The NBA Power Rankings are selected by a panel of theScore's basketball editors.
This week, we take stock of where each team stands following last Thursday's trade deadline.
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Aaron Gordon makes the Nuggets' starting five even more formidable. Parting with promising prospect RJ Hampton stings, but this win-now move was necessary for Denver to solidify its standing as a championship contender.
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Landing Rajon Rondo gives the Clippers the point guard they've sought for months, and the acquisition should end their playoff woes. However, the move led to Lou Williams' departure, and losing him may weaken the Clippers' bench scoring.
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JJ Redick's arrival gives the Mavericks another long-range threat and a key veteran voice in the locker room. However, he likely won't improve their defense, which ranks near the bottom of the league.
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Pending unrestricted free agent Evan Fournier is a proven scorer (career 37.6% mark from three), and he's a source of much-needed depth. Also, Daniel Theis getting swapped for Moe Wagner is the second all-German trade in NBA history. Wunderbar.
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It was a busy few days for the Spurs, as Aldridge was bought out and Cady Lalanne's draft rights were sent to Golden State for Marquese Chriss, who was swiftly waived to make room for Memphis castaway Gorgui Dieng.
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The Knicks were part of a thrilling three-team trade that effectively amounts to an Austin Rivers-Terrance Ferguson swap, and the latter was then waived. It looks like Tom Thibodeau wants to dance with the ones that brought him.
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Rondo wasn't much use to the Hawks, and shedding his 2021-22 guaranteed deal creates wiggle room under the tax line to re-sign restricted free agent John Collins. Now for some of that Lou Will hometown cooking. Try the wings.
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Memphis is comfortable letting the team develop at its own pace, which is why the Grizzlies stood pat at the deadline. A key reinforcement is expected in late April anyway when Jaren Jackson Jr. is likely to return.
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Charlotte did virtually nothing at the deadline (apologies, Mr. Wanamaker). It's Devonte' Graham's chance to shine as the Hornets sweat LaMelo Ball's possible season-ending injury, hoping to maintain playoff spoiler status.
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Indiana didn't make any deadline moves to improve its chances at pushing for the playoffs. But the Pacers should remain in the hunt with a core of Domantas Sabonis, Myles Turner, Caris LeVert, and Malcolm Brogdon.
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Cory Joseph, Nemanja Bjelica, Mfiondu Kabengele, and Jabari Parker are gone, and Delon Wright, Moe Harkless, Chris Silva, and Terence Davis have arrived. If that does anything for you, congrats, you're a Kings fan.
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The Pelicans can taste that second play-in spot, but it's tough to gauge their hopes for this season. The team's only move was swapping Redick and Nicolo Melli for James Johnson, Wes Iwundu, and a second-rounder.
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Lowry stays, for now, leaving the Raptors in a positional purgatory between tank mode and play-in hopefuls. Their center position remains a nightmare, and buyout options are becoming increasingly grim. Kelly Olynyk, anyone?
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Acquiring Daniel Gafford won't bring Washington up from the East's bottom rungs, but the hope is the 22-year-old can offer much-needed stability at center. He'll be competing with Alex Len and Robin Lopez for minutes.
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Thunder architect Sam Presti adding more draft capital was the one lock prior to the trade deadline. However, he wasn't able to trade Al Horford, who will now get paid to sit out the rest of the season.
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After a tame deadline, Timberwolves fans can at least still be excited about Anthony Edwards. With LaMelo Ball potentially out for a while, Ant-Man is the new front-runner for Rookie of the Year honors.
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Disney World departures for Vucevic, Gordon, Fournier, and Al-Farouq Aminu signal an imperative face-lift for a threadbare Magic club in full-fledged Fade for Cade/Lowly for Mobley/Failing for Jalens mode.
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The Pistons acquired a possible building block in Hamidou Diallo from the Thunder. The stretch run should also give Detroit a chance to see how youngsters Saddiq Bey and Isaiah Stewart fare in larger roles.
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An underwhelming return for Oladipo has left Houston even more depleted. The fan base's only hope is for draft lottery balls to bounce the right way. The Rockets aren't cleared for takeoff.