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