NBA Power Rankings 2022-23: Philly Climbs To First In Updated Rankings

The season is in full force, and you can find updated NBA Power Rankings for the 2022-23 season. Updates are every Monday for the regular season. See who tops the list for our updated NBA Power Rankings.

NBA Power Rankings 2022-23

Memphis snapped a five-game losing streak after securing a 19-point comeback victory against the Tyrese Haliburton-less Indiana Pacers, while the Celtics and Nuggets have also struggled in the past week. Philadelphia continues to ascend, finally securing its first top ranking on our NBA Power Rankings.

Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Clippers continue to climb, with Paul George and Kawhi Leonard finally getting into a groove. They lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers, but that was mainly just a “punt” game; LA looks like the real deal once again. Keep checking back every Monday, as the NBA Power Rankings are updated weekly, and see our entire list below!

Philadelphia 76ers1. Philadelphia 76ers

  • Record: 32-16
  • Previous Rank: 3
  • Offensive Rating: 115.7
  • Defensive Rating: 111.6
  • NBA Championship Odds:
  • To Win Eastern Conference:

Milwaukee Bucks2. Milwaukee Bucks

  • Record: 33-17
  • Previous Rank: 5
  • Offensive Rating: 112.3
  • Defensive Rating: 110.2
  • NBA Championship Odds:
  • To Win Eastern Conference:

Denver Nuggets3. Denver Nuggets

  • Record: 34-16
  • Previous Rank: 2
  • Offensive Rating: 117.4
  • Defensive Rating: 113.4
  • NBA Championship Odds:
  • To Win Western Conference:

Boston Celtics4. Boston Celtics

  • Record: 36-15
  • Previous Rank: 1
  • Offensive Rating: 116.6
  • Defensive Rating: 110.9
  • NBA Championship Odds:
  • To Win Eastern Conference:

Memphis Grizzlies5. Memphis Grizzlies

  • Record: 32-18
  • Previous Rank: 4
  • Offensive Rating: 114.0
  • Defensive Rating: 109.7
  • NBA Championship Odds:
  • To Win Western Conference:

Los Angeles Clippers6. LA Clippers

  • Record: 28-25
  • Previous Rank: 12
  • Offensive Rating: 112.4
  • Defensive Rating: 112.4
  • NBA Championship Odds:
  • To Win Western Conference:

Cleveland Cavaliers7. Cleveland Cavaliers

  • Record: 31-21
  • Previous Rank: 7
  • Offensive Rating: 114.4
  • Defensive Rating: 109.7
  • NBA Championship Odds:
  • To Win Eastern Conference:

Brooklyn Nets

8. Brooklyn Nets

  • Record: 30-19
  • Previous Rank: 8
  • Offensive Rating: 115.6
  • Defensive Rating: 112.5
  • NBA Championship Odds:
  • To Win Eastern Conference:

Sacramento Kings9. Sacramento Kings

  • Record: 27-21
  • Previous Rank: 6
  • Offensive Rating: 117.5
  • Defensive Rating: 114.7
  • NBA Championship Odds:
  • To Win Western Conference:

    Oklahoma City Thunder10. Oklahoma City Thunder

    • Record: 24-25
    • Previous Rank: 9
    • Offensive Rating: 113.1
    • Defensive Rating: 112.0
    • NBA Championship Odds:
    • To Win Western Conference:

    Golden State Warriors11. Golden State Warriors

    • Record: 25-24
    • Previous Rank: 17
    • Offensive Rating: 113.3
    • Defensive Rating: 113.4
    • NBA Championship Odds:
    • To Win Western Conference:

    Miami Heat12. Miami Heat

    • Record: 28-23
    • Previous Rank: 10
    • Offensive Rating: 111.0
    • Defensive Rating: 111.0
    • NBA Championship Odds:
    • To Win Eastern Conference:

