2022-2023 November NBA Power Rankings

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2022-2023 November NBA Power Rankings

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2022-2023 November NBA Power Rankings

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30. Houston Rockets

Houston can score the ball well on most night but they just haven’t taken that next step forward yet. Jalen Green and Kevin Porter Jr. have struggled shooting at times which is causing issues for a team that was hopeful in that aspect of the team. The season is still young but at this rate, they will be back in the lottery next draft. They have some fun pieces, but this franchise is going nowhere at this current time.

29. Detroit Pistons

Cade Cunningham’s inconsistent start has been well documented but the rest of this roster has not been able to support him as well as they should. Jaden Ivey has a lot of flashes but is plagued with inconsistent shooting and decision-making. Saddiq Bey has had a rough shooting start as well. This team will likely be stuck at the bottom of the rankings for the forseeable future.

28. Los Angeles Lakers

The Lakers are a mess. Plain and simple. They can’t shoot and both Anthony Davis and LeBron James look banged up on a night-to-night basis. This team wasn’t well constructed going into the season and it’s really showing so far. The one bright side for the Lakers is that Russell Westbrook isn’t the problem and may be improving his trade stock with his good play of late.

27. Charlotte Hornets

We can’t fully judge this team until LaMelo Ball gets back but they haven’t looked good so far. They struggle to score the ball, even against the poor defensive teams. They’ve dealt with some injuries other than to Ball, but this just isn’t a very good team.

26. Orlando Magic

The Magic are one of the league’s most fun and funky teams. Due to a multitude of injuries to their guards, they’ve been starting four 6’10 or taller player in Franz Wagner, Paolo Banchero, Bol Bol, and Wendell Carter Jr and have been excelling. Banchero and Wagner look like All-Stars, Carter has been one of the better bigs in the league, and Bol Bol has looked like a legitimate starter. They’re one of the NBA’s top League Pass teams to watch despite being one of the worst teams record-wise.

25. Sacramento Kings

Seven of the Kings’ eight games have been within five points in the last five minutes. This young team is competing, and head coach Mike Brown has them playing hard every night. Wins will come for this team, but it could be a struggle as the year goes on.

24. Washington Wizards

Bradley Beal committed long term to the Wizards and while they haven’t been awful so far this season, they also haven’t been good. Their defense may be the worst in the entire NBA and it has plagued them in games. They have a long homestand coming up so maybe they can take advantage of that and stack some wins together.

23. Oklahoma City Thunder

Despite Shai Gilgeous-Alexander’s incredible start to the year, the Thunder are only treading around .500 due to the rest of their roster. Josh Giddey’s injury hasn’t made things easier, but their offense has struggled tremendously. They have one of the league’s top defenses which is why they’re treading water and not being lumped with the bottom feeders, but they could

22. New York Knicks

The Knicks have been rocky to start but due to a combination of solid play from Julius Randle and RJ Barrett along with Jalen Brunson’s fringe All-Star play, they’ve been able to compete with any given team. Their young guys have been solid and the bench has been great as well, so they could be a sneaky riser as we go further into the season.

21. Indiana Pacers

Tyrese Haliburton has helped the Pacers look promising at times, but the team still has far too many holes to be a playoff caliber team. They have tremendous shooting across the roster but very little defense and few reliable creators. Ben Mathurin has been awesome as a rookie while Buddy Hield is having one of his best seasons yet, but this team is very far away from competing still.

20. Chicago Bulls

The key with Chicago is consistency. Sometimes they look great and other times, they look like they could lose to the worst teams in the league. They had this issue last season also and it seems to have bled over into the new year. Having DeMar DeRozan and Zach LaVine on the roster helps things and will always allow them to be competitive but to what extent?

19. Miami Heat

The Heat have started the year slow but expect them to pick it up soon. They are too talented not to start winning more games. The number one seed in the Eastern Conference last season is looking to find a rhythm and it starts on the defensive end. They rank in the middle of the pack on defense and will need to focus more there to get the offense going.

18. San Antonio Spurs

The Spurs are another bottom feeder who have had a terrific start to the season. With Devin Vassell’s creator leap and Keldon Johnson’s emerging stardom, the Spurs have been able to survive on offense and compete defensively.

17. Brooklyn Nets

Even in all the drama surrounding Brooklyn, they are finding ways to get some wins. Kevin Durant is just that good. However, they do need to lighten the load on Durant and that puts pressure on the role players to step up. Kyrie Irving is out with a suspension right now and Ben Simmons is still out with injury. This team is staying afloat but for how long?

16. Los Angeles Clippers

Exactly what is happening with Kawhi Leonard? It’s a truly bizarre story and one that isn’t being talked about enough. He hasn’t played much in almost two years and is still missing games. There is something that they aren’t telling us. Either way, the Clippers haven’t looked great so far. Their defense has been lacking and offensively, they are struggling for some reason.

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