NBA Preview: Offenses, Defenses

NBA Preview: Offenses, Defenses

The 2017-18 season starts tonight. This will probably be the final season preview you read, so I will not bore you with standings, award predictions and the like. Rather, I will scintillate you with over 3500 words on why the New Orleans Pelicans will jump 0.8 points in defensive rating. Enjoy!

 

Northwest Division

Denver Nuggets

2016-17 offense: 5th (110.0)

Paul Millsap is extremely versatile offensively, but at age 32, he at best offsets the loss of Danilo Gallinari. With that said, significant improvement can be expected from Nikola Jokic, Jamal Murray, Gary Harris, Juancho Hernangomez, Emmanuel Mudiay and Malik Beasely. If not from each one of them, certainly from the group as a whole. 2017-18 offense prediction: 3rd (110.7)

2016-17 defense: 29th (110.5)

Millsap is better at everything on defense than any Denver player was last year. That has some expecting him to be transformative, but there’s only so much one defender can do. More crucial to the Nuggets’ improvement will be the health of Chandler and significant growth from Jokic. Until either thing happens, I’ll expect it not to. 2017-18 defense prediction: 28th (108.5)

Minnesota Timberwolves

2016-17 offense: 10th (108.1)

Will they be better? It seems preposterous to question improvement in an offense that replaced Zach LaVine and Ricky Rubio with Jimmy Butler and Jeff Teague. However, LaVine is a better a shooter than anyone remaining on the roster, and Rubio, for what it’s worth, a better passer. With that said, Karl-Anthony Towns alone will carry them forward. 2017-18 offense prediction: 8th (108.9)

2016-17 defense: T-26th (109.1)

The leap here will be either giant or quantum, depending on two key factors. First, can Butler and Taj Gibson get Andrew Wiggins and Towns to realize their special defensive potential? Second, how hard does Thibs ride Wiggins and Butler? Every minute they sit is a minute of Jamal Crawford and Shabazz Muhammad. 2017-18 defense prediction: 18th (106.2)

Oklahoma City Thunder

2016-17 offense: 17th (105.0)

This year’s Thunder will more closely resemble the 2015-16 team than that of last year. The question is how close they can get. Alex Abrines and Patrick Patterson add up to a little more than Dion Waiters and Serge Ibaka, while Paul George and Carmelo Anthony can approximate Kevin Durant. That 2015-16 team finished No. 2 in offense; these Thunder will get close. 2017-18 offense prediction: 4th (110.6)

2016-17 defense: 10th (105.1)

George alone is better than Durant on this end, and he’s even further ahead of Victor Oladipo and Jerami Grant. Patterson is the perfect cog to complement this team’s lockdown guys (George, Andre Roberson), rim protecting big (Steven Adams) and route-jumping point guard (Russell Westbrook). 2017-18 defense prediction: 2nd (103.2)

Portland Trail Blazers

2016-17 offense: 11th (107.8)

Allen Crabbe shot 44.4 percent on 1.7 made 3s last year, but his impact was about so much more than those five or so points per game. It was about the fact that Portland could always have a second shooter on the court, even when Damian Lillard or C.J. McCollum sat. Staggering those guards will be much more difficult this season, and defending the Blazers will be easier. 2017-18 offense prediction: 13th (107.2)

2016-17 defense: 21st (107.8)

A full season of JusufNurkic instead of Mason Plumlee will help here. So will better health from Ed Davis and Al-Farouq Aminu, though neither is guaranteed. McCollum is smart and young enough to improve. This unit will never be good as long as it has two liabilities in its backcourt, though. 2017-18 defense prediction: T-20th (107.0)

Utah Jazz

2016-17 offense: 12th (107.4)

There is a nice baseline here, given Snyder’s scheme, the team’s plus-passing, Rudy Gobert’s elite specialization and a decent number of shooters. However, losing Gordon Hayward and George Hill collapses this team’s ceiling. Who will create against disciplined defenses, or when things stall out? Will the pick and roll still work? These are disturbing issues. 2017-18 offense prediction: 24th (103.8)

2016-17 defense: 3rd (102.7)

Gobert is a unit-changing force, and Rubio, Thabo Sefolosha and Donovan Mitchell are all certified or potential studs. Joe Ingles, Joe Johnson and Rodney Hood are fine, and Derrick Favors is almost Gobert-like if he returns to form. Short of that, they are slightly worse without Hayward the injured Dante Exum. 2017-18 defense prediction: 3rd (103.3)

 

