is throwing in the towel to think about the draft needed.
– Kyle Irving
23. Los Angeles Lakers
It sounds obvious, but the Lakers can’t afford to let the last part of LeBron James’ career go to waste. He averaged nearly 30 points per night in his 20th season, but his team did not reach the play-ins. The Californians need to move their first two outings to 2027 and 2029 and make roster improvements.
– Kyle Irving
24. Chicago Bulls
It is clear that as it stands, things will not work out for the Bulls. They will need to find someone to handle DeMar DeRozan, Zach LaVine and Nikola Vucevic in a trade and develop their youth.
25. Washington Wizards
Kuzma is enjoying the best year of his career and would certainly be an asset to a title contender. Furthermore, he has already stated that he intends to decline his player option to trial for free agency. It’s time for Washington to start assembling the pieces for the future and that starts with trading Kuzma before he is left with nothing.
— Kyle Irving
26. Orlando Magic
The Orlando Magic have a surplus of interesting young players such as Jalen Suggs, Cole Anthony, Markelle Fultz, RJ Hampton, Jonathan Isaac, Chuma Okeke, Bol Bol and Mo Bamba. It’s clear they want to build around Paolo Banchero, Franz Wagner and Wendell Carter Jr., but after this season, it might be time to cash in on the project and make more sense.
— Kyle Irving
27. Charlotte Hornets
The franchise is building around the 21-year-old – there’s no reason why Kai Jones, Nick Richards and Mark Williams shouldn’t be playing alongside LaMelo Ball more than ever. In a season like this, Charlotte can let her youth play through her mistakes.
28. San Antonio Spurs
The Spurs are clearly struggling for Victor Vembanayama with the fourth worst record in the NBA. The more they lose, the more options the French have to make.
— Kyle Irving
29. Houston Rockets
Eric Gordon is no stranger to rumors, but the Rockets have turned down offers for him each of the past two seasons. He still has enough to tank to help a contender, Houston could get another asset in exchange for him and give more options to their youth.
30. Detroit Pistons
It’s no surprise that the Pistons value Bogdanovic’s leadership and production, but he’s not on the same timeline as the team’s other players, and Cade Cunningham’s injury dashed any hopes of making the play-ins. done. There should be a lot of interest in Bogdanovic, so it is in his best interest to find out the market.
The opinions expressed here do not necessarily represent those of the NBA or its organizations.