NBA Power Rankings: Week 3
With another week in the books, here are the updated Power Rankings as we head into week 3. To see the Power Rankings from week 2, click here!
Power Rankings Week 3:
(W-L Season) followed by (W-L From previous week)
1. Miami Heat (5-2) (3-1) – Will be interesting to see if they lose more than 15 games this year.
2. San Antonio Spurs (6-1) (3-1) – Looks like they are still as good as the last several years.
3. Oklahoma City Thunder (5-2) (4-0) – As expected, the Thunder get back on the winning track.
4. New York Knicks (4-0) (2-0) – Only undefeated team in the NBA.
5. Los Angeles Lakers (3-4) (2-1) – New Head Coach, Mike D’Antoni, will look to improve the team.
6. Los Angeles Clippers (5-2) (3-1) – Through two weeks, they look like the team to beat in L.A.
7. Memphis Grizzlies (5-1) (4-0) – Very underrated team, with many good players.
8. Denver Nuggets (4-3) (4-0) – Just like that, the Nuggets bounced back.
9. Boston Celtics (3-3) (2-1) – Will probably be in cruise control most of the season.
10. Brooklyn Nets (3-2) (2-2) – Would like to see them play several games with Wallace healthy before judging them.
11. Chicago Bulls (4-2) (2-1) – Even without their star they are a tough team to beat.
12. Dallas Mavericks (4-3) (2-2) – O.J. Mayo has been the best FA signing so far. He leads the league in 3-pointers-made with a whopping 28 through 7 games.
13. Indiana Pacers (3-4) (1-3) – Granger out around three months, a huge loss for the team.
14. Utah Jazz (3-4) (2-2) – A lot of good big men on this team. They will be a playoff team.
15. Philadelphia 76′ers (4-2) (3-1) – Bynum now out likely until around New Years.
16. Minnesota Timberwolves (4-2) (3-1) – A solid team even without their two stars.
17. Atlanta Hawks (2-3) (1-2) – Very tough early schedule. They should be able to get back on track.
18. Houston Rockets (3-3) (1-2) – It will take this team another month or so, before we seeing them meshing well with each other.
19. Milwaukee Bucks (3-2) (1-2) – Pretty easy schedule to start as they beat Boston, Cleveland, and Washington.
20. New Orleans Hornets (3-2) (1-1) – Vazquez has been really good for them (8.8 APG). With an average age of 24.7 years old, this team won’t be playoff bound this year, but there is plenty of promise with Davis, Rivers, and Gordon.
21. Golden State Warriors (3-4) (1-3) – Carl Landry has been a huge bargain for the Warriors, but unfortunate injuries have hurt them early.
22. Portland Trail Blazers (2-4) (0-3) – Won’t win many games when your bench gets outscored by 59 points in one game.
23. Phoenix Suns (3-4) (2-2) – Another team with new faces that just needs some time to learn how to play basketball together.
24. Toronto Raptors (1-5) (0-3) – The injury to Lowry has been huge as he was averaging around 18/6/6 through his first four games.
25. Cleveland Cavaliers (2-5) (1-3) – Not going to win so many games, but watching Kyrie and the hot-or-cold of Waiters will be fun to watch.
26. Orlando Magic (2-4) (0-4) – And quickly back to reality they go, as the Magic lost four in a row.
27. Charlotte Bobcats (2-3) (1-2) – They will win a few games when Kemba plays like an All-Star, but that won’t happen enough this season for the Cats to make any noise.
28. Sacramento Kings (2-5) (2-2) – Cousins gets suspended two games for “confronting Spurs announcer Sean Elliott in a hostile manner,” according to Jason Jones.
29. Washington Wizards (0-5) (0-3) – Well at least Bradley Beal having a decent start to his NBA career.
30. Detroit Pistons (0-7) (0-4) – Will be interesting to see who they beat for their first win of the season.
What do you guys think of these rankings? Someone too high? too low? Leave a comment or tweet me @YoniPollak.