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| 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.

2014 NBA POWER RANKINGS
Updated August 25, 2014

NBA Power Rankings 1) San Antonio (62-20) - The champs bring back their core. Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili are past their prime, but as a squad they're good for another title run.

2) Oklahoma City (59-23 - Good offense and defense, but rely too heavily on just a few players.

3) LA Clippers (57-25 - Chris Paul, JJ Redick's shooting, Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan, Jamal Crawford's scoring, all very good, and championship contender-worthy, but they don't feel quite there just yet.

4) Cleveland (33-49) - Kyrie Irving, LeBron James and Kevin Love together means they should rise quickly, especially against a week East where lots of wins can be had.

5) Golden State (51-31 - Welcome new coach Steve Kerr. Will he be any better than Mark Jackson was, though?

6) Houston (54-28 - All offense, not a ton of defense. Talented, winning group. Chandler Parsons gone, Trevor Ariza on board.

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NBA POWER RANKINGS FROM MAY, 2014

NBA Power Rankings 1) San Antonio (62-20) - Proven, championship-tested, deep, smart team.

2) Oklahoma City (59-23 - Good offense and defense, but rely too heavily on just a few players.

3) Miami (54-28 - LeBron, healthy Wade, Bosh shooting like a guard, and acceptable supporting cast.

4) LA Clippers (57-25 - Chris Paul, JJ Redick's shooting, Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan, Jamal Crawford's scoring, it's all very good but not amazing.

5) Indiana (56-26 - All defense, very little offense. Except in Game 1 against the Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals.

6) Portland (54-28 - All offense, not a ton of defense. Met their match in playoffs against mighty Spurs.

7) Golden State (51-31 - Welcome new coach Steve Kerr. Will he be any better than Mark Jackson was, though?

8) Houston (54-28 - All offense, not a ton of defense. Talented, winning group, though.

9) Memphis (50-32 - Gritty, rugged group that should stick together. But add offense and outside shooting.

10) Brooklyn (44-38 - Old roster that doesn't run. They walk. Like old people. But talented old people.

11) Dallas (49-33 - Old, proud guys who can still ball. But they're old. But good. But old. So old.

12) Phoenix (48-34 - Overachieved something beautiful this season. Played playoff-quality basketball, but missed postseason.

13) Toronto (48-34 - Nice season. Kyle Lowry did good things this year.

14) Chicago (48-34 - Waiting for Derrick Rose to regain health. Been a while.

15) Washington (44-38 - John Wall, Bradley Beal and Nene are a solid group.

16) Charlotte (43-39 - Good defense, and Kemba Walker and Al Jefferson on offense. Need more.

17) Minnesota (40-42 - Might trade Kevin Love this summer.

18) Atlanta (38-44 - Gritty roster fought hard in first round of playoffs. Need Al Horford healthy.

19) New York (37-45 - Full rebuild is needed. But Madison Square Garden sells most games out. So...

20) Denver (36-46 - Lots of injuries. But still seem stuck in the middle somewhere.

21) New Orleans (34-48 - Anthony Davis looks awesome.

22) Cleveland (33-49 - Well, Kyrie Irving is good. As we knew two years ago. Now what.

23) Detroit (29-53 - Welcome new coach and leader Stan Van Gundy. The roster has mismatched parts.

24) Sacramento (28-54 - DeMarcus Cousins, Rudy Gay and Isaiah Thomas seem like a good core.

25) LA Lakers (27-55 - So many injuries, the Lakers often used a D-League type roster.

26) Boston (25-57 - Trade or keep Rajon Rondo?

27) Utah (25-57 - Rebuilding phase.

28) Orlando (23-59 - It's warm in Orlando, so that' snice.

29) Philadelphia (19-63 - Michael Carter-Williams is talented.

30) Milwaukee (15-67 - Come on now.







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