TST’s NBA Power Rankings Week 17

Giannis Antetokounmpo enters the MVP race as the Bucks are on fire, and Nikola Jokic, Jamaal Murray, and the Nuggets continue to pull away in the West

30. Houston Rockets, 13-40

Alperen Sengun (15.4 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game with a TS% of 62) continues to be one of the lone bright spots for this young Rockets team this season. It will be interesting to see what the Rockets can acquire for Eric Gordon before this Thursday’s trade deadline, but either way, they are in a prime position to select at the top of next year’s NBA Draft. Until then, some more progression from rookie Jabari Smith Jr. and second-year guard Jalen Green before year’s end would have this organization feeling even better about its future.

29. San Antonio Spurs, 14-39

The Spurs have lost eight games in a row and have the worst defensive rating of 120.9 in the NBA. However, similar to the Rockets with Eric Gordon, I am interested in seeing who the Spurs can acquire for Jakob Poeltl (12 points, 9.1 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks per game with a TS% of 63.1 and an AST% of 16.6%), who remains one of the more underrated centers in all of basketball and a player that would bolster the depth of any contender. Either way, the Spurs are preparing for the Draft Lottery in May.

28. Charlotte Hornets, 15-40

LaMelo Ball (23.3 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 8.1 assists per game with a TS% of 53.2) continues to take a leap this year, and Terry Rozier (25.1 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 3.8 assists per game with a TS% of 55.9 over his last 10 games) has raised his trade value immensely with his stellar play as of late. The Hornets have the worst offensive rating of 109.7 in basketball and aren’t going anywhere this season. Other than Rozier, another player to keep an eye on before the deadline is Mason Plumlee (12.3 points, 9.7 rebounds, and 3.7 assists per game with a TS% of 67.7), who is having the best season of his career.

27. Detroit Pistons, 14-40

The Pistons have an offensive rating of 111.8 (ranked 26th), a defensive rating of 119.1 (ranked 29th) and a team eFG% of 52.4 (ranked 26th in the NBA), and have seen fantastic progression from rookies Jaden Ivey (15.2 points, 4 rebounds, and 4.6 assists per game with a TS% of 52.5) and Jalen Duren (8.3 points and 8.6 rebounds per game with a TS% of 66.4). Once franchise player, Cade Cunningham, got hurt, all expectations for this season washed away, and they will have another chance at landing the #1 overall pick in next year’s NBA Draft.

26. Washington Wizards, 24-28

The Wizards were on a hot streak, winning six straight games until back-to-back losses to the Trail Blazers and Nets to end last week . Kristaps Porzingis (23.8 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks per game with a TS% of 64.4 over his last 10 games) is coming off of back-to-back 32+ point games and is getting hot at the right time, and Bradley Beal has had an excellent year averaging 22.4 points and 5.1 assists per game with a TS% of 60.8 and an incredible PSA of 123.4 (ranked in the 93rd percentile for Combo Guards). Still, the Wizards only have an offensive rating of 113.9 (ranked 17th), and a defensive rating of 114.1 (ranked 15th in the NBA), and it will be tough for them to get out of the Play-In Tournament if they even make it.

25. Chicago Bulls, 25-27

The Bulls are on a two game winning streak heading into this week, but they are still only 9th in the Eastern Conference standings and have a lot to figure out if they want to possibly make it out of the Play-In Tournament.

The big 3 of DeMar DeRozan (26 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 5 assists per game with a TS% of 60.1), Zach LaVine (23.6 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 4.2 assists per game with a TS% of 59), and Nikola Vucevic (17.1 points, 11.2 rebounds, and 3.4 assists per game with a TS% of 60.4) continue to ball out, but as I have mentioned in previous power rankings articles, they immensely lack depth. Other than Alex Caruso, the Bulls may have the worst bench in basketball. I can’t see them succeeding until Lonzo Ball comes back.

24. Indiana Pacers, 25-30

The Pacers had lost nine out of their last ten games without him, but franchise player, Tyrese Haliburton (20 points, 10.3 assists, and 1.7 steals per game with a TS% of 60.7 and a PSA of 123.1, ranked in the 90th percentile for Point Guards), returned against the Lakers last Thursday night after being named an All-Star earlier that day.

