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

Last updated: November 18, 2019 | Change in power ranking since last update | Championship contender | Deep playoff run | Buying tickets to the lottery

Los Angeles Lakers

#10Los Angeles Lakers

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

Am I crazy, or are the Lakers somewhat likable? Between the Dwight Howard redemption story, Danny Green learning how to dunk, Kyle Kuzma being Kyle Kuzma, Anthony Dav... Ok, I was wrong. They're not likable, but the NBA is at its best with Lakers fans flooding Twitter with their hot takes. And I wouldn't have it any other way. They currently have the best record in the league, with an 11-2 record, and it doesn't look like they'll be slowing down any time soon. The scary part? Their roster still has a lot of holes in it.

Summary written by Joseph Mamone


Boston Celtics

#21Boston Celtics

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

Boston's 10-game winning streak came to an end with a soul-crushing one-point loss to Sacramento. While the Celtics are pretty dinged up, the starting lineup has been fantastic even without Gordon Hayward. Jaylen Brown, in particular, has played the most efficient and consistent offense among them (averaging 23 ppg on good splits in his last five games), while Daniel Theis (6th in the league in blocks per game) has exceeded expectations at the center position. Boston has a brutal road schedule ahead that could dent their record, but they still appear to be one of the strongest teams in the league at this point.

Summary written by Jeremy Stevens


Houston Rockets

#37Houston Rockets

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

James Harden is doing absurd things yet again this season. I hate the style of his game, but can't deny the results. He's currently averaging 39.5 points per game despite shooting just 33 percent from three. Harden's shooting percentages are down but he is willing this team to wins through pure volume. On top of this, their defense continues to slowly improve. Their defensive rating has dropped to 107.6 which puts them at 16th in the league and their offense continues to click with an 111.9 rating (4th). It'll take a lot to convince me that this is a team that will do damage in the playoffs, but they are going to win a ton of regular-season games.

Summary written by Tyler Metcalf


Los Angeles Clippers

#42Los Angeles Clippers

Individual rankings:
Jeremy #4, Joseph #5, Kevin #7, Nick #8, Tyler #1

The Clippers have lost their stranglehold on the top of the rankings due to a week of mixed results. No one bats an eye when Kawhi Leonard rests and the Clips lose, but that's not exactly what happened here. Kawhi played and the Clippers were unable to hang with the (very hot) Rockets. Then he rested, Paul George returned to the lineup, and LA gave up 132 points to the Pelicans in a loss. PG played well in that loss and again in their insane 150-101 win over Atlanta, so this is likely just a blip on the radar, but two losses in a row hurts your ranking - even if Kawhi is the face of the franchise. Introducing Paul George will take a little ironing out, but I don't imagine this team falls far or for long.

Summary written by Kevin Nye


Milwaukee Bucks

#51Milwaukee Bucks

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

The Bucks only played twice this week, winning both, so there’s not a lot of reason for much change here. Giannis dominated both games, although the Bulls win was a bit rocky at times. Milwaukee is doing just fine, and while there’s plenty of reason to wonder if they’re going to keep this up all season - and if Antetokounmpo’s enormous shoulders can continue to withstand the weight - they’re near the top of the conference. There’s not a lot more you can ask for.

Summary written by Kevin Nye


Denver Nuggets

#61Denver Nuggets

Individual rankings:
Jeremy #6, Joseph #6, Kevin #8, Nick #5, Tyler #4

The Denver Nuggets continue to grind out close wins on the strength of their defense, which is a good sign for the rest of the season in many ways. The offense, however, has slipped from concerning to alarming. Nikola Jokic is ice cold from 3-point range (24.8% on a career-high 4.8 attempts per game), Gary Harris still looks shaky on offense, and his awful performance against the Hawks played a large role in the loss. That being said, they’re 9-3 and are still near the top of the Western Conference. Paul Millsap continues to make everyone else better on offense, space the floor (17-33 from deep this season), and anchor that top-notch defense; in other words, it’s just business as usual for him.

