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2024 NBA Power Rankings: Evaluating every playoff contender with NBA playoffs drawing near

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With the 2023-2024 season nearly complete, find out who are the best and worst NBA teams with our latest NBA power rankings.

Along with the latest pecking order around the league, you can also check out the current NBA standings, and take a look at the top 50 NBA players this season.

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Without further ado, here are our current NBA power rankings for all 30 teams in the top professional basketball league in the world.

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30. Detroit Pistons (Previously: 29)

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The hope this season was that new head coach Monty Williams could bring the Detroit Pistons back to respectability like he did when he won a Coach of the Year award with the Phoenix Suns. Unfortunately, the losing ways of 2022-23 have continued this season despite having Cade Cunningham available for much of the season.

After tying the NBA record for consecutive losses earlier in the season, the only goal to pursue is not having the worst record in the league in 2023-24.

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29. Washington Wizards (Previously: 30)

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The Washington Wizards should have been better considering the talent they have on the roster. But outside of Kyle Kuzma, the team has been a massive disappointment — none of their offseason moves worked out — and is headed to having not only one of the worst records in the league this season but their worst mark in franchise history. That is saying something for an organization that has endured many losing seasons during its existence.

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28. San Antonio Spurs (Previously: 28)

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In his first season in the league, French phenom Victor Wembanyama has completely lived up to the hype. He is leading the San Antonio Spurs in many key statistical categories and has shown he can not only be the face of the league but that may happen sooner than some expected. However, he needs to get help because despite his best efforts the Spurs have remained one of the worst teams in the league all season.

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27. Charlotte Hornets (Previously: 27)

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After a disastrous season last year, the Charlotte Hornets have made no progress in 2023-24, and similar to his brother Lonzo, LaMelo Ball has been dogged by injuries for a second straight campaign. While it is another lost season in Charlotte, the one bright spot is first-round pick Brandon Miller has shown signs he could evolve into a building block for the future as he has averaged 20 points per game in two of the last three months.

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26. Portland Trail Blazers (Previously: 26)

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After months of rumors and speculation, the inevitable finally happened and Damian Lillard’s legendary run with the Portland Trail Blazers came to an end in the fall of 2023. The Blazers went into their first Lillard-less season with a roster that seemed pretty good on paper. However, despite a big season for Anfernee Simons, Portland has been a huge disappointment this season. Chauncey Billups’ seat is getting very hot.

The one thing that could save him is further growth for top pick Scoot Henderson who has played well in an increased role over the last few months.

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25. Toronto Raptors (Previously: 24)

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While Scottie Barnes has elevated his game and grown into the new face of the Toronto Raptors, the team is in rebuild mode after trading off OG Anunoby and Pascal Siakim before the trade deadline. The rest of the season will be about finding the team’s other building block to serve as the wingman for Barnes going forward.

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24. Memphis Grizzlies (Previously: 25)

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The Memphis Grizzles were always going to be behind the eight-ball when Ja Morant was suspended for the first 25 games of the season and starting center Steven Adams went down with a season-ending injury. Yet there was hope when Morant returned after his suspension. Then hope was dashed with a season-ending injury to the young star and the Grizzlies have been a bottom-of-the-battle barrel squad in the NBA standings all season long.

The only hope now is to continue to tank and pile up ping pong balls to hopefully get a draft pick that could be used in a big summer trade to bring another star to Memphis next season.

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23. Utah Jazz (Previously: 22)

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The Utah Jazz were one of the best stories in the NBA power rankings for much of last season. However, reality eventually set in and it has never let up, even in the new season. While Lauri Markkanen has continued his All-Star play and they have gotten solid performances from other members of the roster, the lack of a No. 2 star is one of the biggest differences for this team and why they have already been eliminated from the playoff race.

The fact that Markkanen missed over 20 games due to injuries was also a killer blow that set them back all season.

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22. Brooklyn Nets (Previously: 23)

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Despite breaking away from the drama of the Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving era, the Brooklyn Nets have not been able to be a respectable team in 2023-24. Even though they have a pair of 20-point game scorers — Mikal Bridges and Cam Thomas — the Nets fell back into their usual ways and have been a loser all season long. It cost Jacque Vaughn another job and they head into the end of the season with a lot of questions.

One of the biggest questions they must figure out is if Bridges and Thomas are a part of their future or should be shipped off for short or long-term gains.

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21. Atlanta Hawks (Previously: 21)

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Despite a bunch of trade rumors surrounding Dejounte Murray, the Atlanta Hawks stood pat with their roster for better or worse. Even though they are nearly 10 games under .500 they are still in the playoff race and seem like a lock for the Play-In Tournament because of the awful teams behind them in the standings. However, the way things are going, Trae Young and the Hawks are sure to be knocked out early in the 2024 NBA playoffs if they get through the Play-In.

