The 2017-18 NBA regular is upon us. With player movement as prevalent as ever excitement is at an all time high with superstars assembling together to take down the Warriors. Here is our list 1-30 in which we rank every team coming into the new season. As the season continues we will update the rankings as well as statistics for all 30 teams!
Team PPG 115.9 OPPG 104.3
PPG 25.3 Stephen Curry |RPG 7.9 Draymond Green | APG 7.0 Draymond Green | BPG 1.6 Kevin Durant
SPG 2.0 Draymond Green |PER 27.6 Kevin Durant | W/S 12.6 Stephen Curry
Defending champions ready to dominate the league once again. The big 4 of Steph, KD, Klay, Draymond coasted through the regular season only to be even more dominate in the regular season becoming the first team to ever go 16-1 (NBA expanded to best of 7 game first round series in 2003)
Team PPG 110.3 OPPG 107.2
PPG 26.4 LeBron James | RPG 11.1 Kevin Love |APG 8.7 LeBron James | BPG 1.1 Tristan Thompson
SPG 1.2 LeBron James | PER 27.0 LeBron James | W/S 12.9 LeBron James
The legend of LeBron James continues as the reigning eastern conference champs get prepared for life without Kyrie Irving but new additions of Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, former MVP Derrick Rose, & legendary Dwyane Wade look to aid lebron in help to once again overcome the juggernaut Warriors
Team PPG 106.6 OPPG 105.8
PPG 31.6 Russell Westbrook | RPG 10.7 Russell Westbrook | APG 10.4 Russell Westbrook
BPG 1.0 Steven Adams | SPG 1.6 Russell Westbrook | PER 30.6 Russell Westbrook | W/S 13.1 Russell Westbrook
After becoming the first player since Oscar Robertson to average a triple double during the regular season league scoring champ Russell Westbrook has newly acquired PG13 & Melo to help the Thunder become worthy contenders. Can they become a legitimate threat to the Warriors and manifest that sweet revenge they were searching for all last season? Time will tell.
Team PPG 108.0 OPPG 105.4
PPG 28.9 Isaiah Thomas | RPG 6.8 Al Horford | APG 5.9 Isaiah Thomas | BPG 1.3 Al Horford
SPG 1.6 Marcus Smart | PER 26.5 Isaiah Thomas | W/S 12.5 Isaiah Thomas
As if the drama of the NBA wasn't enough, on August 22nd Kyrie Irving was traded to the Boston Celtics in exchange for ‘16 all-star & leading scorer Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, ‘18 1st round pick and ‘20 second round pick. They also added Gordan Hayward via free agency to the roster to add much needed muscle to push pass LeBron his squad.
Team PPG 105.3 OPPG 98.1
PPG 25.5 Kawhi Leonard | RPG 7.8 Pau Gasol | APG 4.5 Tony Parker | BPG 1.2 LaMarcus Aldridge
SPG 1.8 Kawhi Leonard | PER 27.6 Kawhi Leonard | W/S 13.6 Kawhi Leonard
New Year same spurs. An unfortunate injury to star forward Kawhi Leonard in game 1 of the western conference finals all but ended any chance of beating the warriors. They look to rebound this year & convince us that they are championship contenders in the heavy hitting western conference. Let’s see what ol’ reliable Pop and the squad have in store this season.
Team PPG 115.3 OPPG 109.6 | PPG 29.1 James Harden | RPG 8.1 James Harden | APG 11.2 James Harden
BPG 1.2 Clint Capela | SPG 1.8 Trevor Ariza | PER 27.4 James Harden | W/S 15.0 James Harden
Point God CP3 looks to help James Harden & the Rockets make the leap into serious championship contention conversation. As a seasoned veteran, CP3 should be able to add needed leadership to the team.
