NBA Power Rankings: Lakers eyeing big move; Clippers are broken?

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In the latest edition of our NBA Power Rankings, the Los Angeles Lakers are looking to make a big move and the LA Clippers might be broken.

Through nearly the first month of the NBA season, there’s been a large enough sample size that we can start to draw a few conclusions from teams. Right now, two of the bigger storylines in the NBA revolve around what’s taking place in Los Angeles.

For the Los Angeles Lakers, they have the look of a team that needs to make another big move before the NBA Trade Deadline if they want to have any shot at winning the 2024 NBA Championship. With Zach LaVine likely to hit the trade block before the deadline, you can’t help but wonder if he’s a star-level talent that the Lakers end up targeting. The answer to that question should be answered soon.

The LA Clippers have big problems of their own. After making the big move for James Harden, the Clippers are struggling mightily to make all the pieces of the puzzle fit. From an outside perspective, it appears as if the Clippers might be broken. The good news is that they have time to figure things out but I’m not too optimistic on that front.

Nevertheless, a month of the NBA season is in the books. Let’s get to this week’s NBA Power Rankings.

30. Detroit Pistons

The Detroit Pistons won two of their first three games of the season but have not dropped 10 games in a row. While the Pistons’ struggles this season aren’t that surprising, it’s somewhat disappointing considering this was one of the young teams that many thought would be taking a tangible step forward this year.

At least for now, it seems that the Pistons are still a few years away from truly making waves in the Eastern Conference.