    New York Knicks13. New York Knicks

    • Record: 27-24
    • Previous Rank: 16
    • Offensive Rating: 115.1
    • Defensive Rating: 113.4
    • NBA Championship Odds:
    • To Win Eastern Conference:

      phoenix suns14. Phoenix Suns

      • Record: 26-25
      • Previous Rank: 13
      • Offensive Rating: 113.7
      • Defensive Rating: 112.2
      • NBA Championship Odds:
      • To Win Western Conference:

        Minnesota Timberwolves15. Minnesota Timberwolves

        • Record: 27-25
        • Previous Rank: 15
        • Offensive Rating: 113.1
        • Defensive Rating: 112.7
        • NBA Championship Odds:
        • To Win Western Conference:

        New Orleans Pelicans16. New Orleans Pelicans

        • Record: 26-25
        • Previous Rank: 11
        • Offensive Rating: 113.2
        • Defensive Rating: 111.7
        • NBA Championship Odds:
        • To Win Western Conference:

        Dallas Mavericks17. Dallas Mavericks

        • Record: 26-25
        • Previous Rank: 19
        • Offensive Rating: 115.0
        • Defensive Rating: 114.9
        • NBA Championship Odds:
        • To Win Western Conference:

        Atlanta Hawks18. Atlanta Hawks

        • Record: 25-25
        • Previous Rank: 14
        • Offensive Rating: 113.1
        • Defensive Rating: 113.9
        • NBA Championship Odds:
        • To Win Eastern Conference:

        Los Angeles Lakers19. Los Angeles Lakers

        • Record: 23-27
        • Previous Rank: 18
        • Offensive Rating: 113.2
        • Defensive Rating: 113.9
        • NBA Championship Odds:
        • To Win Western Conference:

                                      Utah Jazz20. Utah Jazz

                                      • Record: 26-26
                                      • Previous Rank: 20
                                      • Offensive Rating: 116.6
                                      • Defensive Rating: 115.1
                                      • NBA Championship Odds:
                                      • To Win Western Conference:

                                        Washington Wizards21. Washington Wizards

                                        • Record: 23-26
                                        • Previous Rank: 22
                                        • Offensive Rating: 112.7
                                        • Defensive Rating: 113.2
                                        • NBA Championship Odds:
                                        • To Win Eastern Conference:

                                          Portland Trail Blazers22. Portland Trail Blazers

                                          • Record: 23-26
                                          • Previous Rank: 23
                                          • Offensive Rating: 115.2
                                          • Defensive Rating: 114.9
                                          • NBA Championship Odds:
                                          • To Win Western Conference:

                                          Chicago Bulls23. Chicago Bulls

                                          • Record: 23-26
                                          • Previous Rank: 21
                                          • Offensive Rating: 112.7
                                          • Defensive Rating: 112.8
                                          • NBA Championship Odds:
                                          • To Win Eastern Conference:

                                          Orlando Magic24. Orlando Magic

                                          • Record: 19-31
                                          • Previous Rank: 24
                                          • Offensive Rating: 111.6
                                          • Defensive Rating: 114.9
                                          • NBA Championship Odds:
                                          • To Win Eastern Conference:

                                          Toronto Raptors25. Toronto Raptors

                                          • Record: 23-28
                                          • Previous Rank: 26
                                          • Offensive Rating: 114.3
                                          • Defensive Rating: 113.7
                                          • NBA Championship Odds:
                                          • To Win Eastern Conference:

                                          Indiana Pacers26. Indiana Pacers

                                          • Record: 24-28
                                          • Previous Rank: 25
                                          • Offensive Rating: 112.7
                                          • Defensive Rating: 114.9
                                          • NBA Championship Odds:
                                          • To Win Eastern Conference:

                                          Charlotte Hornets27. Charlotte Hornets

                                          • Record: 15-36
                                          • Previous Rank: 28
                                          • Offensive Rating: 109.2
                                          • Defensive Rating: 115.6
                                          • NBA Championship Odds:
                                          • To Win Eastern Conference:

                                          Houston Rockets28. Houston Rockets

                                          • Record: 12-38
                                          • Previous Rank: 30
                                          • Offensive Rating: 109.0
                                          • Defensive Rating: 116.7
                                          • NBA Championship Odds:
                                          • To Win Western Conference:

