NBA: Ranking the Top 10 NBA Teams Ahead of 2022/23 Tip Off

NBA: Ranking the Top 10 NBA Teams Ahead of 2022/23 Tip Off

Edwin Kiplagat
  • The 2022/23 NBA season is here and there are many teams vying for playoff positions, while others are hoping to go all the way
  • Golden State Warriors are the defending champions and remain the top-ranked team, despite a training brawl which threatened to derail their team
  • Milwaukee Bucks, Boston Celtics, Denver Nuggets and LA Clippers have all been tipped to challenge the Warriors this season

After a long break, the 2022/23 NBA season is here and is expected to be one of the best.

LeBron James enters his 20th year in the league, Stephen Curry hopes to land another ring, and James Harden is looking for his first title. At the same time, Giannis Antetokounmpo wants to prove the doubters wrong.

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Only LA Lakers and Boston Celtics have won more NBA championships than Golden State Warriors. Photo by Adam Glanzman.
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Golden State Warriors won their fourth NBA title in June, beating Celtics 4-2. The team are heading into this season with Curry entering the last years of his prime.

LeBron James will surely become the player with the most points at some time this season, while Kevin Durant is hoping to lead his own team - the Brooklyn Nets - to their first-ever NBA title.

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Sports Brief has looked at the five best teams in the Eastern and Western Conferences ahead of tip-off tomorrow. Here are the week 1 power rankings according to the NBA.

Top 10 NBA teams ahead of tip-off

1. Golden State Warriors

The defending champions are obviously the best team in the NBA. The core of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green are as good as ever. The young core also gives the veterans a solid supporting cast.

2. Milwaukee Bucks

Two-time NBA MVP and 2021 NBA Finals MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks lost in the second round last season to a gritty Boston Celtics side. Second option All-Star Khris Middleton is out after wrist surgery but they should be okay.

3. Boston Celtics

The Celtics have endured a turbulent summer. Head coach Ime Udoka was suspended for the whole season, but they still have the same team that made a finals run last season. Therefore, they are still a giant in the east.

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Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks have been tipped to win the East this season. Photo by Adam Glanzman.
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4. Phoenix Suns

The Suns were stunned in the second round by Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks, according to the New York Times. Most of their fans would want to think that was a fluke. They head into the new season with a point to prove.

5. LA Clippers

Most fans and pundits have tipped the Clippers to win it this season. Two-time Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard is back, according to the NBA. Paul George is healthy and they added a veteran point guard in John Wall, meaning they will cause problems.

6. Philadelphia 76ers

The Sixers were again eliminated in the second round of the playoffs last season. However, Joel Embiid and James Harden remain a formidable duo.

7. Denver Nuggets

The Warriors dusted Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets in the first round last season, according to The Athletic. However, the return of Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Junior makes them a dangerous team.

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Phoenix Suns suffered the worst collapse in recent memory after being demolished by Luka Doncic and Dallas Mavericks in the second round last season. Photo by Christian Petersen.
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8. Memphis Grizzlies

The Grizzlies shocked many in the NBA last season by finishing second in the West. They will be looking to run it back this season, led by All-Star Ja Morant.

9. Miami Heat

Miami Heat are renowned for their winning culture and came so close last season. This season, veteran Jimmy Butler is looking to lead them to the promised land again.

10. Brooklyn Nets

The Nets are probably the most underachieving team in recent memory. However, with Ben Simmon's addition, the Nets, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving have a defensive mind.

Boston Celtics suspend coach Udoka

Sports Brief earlier reported on Boston Celtics head coach Ime Udoka getting suspended as Celtics head coach for the entire 2022/2023 season, as a result of his relationship with a female staff member.

Celtics has adjudged Udoka's actions as a violation of team policies, and thus Joe Mazzulla will take over as the interim head coach. Udoka led Celtics to the NBA finals last season, where they lost to Golden State Warriors.