Blakely's NBA Six Pack Power Rankings: Nov. 5
Blakely's NBA Six Pack Power Rankings: Nov. 5
BOSTON - To the surprise of no one, the Cleveland Cavaliers and their Big Three have been a big draw for the NBA during this first week of the season.
But just as predictable has been their inconsistent play which is a combination of several factors such as their rookie head coach David Blatt still learning the NBA after years spent overseas along with his personnel which is led by an all-star trio that's still searching for a common ground from which they can play at a high level together.
However, one of the coolest parts about the first of the season is that you have teams that in your heart of hearts, you know aren't going to be very good.
Look at last season.
The Sixers were one of the hottest to start the season and wound up being who we thought they were - a crappy team that would lose a lot of games.
Is Sacramento the second coming that horrible Philly team?
And what about the Northwest division? We knew Oklahoma City would struggle without Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.
But Portland, what's your excuse?
And then there's the usual suspects coming into the season in Tankapalooza mode (yes Philly, I'm talkin' about you!) that will be worth keeping tabs on as well.
That said, let's just jump right into the power rankings starting ... now!
THE FLAT PACK
30. Los Angeles Lakers (Record: 0-4)
If he didn't play for the Lakers, you'd almost feel sorry for Kobe Bryant. OK, maybe not.
29. Philadelphia (Record: 0-4)
Hard to imagine even the most die-hard Philly fans getting behind yet another blatant attempt by GM Sam Hinkle to lose games and garner a high draft pick.
28. DETROIT (Record: 0-3)
Starting or coming off the bench, Greg Monroe's not happy and the Pistons still stink.
27. ORLANDO (Record: 0-3)
Victor Oladipo's facial injury not only hurts in terms of wins and losses, but also in establishing him as this team's leader.
26. UTAH (Record: 1-3)
Getting extension done with Alec Burks was one of the better deals that garnered little to no attention this offseason.
25. MILWAUKEE (1-2)
Jabari Parker is all that and then some, but nobody's in Fear-the-Deer mode now.
BACK OF THE PACK
24. NEW ORLEANS (Record: 1-2)
No Worries Pelican fans. The teams they lost to (Memphis and Dallas) are a combined 7-1 this season.
23. OKLAHOMA CITY (Record: 1-3)
They played more games with both Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant out in the first week of the season (4), then they had since the two started playing together in 2008.
22. BOSTON (Record: 1-2)
Too many 3s taken, not enough post play. It's looking like another rough season for the Green team.
21. MINNESOTA (Record: 1-2)
The post-Kevin Love era looks promising ... for another trip into the lottery.
20. CHARLOTTE (Record: 1-2)
Two losses by a total of 5 points. MJ ain't losing any sleep over this crew that will get to the playoffs.
19. DENVER (Record: 1-2)
Even with healthier bodies around, the Nuggets will be hard-pressed to make a dent, let alone do damage, out West this season.
MIDDLE OF THE PACK
18. INDIANA (Record: 1-2)
As crazy as Lance Stephenson could be at times, the Pacers will miss him dearly.
17. PORTLAND (Record: 1-2)
Coming up on nice stretch with four of their next five games at home.
16. ATLANTA (Record: 1-1)
Re-signing Mike Scott gives the Hawks some much-needed scoring punch off the bench.
15. NEW YORK (Record: 2-1)
After a bad opening night against Chicago, Melo and company bounced back with quality wins at Cleveland and over Charlotte - both likely playoff teams this season.
14. PHOENIX (Record 2-1)
The Suns have a dynamic backcourt and depth, but still lack that high-impact, low post player needed to get them among the elite out West.
13. CLEVELAND (Record: 1-1)
Kick 'em now while they're trying to figure out how to play together. Because that day will come and when it does, watch out!
RUNNING WITH THE PACK
12. BROOKLYN (Record: 2-1)
Kevin Garnett's on the downside obviously, but there's still a little bite (18 points,14 rebounds in win over Detroit on Nov. 1) left to go with all that bark.
11. WASHINGTON (Record: 2-1)
Will only get better with time together, and the return of Bradley Beal.
10. SAN ANTONIO (Record: 1-1)
Off to a good start defensively, giving up league-low 17.5 points in the first quarter of their two games.
9. TORONTO (Record: 2-1)
Even with last season's success, Raptors still viewed as a team not quite among the best of the best in the East.
8. Sacramento (Record: 3-1)
Chris Webber and Vlade Divac aren't walking through that door for Sacramento, but there's a legit buzz about this team being pretty good.
7. CHICAGO (Record: 2-1)
You get the feeling that Derrick Rose (nursing an ankle injury this time) is never going to be healthy enough to lead this team as far as talent-wise, they should go.
LEADERS OF THE PACK
6. DALLAS (Record: 3-1)
Defense, third quarter lulls have to be shored up if they're going to make the kind of impact this season they are anticipating.
5. LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS (Record: 3-1)
If the Clippers are to have the kind of success they believe they will have, Blake Griffin has to emerge as a legit league MVP candidate.
4. MIAMI (Record: 3-0)
No LeBron, no problem. The Heat continue to find ways to win with a re-configured Big Three of Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and Luol Deng.
3. MEMPHIS (Record: 4-0)
Grizzlies will need to pony up big-time to keep Marc Gasol in the fold in this, a contract year for the 7-foot big man and former league Defensive Player of the Year.
2. HOUSTON (4-0)
The addition of Trevor Ariza gives them a perimeter threat who can defend at a high level, and has what his teammates want - a championship.
1. GOLDEN STATE (3-0)
Right now, Klay Thompson is your Week 1 league MVP. He's scoring, defending and on top of that, he already got paid!