30. Golden State Warriors (3-15) –

Golden State is still at the bottom. It is too bad that Draymond Green and D’Angelo Russell are still injured, but their status says they should be back in the next couple of games. Without those two, the Warriors are the worst team in the league, and they have yet to prove themselves with them. They have games lined up against the Bulls and Hawks coming up so maybe they can sneak a few wins in.

29. New York Knicks (4-13) –

The Knicks are 0-3 since the last power ranking and are looking like the Knicks. The only thing they can really hope for this season is to have RJ Barrett mold into an NBA star. They have some other young players too that they want to play well including Kevin Knox. The Knicks will likely be the last team in the East all year and may surpass the Warriors for the 30 spot by next week.

28. Atlanta Hawks (4-13) ⇩ 6

The Hawks are currently on a massive seven game losing streak. To be fair, they have had a tough stretch in those games facing teams like the Clippers, Lakers, Bucks, and the Raptors. Trae Young is obviously the focal point of the offense and he struggled a bit in that stretch. Teams have been doubling him more often because the usual second option, John Collins, is still suspended. Rookie De’Andre Hunter has been playing well for Atlanta though. He is averaging 19.5 points per game over the last four games and hit a career high six threes against the Raptors last Saturday.

27. Cleveland Cavaliers (5-12) ⇩ 1

The Cavs have been struggling in the last couple of weeks. Before the win against Portland on Saturday they were on a six game losing streak and most of them were blowouts. With Kevin Love injured Cleveland does not really have a solidified go to guy on their team and have trouble producing on offense. The team also has some problems on defense which showed in that stretch of losing. Jordan Clarkson has had good performances over the last two games. He averaged 25.5 points shooting 86 percent from three.

26. Washington Wizards (5-10) ⇧ 2

Washington has one of the best offenses in the league this year. They are third in points per game as well as first in assists, bet you didn’t expect that. The effort on defense for the Wizards is very lackluster. They give up over 120 points per game, yikes. They have a very tough week ahead of them after already playing the Nuggets and are facing the Suns, Lakers, and Clippers. All they have to do is stay consistent on offense and actually play some defense. Bradley Beal is averaging 28.5 points and leads in assists with 7.1 per game. 

25. Chicago Bulls (6-12) –

Despite the Bulls struggles this season, Zach Lavine put on a show in Charlotte Saturday night. He scored 49 points and tied Stephen Curry for second most threes in a single game with 13. Wendell Carter Jr. has looked great this season, and so have Coby White and Lauri Markkanen. The only thing with White and Markkanen is that they don’t shoot efficiently, which hurts the Bulls on both offense and defense because they give up many fast break points.

24. Memphis Grizzlies (5-11) ⇩ 1

Ja Morant has not disappointed in his first couple of games for the Grizzlies. Over his last six games he has averaged 21 points and 7.8 assists. All though he has been performing well, the team has struggled and are on a four-game losing streak. The main problem is their defense. They are allowing over 118 points per game. They played their butts off against the Lakers Saturday night losing only by one point. Memphis has two tough matchups against the Clippers and the Jazz coming up this week.

23. New Orleans Pelicans (6-11) ⇧ 4

New Orleans is still awaiting Zion Williamsons debut in the NBA. Brandon Ingram has been very good for the Pelicans and he seems to be the star of the team, for now. He is averaging a career-high 26.1 points along with 7.1 rebounds (both leading the team). The Pelicans will try to catch a rhythm in the next couple of weeks and have a big game against the Lakers tonight. They hope to have Lonzo back as soon as possible because he has been out with injury.

22. Charlotte Hornets (6-12) ⇩ 5

Charlotte is on a big losing streak of five games currently. This stretch was not a good look for them. In the loss to the Bulls, when Zach Lavine dropped 49, they had the game up by five with only 30 second to go and they blew it. They also lost by a whopping 36 points to the Raptors. Devonte Graham has still played well despite the losses, and so has Terry Rozier. 

21. San Antonio Spurs (6-12) ⇩ 1

The Spurs struggles continue after they had a 1-3 week. The defense has performed poorly, and the offense hasn’t been the best either.  Gregg Popovich is going to have to make adjustments to get the offense moving and also improve their defense… will this be the first year San Antonio misses the playoffs since 1996? Demar Derozan has done his part, offensively at least. He is averaging 22.2 points on 53.3 percent shooting. 

