NBA Power Rankings: Boston Celtics continue torrid play in January

With the 2022-2023 season underway, our NBA power rankings are active, and here to let you know who are the top teams right now in the association.

Along with the latest pecking order around the league, you can also keep up to date with the current NBA standings, and the newest NBA trade rumors ahead of the Feb. 9 deadline.

Related: NBA scores – Get the latest results from last night’s NBA action

Now, let’s take a look at the NBA power rankings for all 30 teams in the top professional basketball league in the world.

30. Houston Rockets (LW: 30)

nba power rankings
Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

While young stars like Jalen Green and Kevin Porter, Jr. have been solid in 2022-2023, neither they nor first-round pick Jabari Smith has done anywhere close to what is needed to make the Houston Rockets a competitive squad this season. They seemed bad before, but a terrible 13-game losing skid exposed how this roster is still deep in a rebuild.

Players young and old are starting to air their frustration, but this organization needs to be in sell mode at the deadline in what seems to be an apparent tank for Victor Wembanyama strategy occurring to finish out the season.

Record: 10-35

29. Charlotte Hornets (LW: 29)

nba power rankings
Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

Being without LaMelo Ball to begin the season was killer for the Charlotte Hornets. And despite the best efforts of the rest of the team, the Hornets resided in the back end of the Eastern Conference standings.

Yet, even with the young star back and posting double-double games, the Hornets have remained one of the worst teams in the NBA this season. The group that surprised by reaching the NBA Play-In tourney last season has completely disappeared this year.

Record: 12-34

28. Detroit Pistons (LW: 28)

nba power rankings
Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

A season-ending injury to young star Cade Cunningham put an end to any real plans that the team had to be competitive in 2022-2023. Plus, while off-season acquisition Bojan Bogdanovic has played very well, rookies Jalen Duren and Jaden Ivey have not been able to pick up the pieces and push Detroit beyond being a lottery-bound organization.

The big story as the team makes their way to the Feb. 9 trade deadline will undoubtedly be about what the team can land in a deal for Bogdanovic.

Record: 12-36

27. San Antonio Spurs (LW: 27)

nba power rankings
Credit: Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports

After a surprisingly fast start to the season, the San Antonio Spurs have since regressed to where many analysts figured they would be this season. At or near the bottom of the Western Conference. The team lost seven of eight games recently and seems on pace for a record-setting bad season. However, despite the poor results, Devin Vassell and Keldon Johnson have been bright spots and could be key parts of the team’s eventual turnaround in the future.

Record: 14-32

26. Orlando Magic (LW: 26)

nba power rankings
Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

The young Orlando Magics, led by top pick Paolo Banchero have been inconsistent throughout the season. But that is to be expected with a team in a complete rebuild and full of prospects. While the Magic are headed to another lottery selection in the spring, they have shown some heart and have tried to hang in there with teams that are superior. They won’t be in the playoff hunt but this young unit is getting a good deal of valuable learning minutes.

Record: 17-28

25. Washington Wizards (LW: 23)

nba power rankings
Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

The Washington Wizards were a solid squad after the first month of the season. They seemed playoff bound with their talented trio of Bradley Beal, Kristaps Porzingis, and Kyle Kuzma playing well together. However, that changed as 2022 reached a close.

Even with all their key players healthy, the team has been middle-of-the-road at best and continues to struggle. This roster is in need of a total overhaul and seems on the edge of being blown up and Kyle Kuzma could be a worthwhile chip toward that process.

Record: 19-26

24. Toronto Raptors (LW: 24)

nba power rankings: toronto raptors
Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

While the Toronto Raptors were solid for the first few months of the season, they have struggled mightily heading into 2023. They have battled injuries to key players and it has had an effect. Yet, their overall play has not been where they expected despite having an elite coach in Nick Nurse. It has been reported recently that the organization is open for trade business, however, their asking price has turned off teams around the NBA.

Record: 20-26

23. Chicago Bulls (LW: 22)

nba power rankings
Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Bulls’ poor showing thus far has been a product of several issues hindering the team. Certainly, Lonzo Ball’s absence has hurt, but no one expected the chemistry from last season between Demar DeRozan and Zach Lavine to completely disappear. If things continue to play out as they have, this season could devolve into the organization choosing who they want to go forward with: Zach LaVine or head coach Billy Donovan.

Record: 21-24

22. Phoenix Suns (LW: 17)

nba power rankings
Credit: Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports

What head coach Monty Williams and the Phoenix Suns were able to do early this season, despite the Jae Crowder drama and with Chris Paul in a sharp decline, was remarkable. They had one of, if not the best record in the West for the first couple of months.

But then MVP candidate Devin Booker was sidelined with a groin injury, and the Suns have been in freefall mode ever since. It is stunning how bad they have been in losing nine of ten recently as they have plummeted out of the playoff chase and down our NBA power rankings.

