NBA Power Rankings for the 2020-21 season. Updated every Monday.

See where your favorite team is ranked in our latest NBA Power Rankings, based on their recent performance this NBA season.

Last updated: April 19, 2021 | Change in power ranking since last update | Championship contender | Deep playoff run | Buying tickets to the lottery

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Utah Jazz

#1Utah Jazz

Individual rankings:
Kevin #3, Nick #1, Tyler #1

Timing is everything in the NBA and the injury to Donovan Mitchell could be a powerful example of that. If Mitchell gets right quickly and Utah can be healthy come playoff time, they could still be the favorites for the title. If the injury lingers or is more serious than the initial MRI showed, things could go sideways in a hurry with such a crowded western conference. The Jazz are deep, so they may not have too much trouble hanging onto a top seed, but Saturday saw Conley, Gobert, and Favors all nursing injuries as well. It’s all about timing.

Summary written by Kevin Nye (@kevinpnye)

Phoenix Suns

#2Phoenix Suns

Individual rankings:
Kevin #2, Nick #3, Tyler #2

Suns just keep winning weeks at a time! Suffered a little bit of a blowout to the Spurs to end the week but all-in-all another good week. Ayton has really come into his own over the past few weeks and hopefully, that’s an indication of maturity and growth from him as the team needs him to be consistent. The next two weeks will prove to be the most pivotal part of the season for the Suns with matchups coming against the Bucks, Sixers, Nets, Celtics, Knicks, Clippers, and Jazz over the next two weeks! Stay tuned...

Summary written by Tony Jacobsen (@mathskers)

Philadelphia 76ers

#31Philadelphia 76ers

Individual rankings:
Kevin #1, Nick #4, Tyler #4

The Sixers continue to impress after starting 3-0 so far in this seven-game gauntlet of playoff teams. Joel Embiid has not missed a beat since coming back from injury, shutting off the water on the defensive end of the court and moving grown men out of the way on the offensive end. The Sixers have a well-established identity and someone who constantly bends defenses to their will, which are some prerequisites for a deep playoff run.

Summary written by Jordan Christmas (@Jordan_Xmas)

Brooklyn Nets

#41Brooklyn Nets

Individual rankings:
Kevin #5, Nick #2, Tyler #5

LaMarcus Aldridge announced his retirement on Thursday night after having an irregular heartbeat during and after Brooklyn's game against the Lakers last Saturday. Aldridge was diagnosed with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome in 2007, a heart disorder that makes his irregular heartbeat even more concerning than it otherwise would be. He goes into retirement as a Top 100 scorer and rebounder in NBA history, along with 5 All-NBA nods and 7 All-Star appearances. LaMarcus has a good chance at a Hall of Fame nod some day, and he made the difficult but right choice to retire and focus on his health and his family. Best wishes to him and his family on his retirement.

Summary written by Nick Agar-Johnson (@NBAJohnson)

Los Angeles Clippers

#51Los Angeles Clippers

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

The Clippers are 8-2 over the last 10 games, and it has a lot to do with Paul George finding form again. In the last 7 days, he has averaged 32 points, 4 3-pointers, and 6.3 assists in 3 games. The addition of DeMarcus Cousins adds an extra big body off the bench, but don't expect big contributions from him outside of short spurts where he feats on opponents' benches.

Summary written by Gerard Fazackerley

Denver Nuggets

#61Denver Nuggets

Individual rankings:
Kevin #6, Nick #8, Tyler #6

Nugglyfe is real and the Denver Nuggets are in need of MVP heroics from All-Star center Nikola Jokic now that they are without star point guard Jamal Murray, who suffered a season-ending ACL injury last week. Michael Porter Jr and Aaron Gordon will be relied upon on both ends, and their dynamism should continue to be problematic for opposition defenses. If the Nuggets' depth can fill the void left by Murray's absence through injury, their post-season and championships hopes are very much still alive.

Summary written by Nick Paradise

Milwaukee Bucks

#7Milwaukee Bucks

Individual rankings:
Kevin #7, Nick #6, Tyler #7

The Bucks continue to tread water in the third seed of the East. It's unlikely the top few spots in the rankings will drastically change, despite the Bucks going 3-3 in their last six games against a relatively easy gauntlet of teams. Of course, wins never come easy, although it's odd to see the Bucks not blowing out regular season competition while in relative good health. This season has been pretty brutal for the league, so it's not a slight towards anyone if expectations need to be lowered, especially as everyone tries to get to the playoffs in one piece.

