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

Last updated: March 9, 2020 | Change in power ranking since last update | Championship contender | Deep playoff run | Buying tickets to the lottery

Filter power rankings by week:

Los Angeles Lakers

#11Los Angeles Lakers

Individual rankings:
Jeremy #1, Joseph #1, Kevin #1, Nick #2, Tyler #1

What happens when a team plays 3 championship contenders in a week, and beats them all? They get the number 1 spot on our power rankings. The Lakers are now 9-1 in their last 10 games, with 3 of their most recent victories coming against Philadephia, Milwaukee, and the Clippers. This has traditionally been the time where LeBron has been in a position to taper off a touch and play fewer minutes heading into the playoffs (so many games clear of first seed), but this hasn't been the case in LA. Is he making a final run at the MVP award?

Summary written by Joseph Mamone


Milwaukee Bucks

#21Milwaukee Bucks

Individual rankings:
Jeremy #2, Joseph #2, Kevin #2, Nick #1, Tyler #2

I don't believe in overreacting to a couple of losses for a 60+ win team, but it's been a bad week for the Milwaukee Bucks. Losing to Miami and the Lakers stings a little, but combining that with losing Giannis for (hopefully no more than) a couple of games complicates things. A sub-100% Giannis completely changes the outlook for this team, as shown by their loss to Phoenix on Sunday night. After having lost no more than two games in any month, the Bucks lost their 3rd in March on the 8th.

Summary written by Kevin Nye


Toronto Raptors

#31Toronto Raptors

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

It's been a rough couple weeks for the top of the East, but Toronto has bounced back pretty well from their three-game losing streak on a productive West coast trip. The Raps' latest hero to emerge is Norman Powell, who's scored at least 20 points in five straight games, including 37 against the Warriors. I've always seen Powell as an unconventional player on offense, but he's really molded himself into a credible three-point shooter, and deadly slasher, and in-between scorer on occasion. His production is extremely frontloaded onto his scoring, but who cares? The Raptors have everything else taken care of, which is probably while Powell is free to score at will. OG Anunoby consistently scoring in double figures while playing outstanding defense at the league's most valuable position.

Summary written by Jeremy Stevens


Los Angeles Clippers

#42Los Angeles Clippers

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

The Clippers lost to the Lakers Sunday, and while it was indicative of some things, it wasn't a death-blow to their title hopes. On the one hand, Marcus Morris isn't going to go 0-9 every game. On the other hand, he might take shots away from Paul George down the stretch, who didn't do anything to shake this writer's belief that he sometimes disappears in big moments. Lastly, I think the Clippers would fight like crazy to make sure Kawhi or PG guards LeBron in playoff moments, which could affect a big game. Sunday's loss to the Lakers hurt, but this is still a fantastic team who is unafraid of anybody.

Summary written by Kevin Nye


Denver Nuggets

#52Denver Nuggets

Individual rankings:
Jeremy #4, Joseph #6, Kevin #7, Nick #6, Tyler #6

The Nuggets did at least manage to salvage one win against the Hornets, but this was a deeply disappointing week for one of the best teams in the league. They went 1-2 and lost one game to each of the two teams in 15th in the Western and Eastern Conference. Michael Porter Jr. continues to be tethered to the bench despite his apparent breakout earlier in the season; since he has the tools to be a playoff game-changer, Mike Malone’s refusal to play him continues to get more and more frustrating.

Summary written by Nick Agar-Johnson


Boston Celtics

#61Boston Celtics

Individual rankings:
Jeremy #6, Joseph #8, Kevin #6, Nick #5, Tyler #5

There's way too much to cover on Boston's struggles so I'll narrow it to two things. 1) Kemba Walker's loose handles since coming back from injury. He's lost the ball far more than usual recently, most notably late in the games against the Nets and Thunder. As I've said many times, the learning curve to being Boston's point guard is extremely steep. The games get intense, the defense tightens up, and you have to win some uphill battles. 2) Enes Kanter. Maybe it's not fair to blame Enes for anything (Ok, maybe it's extremely not fair), but let me point out how obnoxious this pattern is. Kanter plays, opposing team goes on a run while the Celtics get shredded in the pick-and-roll, Kanter then sits for the rest of the game. I know better than to question Boston's player development but the crash course they're putting Kanter through is driving me insane. OKC has been amazing on the road, but that doesn't excuse the Celtics from falling into all their bad habits.

