NBA Power Rankings are up for this week. 1. Milwaukee Bucks; 2. Los Angeles Lakers; 3.Toronto Raptors ; 4. LA Clippers; 5. Dallas Mavericks.
[–]Hawks BraxxIsTheName 343 指標 9小時前
This is fake news, folks. The Corrupt NBA media wants you to think the Hawks are the worst. Don’t trust the polls
[–][NYK] Jeremy Lin GreasyFreeboater 19 指標 6小時前
I don’t believe the Hawks can e any worse than the Knicks
[–][SAS] Dennis Rodman crs7117 1237 指標 10小時前
checking the power rankings used to be one of my favorite things about the week...
[–]Knicks matty_a 644 指標 10小時前
At least there was a point where you enjoyed it
[–]Lakers cjsrhkcjs 509 指標 9小時前
that power rankings reflect how the teams are faring at this current timing. This isn't people predicting how the playoffs will go, it's how well the teams are playing right now.
[–]iluomina 6 指標 7小時前
What’s the value of power rankings if not giving some weight to how well they’re predicted to do? If it’s just a reflection of how they’re performing now, what’s the value over just looking at the standings?
[–][CLE] LeBron James Mithridates12 19 指標 6小時前
Standings is looking at the whole season so far. Rankings look back not as far.
[–]Mavericks Moe4ver 264 指標 10小時前
We moving on up.
[–][GSW] Klay Thompson Carstar360 141 指標 9小時前
That makes two of us
[–]Warriors Salty_Pancakes 87 指標 8小時前
Only direction to go.
[–]Hawks duhpolan 24 指標 7小時前
Not if we have something to say about it tonight
[–][OKC] Russell Westbrook Russell-Bestbrook 7 指標 8小時前
Warriors seem to have a lot less fans this year.
[–][LAL] Lonzo Ball solarxbear 15 指標 7小時前
If the Mavs actually did move to the east side that would be great.
[–][DAL] Luka Doncic cepxico 40 指標 7小時前
Mavericks are kind of the perfect bandwagon team right now. Fun to watch and they're not loaded with every star this side of the milkyway.
[–]Rockets noobakosowhat 13 指標 6小時前
Yeah you're enjoying the 2014 Warriors treatment right now. Wait for the second half of the season. Or worse, if you make it to the finals. Haters will surely come out.
[–]Raptors FairlyOddParents 13 指標 9小時前
Raptors are really looking like contenders this year, it's shocking
[–]allout_atl 88 指標 9小時前
If the Toronto raptors remain this good all season, does it diminish the effect Kawhi had on them last year? Since it’ll turn out he indeed had a ton of help.
[–]Celtics James_NY 77 指標 9小時前
Depends on how much credit you gave him for their win.
Siakam has gotten a lot better though, and FVV and OG seem to have improved as well, so I don't think a direct comparison to last year works.
[–][DAL] Luka Doncic thejewishprince 34 指標 8小時前
In the regular season? for sure. but you cant ignore the absolute carry job Kawhi did in the 76ers series.
[–]Raptors TestedOnAnimals 34 指標 6小時前
That's the real deal here. Orlando was a foregone conclusion (sorry Magic bros), and Milwaukee was a case of team defense to stop Giannis combined with contesting shooters as best we could after that. But the 76ers series was a genuine carry by Kawhi. Every time they got a bit of momentum, Kawhi was the one tasked with snuffing it out despite being guarded by some elite defenders - and 4 times out of 7 he succeeded. That, plus one of the greatest shots in NBA playoff history.
[–]Fire-and-Blood2019 46 指標 8小時前
But how much of that improvement is due to kawhi being off the floor? The raptors were like 20-5 without him last year.
[–][TOR] Chauncey Billups kingcasus 46 指標 6小時前
A lot of it is due to that. Kawhi took 19 shots per game last year and the offence was ran through him a lot. Everyone has way more touches now. I will say that in the Playoffs he kept us afloat specifically against Philly, but I believe we have what it takes to step up on the biggest stage. I’ll be super happy with a ECF appearance.
[–]Raptors mocha-thunder 10 指標 4小時前
We do match up terribly against philly just based off the size differential. That's why Freddie struggled in that series cause he had to try and guard a guy a foot taller than him at times.
[–]Raptors ohgosh_thejosh 5 指標 4小時前
A lot of our guys are just young and improving. Siakam has taken a big leap seemingly every fucking month (even last year, he got significantly better every fucking month), OG is back and healthy, FVV was already really good in the playoffs, etc.
Kawhi was necessary last year. We didn’t have proper go to scorers that could score on crazy defenses consistently outside of Kawhi. That is incredibly important to have.
[–]Raptors -HeisenBird- 15 指標 7小時前
Kawhi carried us in the first 2 rounds last year. It was only when Fred DadVleet finally showed up we started to play as a team. But I definitely think Kawhi's contribution to our chip is overstated. People act like he dragged us to the finals the same way Lebron dragged the 2018 Cavs. We were a playoff team before Kawhi and will be after Kawhi.
[–]ElPlywood 653 指標 10小時前
NBA: Raps dominating on defense, undefeated at home, quality shared ball, quality wins, you 3rd.