Pacific Division

Golden State Warriors

2016-17 offense: 1st (113.2)

The Warriors’ offense led the league by 1.4 points per 100 possessions last year, and is all but guaranteed to get better. The only major personnel changes are upgrades, and Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant and Draymond Green all shot the ball uncharacteristically poorly from deep last season. 2017-18 offense prediction: 1st (113.5)

2016-17 defense: 2nd (101.1)

With Jordan Bell, Omri Casspi and Nick Young upgrading this team’s defensive options and versatility off the bench, this unit will be the class of the league. Remember: Green, Thompson, Durant and Andre Iguodala is as good as it gets, and Curry, Patrick McCaw and David West are not bad either. 2017-18 defense prediction: 1st (102.0)

Los Angeles Clippers

2016-17 offense: 4th (110.3)

Health is always a caveat, but no offense depends on its players’ durability as much as Los Angeles’. Even without Chris Paul, this team could resemble last year’s Nuggets (No. 5 in the league) with Gallinari, a special playmaking big (Blake Griffin) and some nice shooters (Patrick Beverley, Lou Williams, Sam Dekker). Whenever Griffin or Gallo miss time, the Clips’ depth will dry up while their weak point guard play sinks them. Based on each player’s recent health records, 55 games apiece is realistic. 2017-18 offense prediction: 11th (107.9)

2016-17 defense: 13th (105.8)

No matter how good Beverley is, the loss of Paul will hurt. He was a better switch guy and better off ball. J.J. Redick will be missed here too, with Williams taking the bulk of his minutes. The biggest downgrade of all, and by far, is from Luc Mbah a Moute to Gallo. Unless this team plays Beverley, Austin Rivers, Dekker and Jordan together all the time, they will get scored on. 2017-18 defense prediction: T-25th (108.0)

Los Angeles Lakers

2016-17 offense: 24th (103.4)

Brook Lopez is massively better offensively than any Lakers player from last year. Lonzo Ball throwing hit-ahead’s to Kentavious Caldwell-Pope in transition is a more dynamic proposition than anything the Lakers offered last year. Brandon Ingram, Julius Randle and Larry Nance, Jr. can only get better, particularly because Lopez will open up the floor for them. This will be the league’s most-improved offense. 2017-18 offense prediction: 12th (107.7)

2016-17 defense: 30th (110.6)

On this end, L.A.’s additions are more of a wash than anything. Caldwell-Pope is a boon, Lopez is a burden. Take or leave Ball vs. D’Angelo Russell, but nothing significant is changing here. They get a slight boost only because scoring more leads to more stops, and Ingram has to improve slightly. 2017-18 defense prediction: 30th (110.3)

Phoenix Suns

2016-17 offense: 22nd (103.9)

It is impossible to rule out this unit being good. Portland will always be good by virtue of having Lillard and McCollum, and Eric Bledsoe and Devin Booker have similar upside. However, Bledsoe is a perennial injury/trade candidate, and Booker is not there yet. They should improve slightly due to overall youth, but nothing is meaningfully different here. Coaching is an issue, too. 2017-18 offense prediction: T-21st (104.4)

2016-17 defense: 28th (109.3)

Jackson is that rare rookie who should be a good defender right away. That alone will improve Phoenix, and again, its youth can only trend upwards. On the other hand, the team’s best defenders—Chandler and Jared Dudley—are on the downswing. Another hellish year is in order. 2017-18 defense prediction: 29th (109.1)

Sacramento Kings

2016-17 offense: T-20th (104.6)

With DeMarcus Cousins on the court, the Kings had a 108.1 offensive rating. When he sat/after he was traded, that number fell to 101.4. Expect something close to that lower figure this year, though Hill, Buddy Hield, Justin Jackson, Skal Labissiere and Zach Randolph  is a better fivesome than anything Sacramento had post-Cousins. 2017-18 offense prediction: 28th (102.5)

2016-17 defense: T-26th (109.1)

Point guard defense should be strong with Hill, Temple and De’Aaron Fox, as should center defense with Cauley-Stein and Koufos. The middle three positions will be a struggle, though Joerger can find ways to get Hill and Temple into some of those minutes. Either way, this group is bottom-third bound. 2017-18 defense prediction: T-25 (108.0)

 

Southwest Division

Houston Rockets

2016-17 offense: 2nd (111.8)

