NBA Week Twenty Power Rankings

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Patrick Devine, Sports Writer

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Recently in the NBA almost all teams have been in a stalemate with no one moving any spots above or below where they are. Some of the elite teams in the NBA are the Philadelphia 76ers, Oklahoma City Thunder, and the Golden State Warriors. But of these 4 teams who will be number 1? Will it be the dominating Golden State Warriors, or will it be the Philadelphia 76ers with the new lineup. Or will it be the Oklahoma City Thunder with Russell Westbrook and Paul George.

Coming in at number 3 on this list is the Philadelphia 76ers, the 76ers since their recent trade that got them Tobias Harris their record has been decent going 13-8. Even though all 4 players are having good stat lines with Ben Simmons averaging 17, Joel Embiid averaging 27, Jimmy Butler averaging 19, and Tobias Harris averaging 21. So all 4 guys are averaging 17+ per game which is good, but what is the problem here? The problem here with this team is consistency, consistency is one of the most key parts in a championship season. One example of this is that when they won against the Nuggets they played great with the starting 5 all scoring 12+ points, but the next game against the Washington Wizards which they lost they allowed a whopping 123 points against them. But can the 76ers pull it together and finally make it to the NBA Finals for the first time since 2001?

Tom West
Philadelphia 76ers PF Tobias Harris celebrating after scoring. Since the trade that got them Tobias Harris the 76ers have been the best they have ever been, but can they sustain this all the way to the playoffs?

Coming in at number 2 is the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Thunder this season have been absolutely amazing with a great record of 38-22 while being 3rd place in the Western Conference. The Thunder’s 2 main reasons why they are doing so well is Russell Westbrook and Paul George. Paul George is averaging 28.6 points, 8.1 rebounds, and 3.3 assists per game, his teammate Russell Westbrook is averaging around 22 points, 11.3 rebounds, and 10.9 assists per game. They are also great at playing teams that are over .500, they’re record in that category is 16-10. Also, they have a great rebounder in Steven Adams and a great defensive player in Andre Roberson. Overall this Thunder team is one of the best Oklahoma City Thunder teams we’ve seen in a long time, but can they sustain this level of playing to win their first NBA Finals ever?

Zach Cronin
Oklahoma City Thunder SF Paul George dribbling past Rockets PG James Harden. The Thunder this season have been a bit of a surprising team because of the amazing play by Paul George, but can Paul George keep playing at this level all the way to the Finals?

Finally, at number 1 we have the Golden State Warriors. The Warriors the past month have been absolutely amazing with their starting 5 coming into form. There are almost no flaws with this team, the individual stats are great with Steph Curry scoring 28 per game, Kevin Durant with 27, Klay Thompson with 21, and DeMarcus Cousins with 15. And unlike with most teams with 3 or more all-stars, the Warriors share the ball really well and that’s why this lineup has been working for so many years. The Warriors are also good on defense placing 3rd on defensive efficiency only giving up 108 PPG. But overall this team is flawless and may be the best team of all time, but can the Warriors stay healthy and make the finals for the 5th time in a row?

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Golden State Warriors C DeMarcus Cousins dunking the ball. DeMarcus Cousins have been very solid this season averaging 15 points per game and 1.4 blocks per game, but can he not crack under the pressure and lead his team to the Finals once again?

Overall, the NBA season this year has been crazy with multiple teams in contention to win the NBA Finals, and there are much more amazing games to come in the next month and a half. But out of 30 teams which one will step up to take the NBA Finals, will it be the Golden State Warriors for the 4th time, or will it be the Oklahoma City Thunder with MVP candidate Paul George, or could it possibly be the 76ers with Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid?

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