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NBA Power Rankings: Grizzlies rise behind Ja Morant, Nets fall without Kevin Durant

Stan Son updates his 2021-22 NBA power rankings.

Making this power rankings list was more difficult than I imagined. What’s the criteria? Is it performance over the last week? Prospects for winning the championship? For example, DraftKings Sportsbook has the Nets at +270 to win it all but they are without Kevin Durant right now and have lost six straight. Kyrie Irving can’t play home games so there will be plenty of games in which James Harden is driving the bus solo. That said, I tried to blend both the micro and macro but leaned a little more towards the micro side. Hey, I don’t know what the future holds so all I can do is interpret the information at hand.

The Phoenix Suns and Golden State Warriors maintain their position at the top of the pantheon. They both went 5-0 last week and had net ratings of 12.7 and 7.5 respectively. On the season, both are in the top 10 for offensive efficiency and are 1 and 2 in defensive efficiency. DraftKings Sportsbook has the Warriors at +475 to win it all while the Suns are at +500.

The Memphis Grizzlies are the little engine that could. Or at least that’s the perception. They have a bona fide superstar in Ja Morant and Jaren Jackson Jr. ain’t so bad himself. There’s depth, youth and veteran leadership littered throughout the roster. Experience is the next thing to acquire. The Grizzlies are 11th in offensive efficiency and seventh in defensive efficiency. Their record against teams over .500 is 18-9. They probably won’t win the championship this season but they could take down anyone in a seven-game series.

The Toronto Raptors moved up and are an interesting team for the present and future. They are 15th in offensive efficiency and 14th in defensive efficiency. They are currently eighth in the Eastern Conference but they’ve won four of their last five games and they could be starting to gel. Keep in mind that Pascal Siakam and OG Anunoby missed significant portions of the season and Scottie Barnes is a rookie. Figuring out what to do at center has been an adjustment period as well.

Let’s take a look at Stan Son’s power rankings for Week 16 of the NBA season.

NBA Power Rankings: Week 24

1 Memphis Grizzlies 2
2 Phoenix Suns 1
3 Miami Heat 4
4 Dallas Mavericks 6
5 Milwaukee Bucks 3
6 Boston Celtics 5
7 Philadelphia 76ers 7
8 Denver Nuggets 8
9 Toronto Raptors 9
10 Brooklyn Nets 10
11 Utah Jazz 11
12 Atlanta Hawks 16
13 Golden State Warriors 12
14 Minnesota Timberwolves 13
15 Chicago Bulls 14
16 Charlotte Hornets 15
17 Los Angeles Clippers 18
18 Cleveland Cavaliers 17
19 San Antonio Spurs 19
20 New Orleans Pelicans 21
21 Washington Wizards 22
22 New York Knicks 20
23 Sacramento Kings 23
24 Houston Rockets 28
25 Detroit Pistons 25
26 Orlando Magic 26
27 Los Angeles Lakers 24
28 Indiana Pacers 27
29 Oklahoma City Thunder 29
30 Portland Trail Blazers 30

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