NBA Power Rankings: Battle for seeding priority of OKC Thunder and peers

OKC Thunder, NBA Power Rankings week 22 (Photo by Zach Beeker/NBAE via Getty Images)
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OKC Thunder, NBA Power Rankings week 22
Karl-Anthony Towns, OKC Thunder (Photo by David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images) /

86. . 32-38. Previous: 18th. Minnesota Timberwolves. 18. team

Karl-Anthony Towns is making a strong case to make an All NBA team which will net him millions. The question is should a player who can feast across the board but can’t improve those around him be rewarded with an All-NBA spot? There is no denying his talent, but after Joel Embiid and Nikola Jokic, I’d be hard pressed to not vote for Rudy Gobert who already got the All-Star shaft since he’s a defensive minded player, rather than an offensive superstar. If I’m voting I’d have a hard time not rewarding Gobert for effecting wins over personal statistics.

And therein lies the rub – until Towns improves defensively or Scott Layden finds the assets who can help improve the Wolves defensively KAT may be destined for a Wolves career similar to the Kevin’s (Love and Garnett). Love never got to the playoffs while wearing a Wolves jersey and Garnett led them to seven consecutive berths but only got past the first round once.

Schedule particulars:

Tankathon rank for schedule strength of remaining games: 2nd

Games Remaining: 12 | Home: 8 | Road: 4

  • Versus top 10 offenses: seven
  • Versus top 10 defenses: five
  • Games facing teams over .500: eight
  • Last 10 games: 5-5
  • Back to back sets: two

Key Stats:

Offensive Rating: 12th (110.7)
Defensive Rating: 24th (111.9 )
Net Differential: 20th (-1.1)

Record: 10th in WC
Home: 23-10 | Road: 9-25 | Back to back sets: 11
Versus the West: 19-22| Versus the East: 13-13

Week 22, 0-3: Lost @Nuggets, @Jazz, @Rockets
On tap for week 23:  vs. Warriors, @Hornets, @Grizziles