During an era where one team is so transcendent, it is hard to distinguish greatness elsewhere. Anything that comes up short of the Warriors is perceived to be flawed. Make no mistake, there is no flaw in Houston’s offense. James Harden and Chris Paul are an all-time pairing, akin to if Nash played with McGrady, or Stockton with Drexler. And then there’s Eric Gordon, Trevor Ariza, Ryan Anderson, Clint Capela, P.J. Tucker and Nene—and Mike D’Antoni. 2017-18 offense prediction: 2nd (113.0)

2016-17 defense: T-17th (106.4)

As we discussed with the Clippers, Paul is significantly better than Beverley. Mbah a Moute, Ariza and Tucker are a nasty trio on the wing, while Capela and Nene are both strong backbones. This would be a top-3 defense—if Harden, Anderson and Gordon never had to play. 2017-18 defense prediction: T-8th (104.5)

San Antonio Spurs

2016-17 offense: 7th (108.8)

Kawhi Leonard improves every year, and should make strides as a facilitator with Tony Parker out. Even if Rudy Gay loses a full step post-achilles tear, he is a better second option on the wing than this team had last year. This will relieve pressure from Aldridge, who is clearly more of an option 2A than 1A at this point. 2017-18 offense prediction: 6th (109.4)

2016-17 defense: 1st (100.9)

On paper, Patty Mills, Danny Green, Jonathon Simmons, Leonard and Dewayne Dedmon is a monstrous defensive unit. In reality, Pau Gasol, David Lee and Parker played more minutes than Simmons and Dedmon last year, and Leonard rarely played the 4. It is silly to doubt Pop at this point, though they are bound to slip with Simmons’ and Dedmon’s minutes going to Gay, Davis Bertans and Joffrey Lauvergne. 2017-18 defense prediction: 4th (104.0)

New Orleans Pelicans

2016-17 offense: T-25th (103.3)

Will DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis complement each other? Will they be wasted when sharing the court? Will the dreadful floor spacing actively hurt each star’s ability to produce? The safest thing we can ascertain is this: For 48 minutes a night, the Pelicans will have an elite offensive big man, a capable point guard and nothing more. That gives them a floor. 2017-18 offense prediction: 23rd (104.1)

2016-17 defense: T-8th (104.9)

The same questions about Davis and Cousins persist on defense, but they impact the ceiling more than the floor. That’s because Tony Allen, Jrue Holiday, Rajon Rondo and E’Twaun Moore are positives rather than negatives on this end. 2017-18 defense prediction: 5th (104.1)

Dallas Mavericks

2016-17 offense: 23rd (103.7)

As impressive as Harrison Barnes was last season, Dallas does not want to rely on his isos for offense. Rick Carlisle should be able to get back to his principles this year—less because of Dennis Smith, and more because of Nerlens Noel serving as the rim-diving center that has been an underrated key to Carlisle’s system. Smith will help too, and the Mavs should move towards the middle of the league. 2017-18 offense prediction: 20th (105.1)

2016-17 defense: T-15th (106.3)

Wesley Matthews and Barnes gave Dallas better wing defense in 2016-17 than it had received since its title year. Smith is a few years from being a plus defender, but is an immediate upgrade over any point the Mavs played last year. A year of Noel will be better than 48 combined games of Noel and Bogut. This unit has sneaky top-10 potential. 2017-18 defense prediction: 14th (105.4)

Memphis Grizzlies

2016-17 offense: T-18th (104.7)

While the departure of Randolph hurts, this offense is all but guaranteed to improve. Tyreke Evans and Ben McLemore replace Tony Allen and Vince Carter. Most of the returning roster is young at this point. And how can Chandler Parsons not be a tiny bit better? Mike Conley and Marc Gasol getting hurt are always going to temper expectations, of course. 2017-18 offense prediction: 19th (105.2)

2016-17 defense: T-6th (104.5)

On the flip side, this unit is guaranteed to get worse. Allen is a massive loss, and the Grizz suddenly have a major hole in wing defense. Conley and Gasol will lay a great foundation, but they are even more crucial on this end. That makes their injury risk a greater downside. 2017-18 defense prediction: 16th (105.7)

 

Central Division

Cleveland Cavaliers

2016-17 offense: 3rd (110.9)

LeBron James has been a sufficient ingredient for an elite offense throughout his career. Except for his first year in Miami, he has also been a necessary one. Isaiah Thomas might be the guy to change that. Unlike Kyrie Irving, he has the experience and vision to lead the team sans LeBron. Given his injury, this unit should be worse overall than last year, but better once fully healthy. 2017-18 offense prediction: 5th (110.4)

2016-17 defense: 22nd (108.0)