The Pacers blew a late lead in that game to lose, but it was obvious that Haliburton completely changed the dynamic of this team. Just last week, amid speculation that he would be traded, the Pacers gave Myles Turner a two-year $60 million dollar extension and he has not disappointed averaging 19.9 points, 9.3 rebounds ,and 2.3 blocks per game with a TS% of 59.1 over his last 9 games. Nonetheless, the Pacers ended up winning against the Kings on Friday before falling to the Cavaliers on Sunday to end the week, but it will be interesting to see how they do against the Heat, Suns, and Wizards this week.

23. Oklahoma City Thunder, 25-27

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (31 points, 5.6 assists, and 1.7 steals per game with a TS% of 62.2 and an impressive PSA of 125.8, ranked in the 95th percentile for Point Guards) was selected to his first All-Star game last week and he continues to be one of the 10 best players in basketball this year.

To go along with SGA, Josh Giddey (16.2 points, 8 rebounds, and 5.9 assists per game with a TS% of 53.8) and Jalen Williams (11.8 points, 4 rebounds, and 2.9 assists per game with a TS% of 57.4) have played excellent recently, and the Thunder are one of the more balanced teams in basketball with an offensive rating of 114.7 (ranked 12th) and a defensive rating of 113.3 (ranked 11th in the NBA). Can they make the Play-In Tournament? Absolutely they can, and this team may have the brightest future in the NBA right now.

22. Orlando Magic, 22-32

Watching this team, it is hard to believe they were by far the worst team in the NBA last season. Already with 22 wins (their over/under win total before the season began was 26.5 wins), the Magic are only 3 games back of the 10 seed for the last position in the Play-In Tournament. Though the Magic’s team advanced statistics don’t jump off the board with an offensive rating of 111.9 (ranked 25th) and a defensive rating of 115 (ranked 21st in the NBA), they have some of the best young talent and depth in basketball.

Rookie Paolo Banchero (20.3 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 3.7 assists per game with a TS% of 53.4, but an abysmal PSA of 106.7, ranked in the 27th percentile for Forwards) and second-year Wing Franz Wagner (19.5 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 3.4 assists per game with a TS% of 59 and a PSA of 119.8, ranked in the 76th percentile for Wings) continue to lead the way, but Wendell Carter Jr., Jonathan Issac, Cole Anthony, Gary Harris, Mortiz Wagner, and Jalen Suggs have been extremely productive in their roles. Furthermore, it will be fun to see how this team continuously progresses over the rest of the year.

21. Toronto Raptors, 25-30

With the trade deadline on Thursday looming, the Raptors aren’t in the position they thought they would be following a 48 win season last year. However, even being 5 games under .500 and not producing defensively as they have done in the past (defensive rating of 114.9, ranked 20th in the NBA), they enter this week only a half game back of the Wizards for the 10 seed and a Play-In Tournament spot.

Fred VanVleet (19.7 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 6.5 assists per game with a TS% of 54.3) is on the trading block and could be on another team by this time next week, and the Knicks have already reportedly offered 3 first-round picks for OG Anunoby ahead of this Thursday’s trade deadline. However, with whatever direction the Raptors decide to go this week, they will continue to build around Rookie Of The Year Scottie Barnes, who has averaged 17 points, 7.4 rebounds, 5.2 assists, 1.1 steals, and 1 block per game with a TS% of 56.4 over his last 10 games.

20. Los Angeles Lakers, 25-29

The Lakers finished the week with an atrocious loss to the Pelicans (who had lost 10 games in a row going into the matchup) where they blew an 11 point halftime lead and were ahead most of the game. Sure, LeBron James (30 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 7.1 assists per game with a TS% of 58.6) and Anthony Davis (27.1 points, 12 rebounds, and 2 blocks per game with a TS% of 64.6) have been playing fantastic recently, and Rui Hachimura (12.7 points and 4.6 rebounds per game with a TS% of 55.2) has looked like a good fit on the team, but that simply hasn’t been enough to close out games.

The Pelicans couldn’t buy a win if they wanted too, and the Lakers were lazy on defense and allowed them to sneak back into the game and eventually win. With a below average offensive rating of 113.6 (ranked 20th) and defensive rating of 114.8 (ranked 19th in the NBA), and a roster with virtually no elite Wing perimeter defenders, the Lakers need much more by Thursday’s deadline to be able to make the playoffs and do something. After missing out on Kyrie Irving, it seems like the fanbase is fed up with this team.

