NBA POWER RANKINGS: Where all 30 teams stand following an eventful off-season

We’ll look at the 30 teams NBA power rankings below.

NBA POWER RANKINGS: Where all 30 teams stand after a busy offseason

1. Boston Celtics

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  • 2021-22 record: 51-31, 2nd in East
  • Biggest additions: Malcolm Brogdon (G), Danilo Gallinari (F)
  • Biggest losses: Daniel Theis (C)
  • Championship odds: 11/2

The Celtics were the NBA’s best team after the All-Star break, both in terms of record and statistics. They let a chance to win the Finals slip through their fingers (up 2-1 on the Warriors going into a Game 4 at home)

2. Golden State Warriors

  • 2021-22 record: 53-29, 3rd in West
  • Biggest additions: Donte DiVincenzo (G), JaMychal Green (F/C)
  • Biggest losses: Otto Porter Jr. (F), Gary Payton II (G)
  • Championship odds: 7/1

The defending champions are expected to be even better this year. The Warriors may rest their Big Three of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green more during the regular season, but keep in mind that they won 53 games last year with that trio playing just 11 total minutes together.

3. LA Clippers

  • 2021-22 record: 42-40, 9th in West
  • Biggest additions: John Wall (G)
  • Biggest losses: Isaiah Hartenstein (C)
  • Championship odds: 8/1

After taking a year off due to Kawhi Leonard’s torn ACL, the Clippers are back in the hunt this season. This team could be their best yet. At full strength, this team has as good a chance as any to win it all.

4. Milwaukee Bucks

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  • 2021-22 record: 51-31, 3rd in East
  • Biggest additions: Joe Ingles (F)
  • Biggest losses: None
  • Championship odds: 15/2

The Bucks’ system works, and they expect it to work again next season. Milwaukee has a chance to win its second championship in three years.

5. Phoenix Suns

  • 2021-22 record: 64-18, 1st in West
  • Biggest additions: None
  • Biggest losses: JaVale McGee (C)
  • Championhip odds: 10/1

The Suns’ magical season came to an end with a perplexing Game 7 loss to the Mavericks in Phoenix.

6. Philadelphia 76ers

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  • 2021-22 record: 51-31, 4th in East
  • Biggest additions: P.J. Tucker (F/C), DeAnthony Melton (G/F), Montrezl Harrell (F/C)
  • Biggest losses: none
  • Championship odds: 17/1

Despite an ugly flameout in the second round of the playoffs, the Sixers enter the season as potential championship contenders.

7. Memphis Grizzlies

  • 2021-22 record: 56-26, 2nd in West
  • Biggest additions: none
  • Biggest losses: Kyle Anderson (G/F), De’Anthony Melton (G/F)
  • Championship odds: 24/1

The Grizzlies have defied expectations three years in a row, despite having a roster full of NBA deep-cuts. After experiencing the playoffs last season, they could make another leap this year.

8. Brooklyn Nets

  • 2021-22 record: 44-38, 7th in East
  • Biggest additions: Royce O’Neal (F), T.J. Warren (F)
  • Biggest losses: LaMarcus Aldridge (C), Blake Griffin (F/C)
  • Championship odds: 8/1

It’s all great in theory, but nothing has gone right for the Nets in the last two years. On paper, no team is as frightening. Despite their offseason turmoil, the Nets return Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. Ben Simmons, a near-perfect fit as a defender and ball-handler, joins them, as does a strong supporting cast.

9. Denver Nuggets

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  • 2021-22 record: 48-34, 6th in West
  • Biggest additions: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (G), Ish Smith (G), DeAndre Jordan (C)
  • Biggest losses: Will Barton (G/F), Monte Morris (G), Austin Rivers (G)
  • Championship odds: 21/1

The Nuggets’ biggest additions are two existing players: Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr. Injuries forced the two rising stars to miss nearly the entire 2021-22 season, leaving MVP Nikola Jokic to carry a heavy burden on a thin roster.

10. Miami Heat

  • 2021-22 record: 53-29, 1st in East
  • Biggest additions: none
  • Biggest losses: P.J Tucker (F/C), Markieff Morris (F)
  • Championship odds: 18/1

Miami appears to be very thin heading into the season. This summer, the Heat pursued Kevin Durant and Donovan Mitchell but came up empty-handed. The East’s No. 1 team from last year is now in danger of regressing.

11. Dallas Mavericks

  • 2021-22 record: 52-30, 4th in West
  • Biggest additions: Christian Wood (C), JaVale McGee (C)
  • Biggest losses: Jalen Brunson (G)
  • Championship odds: 27/1

It’s difficult to be optimistic about the Mavericks’ offseason after they lost their second-leading scorer, Jalen Brunson, for nothing and made no moves to replace him. Spencer Dinwiddie and Tim Hardaway Jr., who missed most of last season due to a foot injury, will be key for the Mavericks.

