NBA Power Rankings: Week Three

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Nov 15, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indiana Pacers centers Roy Hibbert (55) and Ian Mahinmi (28) celebrate the victory against the Milwaukee Bucks at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Indiana defeats Milwaukee 104-77. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Nov 15, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indiana Pacers centers Roy Hibbert (55) and Ian Mahinmi (28) celebrate the victory against the Milwaukee Bucks at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Indiana defeats Milwaukee 104-77. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

1. Indiana Pacers (No change on last week)

The Indiana Pacers sit atop the NBA and were the sole undefeated team left at 9-0 before the Bulls manhandled in Chicago on Saturday night. The Pacers’ nine wins to start the season made them the first team since the 2002-03 Dallas Mavericks to go 9-0.

Roy Hibbert right now looks alone in the discussion for Defensive Player of the Year. He’s currently blocking 11.8% of opponent shots while he’s on the floor and averaging almost 5 rejections per contest. His current 4.8 blocks per-game average would make him just the sixth big man to block more than 4.5 shots per game and the first since legendary Rockets center Hakeem Olajuwon in 1989-90.

ORating: 102.3, Defensive Rating: 88.8

2. San Antonio Spurs (Change from last week: Up 2)

It’s been a typical week – and season – for the Spurs. They’ve quietly won seven straight games and, the blowout in New York excepted, have done so with little fanfare or national media love.

Stat of the week: Tim Duncan has been limited to just one made field goal three times this season and the Spurs have won each time. His season-high 24 points came in their solitary loss to the Trail Blazers. Because of course.

ORtg: 102.7, DRtg: 91.6

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