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While the attention of the NBA is squarely on the two teams running away in the Western Conference, the Milwaukee Bucks and Atlanta Hawks have quietly turned things around after slow starts. Meanwhile, Mike Malone has seen the Denver Nuggets without MVP Nikola Jokić. It is a sight befitting a Halloween horror flick, as the creature is hideous, but you dare not look away.

There is one small change to the top five of the NBA Power Rankings through six weeks, one that is certain to baffle and bewilder. That’s appropriate because most of this season has been big on both of those sensations. The Phoenix Suns lost at home to the Sacramento Kings on Oct. 27. It’s significant because it’s the last time the Suns lost a game. Phoenix ran its winning streak to 16 games with a victory at Brooklyn on Nov. 27. Next up on Nov. 30: A date with the Golden State Warriors, an NBA-best 17-2.

You may want to circle the calendar for that one. These rankings come from adjusted ratings (garbage time filtered out) and an evaluation of team victories. Toss it in a pan, stir vigorously, then simmer on low heat for 45 minutes. Wait, no, that’s the spaghetti sauce recipe. Whoops. On with the rankings.

Playing for ping-pong balls

Jae'Sean Tate and the Houston Rockets won two games last week, which is one more than they won in the first five combined.
Jae’Sean Tate and the Houston Rockets won two games last week, which is one more than they won in the first five combined. | Carmen Mandato/Getty Images

30. Detroit Pistons (4–15, 29th last week)
29. Orlando Magic (4–17, 27th)
28. Houston Rockets (3–16, 30th)
27. Oklahoma City Thunder (6–13, 28th)
26. New Orleans Pelicans (5–17, 25th)

The Pelicans have returned to the kids’ table despite a stunning win over the Jazz at Salt Lake City on Nov. 26. On the second night of the hope-the-baseball-series-scheduling-goes-away-soon back-to-back in Utah, the Jazz stepped on the bills of the Pellies. Hard. The Rockets jumped up a couple of spots by *checking notes* winning more games in four days than in the previous five weeks.

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25. Los Angeles Lakers (10–11, 26th last week)
24. San Antonio Spurs (5–13, 24th)
23. Memphis Grizzlies (9–10, 19th)
22. Sacramento Kings (8–12, 23rd)
21. Dallas Mavericks (10–8, 22nd)

The Lakers. So many pixels dedicated to detailing what is wrong in LA. But they’re just a bad defensive team suffering from a lack of urgency at the quarter-pole of the NBA season. The Grizzlies are hoping for good news on Ja Morant’s sprained knee. With Morant, they’re a fun team to watch despite a dreadful defense. Without him? Just an awful defense. As for Dallas? Either the metrics are going to adjust to how often the Mavs win, or the losses will catch up to the metrics. Up to now, they’ve been luckier than good.

Livin’ on a play-in

Monte Morris sums up how the last couple of weeks have gone for the banged-up Denver Nuggets.
Monte Morris sums up how the last couple of weeks have gone for the banged-up Denver Nuggets. | Abbie Parr/Getty Images

20. Denver Nuggets (9–10, 8th last week)
19. Toronto Raptors (9–11, 13th)
18. Cleveland Cavaliers (10–10, 17th)
17. Minnesota Timberwolves (10–10, 20th)
16. Philadelphia 76ers (10–10, 15th)

The Nuggets are the winners of this week’s “Life comes at you fast” award. Denver lost two straight before Jokić sprained his wrist. Without the reigning NBA MVP, they’ve gone 0–4 and been outscored by an average of 16.3 points. The season-ending injury to PJ Dozier, the long-term back problems of Michael Porter Jr., and the continued absence of rehabbing Jamal Murray don’t help the situation. Minnesota is doing some frisky things lately, and the 76ers got Joel Embiid back, so good news there.

Bottom of the bracket

15. Washington Wizards (13–7, 11th last week)
14. Charlotte Hornets (13–9, 16th)
13. New York Knicks (11–9, 12th)
12. Boston Celtics (10–10, 10th)
11. Brooklyn Nets (14–6, 14th)

So, a show of hands from everyone who had the Wizards and Nets as elite defensive teams in the NBA? Anyone with their hands up is not truthful, but they’re No. 1 and No. 2 in adjusted effective field goal percentage. But Washington is hurting itself with turnovers, and Brooklyn continues to get annihilated on the glass. The Celtics can seem like they’ve figured something out, then they score 88 points in a loss to the Spurs.

