BY JUSTIN LONG
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12 wins in a row makes this number one slot easy to fill. The Oklahoma City Thunder are flat out unstoppable offensively. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are having their usual amazing seasons averaging 27/8/4 and 21/3/9 (points/rebounds/assists respectively). Durant, in particular, appears to be on the verge of a 50% FG, 40% 3Pt, 90% FT season, a feat only accomplished in recent memory by Steve Nash, Dirk Nowitzki, and Reggie Miller. The bench play by Kevin Martin, Nick Collison, and even the once-problematic Hasheem Thabeet have proven vital to the rotation.
The Knicks are really making a statement this year. Big wins in close games, and minus the Houston Rockets fiasco, the team comes up big in the big games. Despite not having Carmelo Anthony for the past few games, the core of Raymond Felton, J.R. Smith, and Tyson Chandler have come up big for coach Mike Woodson. The games are packed and the wins are big. Keep watching for the Knicks.
Possibly the most exciting team in the league, the Clippers seem to have found the piece they were missing last season in Jamal Crawford. Coming off the bench, Crawford has placed himself atop the race for Sixth Man of the Year, averaging 16.5 PPG at a 43% clip. The Clippers, having 7 players averaging over 9 points a game, are a young team with a lot of promise this season. However, continue to watch if they can keep up their clip this season.
The Spurs, also known as the Fundamental Mafia, have continued to impress this season despite having their aging core miss games throughout the season. Casual fans have slept upon the new-look Spurs, with like Kawhi Leonard, Danny Green, Gary Neal, DeJuan Blair, and Tiago Splitter (all under 29) have played an integral part in the success of the Spurs season.
The defending champions seemingly came into this season with a sense of entitlement. They’ve given their losses to teams also in this power ranking, but have won their games to lesser opponents in very convincing fashion, with the exception of a 30 point drubbing at the hands of the Washington Wizards.
Outside looking in:
The team is downright dangerous. They’re due for one of the spots on this list, SOON. Keep watching.
Possibly the most frustrating team in the league. Great when they’re on, terrible when they’re off.
Thanks for reading.
edited by Kelton Brooks