NBA Power Rankings for the 2019-20 season. Updated every Monday.

Last updated: January 20, 2019 | Change in power ranking since last update | Championship contender | Deep playoff run | Buying tickets to the lottery

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Milwaukee Bucks

#10Milwaukee Bucks

Individual rankings:
Jeremy #1, Joseph #1, Kevin #1, Nick #1, Tyler #1

Milwaukee continues to do what they do best, and that's extending their win-streak, which currently stands at 9, after winning all 3 games this week. Star players (Giannis) continue to play like stars (finishing the week averaging 32.7 points, 12.7 rebounds, and 5 assists), and their elite role players continue to play their role at an elite level, but it's production coming from players like Donte DiVincenzo that help keep things ticking during an 82 game season. He's on his way to becoming a reliable role-player, finishing the week averaging 13 points, 4 rebounds, 1.3 steals, and1 block on 52% shooting from the field.

Summary written by Kevin Nye


Los Angeles Lakers

#20Los Angeles Lakers

Individual rankings:
Jeremy #2, Joseph #2, Kevin #2, Nick #2, Tyler #2

The Lakers were without leading scorer Anthony Davis, but they still managed to finish the week with a 2-1 record, and LeBron James still managed to find teammates to set-up as he averaged 13 assists for the week. In an ideal world, they'd have a consistent 3rd scorer (only one player averaged more than 16 points for the week - I don't need to tell you who). Still, it's hard to see how they'll be able to acquire one at the deadline, so it'll be scoring by committee for the foreseeable future, which is still an excellent option since the committee has helped them towards a 34-8 record.

Summary written by Joseph Mamone


Los Angeles Clippers

#32Los Angeles Clippers

Individual rankings:
Jeremy #3, Joseph #4, Kevin #3, Nick #3, Tyler #3

The Clippers flicked on the win-switch this week, winning all 3 games against Cleveland, Orlando, and New Orleans, which doesn't seem all that impressive when you factor in where those teams are sitting in the standings, but wins are wins, and you'll take a win-streak whenever you can. You can also expect Kawhi Leonard to be in consideration for Player of the Week honors with his averages of 38 points, 4.7 rebounds, 5 assists, 2.7 steals, 1 block, and 3.7 3-pointers made on 59% shooting from the field.

Summary written by Kevin Nye


Utah Jazz

#41Utah Jazz

Individual rankings:
Jeremy #4, Joseph #3, Kevin #4, Nick #4, Tyler #5

Mike Conley is back, and while he didn't have a great start to the season, getting him integrated into the team and back in form is priority number 1, and it's a luxury that they're able to do it having won 9 of their last 10 games. Zero time All-Star Rudy Gobert had an excellent week, averaging 22.3 points, 15.7 rebounds, and 2.7 blocks with 73% shooting from the field, while Donovan Mitchell played... like Donovan Mitchell.

Summary written by Kevin Nye


Denver Nuggets

#53Denver Nuggets

Individual rankings:
Jeremy #5, Joseph #5, Kevin #5, Nick #5, Tyler #4

The Nuggets should feel lucky to have eked past the Warriors at the Chase Center in a game that was far closer than it should have been given the caliber of the two teams in question. Denver continues to sit near the top of the standings despite occasional lackadaisical efforts on offense. Jamal Murray will be out for a few games with a sprained ankle, but the good news for Denver is that their depth makes it easy to paper over that wound. This might be Malik Beasley’s audition for getting traded near the deadline to a team that can offer him real minutes; it might also be a path to a big offer in restricted free agency.

Summary written by Nick Agar-Johnson


Miami Heat

#61Miami Heat

Individual rankings:
Jeremy #6, Joseph #8, Kevin #7, Nick #6, Tyler #6

Despite going 5-5 in their last ten games, the Heat have moved up into the second seed in the East. Getting home-court advantage in the playoffs will be incredibly important for this team as they have one of the stranger home/road splits in the league. At home, the Heat are 18-1 with an offensive rating of 114.6, a defensive rating of 104.2, and a net rating of 10.5. On the road though, their offensive rating falls to 108.1 and their defensive rating jumps to 110.8. When this team leaves Miami, they turn into a very average team.

