NBA Power Rankings: Where do the Pelicans rank after week one

Zion Williamson and Josh Hart of the New Orleans Pelicans (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Zion Williamson and Josh Hart of the New Orleans Pelicans (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /
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New Orleans Pelicans, NBA Power Rankings
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5. Indiana Pacers (4-1)

After all the reports that Victor Oladipo wants out, the Indiana Pacers look great so far this season. They might even be the best team in the Eastern Conference.

That’s how immense this Pacers team is with Oladipo, Domantas Sabonis, TJ Warren, and Malcolm Brogdon on the roster. Also, their talent finally looks like it’s gelling under new head coach Nate Bjorkgren who brings some schemes from the Toronto Raptors to Indiana. Unfortunately, this team might take a step back due to TJ Warren’s recent injury.

4. Los Angeles Clippers (4-1)

After failing miserably in the first year of the Kawhi Leonard-Paul George era, the Clippers look determined to win a championship in 2021.

New head coach Tyronn Lue brings the edge to the bench that the Clippers lacked last season, while Serge Ibaka and Luke Kennard bring the Clippers a pair of reliable contributors. I did hold the Clippers back in these NBA power rankings though, because of their historic loss to the Dallas Mavericks. You can’t be in the top three when you lose by 51 points!

3. Los Angeles Lakers (3-2)

By now, we all know that this Lakers team is the best in the NBA. Led by the NBA’s best duo of LeBron James and Anthony Davis, this Lakers team is content on getting better too. Hence their third spot in our NBA power rankings.

Adding Dennis Schroder and Montrezl Harrel to the mix has only made this team stronger, and they’re playing out of their minds too. So why aren’t they number 1? Well, they’re taking it easy after winning the title just a few months ago. In time, I expect this Lakers team to team to rise. They are the title favorite after all!