The 2021/22 NBA season is right before our eyes, this year brings in a lot of excitement as teams made splashes in free agency and rookies are coming in looking to make an immediate impact. Prior to the start of the season let’s kick it off by looking at CSMN’s power rankings heading into the first game.
1.) Brooklyn Nets
Last Season (48-21)
After falling short to the eventual champion (Milwaukee Bucks) in the second round Brooklyn was knocked out of the playoffs earlier than expected. Heading into this year’s NBA season Brooklyn will now have a healthy James Harden and Kevin Durant to steer the ship for the Nets, and look for redemption for their shortcomings last year. Brooklyn also revamped their frontcourt with additions of Paul Millsap, James Johnson, LaMarcus Aldridge (returning from retirement) to go alongside Nicolas Claxton, and Blake Griffin.
2.) Milwaukee Bucks
Last Season (46-26)
The Defending Champs go into this NBA season with a target on their back, led by “The Greek Freak” Giannis Antetokounmpo, and Co-Star Khris Middleton the Bucks look to have another elite season on both ends of the floor and repeat as NBA Champions.
3.) Los Angeles Lakers
Last Season (42-30)
After an early first round exit last postseason, the Los Angeles Lakers revamped their roster, forming a new big three as the star attraction in LA is composed of LeBron James, Anthony Davis and newcomer Russell Westbrook. The Lakers have also added depth in the frontcourt and backcourt with notable acquisitions like DeAndre Jordan, Dwight Howard, Malik Monk, Rajon Rondo and Carmelo Anthony. The Lakers are all in this season in hopes of hanging another championship banner in the Staples Center.
4.) Phoenix Suns
Last Season (51-21)
Last year the Phoenix Suns sent shockwaves throughout the league as they were one of the most consistent teams on their way to an NBA Finals appearance. Despite falling short of the ultimate goal the Suns will look for redemption and look for another NBA finals appearance. New additions Elfrid Payton and Landry Shamet look to make an immediate impact as Phoenix adds to their backcourt to compliment the elite duo of CP3 and Devin Booker.
5.) Utah Jazz
Last season (52-20)
After a strong season in Utah last year, the Jazz simply didn’t get it done in the postseason. With the Jazz retaining most of their rotation they have also made acquisitions in hopes of strengthening the team to help them “get over the hump.” It will be interesting to see how newcomers Rudy Gay, Hassan Whiteside, and Eric Paschall fit into Quin Snyder’s plans.