Thomas’ injury will put a larger offensive burden on James, forcing him to dial back his regular season defense even more than usual. At the same time, Jae Crowder is the best non-James defender this team has had in years. That should add up to a net plus, albeit a minuscule one. 2017-18 defense prediction: T-23rd (107.7)

Milwaukee Bucks

2016-17 offense: 13th (106.9)

The main difference from last year is the health of Khris Middleton and non-health of Jabari Parker. That’s a net-positive for the team, but not the offense. Middleton is more than a spacer, but his spacing is redundant with Malcolm Brogdon, Tony Snell and Matthew Dellavedova in the backcourt. If Parker returns early, the calculus shifts. 2017-18 offense prediction: 14th (106.4)

2016-17 defense: T-17th (106.4)

Here is where Middleton changes everything. The Bucks can trot out either Brogdon or Delly at the point, with a wing of Snell, Middleton and Giannis Antetokounmpo. Thon Maker lacks strength and Greg Monroe mobility, but neither is bad enough to stop this unit from being elite. 2017-18 defense prediction: 6th (104.3)

Detroit Pistons

2016-17 offense: 25th (103.3)

Despite a middling offseason, this may be the East’s most improved offense. Avery Bradley, Luke Kennard, Anthony Tolliver and Langston Galloway are all better shooters than anyone who was on the team last year, and a healthy Reggie Jackson gives them a completely different baseline. 2017-18 offense prediction: 15th (106.0)

2016-17 defense: 11th (105.3)

Bradley is a minor upgrade over Caldwell-Pope, but the loss of Aron Baynes hurts. Overall, development from Andre Drummond and Stanley Johnson should make this a better unit, but not by much. 2017-18 defense prediction: 12th (105.0)

Indiana Pacers

2016-17 offense: 15th (106.2)

This unit will not plummet despite the loss of George. Darren Collison and Cory Joseph cancel out Teague. Oladipo is a more natural fit in Indy than he has ever been anywhere. Most importantly, Myles Turner is a terrific leap candidate. They still got worse, but not by a ton. 2017-18 offense prediction: 18th (105.3)

2016-17 defense: T-15th (106.3)

I have less faith in Nate McMillan to cobble together a decent defense than a decent offense. Though Turner should improve and Joseph and Oladipo are solid additions, the loss of George will be more impactful here. 2017-18 defense prediction: 22nd (107.6)

Chicago Bulls

2016-17 offense: T-2oth (104.6)

Whereas the Pacers are in position to somewhat survive the loss of George, scoring will be impossible for the Butler-less Bulls. Butler was a terrible fit with Wade and Rajon Rondo, but keeping one of the three — even Rondo — would have been nice for a team suddenly deprived of alphas. With LaVine still injured, their go-to scorer will be Justin Holiday. 2017-18 offense prediction: 30th (100.5)

2016-17 defense: T-6th (104.5)

The theoretical inverse of George leaving Indy, losing Butler should not completely tank this defense personnel-wise. Holiday is an upgrade over Wade, and Kris Dunn over Rondo. But then you remember that this offense and team will be dreadful and tanking, and that Freg Hoiberg is the head coach. 2017-18 defense prediction: T-20th (107.0)

 

Atlantic Division

Boston Celtics

2016-17 offense: 8th (108.6)

There is virtually no scenario in which Irving matches Thomas’ regular season production from last year, but him and Hayward add up to significantly more than Thomas and Crowder. That being said, Baynes and Marcus Morris are a downgrade from Amir Johnson and Kelly Olynyk, and Bradley’s spacing was never properly replaced. 2017-18 offense prediction: 10th (108.2)

2016-17 defense: 12th (105.5)

Morris and Baynes are better than Olynyk and Johnson on this end, and Irving is theoretically better than Thomas. Bradley and Crowder are big losses, but strong defenders (Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart and Hayward) will fill the majority of those minutes. 2017-18 defense prediction: 11th (104.9)

Toronto Raptors

2016-17 offense: 6th (109.8)

Despite its top-end talent, this unit got to No. 6 in the league with its depth. The starting/closing lineup will be similar, but the loss of Cory Joseph and Patrick Patterson will lead to some regression, as will Kyle Lowry’s age. 2017-18 offense prediction: 9th (108.4)

2016-17 defense: T-8th (104.9)

DeMarre Carroll, Tucker and Patterson are three big defensive names to lose, but what will the overall impact be? Carroll was unhealthy last season, Tucker played in only 24 games and Patterson is being replaced by Ibaka. Combine that with increased roles for Norman Powell, Delon Wright and Pascal Siakam, and this defense should actually be better. 2017-18 defense prediction: T-8th (104.5)

