Updated Friday May. 14

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
JazzUTAH50-20
1.6 - 19 52.0 20.0 >99% 26%
2
ClippersLAC47-23
2.8 ↑ 2 12 48.8 23.2 >99% 14%
3
76ersPHI47-23
4.0 - 26 49.1 22.9 >99% 15%
4
NetsBKN46-24
4.6 ↑ 3 21 48.0 24.0 >99% 14%
5
BucksMIL45-25
4.8 ↓ 3 30 46.4 25.6 >99% 10%
6
SunsPHX49-21
5.8 ↓ 1 1 50.7 21.4 >99% 5%
7
LakersLAL40-30
7.0 ↑ 1 4 41.1 31.0 93% 5%
8
NuggetsDEN46-24
7.4 ↓ 2 9 47.3 24.7 >99% 4%
9
MavericksDAL41-29
9.2 - 3 42.5 29.5 >99% 1%
10
Trail BlazersPOR41-30
10.2 ↑ 1 13 42.2 29.9 97% 1%
11
HeatMIA39-31
12.6 ↑ 1 20 40.1 32.0 >99% 2%
12
HawksATL40-31
12.8 ↑ 1 14 41.0 31.0 >99% 1%
13
WarriorsGS37-33
13.4 ↑ 2 24 38.4 33.6 64% 1%
14
CelticsBOS35-35
14.0 ↓ 4 28 36.5 35.5 93% 1%
15
GrizzliesMEM37-33
14.8 ↓ 1 2 39.0 33.0 61% <1%
16
KnicksNY39-31
15.6 ↑ 1 6 40.3 31.7 >99% <1%
17
RaptorsTOR27-43
17.6 ↓ 1 29 28.3 43.7 <1% <1%
18
PelicansNO46-24
18.2 - 10 32.2 39.8 1% <1%
19
PacersIND33-37
18.6 - 27 34.4 37.7 54% <1%
20
SpursSA33-37
19.8 - 17 34.5 37.5 33% <1%
21
WizardsWSH32-38
21.2 ↑ 1 23 33.9 38.1 31% <1%
22
BullsCHI30-40
21.2 ↑ 2 11 31.1 40.9 <1% <1%
23
KingsSAC31-39
21.6 - 7 31.9 40.1 <1% <1%
24
HornetsCHA33-37
21.8 ↓ 3 18 34.1 37.9 53% <1%
25
TimberwolvesMIN22-48
25.0 - 5 23.0 49.0 <1% <1%
26
PistonsDET20-50
26.6 - 22 20.7 51.3 <1% <1%
27
RocketsHOU16-54
27.2 - 16 16.5 55.5 <1% <1%
28
CavaliersCLE22-48
27.8 - 8 22.4 49.6 <1% <1%
29
MagicORL21-49
28.4 - 25 21.2 50.8 <1% <1%
30
ThunderOKC21-49
29.4 - 15 21.3 50.8 <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 4 1 1 1 1 1.6
ClippersLAC 1 2 2 7 2 2.8
76ersPHI 3 4 4 5 4 4.0
NetsBKN 2 5 7 2 7 4.6
BucksMIL 8 3 6 4 3 4.8
SunsPHX 6 6 3 8 6 5.8
LakersLAL 5 9 10 3 8 7.0
NuggetsDEN 7 7 5 13 5 7.4
MavericksDAL 10 8 8 11 9 9.2
Trail BlazersPOR 9 13 9 10 10 10.2
HeatMIA 12 16 13 6 16 12.6
HawksATL 11 10 12 20 11 12.8
WarriorsGS 13 17 15 9 13 13.4
CelticsBOS 16 14 16 12 12 14.0
GrizzliesMEM 15 12 14 19 14 14.8
KnicksNY 18 11 11 23 15 15.6
RaptorsTOR 14 19 24 14 17 17.6
PelicansNO 23 15 19 16 18 18.2
PacersIND 24 18 17 15 19 18.6
SpursSA 17 20 18 24 20 19.8
WizardsWSH 21 21 20 22 22 21.2
BullsCHI 20 22 22 21 21 21.2
KingsSAC 19 24 23 18 24 21.6
HornetsCHA 25 23 21 17 23 21.8
TimberwolvesMIN 22 26 25 26 26 25.0
PistonsDET 30 25 26 27 25 26.6
RocketsHOU 27 27 30 25 27 27.2
CavaliersCLE 26 29 27 28 29 27.8
MagicORL 29 28 28 29 28 28.4
ThunderOKC 28 30 29 30 30 29.4

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