NBA Power Rankings: Where Every Team Stands After 2024 Trade Deadline


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Previous Rank: 3
Net Rating: +7.9
The Oklahoma City Thunder are in the midst of one of their more human stretches, going 3-3 in their last six, with the wins coming against the Nikola Jokić-less Denver Nuggets, the Charlotte Hornets and Toronto Raptors.
On Tuesday, they closed out their week with a loss to the Utah Jazz in which they were outscored by 14 points in the second half.
But it’s not like it’s time to ring any alarm bells or anything. OKC is still very much in the mix for first place in the West, and with Joel Embiid set to fall short of the 65-game minimum required to win MVP, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander suddenly looks like the top threat to Jokić for the game’s highest individual honor.
He’s currently second in Basketball Reference’s MVP Tracker (“based on a model built using previous voting results”), averaging 31.1 points, trailing only Embiid in estimated plus-minus.


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