Summary written by Jeremy Stevens (@JeremyWCT)

Dallas Mavericks

#81Dallas Mavericks

Individual rankings:
Kevin #8, Nick #10, Tyler #13

Going 5-5 over the last 10 games has well and truly locked Dallas into the play-in-zone, with Portland going 4-6 over their last 10 being the only thing keeping them with a chance of the 6th seed.

Summary written by Joseph Mamone (@josephmamone)

Boston Celtics

#95Boston Celtics

Individual rankings:
Kevin #9, Nick #11, Tyler #11

Jabari Parker signing out of the blue and scoring 11 points right away was by far the most unexpected twist of the season. Boston is on a six game winning streak, which includes wins against the Nuggets, Trail Blazers, and Supernova Steph Curry. Jayson Tatum has gone absolutely berzerk, but the team's success has come from doing the absolute opposite of what they did earlier in the season: playing defense, decisive offense, and executing in the fourth quarter.

Summary written by Jeremy Stevens (@JeremyWCT)

Portland Trail Blazers

#102Portland Trail Blazers

Individual rankings:
Kevin #14, Nick #9, Tyler #8

The Blazers seem to have hit a wall in their last few games, dropping two games and beating the Spurs by 1 point. Scoring had been inconsistent outside of Damian Lillard, and with him missing time with a hamstring injury, the team’s flow has been off. Portland hasn’t been giving up a ton of points to teams, but they haven’t gotten the job done on the offense end thus far. Lillard and Jusif Nurkic will miss yet another game against the Clippers on Tuesday, and until they return, The Blazers need to find consistency from the rest of their roster.

Summary written by Ciara Smith (@CiaraMountains)

Los Angeles Lakers

#111Los Angeles Lakers

Individual rankings:
Kevin #16, Nick #7, Tyler #9

In the absence of LeBron James and Anthony Davis, the Lakers (35-22) have had multiple players step into larger roles. During Saturday’s home victory over the Jazz, Dennis Schröder led the way with 25 points, 6 rebounds, and 8 assists while Andre Drummond put up 27, 8, and 3. It was the Big Penguin’s best game yet in purple and gold. After the game, Markieff Morris confidently told reporters that the playoff play-in games “won’t involve us”. Morris also alluded to the impending return of Davis & James, citing energy “from getting our big dogs back.” The Lakers will look to build on this momentum as they get set to host Utah again on Monday, before playing in Dallas on Thursday and Saturday.

Summary written by Nate Smith (@NateSmithNBA)

Atlanta Hawks

#122Atlanta Hawks

Individual rankings:
Kevin #11, Nick #12, Tyler #10

We're starting to see how Atlanta looks with their pre-season additions firing. Bogdan Bogdanovic finished the week averaging 24.7 points, 5.3 3-pointers made, and 4.7 assists, as Atlanta win 8 of their last 10 games.

Summary written by Luke Fox (@LukeFox444)

Memphis Grizzlies

#13Memphis Grizzlies

Individual rankings:
Kevin #10, Nick #13, Tyler #14

Dallas? I don't recall Memphis playing Dallas last week. But I can tell you that the Grizzlies have gone 7-3 over their last 10 games.

Summary written by Connor Hay

New York Knicks

#141New York Knicks

Individual rankings:
Kevin #12, Nick #14, Tyler #12

A winning streak is powering the Knicks into a prime spot as the playoffs draw near. Sunday marked six straight for the boys from New York, and while those haven’t been against great opponents, wins are wins. They’re now less than 1 game from a 4/5 playoff matchup, and that means avoiding the Bucks, Nets, and Sixers. Could we be looking at a second round playoff team?! Maybe by default, but much like beating bad teams, that still counts. Bonus shoutout to Julius Randle going 44/10/7 against Dallas. What a season.

Summary written by Kevin Nye (@kevinpnye)

Miami Heat

#154Miami Heat

Individual rankings:
Kevin #15, Nick #15, Tyler #15

The Heat lost their first three games of the week, but eked out a two-point victory over the Nets on Sunday to finish the week above .500 at 29-28. Miami, as is the case with every other NBA team, has an incredibly packed schedule the rest of the way; they have four games again next week, including a back-to-back, as they try to stay above the play-in mix.

