Limitless Rankings: February 7, 2019

By Corey Chandler

The Limitless Range Power Rankings are out, and there has been some movement from a couple of weeks ago. The loss of Victor Oladipo took the Pacers completely off of our list, for one thing -- but do you agree with the team that we added? Let us know!


1 - Golden State Warriors
Record: 38-15
Last 10: 9-1

This team is now 12-1 in their last 13 games, and all of a sudden no one is fighting on the court or in the locker room. Winning fixes everything, right? The newcomer, Demarcus Cousins, moved on from creating practice posters on KD, to creating a primetime poster on Kyle Kuzma. Oracle arena has never been short of energy, but is it possible that this polarizing big man might be the hammer to bring down the entire arena?

2 - Milwaukee Bucks
Record: 40-13
Last 10: 9-1

The last time the Bucks had an MVP was Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (in 1974!). Giannis Antetokounmpo is on pace to possibly bring that trophy back to Milwaukee, but is the league ready to carve that many letters into an award? He has led his team to an 11-1 record in their last 12 games, including a big 105-92 win up in Toronto, and we don’t expect this team to let off the gas pedal one bit down the stretch.


3 - Denver Nuggets
Record: 37-17
Last 10: 7-3

Nikola Jokic has had three triple doubles in the last five games, and was only one assist shy of making it four. We are talking about a center, here! Jamal Murray gets injured, and suddenly, formerly unknown bench players Malik Beasley and Monte Morris really step up. We knew we liked this team, but it seems like the depth is becoming a mile long. The three slot is a perfect landing spot for this young, energetic team.


4 - Oklahoma City Thunder
Record: 34-19
Last 10: 8-2

In the last nine games, the Thunder have handed out the Buck’s only loss in their last 12, beat a hot Portland Trail Blazers team, and knocked off Philly on the road. Paul George is absolutely on fire over this nine-game stretch, averaging 34.7 points per game. The “addition” (by subtraction) of not having Carmelo Anthony on their roster may really give them the playoff push they need this year.


5 - Boston Celtics
Record: 35-19
Last 10: 9-1

This group is getting our biggest jump in the standings this week. Boston is 9-1 in their last ten games, and that phone call with Lebron James must have really helped Uncle Drew. Amid all of this hype with the other three powerhouses in the East (Bucks, Sixers, and Raptors), people for some reason still aren’t picking this team in their Finals predictions. Even after the two huge trades the Sixers have made this year, Vegas still has Boston as their favorites to get out of the East. This is interesting — and we predicted this in our first ever podcast. Don’t sleep on what is arguably the deepest team in the league.


6 - Toronto Raptors
Record: 39-16
Last 10: 6-4

This spot in the rankings was up for grabs between Toronto and the Sixers in our eyes, and Tuesday night’s 119-107 victory led us to pick the Raptors. As someone once told us, “If you had 15 Pascal Siakam’s you might be able to win every game.” This may be a slight stretch, but he is blowing his rookie contract out of the water. They have played Kawhi in five straight games, so expect him to take a week off soon. Oh wait — All-star weekend is coming up! Toronto’s training staff may be in the clear.


7 - Philadelphia 76ers
Record: 34-20
Last 10: 6-4

The trade deadline is here, and everyone predicted that the Sixers would land Tobias Harris, right? Right?! This trade is massive for Philly, and a lot of people have now made them their frontrunners in the East. They get the power forward that they were looking for, and he can certainly stretch the floor. This team needed shooters, and they went out and got a good one. The only problem we see here is: Jimmy and Joel realize that someone else gets to score now, right? That, or the number of empty chairs on their bench looks similar to a Lakers bench picture in Indiana.


8 - Portland Trail Blazers
Record: 32-21
Last 10: 6-4

The Blazers had one of their most impressive performances last week against the Utah Jazz, with Dame and CJ putting up a very efficient 66 points — in three quarters — in the 132-105 victory. They just added Rodney Hood, but we are just curious if they are getting Utah or Cleveland Rodney? This team is very fun to watch when they are firing on all cylinders, but they tend to be very streaky.


9 - Houston Rockets
Record: 32-22
Last 10: 6-4

Not much has changed in Houston, even with the return of CP3 and the absence of Clint Capela. The Houston Rockets = JAMES HARDEN!!!!!!!!!


10 - San Antonio Spurs
Record: 32-24
Last 10: 6-4

Welcome to the top 10 of our power rankings, San Antonio! How dare we even think of counting out Pop? He could make the playoffs last year without Kawhi, so how could he not now with Derozan and Lamarcus? The Spurs are 7-3 in their last 10, and now sit in the sixth seed in the loaded Western Conference.

Corey Chandler is the host of the Limitless Range NBA Podcast.

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