Philadelphia 76ers

2016-17 offense: 30th (100.7)

If healthy, this offense should score at a league average clip. Redick, Robert Covington, Dario Saric and Joel Embiid provide solid spacing, while Ben Simmons and Markelle Fultz should be a capable ball-handling duo. Without Embiid, they fall to the 20s, but Simmons’ playmaking still keeps them afloat. Both are injury risks; I’m assuming 82 games total. 2017-18 offense prediction: 22nd (104.4)

2016-17 defense: T-17th (106.4)

It took only 33 Embiid appearances to get this defense close to league average over the entirety of last season. The supporting cast (Redick, Amir Johnson, Simmons) is better, and if Embiid is healthy all year, this is a top-five unit. Cut that in half, and Philly still gets 41 games of top-five defense. 2017-18 defense prediction: 13th (105.1)

New York Knicks

2016-17 offense: T-18th (104.7)

Tim Hardaway Jr. is a significant upgrade over Justin Holiday. With a productive Frank Ntilikina or a return to form from Ramon Sessions, this offense should be better. Those are closer to prayer’s than “ifs,” though. 2017-18 offense prediction: 26th (103.3)

2016-17 defense: 25th (108.8)

There’s sneaky potential for growth here. Ntilikina is more likely to contribute sooner on this end. Kristaps Porzingis may make the leap from talented to impactful that young bigs often do in Year 3. Joakim Noah cannot be much worse, and if he is, that just means more Willy Hernangomez. Losing Melo will  help as well. 2017-18 defense prediction: 24th (107.7)

Brooklyn Nets

2016-17 offense: 28th (101.9)

Lopez is a superior offensive player to anyone remaining on Brooklyn’s roster. However, Kenny Atkinson’s offense is predicated on pace and quantity of three pointers, something that this year’s roster is far better suited for with Allen Crabbe, D’Angelo Russell and Carroll. A healthy Jeremy Lin should improve things further. 2017-18 offense prediction: 25th (103.6)

2016-17 defense: T-22nd (108.0)

Russell and Crabbe poaching minutes from Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Caris LeVert could hurt, but the switch from Lopez to Timofey Mozgov will help. Not much should change here, unless Jarrett Allen can be an impact shot blocker right away or Hollis-Jefferson takes a step from good to great. 2017-18 defense prediction: T-25th (108.0)

 

Southeast Division

Washington Wizards

2016-17 offense: 9th (108.5)

The Wizards’ bench woes may be cured, with Tim Frazier, Jodie Meeks, an improved Kelly Oubre, Jr., Mike Scott and Ian Mahinmi/Jason Smith forming a solid scoring unit in theory. If injuries and regression take over, expect similar efficiency to last year. The median outcome is better, though. 2017-18 offense prediction: 7th (109.2)

2016-17 defense: 20th (106.9)

Personnel wise, this defense is not bad: John Wall, Bradley Beal and Markieff Morris are above average, Otto Porter, Jr. and Marcin Gortat are average, Oubre and Mahinmi are solid and Brooks is a defensive coach. His improved bench should help him get better effort, and early results could lead to permanent buy-in. This sounds like a best-case scenario, but is realistic based purely on talent and coaching. 2017-18 defense prediction: 17th (105.9)

Miami Heat

2016-17 offense: 16th (105.2)

Dion Waiters, Goran Dragic and James Johnson should regress, but Josh Richardson, Tyler Johnson and Justise Winslow should improve/be healthier. Add in 24 minutes from Kelly Olynyk, a skilled offensive big who fits the roster well, and this is an improved unit. 2017-18 offense prediction: 16th (105.9)

2016-17 defense: 5th (104.1)

Replacing Willie Reed with Olynyk will hurt, but not much should change here. Miami has the personnel—Winslow, Richardson, Johnson & Johnson, Hassan Whiteside, even Waiters and Bam Adebayo—along with the coach in Spo to remain extremely stingy. 2017-18 defense prediction: 7th (104.4)

Charlotte Hornets

2016-17 offense: 14th (106.4)

Despite its No. 14 ranking, Charlotte does not have an above average offense due — it was unable to score late in games. The roster is similar if not better, but any regression from Walker’s career year will damage a unit relies on him far too heavily. 2017-18 offense prediction: 17th (105.8)

2016-17 defense: 14th (106.1)

