NBA Power Rankings
Updated: Wednesday, July 21, 2021
Giannis Antetokounmpo - Wikimedia Commons
Behind historic performances from two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Milwaukee Bucks have won their first NBA championship since 1971. Antetokounmpo was also named Finals MVP for the first time in his career.
The Phoenix Suns reached the NBA Finals for the first time since 1993, but the franchise wasn’t able to get over the hump. With a young core seemingly intact, the Suns should be contenders for the foreseeable future.
Los Angeles Clippers
The Los Angeles Clippers went as far as they could without Kawhi Leonard, falling to the Phoenix Suns in the Western Conference Finals. The Clippers franchise is still seeking its first-ever appearance in the NBA Finals.
The Atlanta Hawks’ season ended in the Eastern Conference Finals, which the team reached for the first time since 2015. If not for an injury to Trae Young, the Hawks may have found themselves in the NBA Finals.
The Brooklyn Nets were a Kevin Durant toe from making it to the Eastern Conference Finals, but they’ll have to wait until next season to attempt to win a championship. Health was the biggest downfall for the Nets this season.
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