NBA POWER RANKINGS: Where all 30 teams stand right now

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A little over one month into the NBA, there have been a few surprises.

Teams like the Lakers and Knicks are fun and competitive, the Bucks are back in playoff contention, and the Mavericks own the league’s worst record.

But, if we’re being honest, this looks like a two-team race. The Warriors and Cavaliers look far superior to every team in their respective conferences that it’s hard to imagine a different outcome other than Cavs-Warriors Round III this June.

Still, we’re not even one-third of the way through the year, which means a lot can change. Take a look at where all 30 teams stand right now.


30. Dallas Mavericks

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Record: 4-17

Offensive rating: 97.2 (29th)

Defensive rating: 104.9 (18th)

One thing to know: The Mavericks might be okay if they can ever get healthy. Their intended starting lineup of Deron Williams, Wes Matthews, Harrison Barnes, Dirk Nowitzki, and Andrew Bogut has played just 24 minutes together this season.


29. Philadelphia 76ers

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Record: 5-18

Offensive rating: 96.4 (30th)

Defensive rating: 105.8 (23rd)

One thing to know: The 76ers have a .2 net rating when Joel Embiid is on the court – meaning they’re competitive! “The Process,” averaging 27 points, 11 rebounds per 36 minutes, has been worth the wait.


28. Phoenix Suns

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Record: 6-16

Offensive rating: 100.7 (23rd)

Defensive rating: 106.6 (25th)

One thing to know: Suns coach Earl Watson has to manage the difficult juggling act of playing the team’s young, developing players while also getting the team’s veterans their burn. Thus far, it’s created for an awkward team dynamic.


27. Brooklyn Nets

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Record: 6-15

Offensive rating: 101.2 (22nd)

Defensive rating: 108.9 (28th)

One thing to know: Filling in for the injured Jeremy Lin, second-year guard Sean Kilpatrick is having a career year, averaging 18 points on 43.7% shooting, five rebounds, and three assists per game.


26. Washington Wizards

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Record: 8-13

Offensive rating: 102.9 (17th)

Defensive rating: 105.2 (20th)

One thing to know: Things haven gotten ugly for the Wizards this season. John Wall – who scored 52 points on Tuesday and still couldn’t will the Wizards to a win – is reportedly doubting the direction of the franchise.


25. Minnesota Timberwolves

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Record: 6-16

Offensive rating: 106.1 (10th)

Defensive rating: 108.0 (26th)

One thing to know: The Timberwolves’ future remains bright under, but they’ve hit an unexpected roadblock under Tom Thibodeau – they’re still learning how to win.


24. Denver Nuggets

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Record: 8-15

Offensive rating: 101.7 (20th)

Defensive rating: 106.3 (24th)

One thing to know: Jamal Murray, the team’s No. 7 pick, has emerged as a Rookie of the Year candidate. Over his last 11 games, the 19-year-old guard is averaging 13 points on 40% three-point shooting.


23. Miami Heat

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Record: 7-15

Offensive rating: 100.4 (24th)

Defensive rating: 103.0 (14th)

One thing to know: The Heat reportedly want to see the roster at full health – they dressed just nine players on Tuesday against the Knicks – before exploring trade options.


22. New Orleans Pelicans

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Record: 7-16

Offensive rating: 99.9 (25th)

Defensive rating: 102.5 (13th)

One thing to know: After winning five of seven games with Jrue Holiday back in the lineup, the Pelicans have dropped four in a row. Anthony Davis (averaging 31 points, 11 rebounds, two assists, and two blocks per game) needs more help.


21. Sacramento Kings

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Record: 8-13

Offensive rating: 103.4 (15th)

Defensive rating: 105.7 (22nd)

One thing to know: According to the New York Daily News, Matt Barnes is expected to be arrested for assaulting a woman at a New York nightclub. More trouble around the Kings’ locker room.


20. Orlando Magic

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Record: 10-13

Offensive rating: 97.5 (28th)

Defensive rating: 102.1 (11th)

One thing to know: Guard Jodie Meeks has made an immediate impact upon returning from injury. The Magic are scoring 118 points per 100 possessions with Meeks on the floor this season, thanks in part to his 50% shooting from downtown.


19. Los Angeles Lakers

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Record: 10-14

Offensive rating: 102.5 (18th)

Defensive rating: 109.1 (30th)

One thing to know: The surprise team of the West may soon get D’Angelo Russell back from a knee injury. They’re 7-7 with Russell in the lineup.


18. Atlanta Hawks

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Record: 11-12

Offensive rating: 99.4 (26th)

Defensive rating: 100.3 (3rd)

One thing to know: After a 10-2 start to the season, the Hawks have gone 1-9. Kent Bazemore, who the Hawks paid $70 million this offseason, is shooting just 35%, 28% from three this season after shooting 44%, 36% from deep last year.


17. Indiana Pacers

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Record: 11-11

Offensive rating: 101.7 (21st)

Defensive rating: 104.8 (16th)

One thing to know: The Hawks fired Frank Vogel, in part, because they wanted to play faster and score more points. Through 22 games, they’re scoring fewer points per 100 possessions, allowing more, and playing only slightly quicker.


