The NBA is back.
No more tune-up scrimmages. There are actual stakes attached to these bubble-based battles now as the league starts the seeding games with a two-tilt slate Thursday night.
At this point, it’s a mad dash to the finish line. The playoffs will open in less than a month. The Finals will tip some six weeks after.
It’s a perfect time, then, to reset the hoops hierarchy with a fresh batch of power rankings. These will be ordered based on our assigned championship odds. When multiple teams have identical odds, we’ll order them by the usual measures of production, advanced analytics and recent trends.
22. Washington Wizards (Championship Odds: 2,000-1)
The Wizards are—objectively speaking—the worst team in the bubble. They’re the only participant with a sub-.400 winning percentage (.375), and their minus-3.9 net rating trails every club in Orlando (and two others who didn’t make the cut).