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.
NBA Power Rankings updated May 25
Records are final 2012-13 regular season wins-losses
1) Miami Heat (66-16) - Best team in regular season, with league's best player, looking like the best in the NBA playoffs so far.
2) San Antonio Spurs (58-24) - Experienced Spurs still relying on Parker, Duncan, Ginobili and smart play.
3) Oklahoma City Thunder (60-22) - Injury to Russell Westbrook doomed OKC in playoffs. Kevin Durant continues to be all-world.
4) Memphis Grizzlies (56-26) - Low-scoring, grit-and-grind Grizzlies do it with defense. Smart, tough team.
5) Denver Nuggets (57-25) - Balanced, talented, versatile, super-scoring team was hurt by injury to Danilo Gallinari.
6) LA Clippers (56-26) - Terrific regular season but first-round loss to tough Grizzlies resulted in team saying goodbye to head coach Del Negro
7) Indiana Pacers (49-32) - Rugged, defensive-minded Pacers have serious competitive fire. Physical team with big frontcourt.
8) New York Knicks (54-28) - Live by the jumper, die by the jumper. And in the playoffs, JR Smith and friends missed a lot. Low-assist squad.
9) Golden State Warriors (47-35) - Super-shooting backcourt and some frontcourt talent with size is a good foundation
10) Chicago Bulls (45-37) - Heart and hustle allowed Bulls to keep fighting in playoffs despite constant injuries
11) Brooklyn Nets (49-33) - Slow team whose limited athletic ability prevented these guys from turning it up in playoffs
12) LA Lakers (45-37) - Lakers were doomed in playoffs anyway, but season-ending injury to Kobe Bryant helped ensure it
13) Houston Rockets (45-37) - Great at scoring, but just as great at... not defending. Interesting young combo of players.
14) Atlanta Hawks (44-38) - Good passing and running, but team lacks identity beyond that. Josh Smith enters free agency.
15) Utah Jazz (43-39) - Big summer of free agency, especially in the Jazz frontcourt with Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap.
16) Boston Celtics (41-40) - Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett are aging, but injuries to Rajon Rondo and others limited them further.
17) Dallas Mavericks (41-41) - A full rebuild is needed in this old folks home. Aging Dirk Nowitzki needs new guys around him.
18) Milwaukee Bucks (38-44) - A nice surprise was the emerging play of young Larry Sanders.
19) Philadelphia 76ers (34-48) - Andrew Bynum didn't play. Jrue Holiday has some game. Rebuilding project.
20) Toronto Raptors (34-48) - Rudy Gay brings scoring, but team is still limited in overall talent.
21) Portland Trail Blazers (33-49) - Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge have nice game, but team was a disappointment
22) Minnesota Timberwolves (31-51) - Ricky Rubio shot bricks, and Kevin Love was injured. Team is building for the future.
23) Detroit Pistons (29-53) - Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe are a solid, young, big frontcourt combo.
24) Washington Wizards (29-53) - John Wall looked like a seriously dangerous talent once he got going.
25) Sacramento Kings (28-54) - Sacramento got to keep their NBA team. That's the one big win here. Good scoring, bad defense.
26) New Orleans Pelicans (27-55) - Hornets are now the Pelicans. Not many positives this season.
27) Phoenix Suns (25-57) - Played decent team basketball, but simply not talented enough to compete. Good season from Goran Dragic.
28) Cleveland Cavaliers (24-58) - Kyrie Irving is great (when healthy), but with Anderson Varejao injured there was very little help here.
29) Charlotte Bobcats (21-61) - Bobcats backcourt was OK. Rest of team was invisible. As a whole, team was awful at everything.
30) Orlando Magic (20-62) - Nikola Vucevic was decent. This was a D-League level team.