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Top 10 NBA Team Predictions 2022-2023 Rankings

Ranking the NBA Team Projections for this upcoming 2022-2023 NBA Season

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By Fan Rankings | September 26, 2022 - 03:00 PM

The 2022-23 NBA season is just around the corner as the calendar month of September closes and fall begins to set in.

As the excitement builds for some action-packed basketball on the hardwood, the expectations and excitement grows with fans and NBA experts.

After watching one of the best seasons of basketball in years last season, it is hard to know what to expect from all 30 NBA teams this season.

Nonetheless, the time has arrived to look at the Top 10 NBA Teams 2022 Preview Projection rankings before the preseason gets rolling.

 

One team expected to make a deep run during the upcoming NBA season is the reigning NBA Champions the Golden State Warriors.

The Warriors who are coming off their fourth NBA Championship since 2015 continue to have their core nucleus of All-Stars intact.

Meanwhile as the Warriors look to repeat the other 29 NBA teams improved their rosters through the NBA free agency and the 2022 NBA Draft. Here is a look at the Top 10 NBA Teams 2022 Preview Projection Rankings.




Honorable Mention

Memphis Grizzlies

Landing just outside of the Top 10 NBA Teams 2022 Preview Projection rankings list is the Memphis Grizzlies.

After finishing the 2021-22 NBA season in second place within the Western Conference with a 56-26 record, high expectations are set entering the upcoming season.

With Ja Morant on the floor, the Grizzlies are an exciting team to watch, however the lack of adding another All-Star to their roster in an ERA of the Big 3 concept will come back to hurt them.

In addition, a few of the other Western Conference teams will return healthy lineups and retooled lineups this season.




Minnesota Timberwolves

It’s hard not to like what the Minnesota Timberwolves have done to their roster heading into the upcoming 2022-23 NBA schedule.

The addition of Rudy Gobert to a roster that already included one of the best big men in the game in Karl-Anthony Towns, gives the team a twin tower potential similar to what we saw during the 1990’s with the San Antonio Spurs.

As they miss the Top 10 teams in the NBA, much of the concern with the team is how those two All-Star will co-exist.




Top 10 NBA Team Predictions

10. Denver Nuggets

In the Top 10 NBA Teams 2022 Preview Projection rankings list is the Denver Nuggets who found a way to take home the sixth seed within the Western Conference.

A team that was dismantled by injuries while two-time NBA MVP Nikola Jokic put the team on his shoulders for the entire season.

Now as the upcoming season approaches the Nuggets added multiple additions to the team including Aaron Gordon, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, and Bones Hyland.

In addition, the team expects to land both Michael Porter Jr and Jamal Murray back into their lineup after missing most of last year including their NBA playoff games.




9. Boston Celtics

After a run to the 2021-22 NBA Finals, expectations were set extremely high for this talented Boston Celtics team entering the upcoming season.

However, after winning 51 games last season and losing to the Golden State Warriors in the Championship, the team was dealt a big blow leading into the NBA preseason.

That blow was the suspension of head coach Ime Udoka leaving big question marks with the team turning to assistant coach Joe Mazzulla.

Nonetheless the Celtics still have a good lineup including talented stars Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum to help carry the load.




8. Dallas Mavericks

With NBA All-Star and NBA MVP candidate Luka Doncic on the floor the team has a chance to compete night in and night out.

After adding Spencer Dinwiddie before the NBA trade deadline, the team was busy this off-season adding Christian Wood and JaVale McGee to give the team depth to compete within a deep Western Conference Finals.

Only question entering the upcoming season for the Mavericks is can they compete in a league where teams continue to build around two to three proven All-Stars?




7. Phoenix Suns

The Boston Celtics are not the only team dealing with offseason drama as the Phoenix Suns enter the 2022-23 with some of their own.

As the NBA preseason approaches the NBA handed down a season long suspension to the Suns owner Robert Saver over racism and misogyny conducted within the organization.

Now with news Saver is looking to sell the team, will this off-season drama impact the Suns this season. On paper the Suns have a deep roster built around Devin Booker, Deandre Ayton, and veteran All-Star point guard Chris Paul. 




6. Los Angeles Clippers

One team that has struggled to get past injuries and put their talented roster on the floor at the same over the past few seasons has been the Los Angeles Clippers.

This includes the likes of talented small forward Kawhi Leonard who continues to struggle to stay healthy year in and year out.

Despite those expectations, Leonard is healthy and ready to team up with Paul George to bounce back to compete for a playoff spot in the Western Conference.

The team also added veteran point guard John Wall who when healthy is an All-Star and Nicolas Batum to their rotation to add depth to compete.




5. Cleveland Cavaliers

After another impressive off-season, the Cleveland Cavaliers find themselves at number five on the Top 10 NBA Teams 2022 Preview Projection rankings heading into the upcoming NBA season.

As the team’s young nucleus of players continue to gel including Darius Garland and Evan Mobley, the team added All-Star shooting guard Donovan Mitchell through a trade to round out their roster.

If Mobley and Garland can take a big step forward this season, the Cavaliers could have a young big three of their own to compete.




4. Brooklyn Nets

Sometimes it only takes a superstar to carry the load and for the Brooklyn Nets it’s not just one but two superstars. While the Nets dealt with off-season drama like a few teams, All-Star Kevin Durant let go his trade demand, and now is looking to compete in 2022-23.

In addition, the Nets should have Kyrie Irving on the floor for most if not all games this season, as Covid 19 restrictions based around the vaccine/booster has been lifted in most states as well as Canada in the coming weeks.

Only dark horse entering the season is will Ben Simmons be healthy to play and can he contribute at a high level?




3. Philadelphia 76ers

On paper it is easy to slot the Philadelphia 76ers into the top spot among the Eastern Conference. The 76ers are one of few teams that have two of the best players at their position on the same roster.

Those two stars are big man Joel Embiid who is a preseason NBA MVP candidate and fellow All-Star shooting guard James Harden.

As expectations Harden will bounce back from a down year, the 76ers were able to add depth to their roster with Danuel House Jr, De’Anthony Melton, and Montrezl Harrell.




2. Milwaukee Bucks

After winning the NBA Championship just a few short seasons ago the fans of the Milwaukee Bucks are wondering if they can land another one this season.

Built around NBA All-Star and former NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Bucks have the talent to take home the top spot within the NBA Eastern Conference.

Only concern at this point is with the health of talented small forward Khris Middleton who is coming off multiple injuries including wrist surgery this summer. 




1. Golden State Warriors

After winning another NBA Championship, the Golden State Warriors are well deserving of the top spot on the Top 10 NBA Teams 2022 Preview Projection rankings list heading into the 2022-23 NBA schedule.

The team's core nucleus of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Andrew Wiggins, and Draymond Green all return.

Meanwhile young stars such as Jordan Poole and James Wiseman deliver just enough youth to keep up with the other young talented NBA teams in the Western Conference.



How would you rank these NBA Teams going into the 2022-2023 NBA Season?

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