2022 NBA Power Rankings Week 20

What happens when you pair a former NBA MVP with the current favorite to win this season’s award? Well, you get the latest version of the Philadelphia 76ers, who have looked unguardable since James Harden’s debut alongside Joel Embiid on Friday night.

In two games — on the road against the Minnesota Timberwolves and New York Knicks — the duo combined for 127 points and 59 free throw attempts, including 27 foul shots by Embiid on Sunday, the most in a single game in nearly three years.

As for the other side of the 2021-22 campaign’s biggest blockbuster, the Brooklyn Nets are still waiting for the debut of Ben Simmons as well as the return of Kevin Durant from a knee injury, but Kyrie Irving sparked a huge comeback win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night. In his first action since the All-Star break, Irving poured in a season-high 38 points. Brooklyn has won three of its past five games following an 11-game losing streak.

Where do the East contenders and the rest of the league check in this week?


1. Phoenix Suns (49-12)

2. Memphis Grizzlies (42-20)

3. Golden State Warriors (43-18)

4. Miami Heat (40-21)

5. Philadelphia 76ers (37-23)

6. Chicago Bulls (39-22)

7. Utah Jazz (38-22)

8. Milwaukee Bucks (36-25)

9. Dallas Mavericks (36-25)

10. Boston Celtics (36-27)

11. Cleveland Cavaliers (36-24)

12. Denver Nuggets (35-25)

13. Brooklyn Nets  (32-29)

14. Toronto Raptors (32-27)

15. Minnesota Timberwolves (32-29)

16. Los Angeles Clippers (32-31)

17. Atlanta Hawks (29-31)

18.  Charlotte Hornets (30-32)

19 Los Angeles Lakers (27-33)

20. Washington Wizards (27-33)

21. New Orleans Pelicans (25-36)

22. Portland Blazers (25-36)

23. San Antonio Spurs (24-37)

24. New York Knicks (25-36)

25. Sacramento Kings (22-40)

26. Indiana Pacers (21-41)

27. Oklahoma City Thunder (19-41)

28. Detroit Pistons (15-46)

29. Houston Rockets (15-45)

30 Orlando Magic (14-47)