Summary written by Jeremy Stevens


Utah Jazz

#73Utah Jazz

Individual rankings:
Jeremy #7, Joseph #5, Kevin #5, Nick #7, Tyler #7

The Utah Jazz are the first team in NBA history to have four consecutive streaks of at least 4 wins or losses. Since January 18th they've gone 4 wins, 5 losses, 4 wins, 4 losses, and 5 wins. Each time they get on a winning streak it feels like they've found their rhythm again, and this time is no different: Mike Conley shot 46% from deep this week, Bojan Bogdanovic had games of 28 and 32 points this week, and Joe Ingles is back to doing Joe Ingles things. It's been said several times before, but the Jazz are trending up again.

Summary written by Kevin Nye


Miami Heat

#80Miami Heat

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

The Andre Iguodala experience in Miami got off to a slow start. Iguodala looked like a guy in his 30s who hadn't played basketball in eight months. The last five games, however, have taken a more promising turn. In Iguodala's last five games, he has a net rating of 20.7. The Heat's offense is running smoothly, but Iguodala's defensive rating of 91.7 is what stands out. This is a small sample size, but if this is a sign of things to come, Heat fans should start getting excited.

Summary written by Tyler Metcalf


Oklahoma City Thunder

#90Oklahoma City Thunder

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

OKC is tied for the second-best record in the league over the last 10 games (that record is 8-2), and they're only 1.5 games behind getting home-court advantage in round 1 of the playoffs. They've gone from a team many expected to tank before the season started, to a team with a legitimate chance of winning a playoff series. Well played, OKC. Well played.

Summary written by Joseph Mamone


Houston Rockets

#103Houston Rockets

Individual rankings:
Jeremy #9, Joseph #9, Kevin #11, Nick #8, Tyler #11

The Rockets' extreme pivot to small-ball has had mixed results. When shots are falling, this team can build up a massive lead early in games. When the pace slows, however, they are showing how they struggle to rebound and control the paint. This strategy will keep them relevant in the Western Conference with a good amount of wins but come playoff time, good teams should figure out how to abuse them inside.

Summary written by Tyler Metcalf


Dallas Mavericks

#111Dallas Mavericks

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

Living by the three means dying by the three. As good as Dallas' offense is, I have mixed feelings about how reliable they are on knocking down threes. As Indiana chipped away from all over the court, Dallas came up short on everything from deep, which is a sign of tired legs as opposed to a failing offensive philosophy. The best jump-shooting teams (e.g. recent Warriors teams) have been exceptional in scoring in different ways, while Dallas is not. I won't question the math, but I just can't look at Mavs as a serious threat if they don't adapt.

Summary written by Jeremy Stevens


Indiana Pacers

#121Indiana Pacers

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

Indiana is red hot again, winning six of seven including a really gutsy win in Dallas on Sunday. I love Indiana's toolbox offense and how many options they have. Amidst the three-point revolution, it's refreshing to see Indiana sticking to their guns and using Sabonis post-ups and silky Oladipo mid-range shots. Oladipo only shot 6-18, but hit a crucial shot in the closing moments to slam the door on the Mavs.

Summary written by Jeremy Stevens


Philadelphia 76ers

#132Philadelphia 76ers

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

The injured Sixers came up short against Damion Lee's Golden State Warriors following their win against the Kings and loss to the Lakers. Al Horford looks unsurprisingly comfortable assuming a full-time role at the center position, while Tobias Harris has generally done his part as a primary scorer. Outside of those two, the Sixers don't have the answer to a possessed Warriors team playing off the momentum of Stephen Curry's return (and immediate exit) to the court. In his last six games, Horford is averaging 14 points, eight rebounds, and six assists. He's also shooting 42% from three.

Summary written by Jeremy Stevens


Memphis Grizzlies

#141Memphis Grizzlies

Individual rankings:
Jeremy #14, Joseph #13, Kevin #15, Nick #14, Tyler #15

The Grizzlies went 3-1 on the week to stay firmly in the eighth seed, with a blowout loss to the Dallas Mavericks sandwiched between a blowout win over the Brooklyn Nets and home and away beatdowns of the Atlanta Hawks. The Grizzlies also signed Jontay Porter to an NBA contract; he is the younger brother of Nuggets forward Michael Porter Jr. but is more of a traditional big man who was viewed as a lottery talent before multiple knee injuries. Jontay could add another excellent passer and high IQ big man to their rotation if he pans out, and he’ll hopefully get some minutes next season.