19. New Orleans Pelicans, 28-27

The Pelicans were the worst team in the NBA during their ten game win streak, and many people questioned if they could ever get their early season mojo back (where they were atop the Western Conference standings in December).However, the team flipped the switch in last Wednesday’s game against the Mavericks, a contest they were trailing by 27 in at halftime. Mavs Superstar Luka Doncic went down with an ankle injury early in the third quarter and the Pelicans almost came all the way back to win.

Though they ended up losing 111-106, they kept that same tenacious mindset entering the Lakers game Saturday, a matchup where all of the lights and cameras were on LeBron James as neared the scoring record. Despite yet again trailing by double-digits at the half, they fought their way back and won. The Pels then welcomed Domantas Sabonis‘ Kings to the Smoothie King Arena on Sunday for the second game of a back-to-back and walloped them 136-104 without Brandon Ingram (who decided to sit out the back-half of the back-to-back after dominating the Lakers the day before). Despite two impressive wins in a row and still boasting the 7th-best defensive rating of 112.5 in basketball, it remains evident that the Pelicans need Superstar big man Zion Williamson back to secure a playoff spot and avoid the Play-In Tournament.

18. Portland Trail Blazers, 26-27

The Trail Blazers have won five out of their last seven games and are just two games back of the 5 seed in the Western Conference. Damian Lillard (37.3 points and 7.9 assists per game with a TS% of 71.7 over his last 10 games) has arguably been the best player in basketball over the last two weeks and Anfernee Simons (22.4 points and 4.3 assists per game with a TS% of 66.7 over his last 10 games) has been spectacular as the Robin to Lillard’s Batman. Despite not having much depth, the Blazers are in a good position right now with an offensive rating of 116.9 (ranked 5th in the NBA).

17. Utah Jazz, 27-27

Lauri Markkanen (24.9 points and 8.7 rebounds per game with a TS% of 66.7 and a PSA of 134.2, ranked in the 99th percentile for Forwards) will be the home city’s lone All-Star in two weekends, but the Jazz are in a tough position heading into this Thursday’s trade deadline.

They have a brilliant offensive rating of 117.2 (ranked 4th in the NBA, and are 27-27 and sitting at 9th in the Western Conference Standings, but they also have a golden opportunity to trade Jordan Clarkson, Malik Beasley, and Mike Conley to accumulate more assets. Clarkson is playing the best basketball of his career averaging 21 points and 4.2 assists per game with a TS% of 56.8, and is a big reason why the Jazz are even in the position they are in right now. Before Thursday, the Jazz have of decisions to make about the team’s future.

16. Golden State Warriors, 27-26

Superstar Stephen Curry (29.4 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 6.4 assists per game with a TS% of 66.5, and a PSA of 136.6, the highest mark of any Point Guard in basketball) will miss multiple weeks (and possibly multiple months) with two partial tears in his left leg, absolutely gut-wrenching news for the Warriors.

They were already no where close to being as good as last year (they had the second best defense in the NBA) and now with Curry being out for the foreseeable future, this team is now in jeopardy of missing the playoffs, not even one year removed from winning a title. Jordan Poole (20.5 points and 4.3 assists per game with a TS% of 56.8 and a PSA of 114.8, ranked in the 63rd percentile for Combo Guards) will now have the toughest challenge of his young career: stepping in for Curry and leading the Warriors to the playoffs.

15. Atlanta Hawks, 27-27

Despite Saturday night’s loss to the Nuggets, the Hawks had an impressive week, going on the road to defeat both the Suns and Jazz. Despite also losing to the Trail Blazers and Nuggets on that same road trip, the Hawks are sitting at 8th in the Eastern Conference standings and have seen increased offensive production from franchise player Trae Young (25.5 points, 9.9 assists, and 1.4 steals per game with a TS% of 59.1 over his last 10 games).

The return of Clint Capela (12 points, 11.5 rebounds per game, and 1.2 blocks per game with a TS% of 63.8) has opened up that dominant pick-and-roll game between him and Young, and the Hawks offensive rating of 114.6 (ranked 13th in the NBA) is dramatically improving because of that.