20. Orlando went 0-3 last week and it was because of their lack of offense. The Magic are dead last in points scored per game. What has allowed them to stay in games is their defense which is their specialty. Jonathan Issac is starting to mold into a great defensive forward. He is tied for the league lead in blocks with 2.9 per game. Unfortunately for the Magic, Aaron Gordon and Nikola Vucevic both got injured which is not a good sign going forward for the next couple of weeks.

19. Detroit Pistons (6-11) ⇧ 4

Andre Drummond is having a career year so far. He leads the Pistons in points (17.8), rebounds (16.8), blocks (1.8, and steals (1.6). The Pistons now have Blake Griffin back and that is big for them. He is the number one scoring option and it gives the Pistons a lot more to work with on offense. They rose all the way to ninth in the Eastern Conference after their poor start. Their next couple of games are against an ice cold Hornets team that have lost five straight. 

18. Oklahoma City Thunder (6-10) ⇧ 3

The Thunder are up three spots because they have had a tough couple of games and put up a great fight. They played the Lakers twice and only lost by within five both games. Another tough one was against the Clippers where they played great defense, like they have been all year, and only lost by two. Chris Paul is footing in nicely with the team so far. He is averaging 18.2 points and 6.2 assists in the past five games. The Thunder look to go undefeated this week as they have an upcoming game against the Trailblazers and two consecutive matchups with the Pelicans.

17. Portland Trailblazers (6-12) ⇩ 1

Carmelo Anthony is proving that he can still play in the NBA. Since joint the Blazers he is averaging 16 points and 5.3 rebounds. He had himself a night against the Bulls Monday night with 25 points and 8 rebounds. Portland continues to struggle even though Melo is doing well and Damian Lillard is also performing great. The injuries of their two big men Zach Collins and Jursuf Nurkic hurts them down low offensively and defensively. They have two matchups this week with the Thunder and Bulls, both winnable games for them.

16. Sacramento Kings (7-9) ⇧ 3

The Kings have held their own with both De’Aaron Fox and Marvin Bagley out with injuries. They have played great defense and they aren’t just playing bad teams. Last week they won against both the Celtics and Suns and only lost to the Lakers by two points. Richuan Holmes has been really good. He is one of the best defenders on the team and averages 11.4 points 8.1 rebounds and shooting over 66 percent from the field. Buddy Hield as had some high scoring games for the Kings too.

15. Brooklyn Nets (9-8) ⇧ 1

The Nets have racked up wins without Kyrie Irving and are on a four-game win streak. Brooklyn has two big games against the Celtics this week, but Kyrie is ruled out for bot of those games… interesting. Spencer Dinwiddie hit a clutch buzzer beater the other night against the Cavaliers and he has been good in the absence of Kyrie. He has 24.7 points and 6.7 assists in six games without Irving. 

14. Minnesota Timberwolves (9-8) ⇩ 1

Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins have looked like one of the best duos in the league thus far. Both are averaging over 25 points and are lading the Timberwolves as a seven seed in the West. No one really expected this start out of them because they seemed dysfunctional. Jeff teague has done great distributing the ball and creating shots for the offense. Their only game this week besides the win over the hawks on Monday is against the struggling Spurs tonight. 

13. Phoenix Suns (8-8) ⇩ 4 

Phoenix has arguably had the hardest schedule in the league so far and it is extremely impressive that they are .500 at this point. There is only nine more games until De’Andre Ayton comes back which will be a huge add to the Suns defense and offense. Devin Booker (6.1 apg) has done a great job this year distributing the ball and creating ball movement. The Suns rank second in assist per game and eighth in points per game. 

12. Indiana Pacers (10-6) ⇧ 2

The Pacers have looked really good on defense so far, especially in a few of their last games. They seem to spread the offense evenly which keeps the defense on their toes. Malcolm Brogdon has stayed consistent and with Domantas Sabonis and Myles Turner back from injury they have a much easier time scoring and on defense. They have a busy week ahead of them with four games, including games against the Sixers and the Jazz. 

11. Utah Jazz (11-6) ⇩ 1

The Jazz have not performed that well offense and that is the route of their struggles because they are great defensively. One thing that may hurt them further into the season is how many close games they have had. The addition of Bojan Bogdanović has been great for the Jazz. he is averaging 24.8 points over the last four games. Donavon Mitchell of course has looked great and Rudy Gobert is third in rebounds and fourth in blocks.

10. Dallas Mavericks (11-6)  ⇧ 2

Dallas Ranks as the best offense in the league and Luka Doncic has been on fire. He was brought back down to earth last night in a loss to the Clippers after being held to “only” 22 points, but he shot 0-8 from three and 28 percent from the field. Over the last four games besides that one, he averaged 37 points and had two-triple doubles (all were double-doubles). Kristaps Porzingis has found a rhythm too. He averaged 18.1 points and 10.9 rebounds through the past seven games.

