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Post-NBA trade deadline power rankings: Who follows Celtics in top 10?

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We’re back with the third edition of our NBA power rankings. As the dust settles on an eventful — though not crazy — trade deadline, it’s nearly impossible to properly sort the elite teams of the NBA.

But we did our best. 

(Records and statistics are through Thursday’s games.)

1. Boston Celtics (39-12) | Previous ranking: 1

Boston didn’t do anything noteworthy at the deadline, and it has looked slightly less unbeatable in recent weeks. But don’t get things twisted — this is still the best team in the NBA. It’s first in net rating (by a lot), first in threes made, first in rebounding and still 3.5 games clear of the Timberwolves and Nuggets, who are tied for the second-best record in the league. 

2. Denver Nuggets (36-16) | Previous: 4

No one would blame Denver for taking its foot off the gas after winning an NBA title last season. That hasn’t happened. Instead, Nikola Jokic and Co. have gone 11-4 in their past 15 games, are tied for first in the West and show no signs of a championship hangover. 

3. Oklahoma City Thunder (35-16) | Previous: 2

OKC dropping a spot actually has little to do with the Thunder themselves. Rather, the small step back is more because Denver is starting to look like the championship favorite out West again. OKC, though, is still right there with the Nuggets. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (31.1 PTS, 6.6 AST, league-leading 2.2 STL) has not slowed a bit, and the trade-deadline acquisition of veteran Gordon Hayward will add shooting and versatility off the bench. It’s easy to forget how young this team is when you watch them.

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