I know it’s only two weeks into the NBA season and that’s why some good teams are ranked low or aren’t on here, but some teams that came out of nowhere are really starting to shine. Here are my week 2 power rankings:
1.Memphis Grizzlies 5-1
The Grizzlies have shocked the NBA world with their great start to the season they’re having. They already beat the Warriors and the Rockets twice(the Rockets only losses). Marc Gasol and Mike Conley have been playing some great basketball and Coach Fizdale has a case for COY early on.
2. Houston Rockets 5-2
The Rockets have played really well to start off the season even with CP3 being hurt. The Rockets beat the Warriors on the road already this year. James Harden has emerged as an MVP candidate early on averaging about 26 points 5 rebounds and 10 assists. The Rockets also have a very good bench which has helped them this season.
3. Los Angeles Clippers 4-1
LA has surprised me a lot to start off the year after losing Chris Paul and Crawford. Griffin and DJ have been one of the best frontcourts in the league averaging a combined 27 boards per game. Griffin has also been in the MVP talk as he’s leading this team right now and also hit a game-winning buzzer beater on the road against Portland last week.
4. Detroit Pistons 5-2
The Detroit Pistons are on top of the East right now after upsetting the Warriors on the road last night. The Pistons are also on a 3 game winning streak led by Avery Bradley, Tobias Harris, Reggie Jackson, and Andre Drummond. The Pistons might be the dark horse to make some noise in the East this season.
5. Boston Celtics 4-2
The Celtics started off the season rough with star player Gordon Hayward getting injured and then starting off 0-2, but the Celtics found a way to win 4 straight. Kyrie looks like a great fit in Boston and the young tent for this team is just outstanding. Jaylen Brown looks like the most improved player and Jayson Tatum has been in the rookie of the year talks as well. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Celtics found their way to a record like they did last season.
6. Golden State Warriors 4-3
The Warriors are having a really rough start to what we were all expecting but they are still a really good team. The Warriors have some solid wins beating the Raptors, Pelicans and the Wizards. Durant, Curry, Thompson, and Green all look amazing so far but it’s the defense that’s been lacking which wasn’t such a problem last season.
7. San Antonio Spurs 4-2
Even without their superstar player playing the Spurs have still been one of the best teams in the league. Pop looks like the best coach in the league like he has been for awhile and Aldridge looks like Portland Trailblazers LaMarcus Aldridge averaging about 26 points and 9 rebounds per game shooting the three ball really well. The Spurs role players have shined without Leonard and I can’t wait to see how they’ll play with him
8. Washington Wizards 4-2
The Wizards look like one of the best teams in the East right now lead by John Wall who’s putting up over 20 points and over 10 assists per game. The Wizards almost beat the Warriors on what a crazy game it was Saturday night. The Wizards bench is their biggest issue and it has been for a while so I have them at 8.
9. Milwaukee Bucks 4-2
The Bucks have created a monster in Giannis who has emerged as one of the leading MVP candidate carrying the Bucks this year. The Bucks have started the year really strong even without Jabari, this team will be one of the biggest threats in the East when they’re at full strength.
10. Portland Trailblazers 4-2
The Trailblazers have started their season off really strong led by one of the best backcourt duos in the league. CJ McCollum has been an offensive star so far putting up 28 points shooting 67% from the field and 75% from three. Lillard has also been good like always and Portland has also gotten help from their role players which I didn’t see coming after what happened last year.
HM: Magic, Timberwolves