                                          Detroit Pistons29. Detroit Pistons

                                          • Record: 13-38
                                          • Previous Rank: 29
                                          • Offensive Rating: 111.0
                                          • Defensive Rating: 118.3
                                          • NBA Championship Odds:
                                          • To Win Eastern Conference:

                                            San Antonio Spurs30. San Antonio Spurs

                                            • Record: 14-36
                                            • Previous Rank: 27
                                            • Offensive Rating: 110.6
                                            • Defensive Rating: 120.1
                                            • NBA Championship Odds:
                                            • To Win Western Conference:

                                              NBA Power Rankings: Biggest Movers

                                              Every time we update our NBA Power Rankings, we will also highlight the biggest movers in both directions and the reasons why they are seeing such volatility. Check out the biggest movers below!

                                              • Biggest Mover Up:  Los Angeles Clippers (+6)

                                              While the Clippers were technically tied with the Warriors for being titled the “biggest mover up” in this week’s NBA Power Rankings, I want to highlight Los Angeles. The Clippers had won five-straight games before punting a game at Cleveland on Sunday night. During that stretch, they were shooting a blistering 56% from the field and 49% from deep. Further, Kawhi Leonard looks like Kawhi Leonard again; he’s playing similar minutes and posting similar stats to what was considered normal for him before the knee injury.

                                              • Biggest Mover Down: New Orleans Pelicans (-5)

                                              New Orleans has had an absolutely brutal stretch, dropping 11 of its past 13 games. Injuries have taken a toll on this team, as Brandon Ingram and Zion Williamson have each missed large portions of the season. When everyone is healthy, this is a tough team to beat, but that’s just the problem. Hopefully, Williamson will be back around the All-Star break and Ingram and McCollum can stay on the floor. Nobody wants to see a promising team get completely derailed by injuries.

                                              NBA Power Rankings Analysis

                                              NBA Power Rankings often fluctuate throughout the season; this year is no different. We have seen a ton of shocking things in the first third of the NBA season, including Golden State struggling to establish chemistry, Sacramento firing on all cylinders offensively, and a few dark horse MVP candidates making their case, like Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Ja Morant.

                                              The front-runners for the title of “best team in the NBA” are the Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets, New Orleans Pelicans, Memphis Grizzlies, and Denver Nuggets. Although, this can change quickly due to chemistry, injuries, hot or cold streaks, or changes to lineups.

                                              The Eastern and Western Conferences are beginning to take shape. Teams like Washington and Utah, which started the 2022-23 season hot, have cooled off and regressed to where their talent truly stands. Find more NBA content at our Lineups YouTube channel.

                                              NBA Power Rankings FAQ

                                              What Are NBA Power Rankings?

                                              NBA Power Rankings are rankings of all the NBA teams based on how they have been performing over the past few games and the season. For this reason, rankings can fluctuate quite a bit throughout the year.

                                              How Often Are NBA Power Rankings Updated?

                                              NBA Power Rankings are usually updated every week based on how a team is performing and applied statistics. On Lineups.com, we update our Power Rankings at the beginning of every week (Monday.)

                                              How Are NBA Power Rankings Calculated?

                                              NBA Power Rankings can be calculated in different ways and are not necessarily decided by one particular statistic. For instance, the ranker can evaluate net ratings, weekly records, and other statistics, but could also include a personal opinion on the direction of a team.

                                              When Are NBA Power Rankings Updated?

                                              NBA Power Rankings are updated every Monday from the beginning of the NBA season until the end. Be on the lookout for the updated rankings at the beginning of each week and see where your favorite team stands.

                                              How Do Injuries Affect NBA Power Rankings?

                                              Injuries, coaching changes, and hot or cold streaks can affect NBA Power Rankings. Since there are weekly updates, injuries will play a factor into how a team ranks, even if it is not a season-ending injury.

                                              Drew is a lead NBA writer at Lineups.com where he has been covering in-season basketball coverage to the NBA Draft. He is a former collegiate player who now spends time diving into NBA prospects and evaluating the analytics of the NBA.

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