14. Minnesota Timberwolves, 29-27

The Timberwolves have won seven out of their last ten games and now sit at 7th in the Western Conference standings. Despite continuing to be without Star big man Karl Anthony-Towns , the Wolves have started to figure it out defensively now boasting a top 10 defensive rating of 112.9 (ranked 9th).

Anthony Edwards (24.7 points, 6 rebounds, 4.5 assists, and 1.7 steals per game with a TS% of 57 and an AST% of 19.3%, ranked in the 91st percentile for Wings) has been excellent on both ends of the floor this season was snubbed from the All-Star game. However, perhaps the biggest key to the Wolves’ newfound success has been the stellar play of D’Angelo Russell, who has averaged 22.7 points, 6.4 assists, and 3.5 rebounds per game with a TS% of 63.7 over his last 10 games.

13. Dallas Mavericks, 28-26

The Mavericks just acquired Kyrie Irving (27.1 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 5.3 assists per game with a TS% of 60.4 and a PSA of 123.2, ranked in the 91st percentile for Combo Guards) to help out Luka Doncic (33.4 points, 8.9 rebounds, and 8.2 assists per game with a TS% of 61.3 and a PSA of 123.8, ranked in the 89th percentile for Point Guards) and it is going to be so fun to watch. Doncic and Irving will be by far the best offensive duo in the league, and the Mavs are going all in to win the championship this season.

tfWith the addition of Irving, the team’s offensive rating of 115.8 (ranked 9th) will skyrocket, but their defensive rating of 115.4 (already ranked 24th in the NBA) will get worse since they traded Spencer Dinwiddie and Dorian Finney-Smith in the trade (the team’s two best perimeter defenders). Nonetheless, though they gave up their two best perimeter defenders, the Mavericks will be almost impossible to outscore, and with that, are now one fo the favorites to win the title because of the Star-power between Doncic and Irving.

12. Miami Heat, 29-25

The Heat have been playing better as of late, but two close losses to the Knicks and Bucks to end the weekend prevented them from being in the top 10 this week. Bam Adebayo (21.5 points, 10 rebounds, 3.2 assists, and 1.2 steals per game with a TS% of 58.9 and an AST% of 15.2, ranked in the 86th percentile for Bigs) is the team’s lone All-Star this year, and Tyler Herro is heating up as of late with back-to-back 24-point-6 assist performances. Though the Heat need to improve their 27th ranked offensive rating of 111.3, their 4th ranked defensive rating of 111.1 is what keeps them in every game.

11. Phoenix Suns, 29-26

The Suns just don’t give up. After an embarrassing 32 point loss the the Hawks on Friday night, they went into TD Garden and beat the Celtics by 12 points behind a DeAndre Ayton masterclass (finished with 31 points and 16 rebounds). Though he has been inconsistent at times this season, Ayton is still averaging 18 points and 10.1 rebounds per game with a TS% of 60.6 and has become more of a scorer with Devin Booker being out. Mikal Bridges (21.8 points, 4.8 assists, and 1.3 steals with a TS% of 59.8 over his last 15 games) continues to break out as the team’s leading scorer over the last month, and the return of Cameron Johnson has made this team compete with the NBA’s elite even without Booker. With the 8th ranked defensive rating of 112.8 in the NBA, the Suns will continue to tread water until Booker returns.

10. New York Knicks, 29-26

The Knicks had an up and down week losing two close games at home to the Lakers and Clippers, but also winning tough key Eastern Conference matchups vs. the Heat and 76ers. The dynamic duo of Julius Randle (24.7 points, 10.8 rebounds, and 4.2 assists per game with a TS% of 58 and a PSA of 117.6 (ranked in the 69th percentile for Forwards) and Jalen Brunson (23.1 points and 6.2 assists per game with a TS% of 57.8 and a PSA of 116.6 (ranked in the 73rd percentile for Point Guards) have brought the Knicks back to relevance with stellar offensive play, leading the team to an impressive offensive rating of 116.1 (ranked 6th in the NBA).

It isn’t just the stardom of Randle and Brunson that keeps this team afloat, but the depth of this roster that includes Immanuel Quickley, Quentin Grimes, Jericho Sims, and Obi Toppin. However, the Knicks struggle to defend opposing forwards without a lockdown multi-positional perimeter defender, which is indicative of their 16th ranked defensive rating of 114.4. They already know that though, which is why they have reportedly offered three first-round picks for DPOY candidate OG Anunoby, who would be the missing piece to the roster.

