Week 10 NBA Power Ranking! This week we’ll be looking at how every team’s head coach has done so far this season.
*Stats and scores from games on 3/2/21 are not included.
1. Brooklyn Nets Record: 23-13 Previous: 2
The Nets take the top spot for the first time all season, as they have now won nine of their last ten, led by James Harden. While he got dealt pocket aces, Steve Nash has done an excellent job managing his superstars in his first year as the Nets’ head coach.
2. Utah Jazz Record: 27-8 Previous: 1
After a prolonged stretch of being the best team in the NBA, the Jazz hit a minor bump in the road as they went 2-2 in week 10. In his seventh year as the head coach of the Jazz, Quin Snyder has done a great job, as his team has the best record in the West.
3. Phoenix Suns Record: 22-11 Previous: 3
Despite a loss to the Hornets, the Suns had another solid week, going 2-1 with wins over Chicago and Minnesota. Monty Smith deserves to be in the Coach of the Year conversation as Phoenix is on track to make the playoffs for the first time since 2010.
4. Los Angeles Lakers Record: 24-11 Previous: 6
The Lakers finally got back on track from their losing skid in week nine, with wins over the Trail Blazers and Warriors. It’s tough to evaluate Frank Vogel, but the team’s struggles without Anthony Davis don’t look very good for him.
5. Philadelphia 76ers Record: 23-12 Previous: 5
Despite a bad loss to Cleveland, the 76ers had a great week, going 3-1, with wins over Toronto, Dallas, and Indiana. Doc Rivers has completely changed the culture in Philadelphia, and Joel Embiid and Tobias Harris have taken significant strides under his system.
6. Milwaukee Bucks Record: 21-13 Previous: 7
Following their five-game losing streak, the Bucks have rebounded, now winners of five consecutive games. Mike Budenholtzer has been heavily criticized for Milwaukee’s collapses in the playoffs the past two years, and he will likely get fired if the Bucks don’t make a deep playoff run this season.
7. Los Angeles Clippers Record: 24-12 Previous: 4
The Clippers drop three spots after they went 2-2 last week, with close losses against Memphis and Milwaukee. In his first year with the team, Tyron Lue has done a solid job keeping the team together; however, the Clippers’ playoff success will determine how successful he is with this team.
8. Denver Nuggets Record: 19-15 Previous: 10
The Nuggets move up two spots this week after going 3-1 in week nine, with wins over Portland, Oklahoma City, and Chicago. Michael Malone has continued to do a great job with this team, as Nikola Jokic has continued to get even better this season.
9. Portland Trail Blazers Record: 19-14 Previous: 8
The Trail Blazers continue to fly under the radar, but went 1-2 last week as they drop one spot on this ranking. Terry Stotts has been heavily criticized in recent years; if the Trail Blazers suffer an early exit in the playoffs, he will likely get fired.
10. San Antonio Spurs Record: 17-13 Previous: 9
Speaking of flying under the radar, look no further than the San Antonio Spurs, who are quietly the six seed in the West. Greg Popovich once again has proven why he is the greatest coach of all time as his team has played well, despite playing in the brutal Western Conference.
11. Miami Heat Record: 17-17 Previous: 17
The Miami Heat are finally healthy and reaching their full potential as they are currently on a six-game winning streak. Eric Spoelstra is arguably the best coach in the NBA as he has kept this team together, despite several injuries and COVID issues.
12. Golden State Warriors Record: 19-16 Previous: 13
The Warriors started off the week 3-0 before suffering a blowout loss against the Los Angeles Lakers. With Klay Thompson out, Steve Kerr has done a stable job as role players like Kent Bazemore, and Juan Toscano-Anderson have stepped up.
13. New York Knicks Record: 18-17 Previous: 15
The Knicks continue to win games and soar up the rankings as they currently sit as the fourth seed in the East through 35 games. Tom Thibodeau should be a top candidate to win Coach of the Year as the Knicks are having their best season since the Carmelo era.
14. Toronto Raptors Record: 17-17 Previous: 11
The Raptors went 1-2 in week nine before their matchup against Chicago was postponed due to COVID. Nick Nurse has rallied his team after a horrendous start to the year, as the Raptors are now back in playoff contention.
15. Dallas Mavericks Record: 17-16 Previous: 16
The Dallas Mavericks have finally gotten back on track, now winners of four of their last five games. Rick Carlisle remains one of the best coaches in the league as Luka Doncic continues to get even better, while Jalen Brunson has improved significantly.
