1. Milwaukee Bucks- How about the Bucks? 9-1 over their last ten games, and now sporting an NBA best 47-14 record, the Bucks have entrenched themselves as the best team in the East so far this season. The addition of Nikola Mirotic has added another deadly piece to this team
2. Toronto Raptors- Kawhi Leonard is a top five player in the NBA and Nick Nurse has done a tremendous job in his first year as the Raptors’ coach. The addition of Marc Gasol at the trade deadline has given them a boost as well.
3. Golden State Warriors- Though they’ve encountered some recent struggles, I can’t rank a team with Klay Thompson, Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, and DeMarcus Cousins much lower than third. This team is the clear-cut favorite to win the NBA title.
4. Denver Nuggets- One of my favorite teams to watch in the NBA, the Nuggets find themselves just half a game out of the first need in the West. Nikola Jokic is putting together the best season of his career to lead Denver.
5. Indiana Pacers- No Victor Oladipo? Apparently, no problem. The Pacers have managed to do more than just stay afloat without their star player, going 7-3 over their last ten games. Wesley Matthews has been a great addition to this team, and Bojan Bodganovic has shouldered much of the scoring load in Oladipo’s absence.
6. Philadelphia 76ers- The 76ers are an interesting team to watch, this may be the second most talented team in the NBA with Jimmy Butler, Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid, and now Tobias Harris. Though they lack high end depth, their star power can carry them.
7. Oklahoma City Thunder- Paul George is putting together an MVP caliber season for the Thunder, and he has put Oklahoma City into position to compete in the West.
8. Houston Rockets- James Harden is the favorite for the MVP award so far this season, and Houston has worked their way back into form after a disappointing start to the season.
9. Portland Trailblazers- Boasting the two headed-monster of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, Portland always finds themselves in the thick of the West. Getting over the hump however will be a challenge for them.
10. Utah Jazz- One of my favorite teams to watch, Utah, like Houston, got off to a rocky start to the season but have slowly worked their way back into form. Donovan Mitchell is one of the best young players in the NBA today.
11. Boston Celtics- One of the bigger disappointments in the NBA. Boston simply hasn’t been able to live up to their hype for much of this season, and they are running out of time to turn it around.
12. LA Clippers- Despite their trade of Tobias Harris, the Clippers have managed to hold firm in the 8th seed. Lou Williams, Montrezl Harrell, and Danilo Gallinari have formed a solid three-man trio for the Clippers.
13. San Antonio Spurs- Another West team trying to compete for a playoff spot, DeMar DeRozan and LaMarcus Aldridge have formed an effective duo for the Spurs.
14. Sacramento Kings- The Kings are on the outside looking in on the playoffs, but this is a talented young roster with a lot of room to grow. Buddy Hield, Bogdan Bodganovic, De’Aron Fox, and Marvin Bagley III are all talented young players.
15. Brooklyn Nets- Kenny Atkinson deserves some votes for coach of the year, the Nets find themselves in the 6th seed in the East despite missing Caris LeVert for much of this season.
16. Detroit Pistons- The frontcourt duo of Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond has carried the Pistons to the 7th seed in the East and have won seven of their last ten games.
17. Orlando Magic- Though the Magic find themselves five games under .500, Orlando has won seven of their last ten games to push themselves into the final playoff spot in the East.
18. Los Angeles Lakers- One of the more disappointing teams in the West, the Lakers have never been able to find their identity. LeBron has missed a significant amount of games, and at 34 years old, one must wonder if his best days are behind him.
19. Minnesota Timberwolves- The Timberwolves have been involved in a lot of drama with the Jimmy Butler saga, and their talented roster is struggling to live up to their hype.
20. Dallas Mavericks- Luka Doncic has been one of the best young players in the NBA, and though the Mavericks find themselves just 27-34, they have a bright future to look forward to.
21. Charlotte Hornets- The Hornets are competing for a playoff spot in the East, but the ceiling on this team doesn’t seem much higher than a first round exit.
22. Miami Heat- Another team with playoff aspirations in the East, Josh Richardson has had his best season of his career.
23. New Orleans Pelicans- The Pelicans find themselves at just 27-36 on the season, and with Anthony Davis wanting out, this is a team that could see major changes.
24. Washington Wizards- Without John Wall for the rest of the season, the Wizards disappointing season will likely end without a playoff berth.
25. Memphis Grizzlies- The Grizzles are in the middle of what seems to be a changing team. Marc Gasol has been shipped out and Mike Conley has been involved in numerous trade discussions. Jaren Jackson Jr. may become the face of this team sooner rather than later.
26. Atlanta Hawks- Trae Young has put together a very impressive rookie campaign, and though the results may not look good on paper, this team has a bright future.
27. Chicago Bulls- The Bulls are in the midst of yet another losing season, but this team does have some nice pieces in Zach Lavine, Lauri Markkanen, and Otto Porter Jr.
28. Cleveland Cavaliers- With LeBron leaving for LA, everyone knew this would be a rebuilding year in Cleveland. On the bright side, Colin Sexton looks to be a very promising young player for the Cavs.
29. Phoenix Suns- The Suns have young talent to build around for the future in DeAndre Ayton, Devin Booker, and T.J. Warren. However, at some point the results will need to follow.
30. New York Knicks- The Knicks have been a dumpster fire for a few years now, and this season hasn’t been much different.