Summary written by Nick Agar-Johnson


Utah Jazz

#70Utah Jazz

Individual rankings:
Jeremy #5, Joseph #7, Kevin #5, Nick #6, Tyler #8

Losing to Memphis at home was not a good look for the Utah Jazz - especially considering Rudy Gobert's 23/17 performance that included five blocked shots. However, when you factor in that three of their starters (Bojan Bogdanovic, Royce O'Neal, and Mike Conley) combined to go 12-39 in the game, the loss is a bit more palatable. Even with occasional stumbles like this, there is very little concern for the Jazz in the regular season. If they lose winnable games in the playoffs, it's time to get worried, but until then consider this a small bump in the road.

Summary written by Kevin Nye


Miami Heat

#80Miami Heat

Individual rankings:
Jeremy #8, Joseph #8, Kevin #6, Nick #7, Tyler #9

The Miami Heat continue to play impressive, disciplined team basketball. Jimmy Butler has struggled with his outside shooting, but he is clearly getting more comfortable and is the team's best playmaker. On top of that, the surprise of the season Kendrick Nunn continues to exceed expectations with nearly 18 points a game. The Heat aren't going to play the flashiest version of basketball, but they are going to play great team basketball. This discipline and attention to detail are why they have a roster full of guys exceeding expectations.

Summary written by Tyler Metcalf


Toronto Raptors

#90Toronto Raptors

Individual rankings:
Jeremy #9, Joseph #9, Kevin #12, Nick #9, Tyler #6

The Raptors are quietly treading water as they play without Kyle Lowry. Losses to the Lakers and Mavericks aren't a huge deal in the big picture, but it does bring their record in line with Milwaukee (surprisingly mediocre so far) and Miami (surprisingly good so far). Toronto has found contributions found their bench, which was initially a weak point for them. Chris Boucher and Matt Thomas have chipped in, and Fred VanVleet is hitting 40% of his three-pointers. If their depth holds up, the Raptors will be perfectly well-rounded enough to stay in the top five spots in the East.

Summary written by Jeremy Stevens


Philadelphia 76ers

#104Philadelphia 76ers

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

Tobias Harris got a lot of heat for missing a ton of three-pointers, but the Sixers reliance on him to shoot beyond expectations is a story all on its own. Ben Simmons has yet to attempt a three-pointer in his third healthy season. Joel Embiid is up to 41% from deep. Josh Richardson is down to 30%. I hate to sound like a broken record, but that's all there is too this, right? The 76ers went huge when the rest of the league went small, and all we can do is wonder if it can work out if they get enough time on the court together.

Summary written by Jeremy Stevens


Phoenix Suns

#110Phoenix Suns

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

It was a 2-1 week for the Suns, which doesn't move the needle too much. It would be a different story if they had hung on and beaten the Lakers, but it wasn't meant to be. However, the 8-point loss to LA was perhaps misleading: Phoenix went ahead 113-111 with 3:30 to play and proceeded to miss their final six field-goal attempts. On the other end, LA made three-pointers on three straight possessions and that was it. But the Suns rebounded and hammered a feisty Atlanta team to round out the week. Looking ahead will be odd, as Phoenix plays five - yes five - games in seven days starting Monday. It will be a whirlwind, so how the Suns handle it may show quite a bit about this team.

Summary written by Kevin Nye


Dallas Mavericks

#120Dallas Mavericks

Individual rankings:
Jeremy #13, Joseph #12, Kevin #9, Nick #12, Tyler #11

The Mavericks have now lost to the Knicks twice. The Knicks have three wins in total. Kristaps Porzingis is putting up numbers, but looks sluggish. As a whole, the Mavericks are just underwhelming outside of Luka. Tim Hardaway Jr., who I expected to pick up some slack off the bench, has the worst TS% on the team (.480, while attempting 10.5 shots per game). Delon Wright and Maxi Kleber have been much more efficient, but don't see the ball nearly as much. I still think Dallas has the right personnel to be good. I'm no longer confident that the right guys will have the ball in their hands.