Summary written by Tyler Metcalf


Toronto Raptors

#72Toronto Raptors

Individual rankings:
Jeremy #7, Joseph #6, Kevin #6, Nick #7, Tyler #8

Scoring outbursts from Norman Powell and Fred VanVleet helped Toronto to a 3-0 week against the Thunder, Wizards, and Timberwolves. Just like the Pacers are finding scoring from every which way, the Raptors have approximately 27 players who can go off on any given night. Pascal Siakam and Marc Gasol are also back, so this team is officially terrifying again. They're still 6-12 against teams above .500, with very few tough games on their upcoming schedule. I expect the Raptors to have a formidable record soon, but it'll be some time before we see how good they can really be at full strength.

Summary written by Jeremy Stevens


Dallas Mavericks

#82Dallas Mavericks

Individual rankings:
Jeremy #9, Joseph #7, Kevin #8, Nick #9, Tyler #10

Dallas improves to 27-15 on a 3-0 week. Luka Doncic's 8-12 three-point shooting against Portland was a career-best en route to a 36/7/8 stat line. Tim Hardaway Jr's 29 point performance on 9-16 shooting was huge, as the Mavericks are fairly thin on scoring depth with Porzingis out. The Mavericks have the resurgent Jazz and Thunder on the horizon, which could give us a snapshot to see if there's a true momentum shift in the Western Conference with those teams on the rise. They also play the Clippers and Rockets before the end of the month, so we could see a huge shift in the Conference standings in the next 12 days or so.

Summary written by Jeremy Stevens


Boston Celtics

#95Boston Celtics

Individual rankings:
Jeremy #8, Joseph #9, Kevin #12, Nick #8, Tyler #7

Times are tough. The Celtics have lost six of eight games in the midst of a busy schedule. As is tradition, minor injuries have taken key players in and out of the rotation. What's worse is the offense falling into the same bad habits as last season. The ball movement has evaporated and they don't pressure the ball to start games. Marcus Smart shot 11-22 from deep against the Suns, setting a record for most three-pointers made by a Celtic as well as most disappointed I've ever been in a regular-season loss. It was also the 17th game a player has ever attempted 20 or more threes in a game and the 11th time somebody hit 11 or more in a game (per basketball-reference). The Celtics might not be full strength for an upcoming game against the Lakers, which is terrifying. The Celtics are still on pace to win more than 50 games, but guess what? So is everybody else in the East.

Summary written by Jeremy Stevens


Indiana Pacers

#103Indiana Pacers

Individual rankings:
Jeremy #11, Joseph #10, Kevin #9, Nick #12, Tyler #9

Indiana went 3-0 this week against the 76ers, Timberwolves, and... the Timberwolves. After starting the season hot, I would like to offer the following opinion on the Wolves: they're not good. And with that out of the way, we can appreciate just how resilient the Pacers continue to be. One thing that stands out to me is how they've had a different leading scorer in the past four games: Turner, Brogdon, Warren, and Sabonis. "Depth" is a misleading term in the NBA, but the Pacers really have it. I'm not doubting them as a regular-season team anymore, but their upcoming five-game West coast trip will really give us a sense of how much this team can withstand.

Summary written by Jeremy Stevens


Houston Rockets

#115Houston Rockets

Individual rankings:
Jeremy #10, Joseph #12, Kevin #13, Nick #10, Tyler #11

The last ten games have been a struggle for the Rockets as they've only gone 5-5 with a net rating of just 2.1. The workload that P.J. Tucker and James Harden take on every game looks like it may be taking its toll. Tucker is the lynchpin of their defense and is asked to exert so much effort every night on that end. The offensive reliance on Harden is obvious. We've seen this team get worn down in the past, but that was in the playoffs, not before the All-Star break.

