NBA Power Rankings 2021-22: The Mavericks Gallop Into The Top Three

We are in the last stretch of the 2021-22 NBA regular season; however, serious playoff implications still remain, especially now that we have play-in games in the postseason picture. Additionally, the MVP race is still alive, with professional basketball’s most sought-after award within reach for several players, including Nikola Jokic, Joel Embiid, Giannis Antetokounmpo, and perhaps, Luka Doncic.
A busy few weeks in the NBA have featured Kyrie Irving dropping 50 points in one game and then merely days later, scoring 60 points! Irving still cannot play home games, which is a bummer; however, the Nets are slowly climbing back up the Lineups.com Power Rankings! Other teams with awe-inspiring two-week stretches, such as Dallas, Boston, Milwaukee, Toronto, and Minnesota. Even Detroit and Orlando, who have been the bottom two teams for much of the season, have played somewhat inspiring basketball over the past few weeks.
The Lineups.com NBA Power Rankings page gets updated every other Friday afternoon, so ensure you bookmark the page to see which teams are hot and which ones are not. We also have plenty of other NBA pages for you to check out, including the Starting Lineups and Rosters pages that go over in great detail every team in the NBA. Also, as we near the NBA Draft, there will be multiple updates to our 2022 NBA Mock draft page!

NBA Power Rankings 2021-22

1. Phoenix Suns

  • Record: 56-14
  • Previous Rank: 1
  • Offensive Rating: 114.3
  • Defensive Rating: 106.0

2. Memphis Grizzlies

  • Record: 48-22
  • Previous Rank: 2
  • Offensive Rating: 113.7
  • Defensive Rating: 108.8

3. Dallas Mavericks

  • Record: 43-26
  • Previous Rank: 8
  • Offensive Rating: 111.2
  • Defensive Rating: 108.0

4. Boston Celtics

  • Record: 42-28
  • Previous Rank: 6
  • Offensive Rating: 111.4
  • Defensive Rating: 105.5

5. Milwaukee Bucks

  • Record: 44-26
  • Previous Rank: 11
  • Offensive Rating: 113.9
  • Defensive Rating: 110.1

6. Golden State Warriors

  • Record: 47-23
  • Previous Rank: 9
  • Offensive Rating: 112.1
  • Defensive Rating: 106.1

7. Miami Heat

  • Record: 46-24
  • Previous Rank: 4
  • Offensive Rating: 112.1
  • Defensive Rating: 107.4 

8. Denver Nuggets

  • Record: 42-28
  • Previous Rank: 7
  • Offensive Rating: 112.8
  • Defensive Rating: 110.0

9. Minnesota Timberwolves

  • Record: 41-30
  • Previous Rank: 13
  • Offensive Rating: 113.2
  • Defensive Rating: 109.7

10. Brooklyn Nets

  • Record: 36-34
  • Previous Rank: 21
  • Offensive Rating: 112.5
  • Defensive Rating: 112.2

11. Toronto Raptors

  • Record: 39-30
  • Previous Rank: 15
  • Offensive Rating: 111.5
  • Defensive Rating: 110.0

12. Philadelphia 76ers

  • Record: 42-26
  • Previous Rank: 3
  • Offensive Rating: 111.9
  • Defensive Rating: 109.7

13. Utah Jazz

  • Record: 43-26
  • Previous Rank: 5
  • Offensive Rating: 116.1
  • Defensive Rating: 109.8

14. Charlotte Hornets

  • Record: 35-35
  • Previous Rank: 18
  • Offensive Rating: 112.6
  • Defensive Rating: 112.4

15. Chicago Bulls

  • Record: 41-28
  • Previous Rank: 10
  • Offensive Rating: 112.8
  • Defensive Rating: 111.8

16. Atlanta Hawks

  • Record: 34-35
  • Previous Rank: 12
  • Offensive Rating: 114.5
  • Defensive Rating: 113.8

17. Cleveland Cavaliers

  • Record: 39-30
  • Previous Rank: 16
  • Offensive Rating: 110.3
  • Defensive Rating: 107.3

18. New York Knicks

  • Record: 29-40
  • Previous Rank: 26
  • Offensive Rating: 109.2
  • Defensive Rating: 110.2

19. LA Clippers

  • Record: 36-36
  • Previous Rank: 14
  • Offensive Rating: 108.0
  • Defensive Rating: 108.9

20. New Orleans Pelicans

  • Record: 28-41
  • Previous Rank: 17
  • Offensive Rating: 110.1
  • Defensive Rating: 111.7

21. San Antonio Spurs

  • Record: 27-43
  • Previous Rank: 20
  • Offensive Rating: 111.4
  • Defensive Rating: 111.8

22. Orlando Magic

  • Record: 18-53
  • Previous Rank: 28
  • Offensive Rating: 104.2
  • Defensive Rating: 112.3

23. Detroit Pistons

  • Record: 19-51
  • Previous Rank: 29
  • Offensive Rating: 104.7
  • Defensive Rating: 113.2

24. Sacramento Kings

  • Record: 25-46
  • Previous Rank: 22
  • Offensive Rating: 109.8
  • Defensive Rating: 114.7

25. Los Angeles Lakers

  • Record: 29-40
  • Previous Rank: 23
  • Offensive Rating: 108.7
  • Defensive Rating: 111.4

26. Washington Wizards

  • Record: 29-39
  • Previous Rank: 19
  • Offensive Rating: 110.1
  • Defensive Rating: 113.2

27. Indiana Pacers

  • Record: 23-47
  • Previous Rank: 27
  • Offensive Rating: 111.0
  • Defensive Rating: 113.8

28. Houston Rockets

  • Record: 17-52
  • Previous Rank: 30
  • Offensive Rating: 107.3
  • Defensive Rating: 116.5

29. Portland Trail Blazers

  • Record: 26-42
  • Previous Rank: 25
  • Offensive Rating: 108.1
  • Defensive Rating: 115.0

30. Oklahoma City Thunder

  • Record: 20-49
  • Previous Rank: 24
  • Offensive Rating: 103.0
  • Defensive Rating: 110.9
Andrew has watched sports since as young as he can remember and was fortunate enough to play college basketball. As a kid, he would sneak his Space Jam Michael Jordan jersey into his pre-school so he could wear it every day. Mom was not a happy camper when she found out.

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