ESPN: KAWHI GONE. Kawhi, kawhi, kawhi. And also Kawhi gone. You 7th.
[–]Lakers nelsonkb24 7 指標 9小時前
This is so true
[–]The MadUncleJeff 39 指標 12小時前
I’d take the Lakers over the Raptors personally.
[–][TOR] Delon Wright DelonWright 91 指標 12小時前
I’d give raptors the edge just because they’ve had a tougher schedule, and beat the lakers without 2 of our most important players.
[–]Seanloleey 64 指標 12小時前
I mean it’s one game... would you take the spurs over the clippers they handly beat them...
[–]Raptors The_Natural_Log 19 指標 11小時前
Raptors have been winning almost all their games so you know that Lakers win wasnt a fluke or an off night for the Lakers. The Raptors defense limited LeBron like they did to other stars.
The Spurs have been losing games so you could use the logic that it couldve been a fluke/off night for the Clippers.
[–][LAL] Jodie Meeks ArchimedesNutss 8 指標 8小時前
Lakers lose a game: Other team > Lakers
Clippers lose a game: It was an off night for the Clippers
[–]Mavericks telefawx 214 指標 9小時前
If Porzingis can improve offensively, even marginally, then the Mavs are a playoff lock, right?
I know some people were hesitant to say that given how tough the West is, they weren't sure if the Mavs would be a playoff team and were the 8 seed at best, but I think the Mavs/Nuggets are going to be battling for the 5 seed for sure.
[–]aj2704[S] 127 指標 9小時前
Mavs are definitely going to be better than the 8th seed. This year is so damn fun.
[–]Suns Steelcurtain26 35 指標 7小時前
Mavs are already a lock. People are so cautious it’s insane.
[–]LeGoat333 9 指標 9小時前
Even without Porzee I think we’d be in the race for the last few spots. MVP candidate plus a deep roster and great coaching. That’s a playoff team
[–]Mavericks what_no_fkn_ziti 10 指標 8小時前
Even without Porzee I think we’d be in the race for the last few spots.
That's not true. The same lineup last year struggled with defensive rebounding and blockingchanging shots at the rim, something that would have kept them out of the playoffs again this year. KP has been the difference there, it's basically a .500 team without him.
[–]LeGoat333 14 指標 7小時前*
Luka has matured and is playing significantly better. Plus Delon Wright is a legit Starter we added. Can hit the three, playmaker and Play D guy at the least.
[–][MIA] Gary Payton jc-f 8 指標 4小時前
It’s less than a quarter through the season. They’re not a lock. What if (fingers crossed it doesn’t happen) Luka gets injured?
[–]Suns Steelcurtain26 6 指標 3小時前
Sure, injuries, strikes, apocalypse, whatever. If ANY team loses their star, their season changes. The point is, the eye test indicates that the Mavs are a playoff team
[–]Raptors mikeydale007 137 指標 9小時前
People significantly overrated the West before the season. With San Antonio, Portland and Golden State in the dust, Mavs are absolutely a playoff lock. I wouldn't be surprised to see them get 4/5 seed.
[–]Mavericks tombersew 164 指標 8小時前
Portland is not in the dust. They’re a game off the playoffs and they’re yet to get their frontcourt back.
[–]Knicks BonelikeDoctor 24 指標 8小時前
They're not in the dust but they're definitely worse than last season. They lost collins, Kanter, Harkless, Leonard and Aminu and replaced them with Whiteside, Hezonja, Bazemore, Melo, and Tolliver. Melo's been pretty good so far but thats a huge downgrade in depth IMO
[–][TOR] Pascal Siakam MostValuablePascal 228 指標 12小時前
I’m cool with the Bucks being first. 11 game win streak and tied for the best record in the league. They earned it imo.
[–]Raptors HaqksIsBad 24 指標 9小時前
raptors conference finals rematch
[–][MIL] Giannis Antetokounmpo Cruyffiaan 21 指標 8小時前
Bring it on haha. Both happy and kinda disappointed Kawhi's gone tbh. I think Bucks could have gotten revenge this year, last year was agonizingly close as well, closer than losing 4 in a row suggests.
[–]Pelicans Good_NewsEveryone 75 指標 11小時前
How many national TV games have the Bucks had so far?
[–]Timberwolves markyellowstone 163 指標 10小時前
Not as many as y’all lol
[–]Raptors hipposarebig 70 指標 8小時前*
Zion and the Warriors bringing in big numbers for ESPN
[–]Timberwolves markyellowstone 30 指標 8小時前
It’s absurd to see how many times those teams are featured
Like I get the warriors to an extent, they went to the finals last year, still have steph, got dlo and were supposed to be somewhat competitive but Nola got these games straight off of one rookie
[–][MIL] Mo Williams guitmusic12 47 指標 12小時前
Will have 24 this year. but have had 4 so far. @Houston @Boston, @Clippers(the one that started the load management shit) and home vs Portland
[–][LAL] Jodie Meeks ArchimedesNutss 6 指標 9小時前
I'm not too mad about that Clippers game because due to load management I was able to get a sick ass deal on tickets to that game and it was my first time seeing Giannis in person. That dude is fucking huge