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Khris Middleton's return from health and safety protocols has the Milwaukee Bucks climbing the NBA Power Rankings.
Khris Middleton’s return from health and safety protocols has the Milwaukee Bucks climbing the NBA Power Rankings. | Patrick McDermott/Getty Images

10. Milwaukee Bucks (12–8, 21st last week)
9. Atlanta Hawks (11–10, 18th)
8. Chicago Bulls (13-8. 4th)
7. Los Angeles Clippers (11–8, 7th)
6. Portland Trail Blazers (10–10, 6th)

Say hello to the two biggest upward movers of the week. The Bucks have run off six straight wins. Khris Middleton was missed, while Bobby Portis might be playing the best ball of his NBA career. As for the Hawks? Their loss to the Knicks on Nov. 27 snapped a seven-game winning streak, a run that started with a rout of Milwaukee. The Bulls are showing some cracks in the façade, notably at the defensive end. They play with their hands instead of their feet far too often. Only Minnesota surrenders free throws at a higher rate.

5. Indiana Pacers

9–12, 9th last week

Call the Indiana Pacers the anti-Mavericks. Either Indiana will start winning to its metrics, or their numbers will regress to the mediocre record. But consider that the Pacers are in the top 10 in the NBA in effective field goal percentage on both ends of the court, crash their glass and close out possessions with defensive boards at a solid rate. Those are all winning attributes. The Pacers are another team that hurts itself with fouls too often, which is how you end up 9–12 with metrics that say you should be 12–9.

4. Phoenix Suns

Devin Booker is doing his share of the dirty work for the Phoenix Suns, who have the NBA's longest winning streak this season up to 16 games.
Devin Booker (1) is doing his share of the dirty work for the Phoenix Suns, who have the NBA’s longest winning streak this season up to 16 games. | Elsa/Getty Images

17–3, 5th last week

A shoutout to the 1971–72 LA Lakers feels appropriate. The Phoenix Suns are on a 16-game winning streak and still aren’t even halfway to the NBA record of 33 the Lakers set 50 years ago. Phoenix has some rebounding issues to deal with, but they’ve had banged-up bigs all year.

Deandre Ayton missed six games with a lower-leg bruise, and backups Frank Kaminsky and JaVale McGee are dealing with injuries now. Dario Šarić is still recovering from the torn ACL he sustained during the NBA Finals. But with Chris Paul and Devin Booker patrolling the backcourt, they give the Suns a chance every night.

3. Miami Heat

13–7, 3rd last week

The Miami Heat went 2–2 on their road trip, winning at Detroit and Chicago and losing to the Wizards and Timberwolves. Jimmy Butler’s 3-point shooting never did show up on the flight from Philadelphia in July 2019, which is one of the oddest NBA regressions of recent years. He does enough good things that it doesn’t matter. It’s more encouraging that Duncan Robinson is 12-of-32 from deep in his last three games.

2. Utah Jazz

Despite Donovan Mitchell's shooting woes, the Utah Jazz are posting dominant numbers.
Despite Donovan Mitchell’s shooting woes, the Utah Jazz are posting dominant numbers. | Chris Gardner/Getty Images

13–7, 2nd last week

Yes, the Utah Jazz stubbed their toe on the Pelicans. They atoned with a blowout of New Orleans the next night. Donovan Mitchell isn’t shooting well. He’s got enough of a history to surmise this is a slump rather than an alarming trend. On the other hand, Jordan Clarkson is forcing some things. Shooting 37.5% overall and 28.2% from 3-point range coupled with the second-highest usage rate on the roster is a concern for the second unit.

1. Golden State Warriors

17–2, 1st last week

The Golden State Warriors have won six in a row and 13 of 14. Their showdown at Phoenix on Nov. 30 shapes up to have the top spot in the Western Conference at stake. The Warriors are No. 2 in offensive efficiency and No. 1 at the defensive end, adjusted for garbage time (and they’ve had a considerable amount). Golden State also has the best effective field goal percentage in the NBA and is second-best at controlling the defensive boards.

The Warriors are doing many things right, and they’re counting down days instead of months before Klay Thompson is ready to play again. If one were to search for a flaw, they would tend to turn the ball over too much. But it hasn’t stopped them in the past, and it doesn’t appear to be doing so now.

Statistics courtesy of Basketball Reference and Cleaning the Glass.

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The Society of Composers and Lyricists (SCL) announced today the nominees for the 2024 SCL Awards. Many of the contenders reflect the Oscar shortlist that was also announced today. The nominees include songwriters Billie Eilish, Olivia Rodrigo, Lenny Kravitz, Diane Warren, and Jon Batiste who earned spots on the Oscar shortlist for Best Original Song. […]

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Deontay Wilder Net Worth: Career Earnings, Biggest Fight Purse & Endorsement Deals Of ‘The Bronze Bomber’

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Deontay Wilder Net Worth: Career Earnings, Biggest Fight Purse & Endorsement Deals Of ‘The Bronze Bomber’ – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Here is everything you need to know about the single hardest puncher in boxing and the former world heavyweight champion, Deontay Wilder. This includes his net worth, career earnings and endorsement deals.

