What will the NBA’s top players do during the 22nd season? Sports Illustrator’s annual Top 100 list is back and aims to answer the question. Check NBA Power Rankings of 2022.
The 2021-22 NBA Playoffs will take place between April 2022 to June 2022. It’s expected to begin at the end of April 16th, 2022, and will conclude on June 2, 2022.
NBA Power Rankings of 2022
10. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander Oklahoma City Thunder
Gorgeous-Alexander appeared in 35 of the 2021 games. But, she did enough to earn the No. 30, on our list. His offensive stats could make an analytics geek blush: More than 50% field, more than 40% in three games, and more than six free throw attempts per game.
Entering his fourth season If SGA expands upon his 2021 statistics, the Thunder ought to think about increasing their efforts to reconstruction.
9. Jaylen Brown, Boston Celtics
It’s impossible to tell whether Brown can handle the on-court role that is the top choice on a team that enters every season determined to be a champion. Since joining the league, Brown has never won a championship but that Jayson Tatum is among the players.
Chances are that Brown will ever need to carry the same weight. For this exercise. isn’t too difficult after watching the young man’s fifth and best campaign to believe Tatum could be able to do it should he be asked.
8. Khris Middleton Milwaukee Bucks
It was a Milwaukee title before you see the dangers posed by shot-maker Middleton has turned out to be, you were not paying attention enough. Serving as the Bucks’ secondary option, he’s been close to the coveted 50-40-90 season for the past two seasons, also providing secondary playmaking ability and the ability to hit large shots.
His perimeter defense is adequate at this point during his professional career. But, his flawless efficiency and bankable game cannot be underestimated, especially for a team that is battling.
7. Ja Morant Memphis Grizzlies
Morant remains to rise to become one of basketball’s amazing young players With a stunning combination of speed, vertical explosive, and an eminent passing ability that allows him to smother defenses despite not having a reliable three-pointer. His 47-point game in a playoff loss against Utah was exceptional. Besides, Morant’s unstoppable mentality is hard to duplicate.
The package is unique to any player in the league and it’s almost a fact that the 22-year old keeps improving. And, if he can add an extra jumper, the equation shifts in a frightening manner
6. Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota Timberwolves
The last 12 months were a nightmare for Towns who spent his summer in top shape for his life, while also grieving the loss from his father. In the arena, Towns remains one of the most innovative players in basketball. A skilled 7-footer with a team that’s offensive is unstoppable each year, regardless of the players around him.
Towns can do almost everything on the court such as shoot, pass or bounce off the bounce or post up, create pick-and-rolls or curl off screens shoot for triples, do fast breaks the list goes on and on.
5. Golden State Warriors
Golden State made up for the home loss to Denver in the second half by surprisingly destroying Denver’s Jazz on the road in Utah while playing with a short supply of. This is a great way to show how deep this team is. With the news that Andrew Wiggins, Jordan Poole, and Draymond Green have returned from COVID the team is likely to increase in intensity.
The return of Klay Thompson shortly will add another layer to this. And while all the attention was centered on Stephen Curry, Wiggins is doing his most impressive basketball.
4. Phoenix Suns
The Suns have fallen into an upswing due to Deandre Ayton (COVID) being out. The reigning Western Conference champs have lost three of their last five games and suffered a loss to Boston Celtics. Boston Celtics.
Following a 34-point victory against Charlotte’s Charlotte Hornets, this isn’t enough to move Phoenix down our latest NBA ranking of power.
3. Utah Jazz
The loss at home of Utah in the home game against the Warriors was troubling because Draymond Green wasn’t on the team with Golden State. The loss was the culmination of a run that saw the Jazz winning six games in a row.
We’re discussing a group that has been dominating. Utah is the top in scoring, and first with its offensive score. It’s also second to Golden State in net rating.
2. Chicago Bulls
DeMar DeRozan is a legitimate NBA MVP contender at this point during the current season. Nights last week add another dimension to this. DeRozan is averaged 28.4 per game, 4.4 rebounds, and 6.3 assists, shooting 49% in the last seven games which have all been victories.
With players like Zach LaVine and Lonzo Ball both playing fantastic basketball Chicago should be considered a legitimate Eastern Conference title contender.
1. Miami Heat
Miami is currently 23-14 in the season and has taken five wins out of six games. It’s not a surprise that this latest run has coincided with Jimmy Butler’s return following a break of nine games. When he’s fit, Miami is a legit player in the east.
It’s that easy. The team has an opportunity to prove it by playing in a Western Conference trip this week that will include games against the Warriors as well as the Suns.