What will the best players in the NBA do during season 22? Sports Illustrator's annual Top 100 list is back and aims to answer the question. Check out the 2022 NBA Power Rankings.
The 2021-22 NBA Playoffs will take place between April 2022 and June 2022. They are expected to begin late April 16, 2022 and conclude on June 2, 2022.
2022 NBA Power Rankings
10. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander Oklahoma City Thunder
Gorgeous-Alexander appeared in 35 of the 2021 games. But, she did enough to win No. 30 on our list. His offensive stats might make an analytical geek blush: over 50% from the field, over 40% in three games, and over six free throw attempts per game.
Entering its fourth season If SGA expands its 2021 stats, the Thunder should consider increasing their rebuilding efforts.
9. Jaylen Brown, Boston Celtics
It is impossible to know if Brown can handle the role on the court that he is the best option in a team that begins each season determined to be a champion. Since joining the league, Brown has never won a championship without Jayson Tatum being among the players.
Most likely, Brown will ever need to carry the same weight. For this exercise. After watching the young man's fifth and best season, it's not too hard to believe Tatum could do it if asked.
8. Khris Middleton Bucks of Milwaukee
It was a Milwaukee title before you see the dangers that shooter Middleton poses, you weren't paying enough attention. Serving as the Bucks' secondary option, he has been close to the coveted 50-40-90 season for the past two seasons, and also provides secondary play-making ability and the ability to hit big shots.
Your perimeter defense is adequate at this point in your professional career. But his impeccable efficiency and profitable play cannot be underestimated, especially for a struggling team.
7. Ja Morant Memphis Grizzlies
Morant has yet to rise to become one of the most amazing young players in basketball. With an impressive combination of speed, vertical explosiveness, and eminent passing ability that allows him to stifle defenses despite not having a reliable 3-pointer. His 47-point game in a playoff loss to Utah was exceptional. Plus, Morant's unstoppable mindset is hard to duplicate.
The package is unique to any player in the league and it is almost a given that the 22-year-old continues to improve. And, if you can add an extra jumper, the equation changes in terrifying ways.
6. Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota Timberwolves
The past 12 months were a nightmare for Towns, who spent the summer in top shape for her life, while also mourning the loss of her father. In the arena, Towns remains one of the most innovative players in basketball. A skilled 7-footer with an offensive team is unstoppable every year, regardless of the players around him.
Towns can do almost everything on the court, such as shooting, passing or bouncing on the rebound or posting, creating blocks and rolls or shooting 3s from the screens, counterattacks and the list goes on and on.
5. Warriors of the Golden State
Golden State made up for a home loss to Denver in the second half by surprisingly destroying the Denver Jazz on the road in Utah while playing with a meager supply of. This is a great way to show just 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 on Stephen Curry, Wiggins is making his basketball more impressive.
4. Phoenix Suns
The Suns have fallen into a rally due to the loss of Deandre Ayton (COVID). The reigning Western Conference champions have lost three of their last five games and suffered a loss to the Boston Celtics. Boston Celts.
After a 34-point win against the Charlotte Hornets, this isn't enough to put Phoenix down in our latest NBA power rankings.
3. Utah Jazz
Utah's home loss in the home game against the Warriors was concerning because Draymond Green was not on the team with Golden State. The loss was the culmination of a streak in which the Jazz won six games in a row.
We are talking about a group that has been dominating. Utah is the best in scoring, and the first in offensive scoring. It is also second only to Golden State in net rating.
2. Chicago Bulls
DeMar DeRozan is a legitimate contender for NBA MVP right now during the current season. The nights of the past week add another dimension to this. DeRozan is averaging 28.4 per game, 4.4 rebounds and 6.3 assists, shooting 49% in the last seven games that have all been wins.
With players like Zach LaVine and Lonzo Ball playing fantastic basketball, Chicago should be considered a legitimate contender for the Eastern Conference title.
1. Miami heat
Miami is currently 23-14 on the season and has posted five wins in six games. Not surprisingly, this latest streak coincided with the return of Jimmy Butler after a nine-game hiatus. When in shape, Miami is a legitimate player in the East.
It is easy. The team has a chance to prove it by playing on a trip to the Western Conference this week that will include games against the Warriors and Suns.