9. Brooklyn Nets, 32-20

Amidst the drama surrounding Kyrie Irving (who was just traded to the Mavericks for Spencer Dinwiddie, Dorian Finney-Smith, and some draft compensation), Cam Thomas finally got the minutes he was adamant about getting and did not disappoint, stepping in and scoring 44 points to lead the Nets to a comeback win over the Wizards.

Despite losing an offensive Superstar in Irving, don’t count out the Nets yet as their 13th ranked defensive rating of 113.7 will now improve immensely with the additions of Dinwiddie and Finney-Smith, who are both fantastic perimeter defenders. Add in the emergence of defensive star Nicolas Claxton (13 points, 9 rebounds, and 2.6 blocks per game with a TS% of 70.7, a PSA of 140.4, ranked in the 93rd percentile for Bigs, and a Block Percentage of 4.4%, ranked in the 97th percentile in the NBA) and defensive star Ben Simmons (7.4 points, 6.5 rebounds, 6.4 assists, and 1.4 steals per game with a TS% of 56) the Nets will still be a fantastic team when Kevin Durant returns.

8. Sacramento Kings, 29-23

Despite still holding onto the 3 seed in the Western Conference, the Kings have lost four out of their last six games and ended last week getting blown out by the Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram-less Pelicans. Granted, the two losses to end the week against the Pacers and Pelicans were without their closer, DeAaron Fox (24.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 6.1 assists per game with a TS% of 59.1 and a PSA of 119.2, ranked in the 84th percentile for Point Guards), who is top 3 in clutch points scored this season. Fox has had a stellar season and deserves to be an All-Star (and he should replace Stephen Curry as a reserve).

Domantas Sabonis (18.6 points, 12.4 rebounds, and 7 assists per game with a TS% of 66.7 and a PSA of 133.5, ranked in the 84th percentile for Bigs) is playing the best basketball of his career, and Kevin Huerter has been one of the best knockdown shooters in basketball. Furthermore, with one of the most prolific offenses in basketball (offensive rating of 117.4, ranked 3rd in the NBA), the Kings should be able to maintain a top 6 seed, though only 5 games separate them and the 13 seed in a clustered Western Conference.

7. Los Angeles Clippers, 30-26

Though the Clippers blew a 27 point lead against the Bucks on Friday night, that was a tough environment that they had yet to be in, and the Bucks are the best team in the NBA right now. Still, the Clippers were the better team for 3.5 quarters and continue to see everything coming together. Kawhi Leonard has averaged 29.2 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 4.2 assists per game with a TS% of 63.2 over his last 10 games and All-Star Paul George (23.3 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 5.3 assists per game) boasts an impressive PSA of 120.6 (ranked in the 78th percentile for Wings) and AST% of 24.6 (ranked in the 96th percentile for Wings).

The Clippers’ offensive rating of 113.3 (ranked 22nd) is continuing to improve from the worst mark in the NBA earlier on this season, and their defensive rating of 113.1 (ranked 9th in the NBA) remains one of the best in basketball. Before they move any higher on this list, I want to see more signature victories over the NBA’s elite teams.

6. Memphis Grizzlies, 32-21

Ja Morant (27.3 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 8.3 assists per game with a TS% of 55.8), Desmond Bane (21.7 points per game with a 3PT% of 43.7 and a TS% of 60.2), and Jaren Jackson Jr. (16.6 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 3.3 blocks per game with a TS% of 60.3) have the 2nd seeded Grizzlies in a decent position in the Western Conference right now despite losing six out of their last seven games.

In Sunday’s loss to the Raptors, Morant sat out and the Grizzlies offense had a ton of issues (which is the only reason why they lost), but the absence of Steven Adams, who has been out the last seven games, has affected this team tremendously. Without Adams, the Grizzlies once #1 offensive rebounding percentage and #2 rebounding percentage overall has taken a hit as other teams are exploiting their lack of size on the interior. The Grizzlies could really be in trouble without Adams over these next few weeks.