Team PPG 105.6 OPPG 106.7
PPG 25.1 Karl Anthony-Towns | RPG 12.3 Karl Anthony-Towns | APG 9.1 Ricky Rubio
BPG 1.3 Karl Anthony-Towns | SPG 1.7 Ricky Rubio | PER 25.9 Karl Anthony-Towns
W/S 12.7 Karl Anthony-Towns
Young upstart wolves on the rise get a huge addition in veteran star, Jimmy Butler to help them take the next step. Locked and loaded are the Wolves ready to make noise in the playoffs for the first time, since 2004.
Team PPG 109.2 OPPG 107.4
PPG 23.1 John Wall/ Bradley Beal | RPG 10.4 Marcin Gortat | APG 10.7 John Wall |BPG 0.8 Ian Mahinmi
SPG 2.0 John Wall | PER 23.2 John Wall | W/S 9.4 Otto Porter
After great success a season ago, expectations should be high in Washington. The nation’s capital, in the east, in well positioned to make a playoff run and with something to prove, John Wall and the crew will be coming to fight.
Team PPG 106.9 OPPG 102.6
PPG 27.3 Demar Derozan | RPG 9.5 Jonas Valanciunas | APG 7.0 Kyle Lowry | BPG 1.6 Lucas Nogueira
SPG 1.5 Kyle Lowry | PER 24.0 Demar Derozan | W/S 10.1 Kyle Lowry
Raptors look to continue their excellent regular season success with looking to compete once, having eyes set on the eastern conference finals. The raptors look to get their shot this year.
Team PPG 111.7 OPPG 111.2
PPG 18.2 Danilo Gallinari | RPG 9.8 Nikola Jokic | RPG 9.8 Nikola Jokic | APG 5.1 Jameer Nelson
PER 26.3 Nikola Jokic | W/S 9.7 Nikola Jokic
The young stud, Jokic, is on the rise to shake up the scene in Denver. Showing flashes of what kind of potential this man has is something to behold. Quietly sneaking into the top 10 players in PER last season is something noteworthy when looking at what the Nuggets actually may have in their hands. Watch out, he may be coming sooner than you think.
Team PPG 103.6 OPPG 103.8
PPG 22.9 Giannis Antetokounmpo | RPG 8.8 Giannis Antetokounmpo | APG 5.4 Giannis Antetokounmpo
BPG 1.9 Giannis Antetokounmpo | SPG 1.6 Giannis Antetokounmpo | PER 26.1 Giannis Antetokounmpo
W/S 12.4 Giannis Antetokounmpo
After a break-out, superstar caliber year, Giannis Antetokounmpo and the young team are hungry for more. As if becoming the ONLY player in NBA history to finish in the top 20 in total points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks isn’t enough, he looks to make noise as a front-runner for MVP.
Team PPG 104.9 OPPG 104.7
PPG 23.2 Kemba Walker | RPG 7.0 Michael Kidd-Gilchrist | APG 5.9 Nicolas Batum
BPG 1.0 Michael Kidd-Gilchrist | SPG 1.1 Kemba Walker/ Nicolas Batum | PER 21.3 Kemba Walker
W/S 8.1 Kemba Walker
Solid players and solid coaching is what to be expected here for Charlotte. Eyes are set on the playoffs and an added piece in Dwight Howard is expected to be a solid contributor.
Team PPG 104.3 OPPG 106.4
PPG 28.0 Anthony Davis | RPG 12.4 Demarcus Cousins | APG 7.3 Jrue Holiday | BPG 2.2 Anthony Davis
SPG 1.5 Jrue Holiday | PER 27.5 Anthony Davis | W/S 11.0 Anthony Davis
With the great talent in AD and Boogie let’s see if some success can be translated with some help from the supporting cast in Holiday, Rondo, Clark, etc.
Team PPG 108.7 OPPG 104.4
PPG 21.6 Blake Griffin | RPG 13.8 DeAndre Jordan | APG 9.2 Chris Paul | BPG 1.7 DeAndre Jordan
SPG 2.0 Chris Paul | W/S 11.8 DeAndre Jordan
No Chris Paul, but good riddance seems to be the mindset of marquee player Blake Griffin and head coach Doc Rivers. Let’s see what they have to bring to the table.
