NBA Week 15 Power Rankings

Patrick Devine, Sports Writer

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Recently in the past month in the NBA landscape, we have seen a lot of teams come into their form. Some of them include the Warriors introducing DeMarcus Cousins back in the lineup, the Milwaukee Bucks with Giannis Antetokounmpo and Eric Bledsoe coming into all-star form, and the Raptors coming back into their dominant self with the return of SF Kawhi Leonard. But the question is who will claim the number 1 spot on this list?

Coming in at number 3 on this list is the Toronto Raptors, the Raptors this year have been nothing but consistent having a record of 36-14. And even though Kawhi Leonard has been either injured or resting for about 14 games this season he has still been putting up 27.6 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 3.1 assists per game. Another reason for their massive success this year is PG Kyle Lowry, Lowry this year started out being a potential MVP candidate, but has cooled down as the season progressed. He averages about 14.2 points, 9.4 assists, and 4.5 rebounds per game. Even though his stats don’t show it, he is the second most maybe even the most important player on this team! But the question is, will the Raptors be able to sustain this success, or will they crumble under the pressure like the year before.

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Raptors Small Forward, Kawhi Leonard driving past Rockets Shooting Guard James Harden. The Raptors the past few games have looked like one of the best, if not the best team in the NBA.

Coming in at number 2 on this list is the Milwaukee Bucks, before the season, almost everyone expected the Bucks to finally have their breakout season and finally get out the first round of the playoffs. And one of their stars other than Giannis Antetokounmpo is Eric Bledsoe. Bledsoe last year was acquired via trade from the Suns and did not fit well in the Bucks system. But this year he changed, he is averaging about 15.8 points, 5.5 assists, and 4.5 rebounds per game. Clearly, the Milwaukee Bucks have changed significantly then years past, but can they take it all the way and reach their first Eastern Conference Finals since 2001?

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Milwaukee Bucks PG Eric Bledsoe celebrating after scoring. For the most of the season the Milwaukee Bucks have been rolling through the Eastern Conference, but can the Bucks finally win their first playoff series since 2001?

Finally, at number 1 we have the Golden State Warriors. The Warriors early in the season had some struggles but since C DeMarcus Cousins has returned the Warriors have finally found some confidence! Another star on the Warriors, Stephen Curry. Curry the past two years has not had his chance to show truly how good he is but he still is MVP material averaging about, 29.2 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 5.6 assists per game. Overall, the Warriors have just been dominant lately and they show no signs of stopping, but can the Warriors add another ring to their collection and win their 4th title in 5th years?
Golden State Warriors PG Stephen Curry driving past Oklahoma City PG Russell Westbrook. Recently in the past 10 games the Warriors are 10-0, but will they be able to sustain this success and take it all the way to the Finals again?

Overall, 50 games through the NBA season there have been a lot of crazy and unexpected things. But there is a lot more in store with amazing games the rest of the season. But who will make their way to the top of the NBA landscape, will it be the Warriors with the recently returned DeMarcus Cousins, or will it be the Raptors led by Kawhi Leonard and Kyle Lowry, or it could be the Milwaukee Bucks led by Giannis Antetokounmpo and Eric Bledsoe?