Summary written by Jeremy Stevens


Minnesota Timberwolves

#130Minnesota Timberwolves

Individual rankings:
Jeremy #12, Joseph #14, Kevin #13, Nick #13, Tyler #14

If you feel like annoying your Laker friends please look up the year six stat lines of Andrew Wiggins and Kobe Bryant. Wiggins is having an awesome year and his impact was clearly missed in their last two home blowout losses. The mindset and philosophy have clearly changed for the better, but this is a flawed roster. They are shooting the fourth-most threes in the league but are shooting the third-worst percentage from behind the arc. Going forward, this is very encouraging, but this year will produce a lot of frustrating results.

Summary written by Tyler Metcalf


Indiana Pacers

#141Indiana Pacers

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

I won't fault the Pacers for losing to the Bucks without Malcolm Brogdon, but their play without him was pretty telling. Any possession where Domantas Sabonis didn't touch the ball resulted in either an awkward, forced mid-range shot or and air-mailed three-pointer. Injuries are nobody's fault (usually), but that doesn't mean we can't take inventory on the guys who are still healthy. Indiana will have some soul-searching to do with their best players sidelined as they try to get guys like TJ Warren and Goga Bitadze acclimated.

Summary written by Jeremy Stevens


Oklahoma City Thunder

#151Oklahoma City Thunder

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

Oklahoma is in a weird spot - they're currently sitting in the 9th seed in the Western Conference with a 5-7 record, but their objective was never to win heading into the season, and every win decreases their chances of a top lottery pick. Are they going to continue gritting out wins? It's only a matter of time until they move some of their veterans for younger pieces, and there's plenty of teams who need a guy like Danilo Gallinari on their roster.

Summary written by Joseph Mamone


Brooklyn Nets

#161Brooklyn Nets

Individual rankings:
Jeremy #21, Joseph #16, Kevin #17, Nick #15, Tyler #17

The Nets managed to beat the Bulls to end the week on a high note after respectable but painful losses to Western Conference contenders in Denver and Utah. Losing Caris LeVert for four-plus weeks after thumb surgery is much more painful than the losses. Spencer Dinwiddie made three of his 17 shots from long range in three games this week, and is down to 27.7% on the season; he will need to find his shot while LeVert is recovering. On the more positive side, Joe Harris continues to torch the nets from long-range (despite falling off from his ridiculous 50+% percentage shooting early on), and has continued to diversify his offensive game off the dribble.

Summary written by Nick Agar-Johnson


Charlotte Hornets

#173Charlotte Hornets

Individual rankings:
Jeremy #16, Joseph #21, Kevin #16, Nick #18, Tyler #16

You need to watch the Hornets. It feels wrong to type that out but it's true. This team is shockingly fun to watch because of their young players and the delightful play of Devonte' Graham. This still isn't a good roster, but James Borrego is doing a great coaching job. If the season ended today, the Hornets would be the eighth seed despite having a -5.5 point differential. When they lose, they lose by a lot. The games they are in though typically have exciting finishes as we saw in New York the other night. The Hornets won't provide the prettiest version of basketball you've ever seen, but if you catch them on the right night, they can be a lot of fun.

Summary written by Tyler Metcalf


Orlando Magic

#185Orlando Magic

Individual rankings:
Jeremy #15, Joseph #22, Kevin #19, Nick #17, Tyler #18

Is it too early to start campaigning for Markelle Fultz as the winner of the Most Improved Player award? His game-clinching steal and dunk, along with 19 points in a win against Washington has been the shining light in an otherwise dull start to the season. They're yet to win a game on the road, but thankfully, they're in the Eastern Conference, and their 6-7 record still has them in the playoff race as the 8th seed. There's still time to work things out.