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20. Chicago Bulls (Previously: 19)

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This has been another lost season for the Chicago Bulls with Lonzo Ball again missing much of the year and the organization never finding an answer for that void. Furthermore, surprisingly, they did not move unhappy star Zach LaVine before the trade deadline.

While they are still in a position to earn a Play-In Tournament spot, there is not much reason to expect Chicago to make any noise this spring when they could potentially play the 76ers or Heat in the first game of the mini-tourney.

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19. Houston Rockets (Previously: 20)

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After a better-than-expected start under new head coach Ime Udoka, the Houston Rockets have been a team fighting to get into the Play-In Tournament in April. After spending a boatload of cash in the offseason this was not been the results the organization was looking for. However, in what was a frustrating year, the rise of Alperen Sengun has been a surprise bright spot in 2023-24.

However, with the young star injured the team has caught fire in recent weeks and is making a surprising late season push for the playoffs and potentially making their front office look very smart in the end.

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18. Golden State Warriors (Previously: 18)

The Golden State Warriors have been fascinating to watch all season as their “Big Three” looks to prove they’ve still got it a year after failing to defend their most recent NBA championship. However, as the season played out, it seemed like Draymond Green was doing all he could to make things implode from within, plus Klay Thompson was in a serious battle with father time.

However, in recent weeks the team led by their legendary greybeards have played far better and Thompson has embraced his bench role and become a super-sub. However, they could have a very tough matchup against the Pelicans or Kings in the first game of the Play-In Tournament.

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17. Indiana Pacers (Previously: 15)

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Early in the 2023-24 campaign, the Indiana Pacers were a legit top-five team. While they have struggled to stay among the best in the East, landing Pascal Siakam at the trade deadline was the move they needed to make and he and Tyrese Haliburton make a formidable combo. However, for as good a scoring team as they are, their defense is a major problem they won’t be able to solve this season.

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16. Miami Heat (Previously: 14)

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After a rough finish to January, the Miami Heat played very well in February and slowly crept up to a top-four spot in the East. Unfortunately in March they fell back to Earth and are again fighting to avoid being in the Play-In for a second straight year. Still, with a trio of players scoring 20 per game, if the Heat can get healthy they will unsurprisingly be a problem this spring again.

15. Sacramento Kings (Previously: 10)

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The Sacramento Kings were the biggest surprise in the NBA last season. They had one of the best offenses in the league and De’Aaron Fox and Domantas Sabonis turned into a dynamic duo for the team. However, for as good as the two young stars are, they still lack the pieces necessary to take them from a good to a great team.

Furthermore, their defensive deficiencies continue to hold them back in a stacked Western Conference and the season ending injury to Malik Monk is a major set back heading into the postseason.

14. Philadelphia 76ers (Previously: 16)

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The squad led by reigning league MVP Joel Embiid and new head coach Nick Nurse was very impressive over the first half of this season. And the best part of it was that Tyrese Maxey was playing at a superstar level in filling the void left by James Harden. They had one of the best offenses in the league and a rock-solid defense to back it up.

Unfortunately, Embiid suffering a serious knee injury put a ceiling on this group. They unsurprisingly struggled with him away, but now that he is back in the fold there is renewed hope they can quickly rise up in these NBA power rankings and back into a role as a beast of the East.

13. Los Angeles Lakers (Previously: 17)

This season has been a very mixed bag as Lebron James and Anthony Davis have played at an All-Star level for the Los Angeles Lakers, but the secondary players that were so impactful in 2023 have not been as consistent. There is no reason to expect this team to reach anywhere close to the heights they rose to last spring.

But they can’t be underestimated due to their capabilities on defense and having one of the greatest players of all-time leading the way.

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12. New Orleans Pelicans (Previously: 9)

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To the surprise of many fans and pundits, Zion Williamson has stayed healthy for most of the season, and low and behold the New Orleans Pelicans have been a noise maker this season in the West. They have a trio of high-level scorers and a top-10-level defense in an era where most teams rarely play it.

Unfortunately in recent weeks they have slipped down the NBA standings and now could roll the dice in an NBA Play-In game in a deep West.

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11. Phoenix Suns (Previously: 13)

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The Phoenix Suns have been one of the most frustrating teams in the league this season. An absurd amount of scoring talent but the issues of depth and health have dogged them all year. The shame about it is Kevin Durant is having one of the best all-around years of his career, but the Suns head down the stretch a team with low expectations despite a massive payroll.

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10. Orlando Magic (Previously: 11)

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The Orlando Magic have taken the progress they made last season and evolved into a legitimate top-six club in the Eastern Conference this season. Some big moves at the trade deadline would have been a huge help but that has never been the Magic way. Nevertheless, Paolo Banchero and Franz Wagner are one of the best young combos in the league and their outstanding defense makes them one of the best under-the-radar squads in the NBA this season.

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9. New York Knicks (Previously: 8)

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The New York Knicks have been one of the big surprises in the league this season. Not because they are good, many expected that, but after a pair of big trades before the deadline, they had a team that could seriously contend for a finals spot. The injuries changed those projections.