Summary written by Tyler Metcalf


Philadelphia 76ers

#121Philadelphia 76ers

Individual rankings:
Jeremy #12, Joseph #13, Kevin #10, Nick #11, Tyler #12

The 76ers went 3-0 on the week against the Nets, Bulls, and Knicks with Joel Embiid still sidelined. Let's check in on the usual points of conversation - Tobias Harris: starting to look comfortable as a scorer, floor spacer, and shot creator. Al Horford: the rebounds and assists are about the same, but scoring numbers are still down. Ben Simmons: has not attempted a three-point shot since December 10th, when Brett Brown challenged him to take one every game. The Sixers are still sixth, but the middle of the conference is extremely tight right now. Furkan Korkmaz in on a nice streak of double-digit scoring games including a career-high 24 against the Bulls. Scoring depth would be a monumental addition to this team, so we'll see if it holds up for more than a week.

Summary written by Jeremy Stevens


Memphis Grizzlies

#133Memphis Grizzlies

Individual rankings:
Jeremy #14, Joseph #11, Kevin #11, Nick #14, Tyler #14

The hottest team in the league continues their roll, winning both games this week to increase their winning streak to seven. Ja Morant took over the game against the Houston Rockets late and keeps adding more ridiculous plays to his highlight reel. Perhaps he has stood out this year more than he would in a year with a normal rookie class alongside him, but arguably the two best rookies in the league (Morant and Brandon Clarke) are on the same team. Zion seems likely to make this rookie class look a whole lot better when he debuts on Wednesday, but the Rookie of the Year has already been claimed.

Summary written by Nick Agar-Johnson


Oklahoma City Thunder

#142Oklahoma City Thunder

Individual rankings:
Jeremy #13, Joseph #14, Kevin #14, Nick #13, Tyler #13

OKC split the week 2-2 as they had 4 starters averaging 17+ points: Danilo Gallinari (26.7), Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (20.3), Dennis Schroder (18), and Chris Paul (Chris Paul). Many people were expecting them to be sellers come the trade period, but it's starting to make a lot of sense to keep them together. Shai is thriving playing next to a playmaker like Chris Paul, and it would be great for his development to keep that going.

Summary written by Joseph Mamone


Orlando Magic

#150Orlando Magic

Individual rankings:
Jeremy #15, Joseph #16, Kevin #15, Nick #15, Tyler #15

Orlando managed to split the week 2-2, which sounds impressive when you mention that one of the wins was against the Lakers, but less impressive when you say that one of the losses was against Golden State (a paragraph I didn't think I'd be writing in 2020). Markelle Fultz continues his improved play for the season, averaging 17.8 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 5.3 assists for the week, including a 21 point, 11 rebound, and 10 assist triple-double against LA. It's a shame that Brandon Ingram has the Most Improved Player award locked up, because we would have been handing the award to Markelle.

Summary written by Joseph Mamone


San Antonio Spurs

#161San Antonio Spurs

Individual rankings:
Jeremy #18, Joseph #15, Kevin #17, Nick #17, Tyler #16

The almost-good-enough, maybe-good-enough, not-good-enough rollercoaster is in full force as San Antonio barely managed to win 1 of their 3 games for the week. Patty Mills did his best to keep them competitive, averaging 18 points and 4 3-pointers made, on 51% shooting from the field for the week, but they desperately need solid play to come out of Dejounte Murray and Derrick White, who have been far from consistent all season.

Summary written by Kevin Nye


Brooklyn Nets

#173Brooklyn Nets

Individual rankings:
Jeremy #17, Joseph #18, Kevin #18, Nick #16, Tyler #17

The Nets dropped three games by double-digits this week, yet their poor performance really only garnered headlines because of comments from recently returned point guard Kyrie Irving, who threw more than half of his team under the bus for no real reason after being by far the worst player on the team in the loss that prompted his comments. The ironic part of his newest manifesto is that he failed to mention the two teammates that arguably fit best with the Kyrie/KD duo--Joe Harris and Jarrett Allen have hopefully been re-assured by the front office that Irving’s tirade will not affect their long-term futures.