5. Cleveland Cavaliers, 33-22

Though Donovan Mitchell (19.5 points and 4.8 assists per game with a TS% of 53.7 over his last 10 games) has struggled recently, the rest of the team hasn’t, as Evan Mobley (19.1 points, 9.9 rebounds, and 1.9 blocks per game with a TS% of 57.5 over his last 10 games) and Jarrett Allen (15 points, 9.6 rebounds, 1.1 steals, and 1.2 blocks per game with a TS% of 69.1 over his last 10 games) have excelled on both ends of the floor. In fact, with the defensive brilliance of Mobley and Allen, the Cavaliers now have the best defense (defensive rating of 110.2, 1st in NBA) in basketball and are sitting at 5th in the Eastern Conference, and are only 5 games back of the 1st seed.

4. Philadelphia 76ers, 34-18

Joel Embiid (33.4 points, 10.2 rebounds, 1.1 steals, and 1.6 blocks per game with a TS% of 64.3 and a PSA of 128.9, ranked in the 71st percentile for Bigs) has been otherworldly on both ends of the floor recently, and James Harden (21 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 10.9 assists per game with a TS% of 61.4) has been the best playmaker in the NBA this season. As a result, the 76ers are one of the most balanced teams in basketball with an offensive rating of 116 (ranked 7th) and a defensive rating of 112.3 (ranked 6th in the NBA).

3. Boston Celtics, 37-16

The Celtics looked fantastic last week, for the most part. They would have gotten back their #1 ranking had they not orchestrated an embarrassing blunder against the Devin Booker-less struggling Suns (who had just lost by 32 at home to the Hawks in the previous game) on Friday night. That 12 point loss showed that no matter how dominant the Celtics have looked this year, they are beatable if Jayson Tatum has a rough game (Tatum shot 3 for 15 from the field) as they are reliant on their MVP candidate being consistently dominant.

Luckily for the Celtics, Tatum has been dominant in most games, boasting averages of 30.9 points, 8.7 rebounds, and 4.4 assists per game and a PSA of 123.3 (ranked in the 86th percentile for Forwards). Nonetheless, what should scare other teams is the once 17th ranked defensive rating earlier on in the season is now ranked 5th (defensive rating of 111.7) and their prolific offense (offensive rating of 117.6, ranked 3rd in the NBA) continues to dominate teams on most nights making them the most balanced team in the NBA.

2. Denver Nuggets, 37-17

Nikola Jokic (24.8 points, 11.3 rebounds, and 10.1 assists per game with a TS% of 70.4, a PER of 32 and a PSA of 142.4, ranked in the 94th percentile for Bigs) continues to be the frontrunner for what would be his third-consecutive NBA MVP award and the Nuggets have won three out of their last four games (they only lost on Sunday because Jokic and Jamaal Murray sat out).

Speaking of Murray, he is absolutely back to the player he was in the bubble, averaging 25.9 points, 7.5 assists, and 4.6 rebounds per game with a TS% of 62.8 over his last 10 games and it has turned the Nuggets into the team to beat in the West. Michael Porter Jr. (16.5 points and 5.4 rebounds per game with a 3PT% of 40.8 and a TS% of 61) and Aaron Gordon (16.7 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 2.7 assists per game with a TS% of 63.6) have been the perfect compliments to Jokic and Murray and the Nuggets have the best offense in basketball (offensive rating of 118). As of right now, the Nuggets are starting to pull away with home-field advantage for the Western Conference playoffs.

1. Milwaukee Bucks, 36-17

I, Brandon Samuel Deutsch, apologize to Giannis Sina Ugo Antetokounmpo, for disrespecting his greatness in previous power rankings articles. The “Greek Freak” is now averaging 32.4 points, 12.4 rebounds, and 5.3 assists per game with a TS% of 59.6, and since the big 3 of Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton, and Jrue Holiday have been on the court together the last seven games, the Bucks are 7-0 and easily the best team in the NBA right now.

Despite a 27 point deficit to the Clippers on Friday night, Antetokounmpo scored 54 points to will the Bucks to comeback victory. With the big 3 back, the Bucks’ offensive rating of 113.3 (ranked 21st) should drastically improve, and their defensive rating of 110.9 (ranked 3rd in the NBA) should continue to be dominant for the rest of the season.

Note: Advanced Statistics used in this article are gathered from,, and and are updated as of Monday, February 6th, 2023

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