Deontay Wilder Net Worth

Deontay Wilder has been a professional boxer since his debut back in November 2008. He has been boxing consistently for over 15 years straight now in the pro ranks, earning more and more money as his career has progressed up to world level.

The 1985-born boxing superstar is one of the most fearsome punchers the sport of boxing has ever seen. Deontay Wilder’s boxing record consists of 43 wins – 42 of which have come via knockout. The only man to go the distance with ‘The Bronze Bomber’ was Bermane Stiverne, who Wilder then knocked out in a round in their rematch.

As of December 2023, it is reported that Deontay Wilder’s net worth is somewhere in the region of $30 million (source: Celebrity Net Worth).

Of course, given the fact the Alabama man is supremely wealthy, he likes his fair share of luxury items too. Wilder has acquired real estate, expensive jewelry, flashy cars and various other assets that have contributed to his riches.

Wilder reportedly has eight kids in total from various relationships, including one with his current girlfriend Telli Swift. Evidently a fair amount of Wilder’s earnings in the ring is used on providing for his big family and loved ones. Be sure to see Deontay Wilder’s net worth continue to grow for the remainder of his career, as long as that lasts.

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Deontay Wilder Career Earnings

After 46 professional boxing fights, Deontay Wilder’s biggest fight purse is reported to have been around $28 million (source: Forbes). This was reportedly how much ‘The Bronze Bomber’ earned for his rematch bout with Tyson Fury back in February 2020.

Wilder went into the fight as the marginal favorite with the best offshore sportsbooks, given that he was still the reigning champion following his draw with Fury 14 months prior. Despite getting conclusively knocked out in Round 7 of the fight, this still remains the biggest purse of Wilder’s career to date.

Deontay Wilder has reportedly earned a total sum of around $95 million in his professional boxing career from his debut up to now. This is right up there with the likes of heavyweight rivals Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury, and is more than the likes of Ryan Garcia, Gervonta Davis and Terence Crawford.

The 2008 Beijing Olympic Bronze Medallist has been earnings even figure purses ever since he became world heavyweight champion back in January 2015. Of his last 10 fights, just one has been less than seven figures (Washington – $900k). In fact, Wilder has earned around $80 million just from his last five fights.

See the full table below for a detailed breakdown of the purses Deontay Wilder has received for his last 10 fights. All in all, it is fair to say that the 38-year-old isn’t short of a dollar or two. His net worth, salary and fight purses will continue to rise as his career rolls on at world level.

Deontay Wilder Fight Purses (Last 10):

Fight Fight Purse
Deontay Wilder vs Robert Helenius $10 million
Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury 3 $12 million
Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury 2 $28 million
Deontay Wilder vs Luis Ortiz 2 $20 million
Deontay Wilder vs Dominic Breazeale $10 million
Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury $10 million
Deontay Wilder vs Luis Ortiz $2 million
Deontay Wilder vs Bermane Stiverne 2 $1.4 million
Deontay Wilder vs Gerald Washington $900,000
Deontay Wilder vs Chris Arreola $1.4 million

Deontay Wilder purse info per Sports Payouts & Sporting News

Deontay Wilder Endorsements & Sponsorship

Although the vast majority of Deontay Wilder’s earnings comes from prize fighting, he also earns an extremely lucrative sum of money outside of the ring. These vast endorsement deals from outside of the ring are a big player in boosting Wilder’s net worth and salary.

The 1985-born boxing phenom’s biggest endorsement deal as of today is his partnership with Everlast. Wilder has shown great loyalty to Everlast for several years during his boxing career, and still sports their boxing gear to this day. He also regularly uses Everlast boxing gloves in the ring for his world title fights, as well as during training camps.

Some of Deontay Wilder’s other endorsements include his partnerships with PureKana CBD, Raising Cane’s and IHC Crypto. There is not much else known about Wilder’s endorsements and sponsors outside of his career as a boxer.

All in all, Deontay Wilder’s various sponsorships certainly help boost his net worth. Per Forbes, he reportedly earns an estimated $500,000 per annum through endorsements. Ultimately though it is punching people in the face for a living that pays ‘The Bronze Bomber’ the most money.

Be sure to claim the various sports betting apps bonuses and boxing free bets available on the SportsLens site ahead of Deontay Wilder’s next fight.

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Title: Deontay Wilder Net Worth: Career Earnings, Biggest Fight Purse & Endorsement Deals Of ‘The Bronze Bomber’
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