NBA Power Rankings: Red-Hot Bucks, Timberwolves Are on the Rise

How strong of a start has Anthony Edwards had? Edwards has amassed 276 points, 60 rebounds, and 53 assists through 10 games. Who else among the 22-year-old players has ever amassed such a collection of numbers? Luka Dončić and Michael Jordan.

Not only are the Celtics winning teams. They have them under a clobber. Despite battling through victories over Toronto and Memphis the previous weekend and an unexpected loss to Charlotte on Monday, Boston’s scoring margin is currently the greatest in the NBA (+10.6) and is on pace to be among the biggest in league history. Jayson Tatum, meanwhile, has a 45-point advantage in total plus/minus to support his MVP claims. Good times, huh, in Beantown.

Joel Embiid is grabbing 11.2 rebounds per game in addition to scoring an NBA-high 31.9 points. And he’s writing plays now? Ebriid’s Sixers colleagues view his career-high 6.2 assists per game as a deliberate attempt to play more of a facilitator. Daniel House Jr. said “He’s not worried about scoring 50 every night. He desires victory.

Bucks

Damian Lillard has helped the Bucks win eight of their past nine games, and they are 10-2 overall when Lillard is starting. Better yet, Lillard’s three-point shooting is beginning to heat up. Over the past four games, he has made at least 36% of his threes and cracked 50% twice.

The Thunder are real. Shai Gorgeous-Alexander leads the league in thefts and has improved his efficiency figures from the All-NBA season prior, but Chet Holmgren is receiving much-deserved notice for his explosive start. Oklahoma City is unstoppable thanks to its top-five defence and the NBA’s most accurate three-point shooting team.

6. Nuggets

Michael Malone and Nikola Jokic were both benched in the first half of Monday’s victory over Detroit, seemingly a result of their mounting displeasure following a 1–3 run. Christian Braun has begun to show signs of improvement, scoring 15 points against Detroit to mark his fourth consecutive game in double digits. The Nuggets are missing Jamal Murray.

7. Heat

When the Heat selected Jaime Jaquez Jr., they said he was a rookie that was ready for the NBA, and he is. Jacquez is shooting 35.7% from three point range and averaging 9.6 points in just under 25 minutes per game. With the greatest fourth-quarter average among rookies on a playoff contender—8.4 minutes per game—he has also gained the confidence of Erik Spoelstra.

8. Mavericks

Have the Mavericks returned to Earth? Dallas got out to a 9-3 start thanks to a comparatively easy early-season schedule. But the Mavericks’ defensive shortcomings were made clear by consecutive losses to Milwaukee and Sacramento. problems that Dallas might not have the staff to resolve. This week’s two-game trip to Los Angeles will be instructive.

Although New Orleans gave Sacramento a hard time on Monday, the team’s 3-1 road trip, which featured victories against the Lakers and Mavericks, cannot be bemoaned. This season, DE ‘Aaron Fox ranks among the top 10 in both drives to the basket and points scored off of drives thanks to his unrelenting attack on the rim.

Would you like an odd statistic? According to NBA.com, Christian Wood (+7.6) leads the Lakers in on-court net rating this season and is just slightly behind LeBron James (+23.8) in on/off differential (+16.2). Even more bizarre is the fact that the Lakers’ net rating (+0.1) has been statistically higher when Anthony Davis is not playing than when he is (-2.6). Davis has been dealing with a left adductor injury, which seems like it could be a season-long problem.

The best defence in the NBA is in… Orlando? The Magic force an NBA-high 17.2 turnovers per game and are tied with Minnesota for the best defensive rating in the NBA. Orlando limits opponents to a league-low 21.8 assists per game and doesn’t allow offensive rebounds. The Magic now need to get more out of the 25th-ranked offence in the NBA.

Bradley Beal’s back issue, which has only let him to play in three games this season and will keep him out until at least the end of the month, must be causing Phoenix real anxiety. After making his comeback last week, Devin Booker has taken up the slack, improving his scoring and averaging just under 10 assists per game.

Although the Pacers defeated Milwaukee and Philadelphia last week, their loss to Orlando on Sunday served as a reminder that they still need to improve their defence. Consider Obi Toppin. Toppin, who cost almost nothing to acquire from the Knicks, scored 27 points against the 76ers and has a field goal percentage among the top 10 in the league.

If you were aware of Craig Porter Jr.’s identity before to the season’s commencement, raise your hand. I had that thought. In a shocking victory over Denver on Sunday, Porter Jr. scored 21 points, stepping into Cleveland’s injury-ravaged backcourt and providing much-needed backup point guard depth. Not bad for a rookie on a two-way contract who is 23 years old.

