Nov. 15, 2016
Week 4 2016-17 NBA Power Rankings
Without further ado, here is the NBA Power Rankings for November 15th, 2016.
10. Chicago Bulls: Three-point shooting has started to come together for the Bulls. Chicago enters these rankings after defeating the Miami Heat in what was Dwayne Wade's return to his old team, but it was a closer game. The Bulls are near that point where other teams will scout them, and it will be interesting to see if other teams do challenge them. Fred Hoiberg may not be in the hot seat thanks to a fast start, but if things fall again, Hoiberg will be in that hot seat.
9. Portland Trail Blazers: Portland can't afford to be complacent. Despite improving, they are a tough team to defend and could lead to teams hitting wide open shots.
8. Utah Jazz: These next few teams that I will mention are similar because they are solid teams that don't get much media attention. For our sake, the Utah Jazz is starting to pull things together. The Jazz still has one of the stingiest defenses in the NBA, but what I like about this team is their pace.
7. Charlotte Hornets: What can I say about these Charlotte Hornets? Well, I can say anything. All things aside, the Hornets have been great this season, and there is no proof that they are a fluke. Steve Clifford is making the Hornets one of the top defensive teams in the NBA, but they are committing turnovers at a low pace. Also, the Hornets are one of the top defensive teams in the NBA. On offense, the Hornets are hitting three-pointers. All those years where GM Michael Jordan became the joke with the Crying Jordan memes are worth it now for his legacy as he is the owner of one of the best teams in the league.
6. San Antonio Spurs: The Spurs are decent. Kawhi Leonard is good. Gregg Popovich is the same as Leonard. However, the Spurs are good. Those three things I mention make the Spurs a contender to reach the NBA Finals. Even though this team hasn't been tough at home compared to last season, but when the season ends, we all know that the Spurs will play their best in the playoffs.
5. Golden State Warriors: The Warriors are now in my top-five and could rise even more when next week approaches. We've seen them beat teams like the Portland Trail Blazers and the Oklahoma City Thunder, but they have lost to teams like the Los Angeles Lakers. While this is a team that has the potential to be a juggernaut that everyone saw in the preseason, it is a concern to see this team start hot and then turn to cold. With an 82 game regular season, it isn't a surprise that they can dominate every night and when the postseason arrives, the Warriors will be hot.
4. Toronto Raptors: The Raptors had questions going into the season when it came to power forward. Despite the rumors that the Raptors were going to sign Serge Ibaka, they got a power forward in rookie Pascal Siakam.
3. Atlanta Hawks: Whether you like it or not, the Atlanta Hawks are a to-three team. Ever since the hiring of Mike Budenholzer, the Hawks are starting to be the Spurs of the Eastern Conference. They are showing us that this season. Even though the Hawks were a decent team in the Eastern Conference, the Hawks are now starting to be a serious threat to the Cleveland Cavaliers. If you guys want proof, the Hawks defeated the Cavs last week.
2. Los Angeles Clippers: The Los Angeles Clippers are playing the best basketball in the league. However, they are second fiddle to the Cavs. Los Angeles was 4-0 last week and continued their winning streak to five games last night after defeating the Brooklyn Nets. Also, the story for the Clippers is the improvement of the bench. Can this team step up as we go through the season? That remains to be seen, but as of right now, the Clippers are poised to represent the Western Conference in the NBA Finals.
1. Cleveland Cavaliers: As I mentioned earlier, the Cleveland Cavaliers suffered their first defeat of the season. The big story in Cleveland is that LeBron James has taken somewhat of a backseat. I don't think it's anything to be of a concern, but I do think this is something we have to watch throughout the regular season. The King knows he has to be at his best when the postseason arrives and for that to come to fruition, he needs to have some big games in the regular season. Same when it comes to his teammates.