2019 NBA Power Rankings: Week 21

03/14/2019

Here at the ICT Zone our rankings are molded after Ric Flair's famous quote, "to be the man, you gotta beat the man." The week's ranking are based solely on the week's results so if a lower ranked team defeats a higher ranked team, the two teams automatically swap rankings.

As expected, the number one team midway through March is 12th seeded Atlanta Hawks. They've been shockingly competent over the past couple of months, which shows the promise of the Hawks' young core. Unfortunately, their success has lowered their chances of hitting big in the NBA draft lottery and potentially landing one of the top few prospects in the draft. Even then, the 6th spot in the draft is still desirable and Atlanta should have no trouble building around Trae Young and John Collins.

Despite winning their previous nine games, the loss the Houston Rockets faced at the hands of the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday pushed the Rockets all the way down to the 28 spot in this week's rankings. The Rockets have a cupcake schedule coming up, however, and could even look to compete with the Denver Nuggets for the 2nd seed in the West. If you're hoping for a team to stop the Warriors' reign in this year's playoffs, the Rockets are as good of a bet as anyone.

Here are the current NBA Power Rankings, as determined by Ric Flair's legendary quote, "To be the man, you gotta beat the man":


1. Atlanta Hawks +20

(24-45)


2. San Antonio Spurs

(39-29)


3. Philadelphia 76ers +23

(43-25)


4. Milwaukee Bucks +11

(51-17)


5. Oklahoma City Thunder +23

(42-27)


6. Brooklyn Nets +4

(36-34)


7. Denver Nuggets +13

(44-22)


8. Golden State Warriors +5

(46-21)


9. Portland Trail Blazers +13

(41-26)


10. Miami Heat -7

(32-35)


11. Detroit Pistons -6

(34-33)


12. Los Angeles Clippers +6

(39-30)


13. Utah Jazz -12

(38-29)


14. Los Angeles Lakers +16

(31-37)


15. Cleveland Cavaliers +2

(17-52)


16. Charlotte Hornets

(30-37)


17. Toronto Raptors -6

(49-20)


18. Boston Celtics -6

(42-27)


19. Memphis Grizzlies -13

(28-41)


20. Minnesota Timberwolves -13

(32-36)


21. New Orleans Pelicans -2

(30-40)


22. Phoenix Suns -13

(16-53)


23. Washington Wizards +1

(29-39)


24. Sacramento Kings -1

(33-34)


25. Orlando Magic +4

(32-38)


26. Indiana Pacers -22

(44-25)


27. New York Knicks 

(13-55)


28. Houston Rockets -20

(42-26)


29. Dallas Mavericks -4

(27-40)


30. Chicago Bulls -16

(19-50)


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