NBA Power Rankings Update: The Boston Celtics Are Finally Putting It All Together

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Teams Ranked 30th to 21st

The Washington Wizards and Brooklyn Nets start to put it all together, the Memphis Grizzlies continue their free fall, and the Cleveland Cavaliers take over last place in convincingly fashion.

RankingTeamRecordnERDLast RankingPlus/Minus
30Cleveland Cavaliers8-3419.428-2
29Chicago Bulls10-3121.0290
28Phoenix Suns10-3321.8302
27Atlanta Hawks12-2923.0270
26New York Knicks10-3125.3260
25Orlando Magic17-2435.6250
24Detroit Pistons17-2338.723-1
23Washington Wizards17-2541.9241
22Memphis Grizzlies19-2246.218-4
21Brooklyn Nets21-2248.5221


The Washington Wizards are 11-21 with John Wall and 6-4 without him in the lineup this season. Since he was declared out for the season following heel surgery, the Wizards have gone 4-3, including four wins over their last six contests. They are 17-25 overall but only sit three games out of a playoff spot, and might finally be on the verge of turning things around. We only give them a 26.4% chance of making the postseason at this juncture, but there's still plenty of season left.

Don't look now, but the Brooklyn Nets are in a playoff position. At 21-22, they currently sit sixth in the Eastern Conference, and we give them a fairly decent 69.8% chance of making it. What's more, they've improbably racked up the league's second-best record since December 7th at 13-4 (trailing only the San Antonio Spurs, and tied with the Milwaukee Bucks and Indiana Pacers). After three consecutive 20-win seasons and no lottery picks to show for it (thanks, Boston), the Brooklyn faithful will take that.


The Cleveland Cavaliers have lost 11 games in a row and currently have the league's worst record (8-34), defensive rating (116.9), and net rating (-11.2). They have finally earned the 30th and final spot in our power rankings after a full season of flirting with it.

Remember when the Memphis Grizzlies were 12-5 and sat at the top of the Western Conference? That was nice. Since then, they've completely fallen apart, going 7-17 and sinking to 13th place with an overall record of 19-22. Relief isn't likely coming anytime soon either, as they play four of their next five on the road against very stiff competition (visiting the Miami Heat, Houston Rockets, Boston Celtics, and Toronto Raptors, with one game at home against the Milwaukee Bucks in between).