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. Enjoy them.
UPDATED NBA POWER RANKINGS COMING MAY 21, 2013
NBA Power Rankings updated June 23
Records are 2011-12 regular season wins-losses
1) Miami (46-20) - The champs. And top contenders to do it again, and again.
2) Oklahoma City (47-19) - Great run. Need to keep core together for future.
3) San Antonio (50-16) - They play brilliant, smart basketball, and overachieve as a result.
4) Chicago (50-16) - Major injuries messed this guys up badly in the playoffs.
5) Indiana (42-24) - Indiana can be proud of their good, fun Pacers.
6) LA Clippers (40-26) - The Clip Show is on the rise.
7) LA Lakers (41-25) - May make major summer changes. Pau Gasol might be shopped.
8) Boston (39-27) - Time for transition. The Celtics core may totally change this summer.
9) Memphis (41-25) - Rugged, competitive team. But is Rudy Gay needed here?
10) Atlanta (40-26) - Same core roster year after year, same general results.
11) Denver (38-28) - Deep, balanced roster still needs Danilo Gallinari to step up.
12) Dallas (36-30) - Old team needs young, fresh parts.
13) Orlando (37-29) - Good chance the Magic trade Dwight Howard this summer.
14) New York (36-30) - The Knicks core is good enough to make the playoffs. But that may be it.
15) Utah (36-30) - Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap are a nice duo. But Jazz need upgrades.
16) Philadelphia (35-31) - Nice balanced roster, but upside seems limited.
17) Houston (34-32) - Both Kyle Lowry and Kevin Martin shot 41% for the season.
18) Milwaukee (31-35) - The Bucks have a mismatched but talented backcourt, and need help up front
19) Portland (28-38) - On paper, the Blazers were decent. It didn't translate to the court.
20) Minnesota (26-40) - Kevin Love rocks, but the injury to Ricky Rubio messed Minnesota up.
21) Phoenix (33-33) - Sadly, the Steve Nash era may end this summer.
22) Washington (20-46) - Ended the season hot. The Wizards may be worth watching in 2012-13.
23) Golden State (23-43) - Should be watchable with a healthy Andrew Bout
24) Detroit (25-41) - It was hard to remember that the Pistons were in the league last season.
25) Toronto (23-43) - Need a star. Any star. A building block. Some spark.
26) Sacramento (22-44) - Some talent here, but mostly flawed players that don't mesh.
27) New Orleans (21-45) - Traded Emeka Okafor and Trevor Ariza. Soon to draft Anthony Davis.
28) New Jersey (22-44) - Absolutely must keep Deron Williams. Rest of roster isn't impressive.
29) Cleveland (21-45) - Kyrie Irving is a nice building block.
30) Charlotte (7-59) - Worst NBA roster we've ever seen played the worst basketball of all time.