NBA Power Rankings
NBA power rankings, rating the entire league from top to bottom. Our NBA power rankings are based mostly on how good teams really are, with recent performances taken into partial consideration. Updated regularly during the regular season, InsideHoops.com's NBA power rankings focus on the big, season-long picture.
2017 NBA POWER RANKINGS
Updated September 4, 2017
The champs are still the best team in the NBA. That didn't change over the summer somehow.
They had the third best record in the NBA last season, and now add Chris Paul to the mix. Will be fascinating to see how CP3 and James Harden learn to share the ball and a starring role.
Age is an issue with many key players here, but Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge remain atop their games. Tony Parker still runs the point. Old Manu Ginobili returns for bench support. Rudy Gay adds serious frontcourt depth. Old Pau Gasol still doing his thing.
: Kyrie Irving may be gone, but Isaiah Thomas and Jae Crowder are on board. Thomas, LeBron James, Kevin Love and friends still form a championship-contending core.
: The Celtics core is now Kyrie Irving, Jaylen Brown, Gordon Hayward, Marcus Morris, Al Horford, with support from Marcus Smart and rookie Jayson Tatum. All eyes on Kyrie here and how he meshes primarily with Hayward and Horford.
Adding Paul George takes a lot of pressure off Russell Westbrook's shoulders. A few teams who finished with a better record than OKC did last season lost talent this summer, so there's room for the Thunder to rise in the standings.
Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Serge Ibaka and Jonas Valanciunas are back, with CJ Miles on board and others needing to step in at small forward. Can they the Cavs or Celtics in a playoff series?
It's still the John Wall, Bradley Beal, Otto Porter, Markieff Morris and Marcin Gortat show. Which is a good thing. But can they someday be a great thing?
THE NBA POWER RANKINGS WILL CONTINUE TO EXPAND THROUGHOUT SEPTEMBER