NBA 2018-19 Season Power Rankings
created by Dylan Devine 9/27
1. Golden State Warriors
STARTING FIVE: PG Steph Curry, SG Klay Thompson, SF Kevin Durant, PF Draymond Green, C Jordan Bell.
The Warriors yet again look unstoppable. I think everyone seems to be forgetting that Demarcus Cousins is not going to be playing until late in the season though.
2. Boston Celtics
STARTING FIVE: PG Kyrie Irving, SG Jaylen Brown, SF Gordon Hayward, PF Jayson Tatum, C Al Horford.
A beaten up and injured Celtics team made it too the Eastern Conference Finals and took the Cavaliers and LeBron James to game seven. If everyone stay’s healthy the sky is the limit for this team.
3. Toronto Raptors
STARTING FIVE: PG Kyle Lowry, SG Danny Green, SF Kawhi Leonard, PF Serge Ibaka, C Jonas Valanciunas.
If Leonard stays healthy and is willing to play hard for the Raptors, Toronto has all the tools to be a real contender in the East.
4. Houston Rockets
STARTING FIVE: PG Chris Paul, SG James Harden, SF Eric Gordon , PF Carmelo Anthony, C Clint Capela.
The Rockets are lacking a solid perimeter and shot defender, but Paul and Harden will give the Rockets a chance against anyone.
5. Oklahoma City Thunder
STARTING FIVE: PG Russell Westbrook, SG Andre Roberson, SF Paul George, PF Jerami Grant, C Steven Adams.
I think with Carmelo gone the Thunder are going to be able to function a lot better. The addition of point guard Dennis Schroder and power forward Nerlens Noel is going to be a big help for OKC.
6. Philadelphia 76ers
STARTING FIVE: PG Ben Simmons, SG JJ Reddick, SF Robert Covington, PF Dario Saric, C Joel Embiid.
The 76ers finished third in the East last season and they have a big future ahead of them with Simmons, Embiid, and possibly Markelle Fultz.
7. Utah Jazz
STARTING FIVE: PG Ricky Rubio, SG Donovan Mitchell, SF Joe Ingles, PF Derrick Favors, C Rudy Gobert
Utah was one of the best teams in the West last season and with development from Donovan Mitchell they should be the same this season. I’m also excited to see how Grayson Allen fits in.
8. Los Angeles Lakers
STARTING FIVE: PG Rajon Rondo, SG Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, SF LeBron James, PF Brandon Ingram, C JaVale McGee.
Completely new team in Los Angeles this season. The West is stacked but I think they’ll make a playoff run this season.
9. Denver Nuggets
STARTING FIVE: PG Isaiah Thomas, SG Gary Harris, SF Will Barton, PF Paul Millsap, C Nikola Jokic.
I predicted after the Nuggets signed Isaiah Thomas this would be his comeback season where he proves everyone wrong. If Michael Porter Jr stays healthy he’ll be a big help to this team.
10. Indiana Pacers
STARTING FIVE: PG Darren Collison, SG Victor Oladipo, SF Bojan Bogdonavic, PF Thaddeus Young, C Myles Turner.
Victor Oladipo became one of the leagues best guard’s last season and this off-season Indiana added more playmakers and shooters.
11. Washington Wizards
STARTING FIVE: PG John Wall, SG Bradley Beal, SF Otto Porter Jr, PF Markieff Morris, C Dwight Howard.
Washington struggled last season rebounding the ball and signing center Dwight Howard fixes that problem. I expect them to get a top five seed in the East.
12. Milwaukee Bucks
STARTING FIVE: PG Eric Bledsoe, SG Malcolm Brogdon, SF Kris Middleton, PF Giannis Antetokounmpo, C Brook Lopez.
13. Portland Trail Blazers
STARTING FIVE: PG Damian Lillard, SG CJ McCollum, SF Maurice Harkless, PF Al-Farouq Aminu, C Jusuf Nurkic.
The Blazers bench actually looks pretty solid this season and that’s something they were lacking last season. This should be another good year for the duo of Lillard and McCollum.
14. San Antonio Spurs
STARTING FIVE: PG Dejounte Murray, SG DeMar DeRozan, SF Rudy Gay, PF LaMarcus Aldridge, C Pau Gasol.
