NBA Power Rankings as of 11/2

The NBA is finally back! We finally get to watch basketball again. The first week of the season has been filled with amazing performances, breakthrough players, and disappointments from some of the most hyped teams.

We will continue with weekly updates to the Power Rankings as the season rolls on with breakdowns on the top 10.

1. Cleveland Cavaliers (4-0)

The biggest news out of the Cavaliers this season is a very poor take by Skip Bayless on LeBron’s legacy. The Cavs are 4-0, have taken care of business against the Knicks and Raptors, and are looking like defending champs, without question. LeBron seems to be gunning for another MVP trophy, and that ghost that played in Chicago.

2. San Antonio Spurs (4-1)

Coach Pop continues to make people who doubt the Spurs look like clowns. On opening night, the Spurs went into Oracle and dominated the league’s super team of the century. Kawhi Leonard has taken another huge step forward, which seemed almost impossible after his 2015-16 campaign. He finished 2nd in MVP voting last year, so maybe Kawhi has bigger plans for this season.

3. Golden State Warriors

I think all of us NBA fans thoroughly enjoyed the wooping the Spurs put on the Warriors on opening night. I think it will actually be a blessing for the Warriors for the rest of the season. The focus of the whole NBA media was on the dynasty that they saw forming in Oakland. Since the Spurs game, we haven’t heard much of anything, even after winning three straight. Their talent is enough to keep them in the conversation all year, and now a lot of the pressure seems to have been relieved. 

4. LA Clippers (3-0)

You know what you get with the Clip show, even before they take the court. They have the most seasoned, veteran point guard surrounded by some of th most athletic bigs in the NBA. That alone puts them in the NBA elite. The regular season means very little to this team, though. They are already looking forward to putting their postseason woes behind them.

5. Chicago Bulls (3-0)

The Bulls have been a pleasant surprise to start the season. The new look Bulls have beaten both the Pacers and the Celtics, two of the top competitors in the East, and beaten them pretty handily. Dwyane Wade may have been the veteran presence the team needed to function with the young, talented Jimmy Butler and Ramon Rondo, a talented point guard who has had his troubles with teams in the past. They’ve looked good to start the season, but we will have to see if that stellar play continues.

6. Atlanta Hawks (3-0)

The most consistent team throughout the  NBA the last two seasons, the Hawks have gotten off to a 3-0 start to the 2016-17 season. While none of those wins are overall impressive, it is impressive in that they had to replace Al Horford, one of the most consistent and efficient centers in the league, with Dwight Howard, arguably the most talented but inconsistent center in the league. Big ups to the Hawks for continuing their quest to play fundamentally sound basketball.

7. Oklahoma City Thunder (3-0)

Russell Westbrook hasn’t disappointed thus far. He’s averaging a stupid 38.7 pts, 12.3 rebs and 11.7 asts. Unreal. He is the key the OKC’s success, and he is taking that responsibility full stride. Two huge games are upcoming for them, traveling to the Clippers and the Warriors. You bet we are looking forward to that Russ vs. KD matchup at Oracle

8. Detroit Pistons (3-1)

The Pistons were looking like real competitors before people found out Reggie Jackson was missing a lot of time to begin the season. But the Pistons are showing their goals aren’t changing. Ish Smith has been good enough in his time replacing Jackson, which has led the Pistons to a 3-1 record to start the year. Detroit hopes Smith can continue to keep them on the rails while they await Reggie’s return.

9. Toronto Raptors (2-1)

Their only loss came to the Cavs, so no real reason to panic. However, the Raptors goals are to get past the Cavs this year. If the Raptors want to improve past the Eastern Conference Finals this year, they will most likely have to go through the Cavaliers. They’re going to need to play their best against the elite to be among the elite.

10. Boston Celtics (2-1)

The Celtics are in full contend mode this year. They’re out to compete for a title. They are young, play great defense, and have a young, bright head coach at the helm in Brad Stevens. They get their chance to prove their legitimate competitors their next two games, playing the Bulls and Cavs.

11. Charlotte Hornets

12. Portland Trailblazers

13. Miami Heat

14. Utah Jazz

15. Memphis Grizzlies

16. Houston Rockets 

17. Indiana Pacers

18. Minnesota Timberwolves

19. Sacramento Kings

20. Milwaukee Bucks

21. Denver Nuggets

22. Orlando Magic

23. New York Knicks

24. Brooklyn Nets

25. Dallas Mavericks

26. Washington Wizards

27. New Orleans

28. Los Angeles Lakers

29. Phoenix Suns

30. Philadelphia 76ers

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