9. Philadelphia 76ers (11-6) –

The Sixers haven’t done bad this year, but they aren’t where they want to be at this point. It is still early, but they were expected to be the second seed if not the first this year. They are doing well defensively this season and finding themselves struggle on offense some nights. They got hot last week going 3-0, but fell to the Raptors on Monday night and Joel Embiid went scoreless, yes you read that right. He went 0-11 without a single point. Philadelphia has a pretty light schedule coming up and will try to rise in the standings.

8. Houston Rockets (11-6) ⇩ 5

Houston will be very streaky this season and it has shown already. James Harden has not slowed down yet though. Maybe he is going for that MVP he didn’t get last year. He is averaging 37.9 points as well as 6 rebounds and 8.1 assists. Russell Westbrook has been getting his looks too, but it doesn’t look like he will average another triple-double unfortunately. It would be hard to do that with Harden on your team. Westbrook is doing well recently. He is averaging 25.5 points in his last four games. They had a tough schedule last week losing three in a row to the Nuggets, Clippers, and Mavericks.

7. Toronto Raptors (12-4)  ⇧ 4

The Raptors have been very impressive to start the season off, and no one expected them to do this well especially with Kyle Lowry out with an injury. Pascal Siakam has been the key player of this team and is putting up all-star caliber numbers. He is averaging 25.7 points and 8.4 rebounds. Terence Davis has been good in the absence of Lowry. He’s averaging 11.7 points, 4.2 boards and 3.7 assists over the last six games. They play the Knicks and Magic this week and should come out with both of those wins to extend their win streak to six.

6. Miami Heat (12-4) ⇧ 1

Jimmy Butler is loving Miami doing a little bit of everything for the Heat. He leads the team in points (18.9) assists (6.7) and steals (2.6). Kendrick Nunn is still doing his thing too and Tyler Herro has looked good over the past couple of games. They have a big game tonight against the Rockets and they know how big of a win it would be for them. 

5. Boston Celtics (12-4) ⇩ 3

Kemba Walker and the Celtics had a very scary moment in Denver on Friday when he was taken out on a stretcher. Thankfully for Kemba and the C’s his injury was not serious and he is even playing against the Nets tonight. Marcus Smart has been great for Boston so far and is even making a case for defensive player of the year. He has made a lot of big plays in clutch time too. Over the last four games, Smart averages 16 points 5.5 assists and 2.8 steals. They play Brooklyn the next two games, but it’s too bad Kyrie is out because that would call for an intense matchup and maybe the birth of a new rivalry.

4. Denver Nuggets (13-3) ⇧ 1

The Nuggets are hot right now and currently on a six game win streak and have won 10 of their last 11. The key to this team winning is defense, and they have stepped up. Last week they held the Rockets and Celtics to under 100 points. Nikola Jokic is still out there making crazy passes and Jamal Murray is leading in scoring with nearly 19 points per game. Denver will get some rest this week. They beat the Wizards last night and do not play again until Saturday against the Kings.  

3. Los Angeles Clippers (13-5) ⇧ 3

Paul George is back like he was never out. He came out in the first quarter last night and scored 17 points with four three-pointers. He also racked up six steals strengthening the status of the Clippers defense. Montrezl Harrell has been putting up numbers for LA off the bench with 18.6 points and 7.5 rebounds. The Clips are undefeated this year when both Kawhi Leonard and George are in the line up. They got a big win last night against the league’s top-rated offense and Luka Doncic and look to extend their six game win streak.

2. Milwaukee Bucks (14-3) ⇧ 2

Milwaukee is currently on an eight game win streak and Giannis Antetokounmpo is still unstoppable. Over the win streak Giannis is averaging 33.4 points 13.6 rebounds and 1.9 steals per game. They rank top five in both offensive and defensive ratings. Khris Middleton should be returning soon which will make the Bucks even better on both sides of the ball. Expect the Bucks to extend their win streak to at least 13 because they have a very easy next five matchups. 

1. Los Angeles Lakers (15-2) –

Lebron James, Anthony Davis, and the Lakers are number one once again. They have had an easy schedule so far, but it is still very impressive to have a 15-2 record to start the season off. The Lakeshow ranks as one of the best defenses in the league and continue to stay consistent on offense. Bron and Davis are both averaging over 25 points per game. They are tied for the longest active win streak of eight. They have a couple of big matchups in this coming week against the Mavericks and Nuggets. 

Check out last week’s rankings if you missed them.