Summary written by Nick Agar-Johnson (@NBAJohnson)

San Antonio Spurs

#16San Antonio Spurs

Individual rankings:
Kevin #13, Nick #18, Tyler #19

With one of the toughest remaining schedules, the Spurs have begun their slide by losing seven of their last ten games and falling to the 10th seed. The Spurs still have a three-game cushion over the Pelicans, but their recent form doesn't provide a lot of optimism. DeMar DeRozan continues to have an outstanding season, but the Spurs struggle to get consistent production from their frontcourt. Gorgui Dieng has fallen well short of expectations. His defense has been great, 102.4 defensive rating over the last ten games, but his offense has been non-existent with an 88.2 offensive rating. The Spurs don't have scoring options to match DeRozan's production on a nightly basis, but they need someone to step up down the stretch.

Summary written by Tyler Metcalf (@tmetcalf11)

Golden State Warriors

#174Golden State Warriors

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

Steph Curry has continued his historic offensive effort, becoming the first player since Kobe Bryant to score 30 points in 10 straight games at age 33 or older. His scoring has resulted in wins for the Warriors, who took 3 out of their 4 games this week. Their easy schedule has helped, but the Dubs also picked up a victory against the powerhouse Nuggets. Golden State is down a few players— rookie James Wiseman underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus and will miss the remainder of the season. However, if Curry can continue his hot streak, the Warriors could capitalize on an easier schedule to secure themselves a place in the play-in tournament.

Summary written by Ciara Smith (@CiaraMountains)

Charlotte Hornets

#181Charlotte Hornets

Individual rankings:
Kevin #21, Nick #17, Tyler #16

Injuries keep building up for Charlotte, but the team still finds ways to get wins and remain .500 with a 28-28 record. There's optimism surrounding LaMelo Ball. If he can return for the play-in tournament then Charlotte is a chance to make the playoffs.

Summary written by Wayne Thompson

Indiana Pacers

#191Indiana Pacers

Individual rankings:
Kevin #20, Nick #19, Tyler #17

After another 1-3 performance last week, Indiana has settled even more comfortably into the ninth seed in the East. If the Pacers want to turn the 2020-2021 season around, it has to be now. After weeks of key players battling injuries, Brogdon, Sabonis, and Turner are finally all back and healthy, so there are no longer any excuses. Sadly, the Turner/Sabonis pairing did not fare well in their first game back together, adding more fuel to the fire regarding whether or not this duo can actually co-exist. With 16 games left and the East pulling away, it’s do or die.

Summary written by Ethan Krieger (@KriegerSports)

New Orleans Pelicans

#20New Orleans Pelicans

Individual rankings:
Kevin #18, Nick #22, Tyler #20

Will New Orleans chase the 10th seed? This isn't the timeline Pelicans fans were hoping for to start the season.

Summary written by AJ Dellinger

Washington Wizards

#213Washington Wizards

Individual rankings:
Kevin #19, Nick #23, Tyler #21

The Wizards are on the verge of breaking back into the play-in-game conversation because of their recent four-game win streak. Over these four games, the Wizards have gotten obscene production from their two high-profile guards. Bradley Beal is averaging 33 points (despite 26/28/85 shooting splits), 4.3 assists, and 3.5 rebounds. Russell Westbrook has been even more impressive with 25.3 points on 51/30/66 shooting splits, 11.3 assists, 14.5 rebounds, and 1.8 steals. This has been a brutal season for the Wizards, but if Beal and Westbrook can keep this level of play going, they may sneak into the play-in games.

Summary written by Tyler Metcalf (@tmetcalf11)

Toronto Raptors

#221Toronto Raptors

Individual rankings:
Kevin #24, Nick #20, Tyler #22

The Raptors resting players seems like a tactic from the front office to tank. This gave birth to the Paul Watson 30 piece game who proceeded to follow that up with an 0-10 shooting (0 points) effort in the next outing. Rookie, Malachi Flynn, seems to start slow in games, but often finds his way. With the lack of talent actually playing, Chris Boucher has shown he can soak up shot attempts. He closed the week with a 31 & 12 no turnover performance. We’ve learned Freddie Gillespie might belong in the NBA after playing okay in three straight. On the flipside, Rodney Hood may not. Now who knows how healthy he is, but he’s only scored in double figures once as a Raptor and that was in a revenge game against the Blazers. The Raptors still could very well make the play-in tournament as Nick Nurse seems like he has too much integrity to openly throw games.

