NBA Power Rankings: Can Lakers, Nets flip the switch for the stretch run?

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30. Orlando Magic

Quietly, the Orlando Magic have been playing the tanking game strong. I’m not saying they’re purposely tanking but this team is now on track to pick No. 1 overall in the 2022 NBA Draft. It would be a huge development for the franchise should they actually get the pick.

The Magic need some momentum to boost their rebuild and landing the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s NBA Draft could be exactly that.

29. Detroit Pistons

The Detroit Pistons appear destined for another high pick and they desperately need one. The good news is that it appears Jerami Grant is going to be a part of this team’s rebuild, at least for the time being.

Grant gives the Pistons another piece that they can hold on to and build around.