16. Portland Trail Blazers

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Record: 12-12

Offensive rating: 107.0 (9th)

Defensive rating: 109.1 (29th)

One thing to know: The Blazers are reportedly a potential destination for Mavs big man Andrew Bogut, who would immediately help the Blazers’ league-worst defense.


15. Chicago Bulls

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Record: 12-10

Offensive rating: 104.8 (11th)

Defensive rating: 102.2 (12th)

One thing to know: It didn’t take Rajon Rondo long to get into a spat with a Bulls assistant, resulting in a one-game suspension. The Bulls might not mind if Rondo misses more time – they’ve outscored opponents by 33 points with him off the floor.


14. Detroit Pistons

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Record: 12-12

Offensive rating: 102.2 (19th)

Defensive rating: 100.5 (4th)

One thing to know: The Pistons kept their heads above water until starting point guard Reggie Jackson returned from a knee injury. The only problem: backup guard Ish Smith was on a roll, averaging 13 points on 53% shooting and six assists per game in the six games prior to Jackson’s return.


13. Milwaukee Bucks

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Record: 11-9

Offensive rating: 104.5 (13th)

Defensive rating: 101.8 (9th)

One thing to know: There are four players averaging 20-5-5 this season. There’s only one player who can add two steals and two blocks per game on top of it: Giannis Antetokounmpo.


12. New York Knicks

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Record: 12-10

Offensive rating: 104.6 (12th)

Defensive rating: 108.3 (27th)

One thing to know: Despite playing their best basketball in four years, the Knicks can’t avoid drama. Phil Jackson moved on from publicly criticizing LeBron James to publicly criticizing Carmelo Anthony for holding the ball too long (an apt, if unnecessary criticism). Anthony wasn’t too pleased with it.


11. Charlotte Hornets

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Record: 13-9

Offensive rating: 104.0 (14th)

Defensive rating: 100.9 (5th)

One thing to know: The Hornets rank third in defensive rebound percentage and first in turnover ratio. As ESPN’s Zach Lowe likes to say, the Hornets’ conservative style is like starting every game up 4-0 on their opponents.


10. Utah Jazz

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Record: 14-10

Offensive rating: 107.7 (6th)

Defensive rating: 101.7 (8th)

One thing to know: Health is the key for the Jazz. They’re 5-0 with Gordon Hayward and George Hill in the lineup.


9. Boston Celtics

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Record: 13-9

Offensive rating: 107.3 (8th)

Defensive rating: 104.4 (15th)

One thing to know: After a slow start, the Celtics are getting back on track. The Celtics preferred starting lineup of Isaiah Thomas, Avery Bradley, Jae Crowder, Al Hordford, and Amir Johnson are outscoring opponents by 11 points per 100 possessions.


8. Memphis Grizzlies

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Record: 16-8

Offensive rating: 99.4 (27th)

Defensive rating: 99.9 (1st)

One thing to know: What have the Grizzlies done since finding out Mike Conely, off to an All-Star start, will miss two months with a back injury? Won five of their last six.


7. Oklahoma City Thunder

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Record: 14-8

Offensive rating: 103.1 (16th)

Defensive rating: 101.7 (7th)

One thing to know: Russell Westbrook is averaging a triple-double. That is all.


6. Houston Rockets

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Record: 15-7

Offensive rating: 111.0 (4th)

Defensive rating: 105.7 (21st)

One thing to know: James Harden (along with Westbrook) is trying to become the first player since Nate Tiny Archibald to average over 25 points and 11 assists per game.


5. Toronto Raptors

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Record: 15-7

Offensive rating: 114.7 (2nd)

Defensive rating: 104.9 (17th)

One thing to know: DeMar DeRozan, after signing a $139 million contract, has somehow become even deadlier with an antiquated shot – the midrange jumper.


4. Los Angeles Clippers

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Record: 16-7

Offensive rating: 109.0 (5th)

Defensive rating: 1001. (2nd)

One thing to know: The Clippers got off to the hottest start in the NBA, but in their first big test of the season, a home game against the Warriors, got embarrassed.


3. San Antonio Spurs

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Record: 18-5

Offensive rating: 107.3 (7th)

Defensive rating: 101.8 (10th)

One thing to know: The Spurs are rolling (as usual), but have also faced double-digit deficits in six of their last seven games.


2. Cleveland Cavaliers

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Record: 15-5

Offensive rating: 111.0 (3rd)

Defensive rating: 105.2 (19th)

One thing to know: How bored were the Cavaliers with the Knicks in a 30-point blowout? LeBron James and Kyrie Irving were doing the water-bottle challenge from the bench in the fourth quarter. This sort of sums up the Cavs’ competition in the East this year.


1. Golden State Warriors

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Record: 20-3

Offensive rating: 115.1 (1st)

Defensive rating: 101.6 (6th)

One thing to know: Don’t look now, but the Warriors are on pace for 71 wins this season. Will the chase for 74 be on later this year?


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