Summary written by Joseph Mamone


San Antonio Spurs

#195San Antonio Spurs

Individual rankings:
Jeremy #18, Joseph #20, Kevin #22, Nick #19, Tyler #19

It’s not quite accurate to say the wheels are falling off in San Antonio; it’s more like the passengers in the car were in a Looney Tunes gag and looked down to realize that there’s no longer a road underneath them because they've driven off a cliff. The Spurs have lost five in a row and the only one against a good team was the first loss - a 20-point home beating at the hands of the Celtics. But what's more amazing is that the Spurs - the *San Antonio Spurs, as coached by Gregg Popovich* - are 26th in the NBA in Defensive Rating. History suggests that they'll turn it around, but things are bad in San Antonio.

Summary written by Kevin Nye


Sacramento Kings

#202Sacramento Kings

Individual rankings:
Jeremy #23, Joseph #17, Kevin #18, Nick #21, Tyler #21

The Kings have continued to slow the pace down even further without De’Aaron Fox, and they’re now somehow one of the slowest teams in the league. They’ve more than made up for that by playing exceptional defense; they held all three teams that they played this week to under 100 points. They followed up a heartbreaking and controversial loss to the Lakers with a thrilling win over the Celtics after two clutch free throws by Richaun Holmes, holding Boston's vaunted offense to just 99 points and snapping their 10-game winning streak. Bogdan Bogdanovic is starting to recover after a slow start, and he put up a double-double on Sunday (12 points, 10 assists) while taking over a lot of the point guard duties in Fox’s absence.

Summary written by Nick Agar-Johnson


Portland Trail Blazers

#213Portland Trail Blazers

Individual rankings:
Jeremy #24, Joseph #19, Kevin #20, Nick #20, Tyler #20

The Trail Blazers made headlines by signing Carmelo Anthony this Thursday to shore up the weakest positional group in the NBA. The Blazers had the weakest power forward depth in the league prior to signing Melo: Mario Hezonja has been atrocious and Anthony Tolliver looks distressingly lost on both ends and is shooting just 24.2% from deep. The starting spot is also a question mark following the Zach Collins injury; Portland has started 6’5” 19-year-old rookie Nassir Little alongside of 6’8” beanpole Rodney Hood at the forward spots in the past couple of games. We’ll see how the Carmelo experiment works out in the days to come as he did not play this week, but he does fill a dire positional need for them. Maybe it’s good karma for him that the Blazers eked out a win over the reeling Spurs on Saturday.

Summary written by Nick Agar-Johnson


Memphis Grizzlies

#224Memphis Grizzlies

Individual rankings:
Jeremy #20, Joseph #18, Kevin #23, Nick #22, Tyler #25

The Memphis Grizzlies won their first three games of the week by a combined total of seven points, with Ja Morant providing the game-winning points in two of them. Then, they got pulverized by the Nuggets in the second quarter on Sunday--a 44-17 beatdown en route to a blowout win. Ja Morant continues to build his Rookie of the Year case in spite of somewhat limited minutes. Still, this team has been better than expected early mostly on the strength of their young players. The Grizzlies might end up fighting their way to 30-plus wins this season, which would be interesting given the top-six protection on the pick that they owe the Boston Celtics.

Summary written by Nick Agar-Johnson


Atlanta Hawks

#234Atlanta Hawks

Individual rankings:
Jeremy #19, Joseph #23, Kevin #21, Nick #24, Tyler #22

Things are starting to spiral out of control for the Hawks. The most surprising thing about this team is that they have the third-worst offensive rating of 103.1 and the third-worst net rating of -8.1. Coming into the year I thought that the Hawks would be a playoff contender but they are looking at another early lottery pick. Trae Young has done some impressive things and is putting up good numbers, but his defense is non-existent. If the Hawks are going to play this poor of team defense, they need to turn their offense around. If changes aren't made soon, the Hawks will continue to plummet.

