NBA Power Rankings: Week One

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The start of a new NBA season is like the start of a great novel, one of Tolkien proportions as the league’s main characters all begin a long journey to discovering who they are as they race towards a common goal.

The best players are all figuring out where they stand, teams are finding their identities and the pecking order is still to be established as new fan-favorites emerge like Phoenix’s from the ashes.

Last week’s Power Rankings were based off an amalgamation of their offseason moves, preseason performances and my assessment of where each team would stand as the season get underway. This week and from now on, I’ll be focusing on the seven days of basketball since the last edition of the Rankings. We’ve also included the Offensive and Defensive Ratings of each team. This is a simple measure of how many points are scored/allowed by a team per 100 possessions.

With the formalities out of the way, let’s get down and dirty with the Power Rankings after a bizarre week in the association.

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Topics: Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets, Charlotte Bobcats, Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, Dallas Mavericks, Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Heat, Milwaukee Bucks, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA Power Rankings, New Orleans Pelicans, New York Knicks, Oklahoma City Thunder, Orlando Magic, Philadelphia 76ers, Phoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers, Sacramento Kings, San Antonio Spurs, Toronto Raptors, Utah Jazz, Washington Wizards

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  • Canis Doofus

    I respectfully disagree with your placement of the Timberwolves. In their three games this season, they have beaten two teams you have ranked higher than them. The Timberwolves are young, healthy, and well-coached.

    Their offense is superb and their defense will improve through the season as the players gel.

  • steppxxxxz

    how is phoenix at the bottom ? Very strange. Lakers way overrated in this, and wolves a bit underrated. But its way too early to even have these rankings.

  • Simon Navejar

    So a winless team is better than the Lakers. Good one.