NBA Week 17 Power Rankings


Where do we start?

We are one week away from the NBA All-Star Break, and the NBA Trade Deadline was earlier today. There is so much to get into. Who’s hot? Who’s not? What kind of trades made headlines down the stretch? Let’s get into the NBA Week 17 Power Rankings to find all that out. – Matthew Jones

1. Houston Rockets (40-13)

  • The Rockets impressive win against the struggling Cavs on Saturday showed how great they are with Chris Paul and James Harden both playing. They have a 25-3 record this season in games when they both have played. – Nick Thornburg

2. Golden State Warriors (41-13)

  • The Warriors mid-season fatigue is no reason for concern as they were 12-2 in their previous 14 games before their 1-3 record in the last four games. Look for them to go on a winning streak after the All-Star break. – Nick Thornburg

3. Boston Celtics (39-16)

  • The Celtics’ loss to the Raptors was huge as they only have a one-game lead on them now. They need to bounce back tonight as they have another important game against Washington. – Nick Thornburg

4. Toronto Raptors (37-16)

  • The Raptors have a three-game win streak and 11 straight games against Eastern Conference opponents. They have a great opportunity to take the #1 seed in the East. – Nick Thornburg

5. San Antonio Spurs (35-21)

  • The Spurs just got an impressive 48 point win on the road vs. the Suns. Their next game (Saturday at Golden State) will be a tough challenge. – Nick Thornburg

6. Minnesota Timberwolves (34-23)

  • The Wolves 140-138 OT loss to Cleveland was a tough one. They had their best shooting game of the season and made the most 3 pointers on the season. They should have some momentum going into their upcoming games, however. – Nick Thornburg

7. Oklahoma City Thunder (31-24)

  • The Thunder have shown they are capable of playing like one of the best teams in the league. Their 20-point win over the Warriors on Tuesday was more proof of the fact. – Nick Thornburg

8. Indiana Pacers (30-25)

  • The Pacers game at the Pelicans yesterday was postponed due to a water leak in the roof, a rare occurrence in the NBA. Indiana has no time to think about that, however, as they have a tough game in Boston tomorrow. – Nick Thornburg

9. Washington Wizards (31-23)

  • The Wizards have played surprisingly well with John Wall out (5 straight wins until their loss vs. the Sixers on Tuesday). It will be interesting to see if they can continue to win without him. – Nick Thornburg

10. Denver Nuggets (29-25)

  • Denver stocked up for a playoff run by shipping out the criticized Emmanuel Mudiay in a three-team deal and receiving veteran guard Devin Harris from the Mavs. Harris brings plenty of playoff experience to Denver and will bring plenty of offense off the bench. Also of note should be the emergence of PG Jamal Murray, who has averaged 22.1 ppg over his last nine games. – Joe Morris
  • The Nuggets trades show they are hoping to rise in the playoff picture and their acquisitions show they can do just that. – Nick Thornburg

11. Milwaukee Bucks (30-23)

  • Giannis had the dunk of the year vs. New York and he’s playing at a high level going into this All-Star break. The Bucks are hoping they can rise in the standings with his high play. – Nick Thornburg

12. Detroit Pistons (27-26)

  • The Pistons have won their last five games, four of which came with the help of new acquisition Blake Griffin. Griffin and Drummond have combined to dominate the post game, something Stan Van Gundy has longed to see in Detroit. – Joe Morris
  • Blake Griffin is making the Pistons look like a playoff team now and their energy and intensity had a noticeable improvement. -Nick Thornburg

13. Cleveland Cavaliers (31-22)

  • Cleveland has been in such a tailspin that with Kevin Love missing time until April, it seemed conceivable as of yesterday that the Cavs could miss the playoffs altogether. With all their big moves this morning, however, the Cavs may just turn this season around after all. – Joe Morris
  • The Cavs had their most exciting win of the season last night, along with their best shooting of any game this season. They made some trades today as expected, sending away Thomas, Frye, Crowder, Rose, Shumpert, Wade and the team’s 2018 first-round pick. Their acquisitions (Clarkson and Nance Jr. from the Lakers, Hood from the Jazz, and Hill from the Kings) bring more youth and athleticism. The Cavs needed to revamp their team to have a better chance of making it back to the Finals. At least the players that they dealt got a nice send-off win. – Nick Thornburg

14. New Orleans Pelicans (28-25)

  • Picking up Nikola Mirotic appears to be a short-term move but could very well be one of the smarter moves. The Pelicans could keep Mirotic as a high-level backup and his presence could keep New Orleans in the playoffs, which will be key to keeping Anthony Davis around. – Jason Walker

15. Los Angeles Clippers (27-25)

  • The Clippers’ moves make no sense. First they make a tank move by dealing their franchise’s most iconic player of the last decade and then they resign the 31-year-old Lou Williams to a three-year deal — very much a not-tanking move. Some teams just don’t make sense. – Jason Walker

