NBA Power Rankings: Dark Horses Abound Behind Favorites in Orlando Bubble

Jordan Cohn
July 30, 2020 - 3:54 pm
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It's working.

Zero positive coronavirus tests in two consecutive league-wide batches have given us overwhelming feelings of optimism that the remainder of the 2019-2020 NBA season will play out with some normalcy, unlike baseball, which has already come dangerously close to a screeching halt.

The bubble is working. And it's also working to bring the best possible experience into fans' homes, be it from the interactive arenas through social media or from the vlogs and documentaries made by players like the 76ers' Matisse Thybulle and the Lakers' JaVale McGee. We're going to have basketball, we're going to have playoff basketball and we're going to crown a 2020 NBA champion. I feel really good about it, so long as Lou Williams doesn't get any more hankerings for chicken wings.

The last time I built a power rankings list was in mid-June, and a good amount has happened in the five to six weeks that have passed. However, these rankings are largely similar to what I had last time. The same powerhouses will dominate most ranking lists. The same cabooses will bring up the rear. And there are a good amount of dark horses lurking in the middle that no one wants to play.

But the rankings aren't identical to what I had last time. There's a small shuffle near the very top, and the back end is the recipient of some mixing due to opt-outs, scrimmage play, injuries and more.

Basketball officially returns tonight. How crazy is that? Let's see how all 22 bubble teams stack up.

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