Summary written by Nick Agar-Johnson


Phoenix Suns

#182Phoenix Suns

Individual rankings:
Jeremy #16, Joseph #17, Kevin #16, Nick #18, Tyler #20

Common sense has prevailed, and Deandre Ayton is back in the starting lineup as Phoenix finished the week with a 2-1 record, including wins against Boston and New York. Mikal Bridges filled in nicely for the injured Kelly Oubre Jr, which has you questioning why we haven't seen more of an effort to start them together. Oh, and did I mention that Ayton finished the week 24 points, 15.3 rebounds, and 2 blocks? And that Devin Booker finished the week averaging 35.7 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, and 1.7 steals?

Summary written by Kevin Nye


Portland Trail Blazers

#191Portland Trail Blazers

Individual rankings:
Jeremy #19, Joseph #19, Kevin #19, Nick #19, Tyler #18

The Trail Blazers dropped their luxury tax bill by about $12 million by trading Kent Bazemore and Anthony Tolliver to the Kings along with two future second-round picks in return for Trevor Ariza, Wenyen Gabriel, and Caleb Swanigan. Bazemore has been a bit disappointing on the offensive end, but he’s at least a solid wing defender who teams can’t completely ignore behind the arc. Trevor Ariza is a slightly better shooter but is far worse in pretty much every other area; unless he can regain his sharpshooting touch in a presumably reduced role in Portland, this is a step backward talent-wise for a team whose playoff hopes are slowly evaporating.

Summary written by Nick Agar-Johnson


New Orleans Pelicans

#203New Orleans Pelicans

Individual rankings:
Jeremy #21, Joseph #20, Kevin #20, Nick #20, Tyler #19

The Pelicans are slowly clawing their way back into the playoff conversation. After going 6-4 in their last ten games, the Pelicans are now only 4.5 games out of the eighth seed. The overall team defense still needs a lot of work, but their offensive rating of 115.5 in their last ten games is seventh in that span. That's all exciting and whatnot, but the more important thing is that ZION IS RETURNING!!!! Tune in on Wednesday as we finally get to see one of the most anticipated rookies in years make his NBA debut.

Summary written by Tyler Metcalf


Detroit Pistons

#214Detroit Pistons

Individual rankings:
Jeremy #20, Joseph #21, Kevin #21, Nick #23, Tyler #22

Just when you thought Detroit had started to embrace the tank, they go on to win 2 of their 3 games for the week, including a 116-103 victory against Boston. What caused the turn-around? Svi Mykhailiuk got hot, and when I say hot, I mean averages of 19.7 points, 4.3 3-pointers made, and 4 assists, on 68% shooting from the field, and 90% from the line. If he keeps it up, they might be in play for the 8th seed again.

Summary written by Joseph Mamone


Minnesota Timberwolves

#221Minnesota Timberwolves

Individual rankings:
Jeremy #24, Joseph #22, Kevin #24, Nick #22, Tyler #23

Ugggghhhhh this team just continues to struggle. They seem so close in every game but continue to fail at playing all four quarters at a high level. The good news though is that they were able to trade Jeff Teague and Treveon Graham for Allen Crabbe. Short term, this is mainly addition by subtraction as Teague and Graham have been major negatives. Long term, this opens up a roster spot for another possible trade before the deadline. Don't be surprised if the Timberwolves continue to be in the trade headlines.

Summary written by Tyler Metcalf


Chicago Bulls

#231Chicago Bulls

Individual rankings:
Jeremy #22, Joseph #26, Kevin #22, Nick #25, Tyler #21

Zach LaVine was the only Bulls player to average more than 13 points for the week, and without him, they wouldn't have split their games 2-2. LaVine is playing himself into All-Star contention, averaging 31.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 1.8 steals, and 2.8 3-pointers made, while shooting 55% from the field, and 83% from the line. Without his stellar play, this writer wouldn't have had anything to write about.