16. Utah Jazz (26-28)

  • Although the Jazz currently sits at 10th in the Western Conference, they have been on a tear since getting center Rudy Gobert. Utah did lose in Gobert’s return game against the Knicks, but they have been 8-1 since then. In fact, they’ve gotten victories over the Raptors, Warriors, and Spurs, which are some of the best teams in the NBA. – Matthew Jones

17. Portland Trail Blazers (29-25)

  • It’s been an up and down season for the Portland Trail Blazers, and throughout that time, people have wondered whether or not the Damian Lillard should be traded from Portland. Unfortunately, nothing happened with Lillard. To me, you can’t receive fewer votes than Lonzo Ball and since be considered an elite player in the league. You just can’t. – Matthew Jones

18. Miami Heat (29-26)

  • It was a pretty bad week for the Miami Heat, as they fall all the way to #18 in the NBA Power Rankings. However, they did trade Okaro White to the Hawks for a returning Luke Babbitt. That could be interesting. – Matthew Jones

19. Philadelphia 76ers (26-25)

  • Philadelphia made no moves at the deadline, which was smart. Even though they’ve lost four of their last six games, they have a very solid core of young players that will carry them in the future (as evidenced by the fact they won nine of 11 before the current six-game run). – Jason Walker

20. Los Angeles Lakers (22-31)

  • The Los Angeles Lakers have traded Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance to the Cleveland Cavaliers. In return, L.A. will receive a first-round pick in this summer’s draft, Channing Frye, and Isaiah Thomas. IT didn’t want to be traded in the slightest, but it was a genius move on Cleveland’s part to get rid of him. How he will fare with this young Lakers team is still up for grabs, but I think it’ll work for all parties involved. – Matthew Jones

21. Charlotte Hornets (22-30)

  • It’s an underrated move, but the trade for center Willy Hernangomez was a solid pick-up for a Hornets team looking for young talent. Hernangomez had been pushed to the brink of the rotation in NY, but his potential remains intact. – Joe Morris

22. New York Knicks (23-32)

  • Losing Kristaps Porzingis hurts bad. And the timing could hardly be worse. Not only will he miss the remainder of the season and kill almost any hope of making the playoffs that was left, Porzingis will miss half of next season as well, which will handicap New York’s potential there as well. – Jason Walker

23. Sacramento Kings (17-36)

  • A solid trade for the Kings to get some cap space and rid themselves of the mistake of signing George Hill. – Jason Walker

24. Orlando Magic (17-36)

  • The Magic dealt a 23-year-old point guard averaging 13.0 points, 6.3 assists with a 54.7 eFG% for a second-round draft pick. Sure, Orlando wanted to trade him but surely they couldn’t have been that desperate, right? – Jason Walker

25. Atlanta Hawks (17-37)

  • Luke Babbitt is no longer with the Hawks as Atlanta traded him to the Heat for Okaro White. Babbitt was with the Heat in the 2016-17 season, so he’ll be returning to familiar territory. It’s not a bombshell trade, but it’s nice to see a team like the Hawks making moves before the NBA Trade Deadline. – Matthew Jones

26. Chicago Bulls (18-35)

  • Landing a first-round pick for Mirotic was a success. It came with a cost (Omer Asik’s contract), but it’s not like the Bulls will be contending before they get a chance to free up cap space again. – Jason Walker

27. Memphis Grizzlies (18-36)

  • The Grizzlies are in rebuild mode at this point, so I completely understand the decision to trade forward, James Ennis, to the Pistons for another forward in Brice Johnson and a 2nd-round pick. Sometimes, it is the small trades that have the biggest impact. – Matthew Jones

28. Dallas Mavericks (17-37)

  • The arrival of Doug McBuckets may do little for the floundering Mavericks in the short run, but the addition of a nice bench piece may be valuable in future seasons. And to the departing Devin Harris, it was great having you back again. – Joe Morris

29. Brooklyn Nets (19-37)

  • The Nets didn’t stand pat, but they didn’t exactly make headlines with their trades. But most of their work in rebuilding over the next few years won’t be done through trades, so it was a fairly smart stance to take. – Jason Walker

30. Phoenix Suns (18-38)

  • The Suns have been blown out by over 45 points MULTIPLE TIMES THIS YEAR. This team has been rebuilding ever since Steve Nash left in 2012. And half a decade later, no progress has been made. – Joe Morris

It’s hard to cover all of what went down with the trade deadline in the NBA, if you want more, check out the latest CHIRP THAT podcast for great takes on the action.

That’ll do it for the NBA Week 17 Power Rankings. What did you think of the list this week? Where would you rank these teams? Is your favorite team in the right place? Be sure to tell us about it in the comment section below. Also, be sure to like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter: @PowerRank_More, subscribe to our YouTube channel, and follow us on our Instagram page for all of the latest information from Power Rankings and More.

Published on 2/8/18 at 6:50 PM EST.
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Jason is an avid sports fan whose favorite sport varies depending on what time of the year it is. He has played nearly every sport there is to play and has loved every single one. He grew up in Kaysville, UT and is a die-hard fan of the Utah Jazz and the New England Patriots. He is currently studying journalism at Utah State University. Follow him on twitter @thejwalk67

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