Summary written by Jordan Kligman (@416Basketball)

Chicago Bulls

#234Chicago Bulls

Individual rankings:
Kevin #22, Nick #21, Tyler #25

Chicago is in trouble. They're 4-6 over their last 10 games and find themselves outside of play-in tournament territory, and to make things worse, LaVine is out for a few more games.

Summary written by Jordan Schultz (@dynoNFL)

Sacramento Kings

#242Sacramento Kings

Individual rankings:
Kevin #27, Nick #24, Tyler #24

The Sacramento Kings mercifully ended their losing streak at nine games, as they beat the Dallas Mavericks 121-107 on Sunday night. De'Aaron Fox had 30 points and 12 assists, as his recent stretch of valiant efforts on the offensive end finally resulted in a win. The Kings still did lose their first three games of the week, but a win over the Mavericks to at least keep the losing streak out of double-digits was a nice way to finish the week.

Summary written by Nick Agar-Johnson (@NBAJohnson)

Cleveland Cavaliers

#251Cleveland Cavaliers

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

The Cavs are at least putting up a fight in about half of their games, but these guys just stink. Two undersized point guards dominate the backcourt, and Kevin Love can only jack up so many contested threes in a game. If it’s not him, Larry Nance and Isaac Okoro are the next shooters in line and that doesn’t exactly strike fear into opposing hearts. A fun piece of news is that they signed rookie Lamar Stevens. He was on a 2-way deal and always performed pretty well when he got into games, but has been relegated to the bench anyway. Nice to see him get rewarded with a multi-year deal though.

Summary written by Kevin Nye (@kevinpnye)

Detroit Pistons

#261Detroit Pistons

Individual rankings:
Kevin #23, Nick #27, Tyler #29

Killian Hayes has already shown more signs of life than he did at the opening of the season since returning from injury, Beef Stew is coming even further into his game, Saddiq Bey is still hitting tons of threes. The Pistons may screw up their lottery odds by winning a few too many games but the team looks lively.

Summary written by Joe Sinke (@Joe_Truck)

Oklahoma City Thunder

#272Oklahoma City Thunder

Individual rankings:
Kevin #30, Nick #26, Tyler #23

The Thunder are tanking so hard that they’re resting rookies. Aleksej Pokusevski, who is 19 years old, missed the whole week of games due to arm soreness. If this trend keeps up, guys will be sitting out due to spring fever as the weather gets nicer. On the bright side, OKC is getting a lot of looks at guys who are on the fringes of the league. Maybe guys like Jaylen Hoard are going to get another contract thanks to this bizarre season. That’s a nice thought, isn’t it?

Summary written by Kevin Nye (@kevinpnye)

Minnesota Timberwolves

#28Minnesota Timberwolves

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

The Timberwolves are now a .500 team when both D'Angelo Russell and Karl-Anthony Towns play in the same game. When Russell, Towns, and Anthony Edwards share the floor, the Timberwolves have a net rating of 4.4. The defensive rating is atrocious at 127.6, but their offensive rating of 132.1 is one of the best in the league. The Timberwolves still have plenty to figure out before becoming a competitive team on a nightly basis, but there are many encouraging signs with their three best players.

Summary written by Tyler Metcalf (@tmetcalf11)

Orlando Magic

#29Orlando Magic

Individual rankings:
Kevin #28, Nick #29, Tyler #27

This Magic team might be the most loved bottom 3 team in power ranking history. The future is bright in Orlando even if we see all L’s the rest of the way. Chuma Okeke is continuing to make the most of his opportunity while Wendell Carter Jr and RJ Hampton will be prominent players for years to come in Orlando.

Summary written by Kevin Brown (@ihaveaformula)

Houston Rockets

#30Houston Rockets

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

The Rockets stayed the course in their fade for Cade, winning one of four games in Week 17. Despite what the record might suggest, the Rockets played well this week and even came close in their matchup with the full-strength Suns. While the OG duo (Wall and Wood) elevated the team’s floor with a stream of solid performances, the squad of waived misfits and call-ups also made their mark. One emerging talent to watch is Armoni Brooks, who has been shooting a ridiculously high percentage from beyond the arc. His minutes are ramping up quickly, and it’s plausible he’ll take on a prominent offensive role in the second unit.

Summary written by Lily Huang (@ldlh17)

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