NBA Power Rankings: Push for the Playoffs

30. Houston Rockets (14-39)

Last Week: Beat Dallas, Lost to LA Clippers, Lost to Golden State
Upcoming Games: @ Suns, vs. Pacers, vs. Nuggets

Even with John Wall and Christian Wood back in the lineup, it couldn’t prevent the Rockets from dropping two-straight and eight of the last 10. With Wood being both somewhat injury prone and the team’s most precious asset, it makes sense for Houston to secure him in bubble wrap.

Let him sit out the rest of the season, and hit the reset button once the NBA Draft occurs. Wood is a fantastic building block, and could pair with virtually any of the rumored top-four from this year’s draft (Evan Mobley, Cade Cunningham, Jalen Green, Jalen Suggs).

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29. Minnesota Timberwolves (14-40)

Last Week: Lost to Indiana, Lost to Boston, Beat Chicago
Upcoming Games: vs. Nets, vs. Bucks, vs. Heat 

Minnesota’s season effectively was tanked from the moment Karl-Anthony Towns sat out with effects from COVID-19. D’Angelo Russell’s been out for the majority of the year — though it appears at this point that Anthony Edwards has taken the mantle from Russell as the No. 2 guy next to Towns.

This year is effectively a wash — though Minnesota should continue to foster the chemistry-building between their two franchise building blocks. The best possible scenario for the Wolves would be moving on from Russell in favor of an unselfish playmaking guard. Cunningham or the Minnesota native Suggs would be a perfect fit.

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