Summary written by Nick Agar-Johnson


New Orleans Pelicans

#151New Orleans Pelicans

Individual rankings:
Jeremy #19, Joseph #15, Kevin #14, Nick #15, Tyler #14

Despite being at full health and having one of the easiest schedules going forward, the Pelicans are struggling to make up any ground for the eighth seed. A more promising sign, though, has been their recent improved defense. Over their last ten games, the Pelicans' defensive rating of 109.1 ranks tenth best. The best way for the Pelicans to ensure their ability to make up ground on the Grizzlies is by utilizing their youth and athleticism on defense to their full advantage.

Summary written by Tyler Metcalf


Sacramento Kings

#162Sacramento Kings

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

The Kings treaded water in the playoff race with a 2-2 week, as their wins over the Washington Wizards and Portland Trail Blazers were offset by losses to the Philadelphia 76ers and the Toronto Raptors. Alex Len had 15 points and seven rebounds in Sunday’s loss to the Raptors and has really contributed since he started earning some minutes after the All-Star break.

Summary written by Nick Agar-Johnson


Orlando Magic

#171Orlando Magic

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

For a brief moment, Orlando was looking a legitimate chance of avoiding Milwaukee in the first round, but now, they're back to their default position - as the 8th seed in the Eastern Conference. On the plus side, they did manage to beat Houston this week, and they've managed to win 6 of their last 10 games. So things are heading in the right direction as we approach the playoffs.

Summary written by Joseph Mamone


Brooklyn Nets

#181Brooklyn Nets

Individual rankings:
Jeremy #15, Joseph #18, Kevin #18, Nick #16, Tyler #19

The Brooklyn Nets fired coach Kenny Atkinson on Saturday morning. In Sunday’s game, DeAndre Jordan started for the fourth time this season and the first time since January 2nd. If it wasn’t clear that actual coaching ability had nothing to do with the firing before that decision, it certainly was after that. It seems strange to say that the Nets have taken a gamble by handing the franchise over to Kyrie and KD, but their dramatic pivot from the team chemistry and star-free focus of last year to this new model could turn sour quickly if neither star lives up to their old reputations when they return to the court.

Summary written by Nick Agar-Johnson


Portland Trail Blazers

#190Portland Trail Blazers

Individual rankings:
Jeremy #18, Joseph #20, Kevin #19, Nick #19, Tyler #18

The Trail Blazers went 2-2 for the week, but lost two games that they really needed to win against the Sacramento Kings and the Phoenix Suns. Damian Lillard is back at least, but he had a really terrible performance against the Kings; he made just four of his 15 shots for 12 points in 33 minutes. Still, Lillard’s return is unquestionably good news--and that news looks even better in light of the news from Yahoo’s Chris Haynes that Jusuf Nurkic is expected to return on March 15th.

Summary written by Nick Agar-Johnson


San Antonio Spurs

#200San Antonio Spurs

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

I know that it's just what he does, but watching a Spurs game and seeing a perimeter player - one who is considered very good by most accounts - refuse to take three-pointers is just wild. DeMar DeRozan is good! He's in the 83rd percentile in the NBA in points per possession, and he's above the 90th percentile in both isolations and being the pick and roll ballhandler. Now imagine if he would even ATTEMPT a shot that's worth an extra 50%. It's incredible to see him ignore these shots.

Summary written by Kevin Nye


Phoenix Suns

#210Phoenix Suns

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

What a week for the Suns. They hung tight with Toronto and then lost Deandre Ayton, which allowed Aron Baynes to hit nine - 9! - threes en route to a 37/16 line in a win vs. Portland. Phoenix followed that up with a 140 point showing in a win over the Giannis-less Bucks. They looked phenomenal. Ravishing Rick Rubio dropped a 25/13/13 line, Booker scored 36, and they controlled the whole game. It's mainly a lost season, but these are nice moments for Phoenix.

Summary written by Kevin Nye


Washington Wizards

#220Washington Wizards

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

Just when you thought Washington was a chance at the 8th seed, they put together a 1-3 week (that win coming against Atlanta), and there's no guarantee that they won't fall to 10th place over the next few games (with 4 of their next 5 games coming against playoff-bound opponents).