While they have talented center Mitchell Robinson back, and should get OG Anunoby back from injuries, losing All-Star Julius Randle for the rest of the season likely puts a ceiling on their potential this spring.

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8. Cleveland Cavaliers (Previously: 7)

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Despite dealing with serious injuries to a pair of their best players, the Cleveland Cavaliers have been one of the best teams in the league in 2023-24. They only have one superstar talent in Donovan Mitchell, but they have a deep roster and one of the very best defenses in the NBA. They won’t be a favorite in the Eastern Conference playoffs, but they will be a harder out than they were last year.

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7. Milwaukee Bucks (Previously: 6)

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The Milwaukee Bucks have been one of the most fascinating teams to watch in 2023-24. They have a pair of elite stars and a strong roster but they have had to deal with the drama of firing a first-year head coach and then replacing him with an old-school bench leader in Doc Rivers. While there were serious growing pains after Rivers took over, it seems like this group is gelling at just the right time and could be the biggest threat to Boston in April.

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6. Dallas Mavericks (Previously: 12)

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There was a lot of pressure on the Dallas Mavericks after a horrid showing at the end of last season. They had a whole training camp and preseason to find chemistry between superstars Luka Doncic, Kyrie Irving, and the rest of the team. Furthermore, another losing season could lead Doncic to push the trade request button.

While they had highs and lows over the first few months of the season, in the second half Doncic’s MVP-level play has taken them to new heights. What makes this group something to worry about is Irving is staying healthy and playing like the elite wingman to Doncic that the front office hoped he would be. They still have issues on defense but the Mavs are a force in the West.

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5. Los Angeles Clippers (Previously: 5)

For the first time in a while, both Paul George and Kawhi Leonard have remained relatively healthy for much of a season together in LA. The big issue will always be if the other shoe drops and their injury devil returns. For the first few months of the season, many were skeptical about how well the group of Leonard, George, James Harden, and Russell Westbrook would be together, but they have shown this season they are an elite group that is a problem for any team in the league.

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4. Oklahoma City Thunder (Previously: 2)

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After a breakout performance from Shai Gilgeous-Alexander last season, the Oklahoma City Thunder have become one of the best stories in the league this season. Without a doubt, SGA has played a huge role in that, but the rise of Chet Holmgren and the strong play of their other young players has been an impressive development. They have the talent to go far this spring, but proving they are mentally strong enough to do it will be the big test in the coming months.

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3. Minnesota Timberwolves (Previously: 4)

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The Minnesota Timberwolves have been one of the best squads in the NBA all season long. While there was a lot of doubt about whether this group was for real after a red-hot start, they have maintained their strong play and done so with an outstanding defense.

Anthony Edwards continues to grow into a top-five player in the league, but the big question for them will be if they can get Karl-Anthony Towns back before the playoffs and the impact he can make in the postseason.

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2. Denver Nuggets (Previously: 3)

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The Denver Nuggets won their first NBA title by taking out the Miami Heat in the 2023 NBA Finals. Superstar Nikola Jokic showed that he is much more than a regular-season monster as he dominated in the playoffs. However, what was key was the continued rise of Jamal Murray into a legitimate star and the rest of the roster showing they were a championship group as well.

Denver has dealt with injuries, including to Murray, this season and it has pushed them down the Western Conference standings a tad. However, the defending champions have played very well over the last two months and are slowly creeping up on finishing the season with one of the best records in the NBA.

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1. Boston Celtics (Previously: 1)

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The Boston Celtics were one of the top teams in our NBA power rankings throughout last season. And that has again been the case in 2023-24. They are not only one of the best offensive teams in the game but also have an elite defense. There is no team more complete than Boston and they are by far the favorites to bring a title back to Beantown later this year.

Which team is best in NBA?

Heading into the new season, the Denver Nuggets were seen by many as the best team in the NBA. However, the Boston Celtics have been the top team all season in the league and are primed for a return to the NBA Finals this spring.

Which NBA team has the brightest future?

Considering how good they have been this year, there are many around the league who believe the Oklahoma City Thunder have the brightest future in the NBA. Stars Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Chet Holmgren are not even in their prime and they have evolved into a dynamic duo.

Another squad many see a huge upside in is the San Antonio Spurs due to the addition of super-prospect Victor Wembanyama. If they can get the French phenom some help, don’t be surprised if they become a scary team in the near future.

Who is the greatest team in NBA history?

Picking the greatest NBA team of all time is very subjective. However, if there were two popular options, it would be the Michael Jordan-led Bulls team from 1995-96 that won 73.

Another top choice would be the Warriors squad from 2015-16 which also won 73 games.

Who has the best longevity in NBA?

While Vince Carter and Udonis Haslem were some of the longest-tenured players in league history, when it comes to competing at a high level no player in NBA history has had better longevity than Lakers star Lebron James.

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