15. Knicks

Donte Vincenzo finally paid off for the Knicks last summer after they invested $50 million over a four-year period when he scored 39 points in back-to-back victories over Washington and Charlotte. Without a doubt, New York’s offence needs all the assistance it can get.

16. Rockets

took some flak this week for implying that Allergen \engine, far from being a Nikola Jokic-like issue, is a dependable three-point shooter. But it’s not an absurd competition. Songun is a willing and developing passer, a deep bag offensive player, and a monster at grabbing rebounds on the defensive glass. Examine Joke’s third-year statistics. Songun’s are similar. better in certain categories. Not to add, he’s 21.

17. Pelicans

Jose Alvarado returned to the starting lineup on Monday, as the Pelicans blew away Sacramento. In that game, the Pals limited DE ‘Aaron Fox to 14 points, and New Orleans has a top-five defensive rating in the last five games.

18. Clippers

Ty Lue’s statement that he wants James Harden to be James Harden was likely inspired by what he witnessed in the Clippers’ first-quarter victory over San Antonio, where Harden spread the floor effectively and assisted on five of the team’s first eleven baskets. Terrance Mann needs to get going for the Clippers now. Mann has one point in his past three games and was scoreless against the Spurs.

19. Hawks

The Hawks’ only victory in their previous four games came against Detroit, as they are now 1-3 overall. Once more, Atlanta boasts a very strong offence (ranked sixth in efficiency), while the Hawks defence (ranked 24th) is a complete mess. In their first full season under Quin Snyder, Atlanta had great expectations, but thus far, it seems like more of the same.

 Warriors

Warriors triumph! The Warriors triumph! I’m going to channel my inner Michael Kay (you know, New Yorkers), and say that the Dubs’ victory over a fatigued Rockets squad ends Golden State’s six-game losing streak. In that game, Klay Thompson (20 points) came alive, and the Warriors must hope that this will ignite Thompson, whose shooting statistics are at an all-time low.

21. Raptors

That victory over Minnesota in the season’s opener seems like a lifetime ago, doesn’t it? Although Toronto outscored Detroit by 142 points (really, does anyone really kick the shit out of Detroit? ), the Raptors have had trouble scoring this year, especially in the half court. OG Annuity’s comeback ought to assist. This season, Annoy is making 37.1% of his threes.

22. Nets

Lonnie Walker IV is leading all scorers who played fewer than 25 minutes a game and is putting up a strong argument for the Sixth Man award. He averages 16.6 points off the bench. But Brooklyn’s worse defensive rating (115.3) to Detroit’s is what’s hurting them.

23. Hornets

Miles Bridges has scored in double digits in each of his three games since returning from suspension. On Monday, he had 14 points and 15 rebounds in Charlotte’s victory over Boston. Nor is Steve Clifford gradually adding him back into the lineup: Playing 45 minutes against the Celtics was Bridges’ role.

The troubled Bulls guard Zach LaVine tried just 19 shots overall in back-to-back games against Miami after trying 20 shots against Orlando on Friday. Interesting. The player that everyone is hoping to trade for, Alex Caruso, is shooting up to 50% from three.

25. Jazz

Keynote George does well. The rookie point guard for Utah has up an impressive 70 assists in just 13 games. George has averaged 10.2 points and 8.8 assists in 30.0 minutes since joining the starting lineup. People, it matters to land mid-first-round picks.

26. Grizzlies

A 2-2 week that included a victory against the Clippers gave injury-ravaged Memphis, which is now without Marcus Smart, some hope. Thanks to an expanded role, Santi Aldana has made a career-best 37.5% of his three-pointers and provided the Graz with some diversity in the frontcourt.

27. Blazers

DeAndre Ayton is grabbing boards and playing solid interior defence, on the one hand. However, he has made just nine—nine!—free throw attempts this season, his scoring output has dropped, and his shots are still mysteriously low.

The Spurs are only behind Denver and Indiana in terms of assists in the NBA. However, it appears that Victor Wembanyama would gain by playing with a more conventional point guard.

29. Wizards

Jordan Poole’s season-opening shooting stats have been terrible. In addition, Poole is making 28.4% of his threes and only 39.6% of his shots, which is the lowest percentage since his rookie season. Although Poole’s teammates have been encouraging, his debut as a leading man has not gone well.

30. Pistons

Interesting fact: Since 2018, the Pistons have selected six players in the top seven in the draught. Unfunny fact: Detroit’s offence is incapable of scoring on anyone, and the team is currently on a 12-game losing streak. Cade Cunningham declared, “We’re bad.”

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