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Top 10 Best NBA Teams 2023-2024 Rankings Preview

Previewing the best NBA Teams for the upcoming 2023-2024 NBA Season as Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets lead the way


By admin | September 8, 2023

NBA Predictions 2023 

The countdown to the 2023-2024 NBA Season has begun as the excitement level for the upcoming season continues to rise. As the calendar rolls into September, the upcoming NBA season is less than two months away as team’s begun to prepare for a chance to compete for an NBA Championship. One of those teams is the Denver Nuggets who are looking to repeat as NBA Champions while headlining the Top 10 Best NBA Teams 2023-2024 Rankings Preview.

The Nuggets head into the 2023-24 NBA schedule returning the core nucleus of their championship team including NBA MVP candidate Nikola Jokic. Jokic continues to rank among the best players in the NBA while improving his all around game from season to season.

His unselfish style of play and knowledge of the game allows for him to make the players around him all better. As the Nuggets look to repeat, they are just one of the many top NBA teams entering the upcoming season.

Joining the Nuggets among the Top 10 teams in the NBA include the Boston Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks, Phoenix Suns, and Philadelphia 76ers.Here is a look at the Top 10 NBA Teams 2023-2024 Rankings Preview:

Honorable Mention

Golden State Warriors

Record: 44-38

Landing just outside of the Top 10 NBA Teams 2023-2024 Rankings Preview is the Golden State Warriors. While the Warriors still have top stars in Klay Thompson and Steph Curry, the team traded away young guard James Poole while acquiring veteran point guard Chris Paul and re-signing Draymond Green.

As Curry and Thompson continue to rank among the best outside shooters in the NBA, the aging roster is a major concern entering the season with a big question presenting themselves in how the team will run their offense with both Paul and Curry on the floor.

Oklahoma City Thunder

Record: 40-42

One of the potential NBA sleeper teams to watch out for entering the 2023-24 NBA Season is the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Thunder are another team loaded with talented young stars who are continuing to develop into everyday NBA players.

Headlining the list is talented point guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander who ranked among the league leaders in scoring last season after averaging 31.4 points per game to go along with 4.8 rebounds and 5.5 assists.

In addition, the team will open the door for the return of Chet Holmgren who missed all of his rookie season last year who will add depth and talent at the center position. The team also features young potential star Josh Giddey while also adding players including TyTy Washington Jr and Victor Oladipo to their roster.

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10. Cleveland Cavaliers

Record: 51-31

Coming in at number 10 on the Top 10 NBA Teams 2023-2024 Rankings Preview is the Cleveland Cavaliers who are loaded with young talent while featuring a roster that included five different players averaging at least 12 points per game last season.

Entering his second season with the Cavaliers, Donovan Mitchell is poised to help bolster the Cavaliers scoring offense while young stars such as Evan Mobley and Darius Garland continue to develop into All-Star caliber talent.

If the Cavaliers young core can take a big step forward the team has the roster talent and depth to compete among the best teams in the Eastern Conference.

9. Memphis Grizzlies

Record: 51-31

The Memphis Grizzlies are a loaded team however, their success entering the 2023-24 NBA Season will come and go with star guard Ja Morant. Morant, who will miss the start of the season after being suspended, will be called upon during his return to help bolster the Grizzlies team while making a run at the Western Conference Finals.

Despite being without Morant, the Grizzlies showed last season their depth is strong, and the talent is there to rank among the top teams in the Western Conference.

The team acquired Marcus Smart during the off-season to bring veteran leadership to the team while also extending Desmond Bane and acquiring Isaiah Todd to bolster their lineup.

8. Dallas Mavericks

Record: 38-44

Making a run at one of the top teams in the Western Conference for the upcoming 2023-24 NBA season is the Dallas Mavericks who will look to contend for an NBA Championship.

Headlining their roster is a dynamic duo within the guard lineup that includes Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving. The Mavericks tandem ranks among the best guard duo in the NBA with each star having the ability to be key scoring contributors while also having the talent to run the team’s offense.

The big question entering the season with the Mavericks comes whether the likes of Dwight Powell, Grant Williams, Tim Hardaway Jr, and Josh Green are talented enough to keep up with the rest of the best teams in the NBA.