Team PPG 103.2 OPPG 102.1
PPG 20.3 Goran Dragic | RPG 14.1 Hassan Whiteside | APG 5.8 Goran Dragic | BPG 2.1 Hassan Whiteside
SPG 1.4 Justise Winslow | PER 22.6 Hassan Whiteside | W/S 9.5 Hassan Whiteside
Wait-County(full pun intended) is what we have to look forward too here and not much else to keep it real. Here’s to a hopeful, average season.
Team PPG 100.5 OPPG 100.0
PPG 20.5 Mike Conley | RPG 8.2 Zach Randolph | APG 6.3 Mike Conley | BPG 1.3 Marc Gasol
SPG 1.6 Tony Allen | PER 23.2 Mike Conley | W/S 10.0 Mike Conley
Memphis has something to prove this year with having a good fighting chance and coming up short on what could have been a deeper playoff run had it not been for the Spurs. Redemtion awaits.
17. Trail Blazers
Team PPG 107.9 OPPG 108.5
PPG 27.0 Damian Lillard | RPG 10.4 Jusuf Nurkic | APG 5.9 Damian Lillard | BPG 1.9 Jusuf Nurkic
SPG 1.3 Jusuf Nurkic | PER 24.1 Damian Lillard | W/S 10.4 Damian Lillard
The Trailblazers were 14-5 in games Nurkic started. Besides that they were a bad team. The Trailblazers should regress to the mean even with Nurkic in the lineup but look for Damian Lillard to carry the team maybe over .500 and then some.
Team PPG 100.7 OPPG 96.8
PPG 21.9 Gordon Hayward |RPG 12.8 Rudy Gobert |APG 4.2 George Hill|BPG 2.6 Rudy Gobert
SPG 1.2 Joe Ingles|PER 23.3 Rudy Gobert|W/S 14.3 Rudy Gobert
The Jazz lose their leading scorer and with nothing in return for him, it may be expected for a dip in their record. Looking to offset this, let’s see what Rudy Gobert and the guys are made of.
Team PPG 102.4 OPPG 108.1
PPG 20.2 Joel Embiid | RPG 7.8 Joel Embiid | APG 6.6 TJ McConnell | BPG 2.5 Joel Embiid
SPG 1.9 Robert Covington | PER 24.1 Joel Embiid | W/S 3.8 Richaun Holmes/ TJ McConnell
Trust the process. So much potential in Philly but the team is still extremely young. Barring injury the team will be far superior this year still a lot to prove though.
Team PPG 101.3 OPPG 102.5
PPG 16.1 Tobias Harris | RPG 13.8 Andre Drummond | APG 5.2 Ish Smith/ Reggie Jackson
BPG 1.1 Andre Drummond | SPG 1.5 Andre Drummond | PER 20.6 Andre Drummond |
W/S 6.8 Tobias Harris
Detriot can very well sneak into the playoffs this season given the weakness of the east. But after last year no reason to believe this team can’t either be better or the same.
Team PPG 97.9 OPPG 100.8
PPG 19.2 Harrison Barnes | RPG 8.4 Andrew Bogut | APG 6.9 Deron Williams | BPG 1.1 Nerlens Noel
SPG 1.1 Yogi Ferrell | PER 19.8 Nerlens Noel | W/S 4.6 Dwight Powell/ Harrison Barnes/ Seth Curry
The Mavs are full a questions with an average roster of mix & match pieces. In the strong west look for the Mavs to below average but still able to compete.