12. Cleveland Cavaliers

  • 2021-22 record: 44-38, 9th in East
  • Biggest additions: Donovan Mitchell (G), Robin Lopez (C)
  • Biggest losses: Collin Sexton (G), Lauri Markkanen (F), Rajon Rondo (G)
  • Championship odds: 40/1

The Cavs were a top-five team in the East for much of last season before injuries caused them to plummet into the play-in. They return now with a bolstered lineup that not only fits well together,  but should play both ends of the floor.

13. Atlanta Hawks

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  • 2021-22 record: 43-39, 8th in East
  • Biggest additions: Dejounte Murray (G), Justin Holiday (F), Maurice Harkless (F)
  • Biggest losses: Kevin Huerter (G), Danilo Gallinari (F)
  • Championship odds: 50/1

Last year, the Hawks struggled to build on their unexpected Eastern Conference Finals appearance in 2021. So the team went out and acquired Dejounte Murray, a developing two-way guard whose defense and drive-and-kick game should complement Trae Young’s.

14. Toronto Raptors

  • 2021-22 record: 48-34, 5th in East
  • Biggest additions: Otto Porter Jr. (F), Juancho Hernangomez (F)
  • Biggest losses: none
  • Championship odds: 50/1

The Raptors are the East’s quiet contenders, thanks to their length, depth, and versatility. They don’t have a true superstar, but Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet are All-Stars, and reigning Rookie of the Year Scottie Barnes appears to be on his way to stardom.

15. Los Angeles Lakers

  • 2021-22 record: 33-49, 11th in West
  • Biggest additions: Patrick Beverley (G), Juan Toscano-Anderson (F/C), Troy Brown (G/F), Lonnie Walker IV (G), Thomas Bryant (C), Darvin Ham (head coach)
  • Biggest losses: Talen Horton-Tucker (G), Malik Monk (G), Carmelo Anthony (F), Dwight Howard (C), Frank Vogel (head coach)
  • Championship odds: 25/1

One of the most difficult teams to project, this ranking is largely a vote of confidence in LeBron James and Anthony Davis’s rebound season. When they were both healthy, those two stars were a dynamic duo.

16. Minnesota Timberwolves

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  • 2021-22 record: 46-36, 7th in West
  • Biggest additions: Rudy Gobert (C), Austin Rivers (G), Kyle Anderson (G/F)
  • Biggest losses: Patrick Beverley (G), Malik Beasley (G/F), Jarred Vanderbilt (F)
  • Championship odds: 35/1

In one of the off-season’s biggest moves, the Wolves swung a trade for Gobert. The three-time Defensive Player of the Year should help Minnesota’s defense and push them closer to a title.

17. New Orleans Pelicans

  • 2021-22 record: 36-46, 8th in West
  • Biggest additions: Dyson Daniels (G – R),
  • Biggest losses: none
  • Championship odds: 50/1

Look out if Zion Williamson stays healthy. The Pelicans have a formidable Big Three in Williams, Brandon Ingram, and CJ McCollum, as well as a deep supporting cast that surprised the Phoenix Suns in the first round of the playoffs.

18. Chicago Bulls

  • 2021-22 record: 46-36, 6th in East
  • Biggest additions: Goran Dragic (G), Andre Drummond (C)
  • Biggest losses: Troy Brown (G/F)
  • Championship odds: 80/1

The Bulls were the best team in the East through 60 games last season before collapsing due to a slew of injuries. Indeed, last year’s highly effective lineup of Lonzo Ball, Alex Caruso, Zach Lavine, DeMar DeRozan, and Nikola Vucevic — which boasted a 12.5 net rating — played in only 16 games. No Bulls lineup lasted more than 27 games.

19. Portland Trail Blazers

  • 2021-22 record: 27-55, 13th in West
  • Biggest additions: Jerami Grant (F), Shaedon Sharpe (G – R)
  • Biggest losses: none
  • Championship odds: 125/1

The Blazers will benefit from the return of Damian Lillard. Last season, the 32-year-old guard appeared in just 29 games as injuries and trades depleted a Portland roster that struggled in the first half of the season.

20. Washington Wizards

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  • 2021-22 record: 35-47, 12th in East
  • Biggest additions: Will Barton (G/F), Monte Morris (G)
  • Biggest losses: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (G), Ish Smith (G)
  • Championship odds: 300/1

It’s easy to forget that the Wizards started 14-8 last season before going 21-39 the rest of the way. The Wizards should have no trouble scoring if Bradley Beal and Kristaps Porzingis stay healthy. The supporting cast, which includes Will Barton, Kyle Kuzma, and Rui Hachimura, should give Washington some depth.

21. New York Knicks

  • 2021-22 record: 37-45, 11th in East
  • Biggest additions: Jalen Brunson (G), Isaiah Hartenstein (C)
  • Biggest losses: Alec Burks (G), Kemba Walker (G), Nerlens Noel (C)
  • Championship odds: 200/1

The Knicks’ biggest question is whether they can find playing time for their promising young players, or if head coach Tom Thibodeau will stick with his veterans. Finally, the Knicks find themselves in a no-land man’s between being good enough to compete for a play-in spot and being bad enough to tank and get a game-changing player in the draft.