7. Sacramento Kings

Record: 48-34

After ending the team’s long playoff drought last season, the Sacramento Kings will look to build on their success from the 2022-2023 NBA Season during the upcoming season.

The Kings are loaded with young talent including four of their potential five starters who all sit under at or under the age 27 entering the upcoming season. One of those stars is Domantas Sabonis who is coming off a season averaging 19.1 points per game to go along with 12.3 rebounds and 7.3 assists.

As Sabonis played a role on both ends of the floor, the Kings also have other stars joining him including second year star Keegan Murray, veteran Harrison Barnes, Kevin Huerter, and De’Aaron Fox. 

6. Los Angeles Lakers

Record: 43-39

Another NBA season has arrived, and the Los Angeles Lakers continue to rank the top teams to watch as LeBron James looks to take home another NBA Championship.

While the Lakers lost several key contributors during the off-season the team was able to retain other veterans and add multiple additions to join James and Anthony Davis.

This includes re-signing D’Angelo Russell, Austin Reaves, and Rui Hachimura as well as drafting Jalen Hood-Schifino and Maxwell Lewis. The team was also able to add Christian Wood to their roster to start September while shaping out what looks to be a strong team to compete in the Western

5. Philadelphia 76ers

Record: 54-28

Rounding out the top five teams on the Top 10 NBA Teams 2023-2024 Rankings Preview is the Philadelphia 76ers. The 76ers are loaded with two of the best players in the game anchoring down their lineup in the likes of Joel Embiid and James Harden.

Embiid is coming off his first NBA MVP award while ranking among the best centers in the NBA. Unfortunately, the uncertainty with Harden after demanding a trade during the off-season leaves NBA fans to wonder how much of an impact that will have heading into the season.

Nonetheless the team is loaded with talent included young shooting guard Tyrese Maxey while key offseason addition Patrick Beverley delivers defensive depth to the roster.

4. Milwaukee Bucks

Record: 58-24

As long as the Milwaukee Bucks continue to have Giannis Antetokounmpo holding down the power forward position, the Bucks are a title contender and top tier team in the Eastern Conference.

The All-Star big man is coming off averaging 30 points (31.1) for the first time in his stellar NBA career. Antetokounmpo continues to be as dynamic as any player in the league while being excellent on the glass (11.8 rebounds per game) and finding ways to get his teammates into the action.

Rounding out the very solid Bucks team is a deep roster to include guys such as Jrue Holiday and Khris Middleton as well as veterans including Bobby Portis, Brook Lopez, and Malik Beasley.

3. Phoenix Suns

Record: 45-37

The rich continue to get richer when it comes to the Phoenix Suns after acquiring Kevin Durant during last season, the Suns acquired Bradley Beal this off-season while letting go of veteran point guard Chris Paul.

As the Suns start to look to the future with Durant and Beal to be key forces in the team winning the NBA Championship, the Suns also have homegrown stars Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton to round out most of their starting roster.

As the Suns enter the season with an All-Star roster, question marks surrounding the potential to stay healthy and lack of depth on their bench are holding them back from the top spot among the best teams in the NBA.

2. Boston Celtics

Record: 57-25

It is hard to look past the Boston Celtics as one of the top teams in the NBA while having one of the best tandems with Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown anchoring down their roster.

Tatum and Brown are each coming off strong seasons while combining to average 56.7 points per game to go along with 15.7 rebounds, 7.1 assists, 2.2 steals, and 1.1 blocked shots per game.

The Celtics also made one of the biggest off-season splashes acquiring All-Star big man Kristaps Porzingis to bolster down the roster. Adding to those three weapons are veteran center Al Horford, shooting guard Malcom Brogdon, and veteran point guard Derrick White. 

1. Denver Nuggets

Record: 53-29

In at number one on the Top 10 NBA Teams 2023-2024 Rankings Preview is the reigning NBA Champions the Denver Nuggets. It is hard to find a hole in the Nuggets depth chart, one that features NBA MVP candidate Nikola Jokic.

Jokic is coming off two NBA MVP’s over the past three seasons while being the anchor of the Nuggets success. Surrounding Jokic entering the regular season is a healthy Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr who played a key role on the team last season while staying healthy.

The Nuggets were active during the offseason adding veteran point guard Reggie Jackson to supply guard depth. Entering the 2023-24 season, the Nuggets are the early favorite to repeat.

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