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NBA Power Rankings Part 3: 10th-1st

In the final part of our NBA power rankings, Tom Halliday unveils the top 10 and the real contenders

10th – Los Angeles Clippers
The other team in L.A. have proven to be the better team. They have a bunch of players whom fans didn’t care for and know much about. But somehow, the team has managed to use their strengths to create a great basketball unit. They are scoring 115.6 points a game and have a record of 24-17. The Clippers need to continue what they are doing to reach at least the second round of the playoffs.

Damian Lillard

9th – Portland Trail Blazers
Portland seem to be in this loop of being successful, but never reaching their full potential. Star point guard Damian Lillard has been the Blazers’ saviour for years, but never truly pulling through. The Blazers have been playing well of late, mainly due to young centre Jusif Nurkic putting up some impressive numbers this season; 10.4 rebounds, 1.3 blocks and 1.1 steals a game. The Blazers will soon be victorious but need to become a collective.

8th – Boston Celtics
The Celtics have been most impressive when it comes to the market, managing to land stars like Kyrie Irving, Gordon Hayward and Jason Tatum. This team is stacked all the way to the bench, with the whole team putting up impressive numbers. The Celtics have a great record of 25-16, scoring 112.1 points a game and have a real chance to compete for a championship this season. The only thing standing in their way is the might of the Toronto Raptors and the Milwaukee Bucks.

7th – Indiana Pacers
The Pacers are another surprise team this season, but will remain in the middle of the Eastern Conference. The Pacers have been a very fast team, and are deadly on the break. Thanks to Victor Oladipo, the Pacers are enjoying the limelight prior to Paul George’s transfer to the Thunder. The Pacers may continue to rise, and could surprise a few.

6th – Oklohoma City Thunder
The dynamic duo of Russel Westbrook and Paul George seems to have sparked a fire in both
individuals. Westbrook is averaging a triple double each game (21.3 ppg, 10.8 rpg, 10.7 apg)
and Paul George is leading the team in scoring with 26.9 points per game. The Thunder are a
deadly team to watch, and could upset some big teams in the coming weeks. They are my dark horse for this season.

Joel Embiid (left) and Ben Simmons (right front)

5th – Philadelphia 76’rs
The 76’rs are strolling through the Eastern Conference, currently sitting at the 4th seed and
averaging 114.6 points per game. However, their success could collapse soon as two big stars with two big personalities in Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons seem to bump heads fairly often. Who knows how long this success could last, it’s only a matter of time. They are favourites to make their way to the Eastern Conference finals, but we will just have to wait and see.

4th – Golden State Warriors
The Warriors’ success was initially supposed to last for many seasons to come, but it appeared the NBA were sick of the same team reaching the finals. The Warriors now sit at the 2nd seed just below the Denver Nuggets. The Warriors have a lot riding on this season as Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant could make the move elsewhere if the Warriors’ future becomes bleak. They are still doing well nevertheless, with an impressive record of 27-14. They will still be the team to beat this season.

3rd – Denver Nuggets
The Denver Nuggets have been a huge surprise this season. They failed to make the playoffs
last season, but appear to be have turned their season around completely. Star centre Nikola Jokic is putting on a show each night, with creative passing and dominant scoring. This player can do everything. The Nuggets may be a dominant powerhouse for many seasons to come.

Giannis Antetokounmpo

2nd – Toronto Raptors
The Raptors are doing very well, matching their success of last season. The only change, the
swap of Demar DeRozan with Kawhi Leonard. The Raptors are enjoying the success of this
season, with slow paced basketball, but effective movement. The Raptors are serious contenders for the finals this year.

1st – Milwaukee Bucks
The Bucks are dominating the NBA right now, and the main reason for this is Giannis Antetokounmpo. The forward from Greece is lighting up the NBA right now leading his team in scoring, assists and rebounds. If the past is anything to go by, the Bucks will fail to do well in the playoffs, but hopefully this year will be different. The Bucks should dominate.

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