Record: 22-24

21. Los Angeles Lakers (LW: 19)

nba power rankings
Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

After a disastrous start to the season where the Los Angeles Lakers were 2-10, LA has been a bit less than terrible in recent weeks. Lebron James is healthy and playing like an All-Star still, and Russell Westbrook hasn’t been a complete hindrance to the team’s success. However, a foot injury to Anthony Davis means they could be without their top player for the foreseeable future.

If Davis does not return this year, the Lakers will need to make an impact trade by the deadline or miss the playoffs for a second straight season. At this moment, it is unclear what they’ll do, but it sure seems like they could surprisingly stay pat this season.

Record: 21-25

20. Portland Trail Blazers (LW: 16)

nba power rankings
Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Back from a season-ending injury, Damian Lillard was playing like a monster to start the NBA season and helped the Portland Trailblazer gets off to a very fast start. However, he suffered a hamstring injury recently and the team immediately went into a slump soon after.

Yet, even with their anchor back, the Trail Blazers have not played well of late and are still slumping. If this continues, one has to wonder if now could be the time that Portland finally blows things up and deal Lillard.

Record: 21-24

19. Oklahoma City Thunder (LW: 25)

nba power rankings
Credit: Alonzo Adams-USA TODAY Sports

Despite not having first-round pick Chet Holmgren all season long, the Oklahoma City Thunder have been a competitive bunch. Thanks to head coach Mark Daigneault and budding superstar Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. SGA has been a revelation in ’22-’23 and looks headed to his first All-Star appearance in a season where the team could land a spot in the Play-In tourney.

Record: 22-24

18. Minnesota Timberwolves (LW: 21)

nba power rankings
Credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports

Following a calf injury that knocked Karl-Anthony Towns for over a month, the Minnesota Timberwolves have been up and down to start 2023. Losing streaks are now often followed by runs of the hot play. While they aren’t bad, the fact that Anthony Edwards and Rudy Gobert haven’t been able to lead the team to a better than .500 record is worrying.

Record: 23-24

17. Utah Jazz (LW: 18)

nba power rankings
Credit: Rob Gray-USA TODAY Sports

The Utah Jazz has been one of the best stories in the NBA power rankings this season. They’ve gotten off to a far better start than expected due to outstanding performances from Lauri Markkanen and Jordan Clarkson. As well as great leadership from new head coach Will Hardy.

With Utah still very much in the playoff race, it isn’t a guarantee they are sellers at the deadline. Don’t be surprised if the Jazz are buyers and sellers at the NBA trade deadline in February.

Record: 24-25

16. Indiana Pacers (LW: 12)

nba power rankings: indiana pacers
Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

The Indiana Pacers were riding high for the first few months of the season, as they surprised the league and were close to the top 10 of our NBA power rankings. However, All-Star candidate Tyrese Haliburton suffered a pair of injuries early in the month and the team has unsurprisingly struggled mightily with him out — losing seven straight at one point. While the team has some very nice young pieces, without Haliburton they aren’t much more than a lottery team.

Record: 23-24

15. Atlanta Hawks (LW: 20)

nba power rankings
Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

The Atlanta Hawks have been hit by a plague of drama as the season continues to play out, and it’s shown as they have plummeted down the NBA standings and our rankings in recent weeks. However, the bigger issue may be a growing divide between stars Trae Young and head coach Nate McMillan. As well as new rumors that Young could be the next superstar asking for a trade.

With new reports of the issues going on in their front office, the Hawks seem on the cusp of a notable period of upheaval throughout the organization.

Record: 24-22

14. Los Angeles Clippers (LW: 15)

nba power rankings
Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

More than any team in the NBA, health is the biggest story surrounding the Los Angeles Clippers. The talent is there for the Clippers to be serious title contenders this season, but both Kawhi Leonard and Paul George have again dealt with injuries this season. It has led to hot and cold streaks for the team. They are once again in a down period having lost 8 of their last 10 as George battles a hamstring issue.

Record: 24-24

13. Golden State Warriors (LW: 13)

nba power rankings
Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

The defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors struggled big time early in the season. They were bad on the road and their usually solid defense was one of the worst in the league. Yet, they seemed to circle the wags on their season and seemed headed in the right direction until an injury to superstar Stephen Curry put the momentum in danger.

However, they persevered due to strong play from Jordan Poole, and seem primed for a move up our NBA power rankings now with Curry back on the court.

Record: 23-23

12. Miami Heat (LW: 14)

nba power rankings
Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports

After a rough couple of months to start the season, the Miami Heat have finally started to look more like the team that went all the way to the Eastern Conference Finals in the spring. Bam Adebayo has played well this season and has been a key in getting them back in the chase to avoid a play-in game.

If Miami can swing a notable deal at the trade deadline, they could be a contender again in 2022-2023.

Record: 25-22

11. Dallas Mavericks (LW: 9)

nba power rankings
Credit: Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Mavericks have been an inconsistent group for much of the year. While Luka Doncic has been outstanding — including making NBA history recently — and the team has played well defensively, they have constantly endured hot and cold streaks. However, they have been on a notable upward swing in recent weeks and are one of the hottest teams in the league to begin the new year.

