All-Star weekend is on our doorstep, the usual key marker for evaluating how your team will finish off the season. The trade deadline will follow and also give teams their last real chance at making changes that help whichever direction they are heading. No better time to give our latest Power Rankings update. You can check back on Edition Four – here. We look at team records and current form, whilst using league pass watchability and the overall feel of the franchise in tie breaker situations.
Included this time is a game of “Extend/Trade/Cut” – where we each decide from our 7 team rosters (plus CLE & GSW collectively) who we would keep at the franchise and who we would ship out in a trade or for nothing at all. Each grouping of 3 is reflective of a key issue (good & bad) with the franchise so far this season.
Rankings from games: Jan 18th – Feb 13th.
#1 GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS – Record: 46-9 Last Time: 1st Highest: 1st
The Big Three – Who matters most?
Tough call. Green gets waived purely cause he has the least value on another team.
#2 SAN ANTONIO SPURS – Record: 42-13 Last Time: 3rd Highest: 3rd
The Shooting Guards – Who can step up?
Mills deserves to hang around in San Antonio, while Green will net you something.
#3 CLEVELAND CAVALIERS – Record: 37-16 Last Time: 2nd Highest: 2nd
The J.R Replacements – Who warms the seat best?
Liggins deserves the extension, a gritty defender who has earned his shot at the NBA.
#4 HOUSTON ROCKETS- Record: 40-17 Last Time: 4th Highest: 4th
The Second Biggest Checks – Who deserves to stay with James?
Gordon is the best fit right now and proving his worth as Harden’s running mate.
#5 BOSTON CELTICS – Record: 36-19 Last Time: 7th Highest: 5th
The IT-D Cover: Who is IT’s best defensive foil?
Bradley has dipped defensively but still seems the most logical option next to IT.
#6 WASHINGTON WIZARDS – Record: 33-21 Last Time: 13th Highest: 13th
The Third Banana: Wall, Beal and?
Kieff is traded purely because he may land more than Gortat at this stage of their careers.
#7 MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES – Record: 34-23 Last Time: 8th Highest: 6th
The Other Big Three: Who deserves the salary most?
Parsons an easy waive choice, while you still take Gasol at this point over Conley.
#8 UTAH JAZZ – Record: 34-22 Last Time: 6th Highest: 6th
The Journeymen: Who hangs on a little longer?
Jingles hangs around as the perfect fit with this team in the starting unit or off the bench.
#9 TORONTO RAPTORS – Record: 32-23 Last Time: 5th Highest: 4th
The Wing Depth: Who picks up the most minutes?
Banking on Carroll long term is perhaps a little risky but he is still the best talent of the three.
#10 ATLANTA HAWKS – Record: 32-23 Last Time: 10th Highest: 5th
The Young Wings: You traded Korver to play who?
Still a big fan of Prince, so he beats out Hardaway who is sold high on and Bembry cut.
#11 LA CLIPPERS – Record: 34-21 Last Time: 11th Highest: 1st
The Recent Overpays: Who’s earning their pay?
Never thought Rivers would be extended but he beats out Crawford and Johnson.
#12 OKC THUNDER – Record: 31–25 Last Time: 9th Highest: 9th
The ‘Robin’ candidates: Russ is Batman but who is Robin?
Adams is still the perfect partner for Russ. Oladipo probably gets your more than Kanter.
#13 INDIANA PACERS – Record: 29-26 Last Time: 14th Highest: 12th
The Backup Bigs: Turner’s best backup is?
Lavoy Allen is very serviceable as a backup, from a production and salary standpoint.
#14 DENVER NUGGETS – Record: 25-30 Last Time: 2oth Highest: 20th
The Young SG’s: Who starts going forward?
Tough choice but Murray beats out Harris on future potential, who would be an easy trade.
#15 MIAMI HEAT – Record: 24–32 Last Time: 29th Highest: 23rd
The ‘Player Options’: Who do you want to pickup their option?
Reed is the unlikely extension here, sell high on Dion and finally let McRoberts go.
#16 DETROIT PISTONS – Record: 26-30 Last Time: 18th Highest: 14th
The Next Big Things: Who’s the best Drummond insurance?
Not C insurance but Leuer is one of the best deals for output in the NBA right now.
#17 CHICAGO BULLS – Record: 26-29 Last Time: 15th Highest: 11th
The Point Guards: Do we have to keep one?
Grant is kept as the best of a bad bunch and you take what you can get for MCW.
#18 PORTLAND TRAILBLAZERS – Record: 23-32 Last Time: 17th Highest: 7th
The Locked Up Wings: Who’s best value for money?
Harkless stays for versatility, while Aminu would have takers over Crabbe & his contract.
#19 SACRAMENTO KINGS – Record: 23-32 Last Time: 23rd Highest: 20th
The Evolution SGs: All different stages but who’s best?
Extend Richardson as the final hope at SG, where the Kings have failed for years on end.
#20 DALLAS MAVERICKS – Record: 22-33 Last Time: 27th Highest: 17th
The Minimum Guys: Who’s contract will age best?
Curry deserves the extension so far and has the best outlook of the three.
#21 MILWAUKEE BUCKS – Record: 24-30 Last Time: 12th Highest: 11th
The Overpaids: All overpaid, so who stays?
Delly is the best bad contract and still has a role within the Bucks lineup at least.
#22 NEW ORLEANS PELICANS – Record: 22-34 Last Time: 21st Highest: 18th
The Cheap Signings: You can only keep one, so who is it?
Jones deserves it while Frazier might appreciate being sent somewhere to play.
#23 NEW YORK KNICKS – Record: 23-33 Last Time: 19th Highest: 14th
The Bench Units: All good value but which is best?
Hernangomez will hopefully be the permanent starter next to Porzingis sometime soon.
#24 CHARLOTTE HORNETS – Record: 24-31 Last Time: 16th Highest: 10th
The Expensive Role Players: Who repays the faith?
Extend MKG and pray he can go from expensive role player to worthy top draft pick.
#25 PHILADELPHIA 76ERS – Record: 21-34 Last Time: 25th Highest: 25th
The Veterans: Which Vet do you keep around?
Henderson stays for need over Ilyasova, who bumped his trade value and is squeezed out.
#26 MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES – Record: 21-34 Last Time: 24th Highest: 16th
The Lead Guards: Who’s running the show next season?
Keep the faith in Dunn! Rubio finally gets traded and Jones is waived/very quickly claimed.
#27 LA LAKERS – Record: 19-37 Last Time: 26th Highest: 15th
The High Picks: All cost a lot, who you rolling with?
Ingram shades Russell on potential, while Russell shades Randle on potential return.
#28 ORLANDO MAGIC – Record: 21-36 Last Time: 22nd Highest: 22nd
The Big’s Three: Who holds down the middle?
Vucevic is the best extend scenario. Ibaka should get back some return and cut Biz loose.
#29 PHOENIX SUNS – Record: 17-39 Last Time: 28th Highest: 26th
The Young Bigs: Who’s the best rebuilding block?
Tough to choose but Chriss has shown more so far than Bender, albeit due to opportunity.
#30 BROOKLYN NETS – Record: 9-46 Last Time: 30th Highest: 28th
The Late Firsts: Who’s going to make the GM happiest?
Extend LeVert purely on potential to be the biggest upside from the late picks.