16. Boston Celtics Record: 17-17 Previous: 14
After losing to Dallas and Atlanta, Boston barely scraped out wins over Indiana and Washington in week nine. Brad Stevens has been a top coach for several years, but his job security has never been more at risk, with his team struggling.
17. Memphis Grizzlies Record: 15-15 Previous: 19
The Grizzlies had a solid week in week nine, headlined by their blowout wins against the Clippers and Rockets. Taylor Jenkins has done a stable job as his team has battled several injuries to Ja Morant and Jaren Jackson Jr.
18. Charlotte Hornets Record: 16-18 Previous: 20
The Hornets went 2-2 last week, including pulling out a miracle win against Sacramento after they were down nine points with under a minute to play. James Borrego has done a great job as the Hornets are currently positioned as the East’s eighth seed.
19. Indiana Pacers Record: 15-18 Previous: 12
The Pacers had their worst week of the 2020-21 season as they went 0-4, dropping seven spots in the ranking. Nate Bjorkgren is still unproven in his first year with the Pacers, but he gets a pass for now as his team has struggled with injuries.
20. New Orleans Pelicans Record: 15-19 Previous: 21
The Pelicans went 2-2 last week, including pulling off their best win of the year against the Utah Jazz. Stan Van Gundy has been underwhelming with the Pelicans, as his rotations have been inconsistent, and the team has underperformed.
21. Chicago Bulls Record: 15-18 Previous: 18
The Bulls went 1-2 in week nine and had their game against Toronto get postponed due to COVID. Billy Donovan has done the best he can with a flawed roster as Zach LaVine and Wendell Carter Jr. are having the best years of their careers.
22. Atlanta Hawks Record: 14-20 Previous: 22
The Hawks continue to slip among other teams in the East, as they went 1-3 in week nine, despite having a win against Boston. Lloyd Pierce finally got fired after two and a half unsuccessful seasons, and Nate McMillan will now take over.
23. Washington Wizards Record: 13-19 Previous: 24
The Wizards have proven that they aren’t among the NBA’s bottom feeders as they went 2-2 in week nine. While Scott Brooks may have saved his job at the moment, it wouldn’t shock me if he gets canned by the Wizards after the season.
24. Oklahoma City Thunder Record: 14-20 Previous: 25
The Thunder had another decent week as they went 2-1 in week nine, with wins over San Antonio and Atlanta. Considering the team’s young roster, Mark Daigneault has done a solid job in his first year, but we won’t be able to give him a full evaluation for a few seasons.
25. Cleveland Cavaliers Record: 14-21 Previous: 29
A week after looking like the worst team in the NBA, the Cavaliers pulled off an incredible week as they went 4-0. J.B. Bickerstaff was given a roster in rebuild mode, so it’s unfair to criticize him for Cleveland’s lack of success through his first two seasons.
26. Orlando Magic Record: 13-22 Previous: 23
The Orlando Magic continue to fall down the rankings as they went 0-4 in week nine, now 7-20 in their last 27 games. Since Markelle Fultz went down, the Magic have been terrible, and it wouldn’t shock me if Steve Clifford gets fired soon.
27. Sacramento Kings Record: 13-21 Previous: 26
The Kings continued to struggle in week nine as they went 1-3, now losers of ten of their last eleven games. Luke Walton has done an awful job with Sacramento, who has the worst defensive rating in the league, and it wouldn’t surprise anyone if he gets fired soon.
28. Detroit Pistons Record: 9-25 Previous: 28
The Pistons have gone back to their losing ways as they went 1-3 in week nine, and are now losers of six of their last seven games. Dwane Casey has done the best he can with a poorly constructed roster, but it wouldn’t shock anyone if he gets fired at the end of the year.
29. Houston Rockets Record: 11-22 Previous: 27
The Rockets continue to plummet down the rankings as they have lost twelve consecutive games after starting 11-10. Scott Silas was not given an easy hand, but he has struggled to win games as Houston has been awful since trading James Harden.
30. Minnesota Timberwolves Record: 7-28 Previous: 30
Make it three weeks in a row at the bottom for the Timberwolves, who have now lost eight consecutive games. Ryan Saunders got the axe two weeks ago and former Raptors’ assistant, Chris Finch, will take over for the rest of the season.
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