NBA Power Rankings: Here Comes Brooklyn

Spencer Dinwiddie has the Brooklyn Nets rolling without Kyrie Irving in the lineup. How far did they move up in our rankings?

More than two months of the 2019-20 NBA season are in the books, which means it’s time to check out where each team stands in our power rankings.

Teams will be ranked in terms of nERD, which is our efficiency metric based on in-game data. These ratings allow us to understand which teams and players are performing best. nERD is indicative of a team's expected winning percentage, so an average team will have a nERD score of 50.0.

Only seven teams maintained the same rank as last week, which means there’s been a lot of movement. Let’s take a look at how each team stacks up.

The Bottom 10

RankingTeamRecordnERDLast RankingPlus/Minus
30Cleveland Cavaliers5-1816.527-3
29New York Knicks4-2019.828-1
28Atlanta Hawks6-1822.330+2
27Golden State Warriors5-2023.330+3
26Charlotte Hornets10-1627.9260
25Memphis Grizzlies7-1628.8250
24New Orleans Pelicans6-1832.221-3
23Washington Wizards7-1635.022-1
22Sacramento Kings10-1336.323+1
21Chicago Bulls8-1737.524+3

- The Cleveland Cavaliers have lost 13 of their last 14 an average of 18.9 points. The Cavs have the fourth-worst defensive rating in the league and the second-worst offensive rating. They're well deserving of the bottom spot, and you know things are bad when your best player wants to be traded to the Portland Trail Blazers.

- The Golden State Warriors didn't lose every game this week, which for them is actually progress.

- New Orleans has lost each of their nine games since November 23rd, and it doesn't look like Zion Williamson will be returning until at least early January. The Pelicans will travel to Milwaukee and Philadelphia to take on two teams that are a combined 24-1 at home. Good luck.

The Middle of the Pack

RankingTeamRecordnERDLast RankingPlus/Minus
20San Antonio Spurs9-1441.1200
19Minnesota Timberwolves10-1344.015-4
18Portland Trail Blazers10-1547.216-2
17Orlando Magic11-1247.719+2
16Utah Jazz13-1148.213-3
15Detroit Pistons10-1449.017+3
14Brooklyn Nets13-1050.218+4
13Oklahoma City Thunder11-1253.414+1
12Phoenix Suns11-1253.9120
11Denver Nuggets14-859.310-1

- Our Faller of the Week Award goes to the Minnesota Timberwolves. After a promising start to their season, the Wolves have lost five in a row by an average of 12 points. Things have gotten so bad that Karl-Anthony Towns literally has to beg for the ball.

- The Orlando Magic won four straight before barely losing to the East-leading Milwaukee Bucks on Monday. Orlando still has the league's sixth-worst offense, but their defense has cracked the top-10 in terms of efficiency.

- A 1-2 week has the Utah Jazz continuing to drop down our rankings. After starting 11-5, the Jazz have lost six of their last eight and find themselves at a season-low 16th in our rankings. Once the top-ranked team in defensive efficiency, Utah is now outside the top-10 in that category and inside the bottom-10 in offensive efficiency.

- Our Riser of the Week Award goes to the Brooklyn Nets, who have now won 8 of their last 10 games. The Nets, who were 4-7 with Kyrie Irving, are now 9-3 without the six-time all-star. Spencer Dinwiddie has averaged 23.8 points and 7.6 assists in Irving's absence.

The Best of the Best

RankingTeamRecordnERDLast RankingPlus/Minus
10Indiana Pacers15-960.98-2
9Houston Rockets15-862.290
8Los Angeles Clippers18-762.77-1
7Philadelphia 76ers18-763.111+4
6Miami Heat18-663.65-1
5Toronto Raptors16-768.53-2
4Boston Celtics17-569.66+2
3Dallas Mavericks16-774.14+1
2Los Angeles Lakers21-379.720
1Milwaukee Bucks21-388.610

- After losing two of their last three games -- including a seven-point defeat by the Pistons and a one-point win against the bottom-feeding Knicks -- the Indiana Pacers dropped two spots in our rankings. Victor Oladipo's return can't come soon enough.

- After beating the Toronto Raptors and Denver Nuggets in back-to-back games, the Philadelphia 76ers find themselves back inside our top-10. The Sixers are still struggling on the road, with just a 5-7 record, and few of their away wins have been convincing.

- The Toronto Raptors started the season 15-4 but have since lost three of their last four contests. In one week, their net rating dropped from third in the league to sixth.

- Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks have won 10 of their last 12 games, and at 117.9, they possess the league's best offensive efficiency rating.

- The Milwaukee Bucks haven't lost since December 8th, and the Los Angeles Lakers have lost once since December 10th. They are clearly the two best teams in the league right now.