22. Detroit Pistons

  • 2021-22 record: 23-59, 14th in East
  • Biggest additions: Jaden Ivey (G – R), Alec Burks (G), Nerlens Noel (C), Kemba Walker (G)
  • Biggest losses: Jerami Grant (F)
  • Championship odds: 800/1

The Pistons are poised to make one of the biggest leaps among last year’s lottery entrants. Cade Cunningham, the No. 1 pick last year, finished his rookie year strong and appears destined for stardom. Meanwhile, under Dwane Casey, a coach known for getting buy-in from his players, the team has built a nice mix of reliable veterans around its other recent draft picks.

23. Charlotte Hornets

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  • 2021-22 record: 43-39, 10th in East
  • Biggest additions: Mark Williams (C – R), Steve Clifford (head coach)
  • Biggest losses: Montrezl Harrell (C), James Borrego (head coach)
  • Championship odds: 150/1

The Hornets appear to have taken a step back this offseason after making the play-in tournament last year. The status of star forward Miles Bridges (the team’s leading scorer last year) is unknown after he was arrested on domestic violence charges as he approached free agency. Meanwhile, the Hornets fired head coach James Borrego and hired former coach Steve Clifford as his replacement.

24. Sacramento Kings

  • 2021-22 record: 30-52, 12th in West
  • Biggest additions: Keegan Murray (F – R), Malik Monk (G), Kevin Huerter (G), Mike Brown (head coach)
  • Biggest losses: Donte DiVincenzo (G), Justin Holiday (F)
  • Championship odds: 500/1

Can the Kings end their NBA-record 16-year playoff drought? This year could be their best chance in a long time. Sacramento now has the star power to compete on a nightly basis thanks to a full season of De’Aaron Fox and Domantas Sabonis.

25. Indiana Pacers

  • 2021-22 record: 25-57, 13th in East
  • Biggest additions: Benedict Mathurin (G/F – R), Daniel Theis (C)
  • Biggest losses: Malcolm Brogdon (G), T.J. Warren (F)
  • Championship odds: 500/1

The Pacers are clearly leaning toward a rebuild, but there are still some pieces to move. Keeping players like Myles Turner and Buddy Hield around may help the Pacers win too many games to truly tank. Given the recent trade hauls for stars and strong role players, Indiana is likely to hold out until they can get some meaningful pieces back in exchange for those veterans.

26. Orlando Magic

  • 2021-22 record: 22-60, 15th in East
  • Biggest additions: Paolo Banchero (F/C – R)
  • Biggest losses: none
  • Championship odds: 1,000/1

Banchero’s addition gives the Magic a potential go-to scoring option to complement All-Rookie Team member Franz Wagner and last year’s fifth overall pick Jalen Suggs.

27. Utah Jazz

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  • 2021-22 record: 49-33, 5th in West
  • Biggest additions: Collin Sexton (G), Lauri Markkanen (F), Malik Beasley (G/F), Jarred Vanderbilt (F), Talen Horton-Tucker (G), Will Hardy (head coach)
  • Biggest losses: Donovan Mitchell (G), Rudy Gobert (C), Quin Snyder (head coach)
  • Championship odds: 500/1

The Jazz blew it this summer after six straight playoff seasons in which they never advanced past the second round. With veterans like Mike Conley and Bojan Bogdanovic still on the roster, the Jazz are likely to make more trades to acquire draft picks and embark on a multi-year rebuild.

28. Houston Rockets

  • 2021-22 record: 20-62, 15th in West
  • Biggest additions: Jabari Smith Jr. (F/C – R), Tari Eason (F – R), Sterling Brown (F), Trey Burke (G)
  • Biggest losses: Christian Wood (C)
  • Championship odds: 1000/1

Jabari Smith, Jalen Green, and Kevin Porter Jr. are three of Houston’s talented and intriguing young players. However, there are significant roster gaps surrounding them. The Rockets’ future appears bright, but it may take another year of lottery luck before that promise is realized.

29. Oklahoma City Thunder

  • 2021-22 record: 24-58, 14th in West
  • Biggest additions: Chet Holmgren (C – R), Jalen Williams (F – R)
  • Biggest losses: none
  • Championship odds: 500/1

When star rookie Chet Holmgren was ruled out for the season with a foot injury, the Thunder were dealt a blow. OKC was looking to take a step forward with Holmgren, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, and Josh Giddey as its building blocks. The Thunder appear to be playing for lottery position once more.

30. San Antonio Spurs

  • 2021-22 record: 34-48, 10th in West
  • Biggest additions: Jeremy Sochan (G/F — R)
  • Biggest losses: Dejounte Murray (G)
  • Championship odds: 1000/1

The Spurs have set their sights on the 2023 NBA Draft. San Antonio reduced its roster to a level not seen since perhaps 1996, when David Robinson was injured and the Spurs tanked into the No. 1 pick by trading All-Star guard Dejounte Murray.