Summary written by Joseph Mamone


Charlotte Hornets

#230Charlotte Hornets

Individual rankings:
Jeremy #23, Joseph #26, Kevin #22, Nick #23, Tyler #22

P.J. Washington has quietly been one of the more promising rookies this season. This has continued over his last ten games as well. Washington is averaging 14.4 points, 5.9 rebounds, 2.8 assists, and .7 steals on 37.5 percent from three. Washington's two-way versatility is going to be vital for the Hornets' future. He is proving that he has the scoring capabilities and defensive prowess to be their starting power forward for the future.

Summary written by Tyler Metcalf


Chicago Bulls

#241Chicago Bulls

Individual rankings:
Jeremy #24, Joseph #27, Kevin #25, Nick #24, Tyler #26

The best off-season move Chicago can make is hiring Kenny Atkinson as their head coach - he's the perfect coach to lead a young team, and to help shift a franchise in need of a new image. Will the front office be smart enough to make it happen?

Summary written by Joseph Mamone


Atlanta Hawks

#251Atlanta Hawks

Individual rankings:
Jeremy #26, Joseph #24, Kevin #27, Nick #26, Tyler #24

The Hawks gave up a good amount to get their center of the future in Clint Capela. Unfortunately, it looks like we won't get to see Capela in a Hawks jersey until next season. The good news is that Dewayne Dedmon has played well, but it will be interesting to see if this complicates their rotation going forward. Continuing to lose games for this season isn't the worst thing for the Hawks so they can ensure they get the best wing available in the draft.

Summary written by Tyler Metcalf


New York Knicks

#260New York Knicks

Individual rankings:
Jeremy #27, Joseph #25, Kevin #29, Nick #27, Tyler #25

The New York Knicks have a winning record over their last 5 games (sure, it's a small sample size, but we'll take anything at this point), and they're doing it primarily off the backs of their young players. If Kevin Knox can find a way to make a shot, and they continue not to lose games, this might even be considered a positive end to the season.

Summary written by Jeremy Stevens


Cleveland Cavaliers

#271Cleveland Cavaliers

Individual rankings:
Jeremy #29, Joseph #23, Kevin #24, Nick #29, Tyler #29

The Cleveland Cavaliers of the last two weeks are above the discussion for the worst team in the NBA, and what a victory that is. They hung close with the Celtics, beat the Nuggets, and played neck-and-neck with the Spurs. That's not what a clear-cut worst-in-the-league team does. This has been while they've dealt with between 3 and 5 of their top-8 players nursing injuries. Maybe JB Bickerstaff is just better able to communicate with these guys, or maybe they just really didn't like John Beilein.

Summary written by Kevin Nye


Detroit Pistons

#281Detroit Pistons

Individual rankings:
Jeremy #25, Joseph #30, Kevin #28, Nick #25, Tyler #27

If you know why Brandon Knight is playing 34-minutes a night for a team at the early stages of a re-build, please tweet us at @hashbasketball - because we can't work it out. On the plus side, Christian Wood is now consistently playing 35+ minutes a night and is no longer coming off the bench. Has a verbal agreement been made about next season's free agency?

Summary written by Joseph Mamone


Minnesota Timberwolves

#290Minnesota Timberwolves

Individual rankings:
Jeremy #28, Joseph #28, Kevin #26, Nick #28, Tyler #28

The Hawks gave up a good amount to get their center of the future in Clint Capela. Unfortunately, it looks like we won't get to see Capela in a Hawks jersey until next season. The good news is that Dewayne Dedmon has played well, but it will be interesting to see if this complicates their rotation going forward. Continuing to lose games for this season isn't the worst thing for the Hawks so they can ensure they get the best wing available in the draft. At least this team is fun to watch again. There is zero defense played in any game, and the overall talent level is low, but there are typically a ton of points being scored. While this won't produce winning basketball for a while, they are at least entertaining and not a chore to watch. This team needs to continue to establish their culture and systems in the short term to ensure future success.

Summary written by Tyler Metcalf


Golden State Warriors

#300Golden State Warriors

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

The news of the week was, of course, the return of Stephen Curry on Thursday night against the Toronto Raptors. It wasn’t exactly the best game of his career--he made just three of 12 attempts from beyond the arc--but he still put up 23, 7, and 6 in his first night back since October 30th, 2019. Curry might have been the big news, but the Warriors had their best weeks in months without Steph, winning both of the games he missed to go 2-1 for the week but remaining firmly in last place.

Summary written by Nick Agar-Johnson