NBA Power Rankings: Warriors outside Top 3; Kings in Top 20
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Three weeks of the season are in the books...
30) 76ers (1-8)
They did it. Won a game in October/November for the first time since 2013. Progress within The Process is beautiful. How will Philly handle such prosperity?
29) Pelicans (1-9)
They still have the great AD, and Jrue is due to return soon. Will Alvin Gentry hang in there long enough to greet him?
28) Mavericks (2-6)
Coach Jim Carrey is one of the best, but his emaciated roster has him feeling like the last couple coaches in New Orleans.
27) Suns (3-8)
So many kids. They play hard for Earl, they’re fun to watch and they have a chance to be very good . . . in 2020. Oh, sure, four-year plans always work.
26) Wizards (2-7)
Chest-high talent. Knee-high smarts. Ankle-high heart. Welcome to Team Disharmony, Scottie Brooks. Anybody seen Messrs. Wall and Beal?
25) Heat (2-6)
Four consecutive losses, and next up is a trip to San Antonio. Last time Pat Riley’s team was so low, he promoted Erik Spoelstra to head coach.
24) Nuggets (3-7)
Another squad lugging around four straight losses. Not much will change until Manny the point guard comes out of his training wheels. He’s not ready.
23) Knicks (3-6)
Rumor is Phillip the Philosopher wants more triangle offense. Doesn’t that require at least three guys willing to play it? Good luck with that.
22) Pacers (4-6)
Coach Nate is not impressing the league. Blame him, or the mismatched roster? Something smells funny in Indy. How patient is Larry Legend?
21) Magic (4-6)
Serge “Iblocka” returns to OKC and stuns the Thunder. Niiice. Indy is next, and you know what that means: Coach Vogel, here is your revenge game.
20) Kings (4-7)
The 2-1 start has been erased by a 2-6 mark over the last eight. They get restless in Sactown, but come on. Would they really look to trade WCS?
19) Timberwolves (3-6)
My man Wiggy! Going for 47 against the Lakers is a statement. With lights high and low, the T-Pups are big fun on your TV screen.
18) Grizzlies (4-5)
Chandler P, aka, Mr. GQ, is back and rustier than a nail in a trailer park. But, hey, Old Man Vinsanity proved he can dunk like it’s 1999.
17) Nets (4-5)
With J Lin on the bench charting plays like an assistant coach, this team is a mess at the point. Hurry back, so we can get a read on this bunch.
16) Lakers (6-5)
The way we figure, they’re two or three wins ahead of projection. Coach Luke has changed the attitude, yes, but Sweet Lou and the bench are balling.
15) Pistons (5-5)
This bunch needs points. Badly. Nothing against you, Ish, but Stan’s squad can do no more than tread water until Reggie Jax comes back.
14) Bucks (5-4)
Long, tall Giannis is moving from potential to production. He’s bringing Jabari with him. Meanwhile, Moose Monroe is the best No. 2 center around.
13) Rockets (5-4)
The league’s most notable beard is trying to wrap up the MVP award before Thanksgiving. Mike D has them runnin’ and gunnin’, perfect for Texas.
12) Jazz (7-4)
Winning four of five is nice run for Coach Quin and the crew, who can D it up with the best. If they had John Stockton, circa 1994, they’d be a playoff lock.
11) Bulls (6-4)
Jimmy B is solid. D-Wade is doing good work. Where are you, Rajon? Your numbers are down, including shooting, so defenses can completely ignore you.
10) Celtics (5-4)
The letter “D” in Beantown stands for Dreadful. How can this team be allowing 108.3 points per game? Jae Crowder (injured) has to feel quite valuable.
9) Thunder (6-4)
Russ is triple-double dealing, but it’s not enough. Y’all miss KD yet? And we’re not talking about his scoring.
8) Hornets (6-3)
Kemba and stingy D won’t be enough, Mr. Jordan. It’s good to see that MKG is still healthy, even if his jumper remains broken.
7) Trail Blazers (7-4)
They’re 0-2 against the Clippers, which means they’re working just about everybody else. And CJ has joined Dame’s swish party.
6) Hawks (7-2)
The FG Hawks from ATL. FG stands for Fool’s Gold. We want to buy in, and the numbers say we should. But we need a longer look at Dwight.
5) Raptors (7-2)
If K-Low finds his shot, look out. Meanwhile, DeMar DeMan is the only 2-guard shooting at least 50 percent and also leads the league in scoring.
4) Warriors (8-2)
Can’t put ‘em ahead of the Spurs. Can’t put ‘em ahead of two teams that have been more consistent. The “Super Villains” are still trying on capes.
3) Spurs (7-3)
Cracks in the machine, eh? Not really. Everybody’s healthy at last, no one more than Coach Pop, who stung the president-elect so often he left blisters.
2) Clippers (9-1)
Look! Up in the sky! What is that? That’s Clippers D soaring over the NBA. It may not last, but this bunch is reaping the benefits of familiarity.
1) Cavaliers (8-1)
Gotta give it up for the first team to drop at least 10 triples in each of its first nine games. JR and Co. are dropping 3-bombs like pennies in a fountain.