NBA 2017-18 POWER RANKINGS – By Michael D. Kilgore Sr.
#1 BOSTON CELTICS, Record: 8-2
The Celtics defeated some close competition in the east for the top spot. Topping the Orlando Magic in Orlando with an impressive 104-88 victory on Sunday. Jaylen Brown leading the way with 18 pts and 5 ast. Boston currently having Kyrie Irving leading the league in steals. Al Horford among the league leaders in rebounds, have the Celts hanging their hats on Defense. Ofcourse defense wins championships. Despite an early season injury to Gordon Hayward this team is only gaining momentum.
#2 HOUSTON ROCKETS, Record: 8-3.
The Rockets lifted off right at countdown to the regular season, and is still flying high. Currently the Best in the West. Rockets only look to be better as an anxious All Star, Chris Paul looks to finally blend with James Harden and the rest of his new team. Paul has been sidelined since October 17th due to a knee injury. Houston only gaining altitude in the standings the Rockets have all engines on and running smoking their opponents in recent games.
#3 GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS, Record: 7-3.
The defending champs jumped off to a slow start the first ten games of the season. Losing their 3rd game early, something that didn’t happen until game number 39 two years ago. No need to worry, the Warriors had a couple close calls with some outstanding performances. Curry scoring 38 in a lost to the Denver Nuggets, a team that’s only a 500 ball club. Past defending champions are know to have a few early bumps to bad teams. No need for panic in Oakland. Your Warriors have highest average in team scoring with 120.
#4 DETROIT PISTONS, Record: 7-3.
Sitting at the #2 Spot in the east, Detroit is back in the Motir City and putting the pedal to the metal. Cruising to the top of the East only 1 game behind Boston. Averaging a not to shabby 104 points per ball game and leading the league in steals as a team with 9.9 per game. These well balanced Pistons are proving to be a serious threat. The teams starting center Andre Drummond leads the NBA in rebounds with 14.7 boards a game, and if that’s not enough they have four players averaging double figures in scoring.
#5 MINNESOTA TIMBER WOLVES, Record: 7-3.
T-Wolve fans in Minnesota are howling at their 1st 5 game win streak since 2009. Some predicted these Wolves to end a dry spell of playoff basketball this past off season. I think with the additions of Jimmy Butler, Jeff Teague, Jamal Crawford and Taj Gibson they will do better then that. Look for this team to stick around the top 4 out West.
#6 MEMPHIS GIZZLIES. Record: 6-4.
Recently putting on a 3 point shooting clinic in their last victory over the Clippers, Memphis has been an early season surprise in the rise to high in the power rankings. Guard Mike Conolly and Center Marc Gasol leading the way in Memphis with Tyreke Evans scoring double figures off the bench on average, even scoring a cool 20 vs The Clips. I think healthy this can be a scary offensive squad.
#7 ORLANDO MAGIC, Record: 6-4.
Getting blown out against the Celtics did the Magic lose it’s touch? A tough loss the Celts will cause Orlando to fall in the power rankings. With strong defensive play and qaulity shots is what is keeping this team around for the post season.
#8 WASHINGTON WIZARDS. Record 5-4.
The Wizards Bradley Beal put up a 38 point performance Sunday night vs the Raptors. This young man averaging 25pts a game has had game highs of 36, 40, and now 38. Washington has a strong leader in Beal who is 4th in league scoring just behind LeBron James. Look for him to lead D.C to the post season.
#9 SAN ANTONIO SPURS, Record: 6-4.
Spurs Coach Greg Popovich is the 6th most successful coach of all time. Still having the veteran play of Spurs legends Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobili as well as Pau Gasol to go along with the sharp play of Lillard. The playoffs are certainly not out of reach.
#10 L.A CLIPPERS. Record 5-4.
Blake Griffin not really caring to much of the lost of Chris Paul says he did to much “chirpping”, hasn’t let it effect his Clippers team. Recently the Clips nearly came back from a 23 point deficit vs Miami which was hoping to be a bounce back game and almost did. Barley above 500 I don’t see Coach Doc Rivers letting his squad fall to far behind. With a solid core of Griffin, Jordan, and his Son Austin Rivers, the Clippers have plenty of fight to challenge any playoff contender.