Summary written by Joseph Mamone


Sacramento Kings

#242Sacramento Kings

Individual rankings:
Jeremy #25, Joseph #23, Kevin #23, Nick #23, Tyler #24

Dewayne Dedmon remains on the books for now, but Vlade Divac did quite well to get rid of the anchor around the team's neck that was Trevor Ariza receiving the minutes that Luke Walton and nobody else besides maybe the Ariza family thought that he deserved--and he somehow got two second-round picks as well. Kent Bazemore is a much better defender at this point in his career, but he has been a worse shooter this season. Anthony Tolliver also returns to the Kings after becoming a fan favorite in his previous stint, and he’s gotten back on track from deep after a hideous start to the season. This may end up being one of the best trades of Vlade’s tenure.

Summary written by Nick Agar-Johnson


Charlotte Hornets

#256Charlotte Hornets

Individual rankings:
Jeremy #23, Joseph #24, Kevin #26, Nick #21, Tyler #26

The scorching hot start that Devonte' Graham got off to has cooled off rather substantially. In his last ten games, Graham's shooting splits have dropped to 36/35/92. Over the same span, the Hornets have gone only 2-8. This is a bad team but they go as Graham goes. Graham has been the best story of the year so far, so hopefully, this is only a dry spell and not a deviation to the mean.

Summary written by Tyler Metcalf


Washington Wizards

#260Washington Wizards

Individual rankings:
Jeremy #26, Joseph #25, Kevin #25, Nick #26, Tyler #25

It was a week to forget for Washington, as they lost both of their games against Chicago and Toronto. The Gary Payton II experiment seems to be dwindling, with The Mitten losing his starting spot after a stretch of mediocre play. Troy Brown bounced back after his scoreless game against Chicago with 22 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 steals against Toronto, with Isaac Bonga having one of the best performances of his career in the same game, putting up 17 points, 10 rebounds, and 2 3-pointers made.

Summary written by Joseph Mamone


Cleveland Cavaliers

#270Cleveland Cavaliers

Individual rankings:
Jeremy #27, Joseph #28, Kevin #28, Nick #27, Tyler #27

In addition to the fact that Kevin Love is turning into the worst mentor in NBA history, here’s a perfect summary of this Cavaliers team: I’m on vacation and received 3 texts from my friend. Text 1: “Cavs at 100 points through the 3rd vs Chicago. You should leave more often.” Text 2: “Nevermind they have 9 points in the 4th and might blow it, haha.” Text 3: “They lost.” Ladies and gentlemen, your 2020 Cleveland Cavaliers.

Summary written by Kevin Nye


New York Knicks

#280New York Knicks

Individual rankings:
Jeremy #28, Joseph #29, Kevin #29, Nick #28, Tyler #28

Not only are the Knicks losing again, but their young players are back to getting the short end of the minute's stick. After two blowouts against the Suns and Bucks, the Knicks lost a narrow contest to the 76ers in a 90-87 rock fight. Marcus Morris Sr. is quietly having a great offensive season, now averaging 19.0 points on 43.8% shooting and 45.9% from deep (3rd in the NBA). Julius Randle, meanwhile, is having his least efficient season since his sophomore year on significantly higher usage. So there's the Knicks for you.

Summary written by Jeremy Stevens


Atlanta Hawks

#291Atlanta Hawks

Individual rankings:
Jeremy #30, Joseph #27, Kevin #27, Nick #30, Tyler #30

This team is so bad that they thought Jeff Teague would help. The Hawks are in a mode now where they are lined up for a top pick, a bunch of cap space in the summer, and the ability to give young guys a lot of minutes to hopefully develop. Now just don't screw it up by making a shortsighted trade that won't actually help the future of the team.

Summary written by Tyler Metcalf


Golden State Warriors

#301Golden State Warriors

Individual rankings:
Jeremy #29, Joseph #30, Kevin #30, Nick #29, Tyler #29

Recent rumors seem to indicate that Steph Curry will be returning on March 1st; while that date may change in the weeks to come, it seems pretty apparent at this point that Curry will not sit out the whole season. The Warriors would certainly like to see him play with D’Angelo Russell before draft night, which would be the most logical time to explore trades involving Russell and/or their first-round pick. As their season continues to circle the drain, that draft pick becomes more and more tantalizing--in spite of a confusing and rather weak 2020 draft class.

Summary written by Nick Agar-Johnson