Friday means it’s time for NBA power rankings, brought to you by WEEI.com’s Danny Dragin. This week’s installment will focus on the just completed trade deadline. Who were the winners, losers, and bystanders?
1. Golden State Warriors (1): 41-13
The Warriors are one of the few teams unaffected by the trade deadline. There were rumors wanted Avery Bradley to strengthen their backcourt defense, but nothing ever came from that. Also they got blown out by the Thunder on Tuesday.
2. Houston Rockets (2): 40-13
James Harden had a huge 41-point performance against the Heat the other night. The Rockets clearly don’t need to adjust anything right now and the fact that they weren’t active during the trade deadline proves that they don’t think so either.
3. Boston Celtics (3): 40-16
Greg Monroe is the newest member of the C’s and he debuted in a win against the Wizards. The Celtics targeted Memphis guard Tyreke Evans, but their conversations fell flat and there were reports that the Celtics barely entertained anything.
4. Toronto Raptors (4): 38-16
Toronto had a great game against Boston behind Kyle Lowry’s 23 points. The only deal the Raptors made was sending Bruno Caboclo to the Kings for Malachi Richardson.
5. Oklahoma City Thunder (5): 31-24
Russell Westbrook and Paul George went off against the Warriors on Tuesday night. Westbrook had 34 points, nine rebounds, and nine assists while PG13 had 38 points, three assists, and five rebounds.
6. San Antonio Spurs (6): 35-21
The Spurs remained stagnant, although they reportedly considered a deal that would send Danny Green to the Clippers in return for Bradley. Obviously that deal did not pan out and they made no changes to their roster.
7. Minnesota Timberwolves (8): 34-23
Jimmy Butler found himself on the wrong side of some last-minute highlight plays when the Timberwolves lost a shootout to the Cavs on Wednesday night. It has been reported that the Wolves want to sign Derrick Rose, who looks like he’ll be waived by the Jazz, which would reunite him with Butler and coach Tom Thibodeau.
8. Milwaukee Bucks (9): 30-23
The firing of Jason Kidd has only proven to be good for the Bucks. Also the return of Jabari Parker has helped their scoring immensely.
9. Detroit Pistons (17): 27-26
Since the acquisition of Blake Griffin, the Pistons have not lost a game. The new frontcourt of Griffin and Andrew Drummond is beastly and the Pistons could compete in the Eastern Conference.
10. Cleveland Cavaliers (13): 31-22
The Cavs are the biggest story out of the trade deadline. They essentially rebuilt their entire roster in a matter of an hour. The Cavs received Jordan Clarkson, Larry Nance Jr., Rodney Hood, George Hill, and some draft picks for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Dwyane Wade, Iman Shumpert, Derrick Rose, and Channing Frye. They received a protected 2024 first round pick by the Heat, which is the year LeBron James Jr. will be eligible for the draft.
11. Portland Trail Blazers (7): 30-25
The Trail Blazers got swept on an eastern swing through Boston, Toronto and Detroit. They did make a little noise during the trade deadline madness trading away Noah Vonleh to the Bulls for the rights to Milovan Rakovic.
12. Denver Nuggets (10): 29-25
The Nuggets found themselves in an extremely interesting three-team deal. Denver will acquire Devin Harris from the Mavericks and a 2018 first round pick. In order to complete the deal the Nuggets had to send Emmanuel Mudiay to the Knicks.
13. Miami Heat (11): 29-26
Dwyane Wade will once again wear a Miami Heat jersey. This deal came as part of the Cavs annihilation of their roster.
14. Indiana Pacers (12): 30-25
The Pacers are another team that remained stagnant during the trade deadline. It was reported that they did enquire the Nuggets about a deal for Kenneth Faried.
15. New Orleans Pelicans (15): 28-25
New Orleans made a last-minute deal, sending veteran Dante Cunningham to Brooklyn for third-year guard Rashad Vaughn.
16. Washington Wizards (16): 31-24
The Wizards decided to trade Sheldon Mac to the Hawks in exchange for a highly protected second round pick. The trade comes as a way to free up cap space and a roster spot.
17. Philadelphia 76ers (14): 26-25
The 76ers didn’t make any serious moves. They are still waiting for the return of No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz, who could be all they need to make that extra step during the postseason.
18. Los Angeles Clippers (22): 27-25
The Clips were one of the busier teams in the league. At first looking to deal All-Stars after trading Griffin to the Pistons, they then signed Lou Williams to a three-year deal. They entertained offers for DeAndre Jordan without pulling the trigger.
19. Los Angeles Lakers (23): 22-31
The Lakers are another team caught up in the Cavs madness. They sent Clarkson and Nance Jr. to the Cavs in exchange for Thomas, Frye and 2018 first-round pick.
20. Utah Jazz (18): 26-28
The Jazz also played a part in restocking the Cavs by sending Rodney Hood to Cleveland and Joe Johnson to Sacramento for Crowder and Rose.
21. Phoenix Suns (24): 18-38
Elfrid Payton will don a Suns jersey after being traded by the Magic for a 2018 second round pick. Payton seems like a steal as Phoenix looks to replace point guard Eric Bledsoe.
22. Brooklyn Nets (19): 19-37
Brooklyn shipped out Rashad Vaughn to the Pelicans in exchange for Dante Cunningham, who could add bench scoring. They’re still waiting for Jahlil Okafor to hit his stride, but they’re pulling out gritty wins.
23. Charlotte Hornets (20): 23-31
Ever since Michael Jordan said that he would entertain offers for Kemba Walker, the Hornets have been flooded with trade speculation. They did receive Willy Hernangomez from the Knicks in exchange for Johnny O’Bryant and two second-rounders.
24. Memphis Grizzlies (27): 18-35
Tyreke Evans was talked about for weeks as a potential trade target. Evans did not end up getting traded but they did complete a deal with the Pistons that would bring in Brice Johnson for James Ennis.
25. Sacramento Kings (25): 17-36
The Kings acquired Johnson and will presumably buy him out, creating an opportunity for the former Celtics draftee to return to Boston.
26. New York Knicks (21): 23-33
Kristaps Porzingis was diagnosed with a torn ACL and will miss the rest of the season. This is a huge blow that essentially takes the Knicks out of playoff contention.
27. Chicago Bulls (26): 18-33
The Bulls made a couple of deals, but they remain mired towards the bottom of the Eastern Conference.
28. Atlanta Hawks (28): 17-38
The Hawks received Sheldon Mac during the trade deadline. They also sent Luke Babbitt to the Heat in return for Okaro White.
29. Dallas Mavericks (30): 17-37
Dallas was part of a three-team deal between the Knicks and the Nuggets. The Mavs will receive Doug McDermott in exchange for Devin Harris, who went to the Nuggets.
30. Orlando Magic (29): 18-36
The Payton trade with Phoenix doesn’t really make a lot of sense. The Magic lose a lot of scoring and they get absolutely nothing in return.
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Source: GreenStreet Blog