I think DeMar DeRozan is going to thrive under Greg Popovich. I also expect rookie Lonnie Walker to make a big impact in San Antonio.
15. New Orleans Pelicans
STARTING FIVE: PG Jrue Holiday, SG E’twaun Moore, SF Solomon Hill, PF Julius Randle, C Anthony Davis.
The Pelicans lost some star players this offseason and don’t look nearly as good as last season, but Anthony Davis will give them a chance to have a solid season.
16. Cleveland Cavaliers
STARTING FIVE: PG George Hill, SG JR Smith, SF Rodney Hood, PF Kevin Love, C Tristan Thompson.
The LeBron era in Cleveland is over so it should be interesting to see how the Cavs play without him.
17. Charlotte Hornets
STARTING FIVE: PG Kenna Walker, SG Nicolas Batum, SF Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, PF Marvin Williams, C Cody Zeller.
18. Los Angeles Clippers
STARTING FIVE: PG Patrick Beverley, SG Avery Bradley, SF Danilo Gallinari, PF Tobias Harris, C Marcin Gortat.
They have a solid starting five and bench. I think they have the potential to get a top ten seed in the West.
19. Minnesota Timberwolves
STARTING FIVE: PG Jeff Teague, SG Josh Okogie *assuming Butler is traded*, SF Andrew Wiggins, PF Taj Gibson, C Karl-Anthony Towns
Not much to say until we see what happens with Jimmy Butler.
20. Memphis Grizzlies
STARTING FIVE: PG Mike Conley, SG Wayne Selden, SF Kyle Anderson, PF JaMychal Green, C Marc Gasol.
21. Miami Heat
STARTING FIVE: PG Goran Dragic, SG Dwayne Wade, SF Josh Richardson, PF James Johnson, C Hassan Whiteside.
The Heat don’t look much different this season, they made no key additions this offseason.
22. Detroit Pistons
STARTING FIVE: PG Reggie Jackson, SG Reggie Bullock, SF Stanley Johnson, PF Blake Griffin, C Andre Drummond.
If Duane Casey can find a way to make Griffin and Drummond work well together and the team stay’s healthy they will have a solid year.
23. Dallas Mavericks
STARTING FIVE: PG Dennis Smith Jr, SG Luka Doncic, SF Wesley Mathews, PF Harrison Barnes, C DeAndre Jordan.
The additions of DeAndre Jordan and Luka Doncic are huge for Dallas. I think Dennis Smith Jr is going to have a breakout year.
24. Phoenix Suns
STARTING FIVE: PG Elie Okobo, SG Devin Booker, SF TJ Warren, PF Ryan Anderson, C Deandre Ayton.
I’m predicting Deandre Ayton will win Rookie of the Year. Also expect a huge year from SG Devin Booker.
25. Chicago Bulls
STARTING FIVE: PG Kriss Dunn, SG Zach Lavine, SF Jabari Parker, PF Lauri Markkanen, C Robin Lopez.
Chicago is a team I think people are really sleeping on this season. They have some key players that give them a chance to have a great year.
26. New York Knicks
STARTING FIVE: PG Trey Burke, SG Courtney Lee, SF Tim Hardaway Jr, PF Mario Hezonja, C Kristaps Porzingis.
27. Orlando Magic
STARTING FIVE: PG DJ Augustin, SG Evan Fourmier, SF Jonathan Simmons, PF Aaron Gordon, C Nikola Vucevic.
Mo Bamba has the potential to be an elite defender in the league. Jonathan Issac and Aaron Gordon could form one of the top young front courts in the league. Orlando still has room for improvement though.
28. Sacramento Kings
STARTING FIVE: PG De’Aron Fox, SG Buddy Hield, SF Bogdan Bogdanovich, PF Zach Randolph, C Willie Cauley-Stein.
Expect a great rookie season from Marvin Bagley III but nothing else very impressive from the Kings.
29. Brooklyn Nets
STARTING FIVE: PG D’Angelo Russell, SG Allen Crabbe, SF DeMarre Carroll, PF Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, C Jarrett Allen.
30. Atlanta Hawks
STARTING FIVE: PG Trae Young, SG Kent Bazemore, SF Taurean Prince, PF John Collins, C Dewayne Dedmon.
Atlanta looks awful this year. Some experts are even going to the length of saying they won’t win a single game.