I’m just as impressed as you are I’m doing this for a fourth straight week. That said, the NBA is a fickle season. We hoped the Thunder would be a little bit further along but a stupid ejection continues with the woes of this team. Boston is on fire, despite losing arguably their best player. Cleveland has their own entire set of issues which we’re not touching with a 10-foot poll. Are the Rockets really the best team in basketball right now? It’s completely possible. The way James Harden played the other night, he might be on his way to an MVP.
Without anymore hesitation, here we go:
Biggest rise: Philadelphia — 12 spots
Biggest drop: Oklahoma City — 10 spots
1. Boston Celtics (8-2) (LW: 5)
Despite losing their best player in my opinion, Gordon Hayward, the Celtics are the league’s best defense and are on an 8-game winning streak.
2. Houston Rockets (8-3) (LW: 7)
James Harden dropped 56 points in 32 minutes, what are you doing with your life?
3. Orlando Magic (6-4) (LW: 1)
While the Magic aren’t in first, they’re still playing well. Expect the Magic to continue to fall in the rankings but they’re respectable.
4. Detroit Pistons (7-3) (LW: 10)
The Pistons are for real. They defend and get the Hawks this week. They’ll get more wins this week.
5. Golden State Warriors (8-3) (LW: 5)
The Warriors are starting to find their groove. They’re going to win a lot of games. The Warriors have won four in a row. Might be 10 in a couple of weeks.
6. Minnesota Timberwolves (7-3) (LW: 11)
Another team on a run, the Timberwolves are on fire, second hottest team in the NBA. Their defense might not be best but definitely can score a lot of points. They’re sixth in scoring at 109.4 points per game.
7. Washington Wizards (5-4) (LW: 3)
Wizards struggled a bit this week but the Hawks and Mavericks are up.
8. Memphis Grizzlies (6-4) (LW: 14)
Chandler Parsons is respectable. Mike Conley is a stud and Grit’n’Grind is still alive. However, Houston, Milwaukee and Portland this week.
9. Portland Trail Blazers (6-4) (LW: 13)
A couple of big wins this week over the Lakers and the Thunder push the Damian Lillard into the top 10 this week.
10. Philadelphia 76ers (5-4) (LW: 22)
I don’t really know why I moved the 76ers up this much. Why not? They’ve won four in a row and looks like the team we expected to make the playoffs in the East. Ben Simmons is probably the Rookie of the Year.
11. Toronto Raptors (5-4) (LW: 2)
Raptors go 1-2 this week with the lone win over the Jazz, so at least it was a good one. Boston ends out the week for Toronto.
12. San Antonio Spurs (6-4) (LW: 9)
Despite winning two straight, Spurs drop a spot. I think this is more about the improved league around them.
13. L.A. Clippers (5-4) (LW: 8)
Back-to-back losses for L.A. drops them five spots. It doesn’t get any easier with Oklahoma City and San Antonio on the next up.
14. Milwaukee Bucks (4-5) (LW: 4)
A top-four team last week, but a three-game losing streak sends the Bucks and Giannis Antetokounmpo’s MVP chances tumbling down the rankings.
15. Denver Nuggets (5-5) (LW: 17)
Some of these teams like the Nuggets and Pelicans move up because of the Thunder and the Cavaliers moving way down.
16. New Orleans Pelicans (5-5) (LW: 19)
Two in a row for the Pelicans. However, only wins over the Bulls and Mavs. Let’s see how they do against Toronto and the Clips this week.
17. Utah Jazz (5-5) (LW: 12)
Had to drop the Jazz as they’ve lost their last two games. New Orleans and Washington are up on the schedule.
18. Los Angeles Lakers (5-5) (LW: 27)
The Lakers, like the Knicks are respectable. Who knows how long that’ll last. If it wasn’t for DOLLA DAME, the Lakers would be on a three-game win streak.
19. New York Knicks (6-5) (LW: 24)
Are the Knicks… good? They’ve won three of their last four. I guess the Knicks are good at basketball again.
20. Indiana Pacers (5-5) (LW: 16)
Indiana’s fun is wearing off. While Victor Oladipo is doing fine, they’re struggling. They’ve lost two bad games recently.
21. Charlotte Hornets (5-5) (LW: 18)
If you don’t love Kemba Walker you can get out of my house. However, their defense isn’t great and they don’t score a lot.
22. Brooklyn Nets (4-6) (LW: 21)
While the Nets score a lot of points (112.7 ppg), they allow the most in the league (116.6)
23. Phoenix Suns (4-7) (LW: 25)
So the Suns fire their coach and win a few games. Phoenix is somewhat respectable now.
24. Miami Heat (4-6) (LW: 23)
This team is too inconsistent, for me, to be inside the Top 23 right now.
25. Oklahoma City Thunder (4-5) (LW: 15)
The way they’ve lost the last two games, they deserve to be lower.
26. Chicago Bulls (2-6) (LW: 29)
They get back Bobby Portis. So, that’s a positive sign. They’re also only one of two east teams giving up under 100 points.
27. Cleveland Cavaliers (4-6) (LW: 20)
When LeBron James is your only source of production, did we time travel back to 2009?
28. Atlanta Hawks (2-9) (LW: 30)
I should’ve just kept the Hawks at 30, but I do this counting up from the bottom.
29. Sacramento Kings (1-8) (LW: 28)
Four straight losses by nine points or more shows the Kings are in a for a long stretch of losses. Oklahoma City, Philly, New York and Washington this week provides tough slate for the Kings.
30. Dallas Mavericks (1-10) (LW: 26)
This is the worst season for Dallas since 1992-93 when the Mavericks finished 11-71. Poor Dennis Smith Jr. Dirk Nowitzki doesn’t deserve this, either.We invite you to follow Thunder Digest on Twitter and like Thunder Digest on Facebook. Don't forget to subsribe on Youtube! Our Podcast is on iTunes and on Stitcher. We also have a Thunder Digest Instagram account if you love fun Thunder photography!