This number is sturdier, and also in for a greater uptick. Kemba Walker, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Marvin Williams are all capable defenders, and adding Dwight Howard and a healthier Cody Zeller to the mix should get this unit back to where it was two years ago. 2017-18 defense prediction: 10th (104.8)

Orlando Magic

2016-17 offense: 29th (101.2)

While the Magic lack the high-end talent to make a substantial leap, some improvement is inevitable due to their depth. Marreese Speights, Shelvin Mack and Arron Afflalo add shooting, speed and creation, while Jonathon Simmons and Jonathan Isaac add shooting and athleticism in theory. Terrence Ross is a lesser player than Ibaka, but is far better for this team. Elfrid Payton should improve, and Aaron Gordon can only. 2017-18 offense prediction: 27th (103.2)

2016-17 defense: 24th (108.1)

Improvement is not as guaranteed here, but if there is a leap, it will be on this end. The team has plenty of natural defenders, and most are young. Simmons gives them a real wing stopper. Vogel is still Vogel — or at least has another year to prove it, in my book. 2017-18 defense prediction: 19th (106.3)

Atlanta Hawks

2016-17 offense: 27th (102.3)

A No. 27 rating, minus Paul Millsap and Dwight Howard, plus Ersan Ilyasova and Dewayne Dedmon? Coach Bud is the only reason this unit will sniff a point per possession, and the Bulls point guard rotation is the only reason they won’t finish 30th. 2017-18 offense prediction: 29th (100.7)

2016-17 defense: 4th (103.1)

Millsap is an all-world defender, and covered up for a group that secretly lacked strong one-on-one stoppers. Dedmon is an upgrade over Howard, and one of Dennis Schroder or Taurean Prince should start to come into their potential. The drop here will be smaller than on offense, but still precipitous. 2017-18 defense prediction: 15th (105.5)

 

Offensive Ratings

  1. Golden State Warriors (113.5)
  2. Houston Rockets (113.0)
  3. Denver Nuggets (110.7)
  4. Oklahoma City Thunder (110.6)
  5. Cleveland Cavaliers (110.4)
  6. San Antonio Spurs (109.4)
  7. Washington Wizards (109.2)
  8. Minnesota Timberwolves (108.9)
  9. Toronto Raptors (108.4)
  10. Boston Celtics (108.2)
  11. Los Angeles Clippers (107.9)
  12. Los Angeles Lakers (107.7)
  13. Portland Trail Blazers (107.2)
  14. Milwaukee Bucks (106.4)
  15. Detroit Pistons (106.0)
  16. Miami Heat (105.9)
  17. Charlotte Hornets (105.8)
  18. Indiana Pacers (105.3)
  19. Memphis Grizzlies (105.2)
  20. Dallas Mavericks (105.1)
  21. Phoenix Suns (104.4)
  22. Philadelphia 76ers (104.4)
  23. New Orleans Pelicans (104.1)
  24. Utah Jazz (103.8)
  25. Brooklyn Nets (103.6)
  26. New York Knicks (103.3)
  27. Orlando Magic (103.2)
  28. Sacramento Kings (102.5)
  29. Atlanta Hawks (100.7)
  30. Chicago Bulls (100.5)

 

Defensive Ratings

  1. Golden State Warriors (102.0)
  2. Utah Jazz (103.3)
  3. Oklahoma City Thunder (103.4)
  4. San Antonio Spurs (104.0)
  5. New Orleans Pelicans (104.1)
  6. Milwaukee Bucks (104.3)
  7. Miami Heat (104.4)
  8. Toronto Raptors (104.5)
  9. Houston Rockets (104.5)
  10. Charlotte Hornets (104.8)
  11. Boston Celtics (104.9)
  12. Detroit Pistons (105.0)
  13. Philadelphia 76ers (105.1)
  14. Dallas Mavericks (105.4)
  15. Atlanta Hawks (105.5)
  16. Memphis Grizzlies (105.7)
  17. Washington Wizards (105.9)
  18. Minnesota Timberwolves (106.2)
  19. Orlando Magic (106.3)
  20. Portland Trail Blazers (107.0)
  21. Chicago Bulls (107.0)
  22. Indiana Pacers (107.6)
  23. Cleveland Cavaliers (107.7)
  24. New York Knicks (107.7)
  25. Brooklyn Nets (108.0)
  26. Los Angeles Clippers (108.0)
  27. Sacramento Kings (108.0)
  28. Denver Nuggets (108.5)
  29. Phoenix Suns (109.1)
  30. Los Angeles Lakers (110.3)