Summary written by Tyler Metcalf


Cleveland Cavaliers

#241Cleveland Cavaliers

Individual rankings:
Jeremy #22, Joseph #26, Kevin #24, Nick #23, Tyler #26

It was not a great week for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Three straight losses will hurt any team, and the ”moral victory” aspect of the 1-point loss vs. Philadelphia earlier in the week was mitigated when the Sixers annihilated the Cavs on Sunday. Adding to the problems, Larry Nance Jr. sprained his thumb for the second time and could miss several games, ushering in another chapter of the Ante Zizic story. The reality is that Cleveland is starting to look like the team we all expected them to be from day one.

Summary written by Kevin Nye


Detroit Pistons

#254Detroit Pistons

Individual rankings:
Jeremy #26, Joseph #24, Kevin #25, Nick #25, Tyler #23

Detroit is struggling on the road with a 1-6 record away from home, but Blake Griffin is back (has played in two of their last three games), so that should improve once he gets his legs back. Luke Kennard is continuing his strong start to the season (let's just ignore his 5 point game against Charlotte), and if things continue, then their draft pick will be a good one in a draft loaded with quality guards (a position in need).

Summary written by Joseph Mamone


Chicago Bulls

#262Chicago Bulls

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

The Coby White rollercoaster continues, with the first-year player starting the week strong, dropping 27 points on 57% shooting, followed by 26 points on 39% shooting, and ending on 7 points on 23% shooting. This perfectly summarizes Chicago's 4-9 record to start the season. It looks like this is going to be another "development" year in Chicago.

Summary written by Joseph Mamone


New Orleans Pelicans

#270New Orleans Pelicans

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

The Pelicans' frustrating season continues as they are ravaged by injuries. They haven't been able to build chemistry and it has shown with their third-worst defensive rating of 113.7. The athletic rookie Jaxson Hayes has started seeing more minutes and while young players typically aren't great defenders, hopefully, his shot-blocking can help turn things around. The bright spot for the Pelicans has been their top-ten offense. They play with pace and are shooting much better from the outside than I expected.

Summary written by Tyler Metcalf


Washington Wizards

#281Washington Wizards

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

Bradley Beal has activated Bradley Beal mode, averaging 40.7 points, 8 assists, and 3.3 3-pointers made over the last 3 games (one even came in a win against Minnesota). They have the second-worst record in the Eastern Conference, but the only thing Washington fans are focusing on are lottery balls, and how lucky they are that Moritz Wagner is still only in year 2 of his rookie contract.

Summary written by Joseph Mamone


New York Knicks

#291New York Knicks

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

It was unfair of me to say so many harsh things about the Knicks a couple of weeks ago, but only because I'm a big Marcus Morris guy. He's a throwback to the early 2000's games that I grew up adoring, where 'efficiency' wasn't invented yet and mid-range step-backs were still trendy. Frank Ntilikina's minutes are up, as they should be, as the Knicks might do the unthinkable and pivot towards developing some younger talent. At any rate, the Knicks are 3-9 because they're bad and Julius Randle is shooting 20% from three with an offensive rating of 93 as the team's highest usage player.

Summary written by Jeremy Stevens


Golden State Warriors

#302Golden State Warriors

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

Well, at least Eric Paschall looks like a steal. The Wounded Warriors have seven rostered players out with injuries at the moment, with D’Angelo Russell now set to miss two weeks with a thumb injury. The defense continues to lag behind all 29 other teams, and Draymond Green is failing to boost that or score without the space generated by Golden State’s star shooters. It’s stunning to see the Warriors near the bottom of the league at 31.5% shooting from deep, but that’s the state of things in the Bay at the moment. The effort is there and Paschall has certainly been impressive, but it’s hard to get out of the cellar when you’re sporting a 2-12 record.

Summary written by Nick Agar-Johnson