NBA Power Rankings: Luka Doncic’s heroics lead to a new No. 1

Updated: December 2, 2019

Thanks to Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks, we have a new No. 1 team as we enter the final month of the calendar year.

The Milwaukee Bucks, winners of 11 straight, leapfrog the Los Angeles Lakers this week after Doncic worked his magic Sunday afternoon in an impressive win on the Lakers’ home court. The Mavs are rolling too, victorious in seven of their past eight games.

Throughout the regular season, our panel (ESPN’s Tim MacMahon, Andre’ Snellings, Royce Young and Bobby Marks, and The Undefeated’s Marc J. Spears) is ranking all 30 teams from top to bottom, taking stock of which teams are playing the best basketball now and which teams are looking most like title contenders.

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1. Milwaukee Bucks
Record: 17-3
Week 6 ranking: 2

The Bucks just completed a November in which they won 15 of 16 games, and they currently have the longest active win streak in the NBA at 11 games. They are accomplishing this by winning the battle in the paint at both ends of the floor. The Bucks are second in the NBA in free throws attempted per game, while their opponents have shot the sixth-fewest free throws per game. The Bucks also lead the league in defensive rebounds by more than three full boards per game, while allowing the ninth-fewest offensive rebounds per game. — Snellings

This week: NY, @DET, LAC

2. Los Angeles Lakers
Record: 17-3
Week 6 ranking: 1

The Lakers just had one of the greatest months in franchise history, going 14-1 in November. December started in the opposite direction with a 114-100 home loss to Dallas on Sunday, but the Lakers still are tied with Milwaukee for the league’s best record at 17-3. The loss to the Mavericks was the first for the Lakers since Nov. 10. — Spears

This week: @DEN, @UTAH, @POR, MIN

3. LA Clippers
Record: 15-6
Week 6 ranking: 3

It was kind of a weird hiccup to lose to the Spurs, ending a seven-game winning streak for the Clippers that featured victories over the Celtics, Rockets and Mavericks. But since Paul George made his debut, the Clippers are 8-2 with a positive net rating approaching double digits. They’re 5-1 when George and Kawhi Leonard both play, which means they’re really just getting started. — Young

This week: POR, @MIL, @WSH