NBA 2019-20 Power Rankings
After a long wait, the NBA is back, and along with it is a bunch of storylines. Nitrogen Sports Blog list down an early 2019-20 NBA power rankings to offer a glimpse of what has already transpired and examines the outlook of each of the featured 10 teams.
2019-20 NBA power rankings after Week 1
Los Angeles Clippers
The Clippers opened the season with back-to-back wins over the Los Angeles Lakers and the Golden State Warriors — both in dominant fashion. They took a stumble in a loss to the Phoenix Suns, but that’s more of an anomaly than anything indicative of trouble for the Clippers.
Kawhi Leonard is doing a fine job leading the Clippers, and it’s only about to get better for them once Paul George joins them. They have the tools to stay atop many 2019-20 NBA power rankings.
The Sixers defeated the Boston Celtics in their opener and then took down the Detroit Pistons. Even with Joel Embiid missing the Detroit game, the Sixers showed their depth, particularly in the front court, with veteran Al Horford holding his own against Andre Drummond in lieu of Embiid.
Los Angeles Lakers
A loss to the Clippers on opening night withstanding, the Lakers remain a force to be reckoned with. LeBron James may have lost a step or two, but he can lose some more and still be a whole lot better than most NBA players. Flanked by Anthony Davis and a resurgent Dwight Howard, the Lakers should be fine going forward.
Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks kicked things off with a win over the new-look Houston Rockets, but then got preyed upon by the Miami Heat. In any case, the Bucks are well-equipped to contend for at least the Eastern Conference title — and the top spot on the 2019-20 NBA power rankings.
Any Rockets contest this season can be among the 2019-20 must-watch NBA games because any team that has two former MVPs who are still on their prime on its lineup is always a powder keg waiting to get lit up. Both James Harden and Russell Westbrook are ball-dominant monsters, but somehow, the latter has found a way to average a triple-double through two games this season.
Golden State Warriors
We know the Warriors are going to regress this season due to Kevin Durant’s departure and Klay Thompson’s injury, and we are seeing the fall of a dynasty in real time. The Warriors fell to the Clippers then got beaten to a pulp by…the Oklahoma City Thunder.
It’s too early to give up on a team that still has three All-Stars active and playing, though. Steph Curry needs to wake up and play like the two-time MVP that he is if the Warriors want to keep their place inside this 2019-20 NBA power rankings.
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The Clippers and the Lakers are top contenders this season. Can you picture the championship returning to LA?
Mike Conley is off to a bad start to his stint in Utah, but the Jazz still have won two of their first three games. Maybe Conley is merely adjusting to his new surroundings. Once he gets his rhythm back, the Jazz will have a smoother cruise across their schedule.
THe Nuggets are one of the most exciting teams in the West at this moment. While there has been a lot of shuffling going on in the teams of the West, Denver are going on steady with their deep squad. If Nikola Jokic stays at his brilliant best, Micheal Porter Jr comes back solid and best Jamal Murray stays consistent (which is somewhat unlikely) Nuggets this season will be one scary team in the West.
San Antonio Spurs
The Spurs are the kings of consistency. And so far, they’re looking like they’re in the right form to make another run to the playoffs. Okay, it’s too early to talk about the postseason, but there’s a sense that the Spurs are in the right direction despite the fact that they’ve beaten two lottery teams to open the season.
Kyrie Irving is the man for the Nets — until at least Kevin Durant makes his way back to the court. That’s a long time from now, leaving Uncle Drew to steer Brooklyn. The Nets went 1-1 in the first week of the season, losing in overtime to the Minnesota Timberwolves before taking care of business against the New York Knicks. The talent is there for Brooklyn, and it’s just a matter of them getting on the same page.
We’ve only seen small sample sizes from all NBA teams this season, so expect plenty of changes and movements on the 2019-20 NBA power rankings. Looking to bet on the NBA? Check out our sports betting guide for additional tips.