Team PPG 104.6 OPPG 111.5
PPG 18.6 Lou Williams | RPG 8.6 Julius Randle | APG 4.8 D’Angelo Russell | BPG 0.9 Ivica Zubac
SPG 1.4 D’Angelo Russell | PER 23.9 Lou Williams | W/S 4.9 Lou Williams
Start of the Big Baller era in LA. As high expectations come with being a high draft pick Lonzo Ball looks to start something special in LA with the young talent around him.
Team PPG 102.8 OPPG 106.7
PPG 27.8 Demarcus Cousins | RPG 10.6 Demarcus Cousins | APG 4.8 Demarcus Cousins/ Ty Lawson
BPG 1.3 Demarcus Cousins | SPG 1.5 Rudy Gay | PER 26.5 Demarcus Cousins | W/S 6.0 Demarcus Cousins
Kings have a lot of young talent but with that comes growing pains. They will still lose a lot because they are not there as a team yet but look for them to show promise & entertain.
Team PPG 107.7 OPPG 113.3
PPG 22.1 Devin Booker | RPG 11.5 Tyson Chandler | APG 6.3 Eric Bledsoe | BPG 1.3 Alex Len
SPG 1.5 PJ Tucker | PER 20.5 Eric Bledsoe | W/S 5.3 Eric Bledsoe
Can Devin Booker become a superstar this season? How far can he, if he can lead the team? Suns do have young talent on their roster but still a lot to prove.
Team PPG 105.8 OPPG 112.5
PPG 20.5 Brook Lopez | RPG 8.0 Trevor Booker | RPG 8.0 Trevor Booker | APG 5.1 Jeremy Lin
BPG 1.7 Brook Lopez | SPG 1.2 Jeremy Lin | PER 20.4 Brook Lopez | W/S 4.9 Brook Lopez
Nets are looking to just overall improve this season. They are playing with house money so look for them to upset a lot of teams during the regular season.
Team PPG 105.1 OPPG 105.3
PPG 23.7 Paul George | RPG 7.3 Myles Turner | APG 7.8 Jeff Teague | BPG 2.1 Myles Turner
SPG 1.6 Paul George | PER 20.2 Paul George | W/S 8.1 Jeff Teague
Indiana might not be completely terrible this year but being below average doesn’t help their cause either.
Team PPG 104.3 OPPG 108.0
PPG 22.4 Carmelo Anthony | RPG 8.8 Joakim Noah | APG 4.9 Brandon Jennings |
SPG 1.1 Courtney Lee | PER 20.5 Kyle O’Quinn | W/S 4.7 Carmelo Anthony
With Carmelo gone the keys are handed to Kristaps to become the leader, but with a weak roster there is still a lot work to do in NY.
Team PPG 101.1 OPPG 107.6
PPG 17.2 Evan Fournier | RPG 10.4 Nikola Vucevic | APG 6.5 Elfrid Payton | BPG 1.6 Serge Ibaka
SPG 1.4 Terrence Ross | PER 19.1 Nikola Vucevic | W/S 4.4 Elfrid Payton
Magic are still trying to figure things out but they still have talent on their roster.
Team PPG 103.2 OPPG 104.0
PPG 18.1 Paul Millsap | RPG 12.7 Dwight Howard | APG 6.3 Dennis Schroder | BPG 1.2 Dwight Howard
SPG 1.5 Thabo Sefolosha | PER 20.8 Dwight Howard | W/S 8.3 Dwight Howard
Hawks are in rebuild mode after a complete roster overhaul from the squad that won 61 games 3 years ago & even last year's team. Hawks aren't looking to be great but nonetheless there's a chance to win games in the east.
Team PPG 102.9 OPPG 102.4
PPG 23.9 Jimmy Butler | RPG 6.9 Taj Gibson | APG 6.7 Rajon Rondo | BPG 1.4 Robin Lopez
SPG 1.9 Jimmy Butler | PER 25.1 Jimmy Butler | W/S 13.8 Jimmy Butler
Worst roster in the league & not much to look forward to. Even in the east the bulls look like they are in full Sam Hinkie mode.