We’re at a point in the NBA season where many teams are affected by injuries, so having a healthy team can get you up the strength ratings from week to week.
The team finally getting there is the Los Angeles Clippers, who welcomed Kawhi Leonard back into the lineup last week. Leonard’s return puts the Clippers back in the NBA title mix, as long as he and Paul George can hold out all season.
The Boston Celtics, once again in the lead, saw their nine-game winning streak come to an end Monday, but they’re still at the top of the Eastern Conference standings.
With players like Ja Morant, Damian Lillard, Tyrese Maxey, Cade Cunningham and others dealing with injuries, how does each team stack up for five weeks into the 2022-23 season?
Here are the latest strength ratings:
Boston finally lost a game, but the team still has the best offensive rating in the NBA and is improving on the defensive side after a rocky start.
The Bucks need Chris Middleton to get back on target in the worst way, and Giannis Antetokounmpo seems to be suffering from a free throw again…
Denver stays at #3 for continuing to fight despite Nikola Jokic, Bones Hyland, Jamal Murray and Aaron Gordon all missing time with COVID-19.
Kawhi came back, and the Clippers won three straight games to vault into fourth place in the West.
Chris Paul is still out with a heel injury, but Cam Payne has a great spot in the Suns squad. Phoenix is at least a good regular season team again.
The Cavs have won three in a row, their second strong streak of the season. This is a whole team, albeit a young one.
The Jazz should be taken seriously, even if their odds of winning the Finals are still closer to those of teams expected to be in the play-by-play conversation.
Atlanta is only 18th in the net rating this season, which suggests to me that it may be due to some decline, especially if Trae Young continues to struggle with shooting.
The Swans are playing really well now and they have Zion Williamson back in the lineup. I still think they are a top 6 team in the west.
Memphis drops a few points this week with both Ja Morant and Desmond Bane banged out. The Grizzlies face an uphill battle to repeat last year’s success in a better Western Conference.
Losing Damian Lillard to a calf strain could send the Blazers down even further in the West. The team has lost three times in a row.
Joel Embiid, Therese Maxi and James Harden are all excited, which could make the Sixers a volatile team over the next month or so.
The Mavericks have won several close games this season, but the team has a big problem behind Spencer Dinwiddie and Luka Doncic. There are not enough snapshot creators in the list at the moment.
Toronto is hovering around . 500, but a brutal OT loss to the Hawks last weekend keeps them from climbing.
Klay Thompson seemed to be finding his form, and the Warriors finally got a win on the road. Things are looking up at Golden State after a slow start.
Are kings… kind? Sacramento won six in a row to move into fifth place in the West.
The Wizards are 20th in the NBA in net worth rating, but their No. 7 defense has carried them to some wins early in the season.
Kevin Durant and the Nets are still under .500, but they should be bolstered by the return of Kyrie Irving from suspension.
The Wolves are slowly starting to figure things out, though Rudy Gobert-Karl-Anthony Towns isn’t looking good yet.
The Pacers are fourth in the East right now, and while I don’t expect them to stay there, this young team has a lot to look forward to.
Four straight losses and a host of injuries dropped the Heat to 12th in the East.
Is Nix the definition of middle? The team is 9-9 with a net rating of 23 for the league. RJ Barrett has to play better for New York to make the playoffs.
The Bulls beat the Celtics on Monday, but they’ve been disappointing so far this season.
Tea Gilgos Alexander was carrying thunder, and the two of them could fly around the playing picture.
Lakers won three in a row! Anthony Davis is playing some of the best basketball we’ve seen him play in years, which is a good sign for LA’s long-term prospects.
The Spurs were blown away by the Lakers on Sunday, in case you need to know how their tank fares.
The Magic are dealing with a slew of injuries that have limited their potential, but watching Bol Bol cook has been an enjoyable part of their season.
The Hornets look like one of the worst teams in the league, and ankle injuries have limited star LaMelo Ball early in the season.
Houston is moving on from the last spot, simply because the Pistons are actually worse. hard to do.
Kid Cunningham may need surgery on his shin. The Pistons are 29th in the NBA in net and defensive rankings. This season has been a little underwhelming for fans who thought they were going to take the next step.
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