Record: 25-22

NBA power rankings top 10

10. New York Knicks (LW: 10)

nba power rankings
Credit: David Reginek-USA TODAY Sports

After an inconsistent start, the New York Knicks caught fire to start December. It helped them make a major jump in our NBA power rankings as Julius Randle was playing like the MVP candidate he was two years ago, and Jalen Brunson continued to look like one of the best free-agent signings by any team this summer.

Unfortunately, an injury to Brunson derailed things temporarily. Once he returned, the team picked up where they left off and have become a surprise and legit top-10 team in ours and many other NBA power rankings.

Record: 25-22

9. New Orleans Pelicans (LW: 8)

nba power rankings
Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

The New Orleans Pelicans are one of the biggest stories in the NBA this season. Zion Williamson, CJ McCollom, and Brandon Ingram have all hovered around averaging over 20 points a game, and been a three-headed monster that flew up the Western Conference standings. Unfortunately, that old injury bug has hit Williamson and their strong play was hit with a setback.

After being near the top of the conference for a time, they have fallen firmly behind Memphis and Denver again.

Record: 26-20

8. Sacramento Kings (LW: 11)

nba power rankings
Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

After a slow start to the ’22-’23 season, the young gun Sacramento Kings have become one of the best stories in the league this season. De’Aaron Fox is playing like an All-Star and Domantas Sabonis has been an excellent No. 2 option. They are headed to ending a 16-year streak of missing the playoffs in 2023 led by one of the elite offenses in the league this season.

Record: 26-18

7. Brooklyn Nets (LW: 2)

nba power rankings
Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

After being an absolute dumpster fire for more than a month to start the season, the Brooklyn Nets are the hottest team in the sport after winning 12 straight over the last couple of weeks. The early season drama has seemingly awakened a beast and Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving have started to wreck house every night with interim head coach Jacque Vaughn guiding them back to elite status in the league.

Unfortunately, the team was hit with another major setback with Durant suffering a knee injury that could keep him out for some time. If the team can maintain their play with Irving and Ben Simmons leading the way, they could forge a unified front that makes them a serious title contender when Durant returns.

Record: 28-17

6. Cleveland Cavaliers (LW: 5)

nba power rankings
Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

The Cleveland Cavaliers are the dark horse team not just in the East, but in the whole NBA. That is just how deep and talented they are in the starting five. That has shown all season long as they have one of the best records in the Eastern Conference and look to be well ahead of schedule as a title contender now, and not later.

Mitchell has been everything they hoped for and more and showed it with a record-setting 71-point masterpiece early in January. They have also been a top-shelf defensive squad, which will be a game-changer in the playoffs.

Record: 28-19

5. Philadelphia 76ers (LW: 7)

nba power rankings
Credit: Kyle Ross-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia 76ers have dealt with a lot so far this season. Joel Embiid got off to a slow start. James Harden was playing terrifically before a foot injury knocked him out for a month. Then Tyrese Maxey was forced to the sideline for weeks as well after his own hot start.

However, the group is healthy and clicking on absolutely every cylinder to start the year. Outside the top three teams, they are one of the hottest squads in the league and are letting their defense do as much of the talking as their impressive offense.

Record: 29-16

4. Milwaukee Bucks (LW: 6)

nba power rankings
Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Unsurprisingly, the Milwaukee Bucks are again an elite squad again this season. Giannis Antetokounmpo is playing at an MVP level and the team’s defense is one of the best in the league. However, what has been impressive is they racked up a bunch of wins early in the season without Kris Middleton.

After being one of the top two teams in our NBA power rankings for much of the season, the Bucks slumped a bit to begin the new year and have slipped out of the top two over the last two weeks.

Record: 29-16

3. Memphis Grizzlies (LW: 4)

nba power rankings
Credit: Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports

Ja Morant has become one of the best players in the league and that automatically gives the Memphis Grizzlies a leg up on most teams every night. While they stumbled for a couple of weeks entering December, the Grizz kicked off the new year on fire. They are again looking like the squad that had NBA Finals potential late last season and could soon add a big trade chip to strengthen their chances.

Record: 31-14

2. Denver Nuggets (LW: 3)

nba power rankings
Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

It’s been another year of MVP-level performances from reigning MVP Nikola Jokic. The big man is a triple-double machine again in ’22-’23, however, the big difference compared to last season is Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr. are back and are playing well. But, Aaron Gordon’s strong play this season has been massive in making the Nuggets as deep as ever and a serious threat to reach the NBA Finals.

Record: 33-13

1. Boston Celtics (LW: 1)

nba power rankings
Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Even without suspended head coach Ime Udoka, the Celtics are having another fantastic season. Their offense is one of the best in the league and the combo of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown are playing like a pair of All-Stars who learned a lot and got better from their NBA Finals defeat earlier this year.

Boston recently won nine straight and is the class of the league as January nears a close.

Record: 34-12

This article was originally published on and is republished here with permission.

Related articles

Share article

Latest News


Subscribe to stay updated.