By Eric Jacinto
Welcome NBA fans to Philly Sports Passion Power Rankings, where I will be ranking all 30 teams every Sunday. The 2018/19 NBA season, starts this week as I will attempt to rank all 30 teams basic off what happen during the off season and what moves each team had made. As the season moves along it will be basic on how each team plays every week and the rosters they have at the time but for now it's just how I feel about each team. Also my buddy, Ryan Kowalec will be doing his own Rankings but it will be just his top ten each week and his thoughts. So let's get started with the first Rankings of the season.
(Last Season Recond)
2018/19 Preseason Power Rankings:
1. Golden State Warriors, (58-24, Defending NBA Champions beat the Cavaliers)
2. Houston Rockets, (65-17, Lost to the Warriors in the West Finals)
3. Boston Celtics, (55-27, Lost to the Cavaliers in the East Finals)
4. Philadelphia 76ers, (52-30, Lost to the Celtics in the East Semifinals)
5. Toronto Raptors, (59-23, Lost to the Cavaliers in the East Semifinals)
6. Oklahoma City Thunder, (48-34, Lost to the Utah Jazz in the West First Round)
7. Milwaukee Bucks, (44-38, Lost to the Boston Celtics in the East First Round)
8. Utah Jazz, (48-34, Lost to the Houston Rockets in the West Semifinals)
9. Indiana Pacers, (48-34, Lost to the Cavaliers in the East First Round)
10. Washington Wizards, (43-39, Lost to the Raptors in the East First Round)
11. Los Angeles Lakers, (35-47, Missed the Playoffs & finished Third in the Pacific)
12. New Orleans Pelicans, (48-34, Lost to the Warriors in the West Semifinals)
13. Portland Trail Blazers, (49-33, Lost to the Pelicans in the West First Round)
14. San Antonio Spurs, (47-35, Lost to the Warriors in the West First Round)
15. Minnesota Timberwolves, (47-35, Lost to the Rockets in the West First Round)
16. Denver Nuggets, (46-36, Missed the Playoffs & finished Fifth/last in the Northwest)
17. Detroit Pistons, (39-43, Missed the Playoffs & finished Fourth in the Central)
18. Miami Heat, (44-38, Lost to the 76ers in the East First Round)
19. Cleveland Cavaliers, (50-32, Lost to the Warriors in the NBA Finals)
20. Dallas Mavericks, (24-58, Missed the Playoffs & finished Fourth in the Southwest)
21. Memphis Grizzlies, (22-60, Missed the Playoffs & finished Fifth/last in the Southwest)
22. Los Angeles Clippers, (42-40, Missed the Playoffs & finished second in the Pacific)
23. Charlotte Hornets, (36-46, Missed the Playoffs & finished Third in the Southeast)
24. Phoenix Suns, (21-61, Missed the Playoffs & finished Fifth/last in the Pacific)
25. Sacramento Kings, (27-55, Missed the Playoffs & finished Fourth in the Pacific)
26. Orlando Magic, (25-57, Missed the Playoffs & finished Fourth in the Southeast)
27. Chicago Bulls, (27-55, Missed the Playoffs & finished Fifth/last in the Central)
28. Atlanta Hawks, (24-58, Missed the Playoffs & finished Fifth/last in the Southeast)
29. Brooklyn Nets, (28-54, Missed the Playoffs & finished Fifth/last in the Atlantic)
30. New York Knicks, (29-53, Missed the Playoffs & finished Fourth in the Atlantic)
It shouldn't be an shocker the number one team is the Golden State Warriors who return basically everybody and added DeMarcus "Boogie" Cousins whose coming off an Achilles injury, he'll likely won't return until early in 2019. The Houston Rockets, who had the best record last season added Carmelo Anthony who look to dethrone the Warriors. The Boston Celtics, Philadelphia 76ers and Toronto Raptors around out the top five as those three will not only be battling for top seed in the East but also the Atlantic division. The Milwaukee Bucks, who come in at number seven could also be battling for the top seed.
The new look Los Angeles Lakers, who signed several veteran players including the biggest signing of the off season of any team, LeBron James the best player in the world they come in at number 11 to start the season. Even through they have the best player in the world they still have a very young inexperience team so they still have some growing to do together.
The Phoenix Suns, who finished with the worst record last season drafted DeAndre Ayton from Arizona and have a bright future with all the young kids including Josh Jackson and Devin Booker. The Memphis Grizzlies, who finished with the second worst record have Mike Conley returning after missing last season with an left Achilles injury that's why I raked them as I high as I did they will be better with Conley in the lineup.
The Cleveland Cavaliers, begin a new era without LeBron James as he moved on to Los Angeles to play for the Lakers. They will relay on Kevin Love and J.R. Smith to help lead the way and Collin Sexton who they drafted 8th overall in this past years draft could be the corner stone of team for years to come. Could they sneak into the playoffs with the current roster possibly because the east is weak besides for the top five teams in the Celtics, 76ers, Bucks, Wizards and Raptors.
The bottom five teams, all won less than 30 games last season and we'll probably be bad again this season. The New York Knicks, who I ranked in very last will won't have their best player Kristaps Porzingis for several months (recovering from left ACL surgery; tore it last February) the recovery time is about ten months however, there's no timetable for Porzingis return as he is still recovering. Without Porzingis, I don't see them winning many games but who knows with David Fizdale as the new man/head coach in charge in the Big Apple and Kevin Knox who they drafted (1st Rd/9th) could help them win games until Porzingis returns. Honestly, any of the 24-30 teams you could make a case for being last right now but I want with my gut and it tells me that the Knicks should be last.