Updated Monday May. 17

2021 Composite NBA Power Rankings

Calculated by aggregating computer generated power rankings from around the web and determining each team’s average ranking.

TEAM AVERAGE
RANKING
AVG
1-WEEK
MOVE
SOS
PLAYED
RANK
WINS LOSSES MAKE
PLAYOFFS
MAKE
PLAY-
OFFS
WIN
FINALS
1
JazzUTAH52-20
1.4 - 19 52.0 20.0 >99% 28%
2
76ersPHI49-23
3.0 - 26 49.0 23.0 >99% 20%
3
ClippersLAC47-25
3.8 - 12 47.0 25.0 >99% 5%
4
BucksMIL46-26
4.4 - 30 46.0 26.0 >99% 10%
5
NetsBKN48-24
4.8 ↑ 1 21 48.0 24.0 >99% 16%
6
SunsPHX51-21
5.6 ↓ 1 1 51.0 21.0 >99% 5%
7
LakersLAL42-30
7.2 ↑ 1 4 42.0 30.0 >99% 7%
8
NuggetsDEN47-25
7.8 ↓ 1 9 47.0 25.0 >99% 3%
9
MavericksDAL42-30
9.8 - 3 42.0 30.0 >99% 2%
10
Trail BlazersPOR42-30
10.0 - 13 42.0 30.0 >99% 1%
11
HawksATL41-31
12.6 ↑ 2 14 41.0 31.0 >99% 1%
12
HeatMIA40-32
12.8 - 20 40.0 32.0 >99% 1%
13
WarriorsGS39-33
13.6 ↑ 1 24 39.0 33.0 <1% <1%
14
CelticsBOS36-36
14.0 ↓ 3 28 36.0 36.0 >99% <1%
15
KnicksNY41-31
15.2 ↑ 1 6 41.0 31.0 >99% <1%
16
GrizzliesMEM38-34
15.4 ↓ 1 2 38.0 34.0 >99% <1%
17
RaptorsTOR27-45
17.0 ↑ 1 29 27.0 45.0 <1% <1%
18
PacersIND34-38
17.8 ↑ 1 27 34.0 38.0 <1% <1%
19
PelicansNO47-25
18.4 ↓ 2 10 47.0 25.0 <1% <1%
20
SpursSA33-39
20.0 ↑ 1 17 33.0 39.0 <1% <1%
21
WizardsWSH34-38
20.4 ↑ 3 23 34.0 38.0 >99% <1%
22
HornetsCHA33-39
21.2 ↑ 1 18 33.0 39.0 <1% <1%
23
BullsCHI31-41
21.8 ↓ 3 11 31.0 41.0 <1% <1%
24
KingsSAC31-41
22.8 ↓ 2 7 31.0 41.0 <1% <1%
25
TimberwolvesMIN23-49
24.4 - 5 23.0 49.0 <1% <1%
26
PistonsDET20-52
26.0 - 22 20.0 52.0 <1% <1%
27
RocketsHOU17-55
27.8 - 16 17.0 55.0 <1% <1%
28
CavaliersCLE22-50
28.0 - 8 22.0 50.0 <1% <1%
29
ThunderOKC22-50
29.0 ↑ 1 15 22.0 50.0 <1% <1%
30
MagicORL21-51
29.0 ↓ 1 25 21.0 51.0 <1% <1%

How We Calculate: Our NBA Power Rankings are calculated by aggregating computer rankings from around the web and determining each team’s average ranking. Up or down movement within our rankings versus the previous week is provided for each team. Some of these sites also project teams’ future success. We collect this info and calculate each team’s average win/loss projection, playoff odds and NBA Finals odds.

Our heat chart below shows how each of the five sites we pull from ranks all 30 teams. We pull from FiveThirtyEight (538), numberFire (nF), Massey Ratings (MY), Team Rankings (TR) and ESPN.

TEAM 538 numberFirenF MASSEY
RATINGS
MY
ESPN TEAM
RANKINGS
TR
AVERAGEAVG
JazzUTAH 2 1 1 2 1 1.4
76ersPHI 3 2 3 3 4 3.0
ClippersLAC 1 4 4 7 3 3.8
BucksMIL 6 3 6 5 2 4.4
NetsBKN 4 5 7 1 7 4.8
SunsPHX 7 6 2 8 5 5.6
LakersLAL 5 9 10 4 8 7.2
NuggetsDEN 9 7 5 12 6 7.8
MavericksDAL 11 10 8 11 9 9.8
Trail BlazersPOR 8 13 9 10 10 10.0
HawksATL 12 8 12 20 11 12.6
HeatMIA 13 16 13 6 16 12.8
WarriorsGS 15 17 14 9 13 13.6
CelticsBOS 14 14 16 14 12 14.0
KnicksNY 16 11 11 24 14 15.2
GrizzliesMEM 17 12 15 18 15 15.4
RaptorsTOR 10 19 24 13 19 17.0
PacersIND 20 18 17 17 17 17.8
PelicansNO 25 15 19 15 18 18.4
SpursSA 19 21 18 21 21 20.0
WizardsWSH 18 20 20 22 22 20.4
HornetsCHA 22 23 22 16 23 21.2
BullsCHI 23 22 21 23 20 21.8
KingsSAC 24 24 23 19 24 22.8
TimberwolvesMIN 21 25 25 25 26 24.4
PistonsDET 27 26 26 26 25 26.0
RocketsHOU 28 27 30 27 27 27.8
CavaliersCLE 26 29 27 29 29 28.0
ThunderOKC 29 30 28 28 30 29.0
MagicORL 30 28 29 30 28 29.0

Standard deviation is a statistical tool used to measure the variance within a set of numbers. In the table below, we use standard deviation to determine which teams are ranked the most and least consistently. A low number indicates that a team is ranked consistently across the five sites we pull from. A high number indicates an inconsistently ranked team.

TEAM 538 numberFirenF MASSEY
RATINGS
MY
ESPN TEAM
RANKINGS
TR
STAN DEVSTDEV
ThunderOKC 29 30 28 28 30 0.548
TimberwolvesMIN 21 25 25 25 26 0.548
PistonsDET 27 26 26 26 25 0.707
JazzUTAH 2 1 1 2 1 0.894
MagicORL 30 28 29 30 28 0.894
CavaliersCLE 26 29 27 29 29 1.000
KingsSAC 24 24 23 19 24 1.000
MavericksDAL 11 10 8 11 9 1.140
HornetsCHA 22 23 22 16 23 1.414
NuggetsDEN 9 7 5 12 6 1.517
ClippersLAC 1 4 4 7 3 1.517
PacersIND 20 18 17 17 17 1.581
76ersPHI 3 2 3 3 4 1.581
RocketsHOU 28 27 30 27 27 1.817
NetsBKN 4 5 7 1 7 1.817
SunsPHX 7 6 2 8 5 1.871
Trail BlazersPOR 8 13 9 10 10 1.949
SpursSA 19 21 18 21 21 2.074
WizardsWSH 18 20 20 22 22 2.074
BullsCHI 23 22 21 23 20 2.168
CelticsBOS 14 14 16 14 12 2.236
BucksMIL 6 3 6 5 2 2.280
RaptorsTOR 10 19 24 13 19 2.608
HawksATL 12 8 12 20 11 2.608
PelicansNO 25 15 19 15 18 3.114
LakersLAL 5 9 10 4 8 3.209
WarriorsGS 15 17 14 9 13 3.564
KnicksNY 16 11 11 24 14 3.715
HeatMIA 13 16 13 6 16 5.727
GrizzliesMEM 17 12 15 18 15 6.269