The Sixers, the lone undefeated team in the league, capture the top spot in this week's updated NBA Power Rankings, while Miami leaps up to No. 6 overall.
1. Philadelphia 76ers
The Sixers are the only team left in the NBA without a blemish on their record, but they'll put to the test this week. They finish off a four-game road swing by taking on the surprising Suns on Monday, and then travel to Utah and Denver on Wednesday and Friday.
2. Los Angeles Lakers
LeBron James racked up a remarkable triple-double in Friday's victory over the Mavericks, scoring 39 points, dishing out 16 assists, and pulling down 12 rebounds, to go along with four steals and four triples. In the process, he became the oldest player in league history with a 30/10/15 trip-dub. James is also the third player ever to record at least 30 30-point triple-doubles, joining Oscar Robertson and Russell Westbrook. On Sunday, The King was at again, tallying 21 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds.
3. LA Clippers
Kawhi Leonard has done it all for the Clippers since showing up in LA. On Sunday, he showed Clipper faithful the version of "The Klaw" that carried the Raptors to a title, the one that can take over games down the stretch. Leonard scored 18 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter to carry the Clips to a 105-94 victory over the Jazz.
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4. Milwaukee Bucks
Eric Bledsoe stumbled out of the gates this season. Over Milwaukee's first four games, he averaged just 10.5 points while shooting a putrid 36.4% from the floor, 21.4% from downtown and 53.8% from the stripe. However, Bledsoe bounced back late last week. He scored 18 points with six rebounds, six assists, and two 3-pointers in a victory over the Magic on Friday. He then put up 14 points (5-of-12 FGs, 3-of-3 FTs), nine rebounds and five assists in a win vs. the Raps on Saturday.
5. Boston Celtics
After getting beaten badly by the Sixers on opening night, the Celtics have reeled off four straight victories. Over their last three, Kemba Walker has been dominant, averaging 32.3 points, 6.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists. Kemba has tallied at least 30 points, six boards and four dimes in three straight games. Per Basketball-Reference. That's the second-longest such streak in Celtics history, behind only the great Larry Bird.
6. Miami Heat
The Heat have been one of the NBA's most pleasant surprises over the first two weeks of the season. They've won five of their first six games (which is tied for their best six-game start in franchise history), and absolutely demolished the Rockets on Sunday night in Miami. The Heat jumped out to a 59-18 lead early in the first half vs. Houston and never looked back.
7. Denver Nuggets
On the other end of the spectrum, the Nuggets have not lived up to expectations early on. Last week, they lost to the Mavs at home and then were embarrassed by an undermanned Pelicans team, for New Orleans' only win this season. This week, the Nuggets will look to get back on track, but host the Heat and the Sixers.
8. San Antonio Spurs
Dejounte Murray has looked excellent for San Antonio, as he works his way back from an ACL injury that cost him the entire 2018-19 season. Coach Pop and company have erred on the side of caution and have limited his playing time, but Murray racked up 18 points, 11 rebounds, four assists, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer in just 24 minutes on Sunday.
9. Utah Jazz
Mike Conley has been uncharacteristically inefficient for the Jazz in 2019-20. A career 44% shooter, Conley is converting just 31.8% of his FG attempts this season, and also shooting a career-low 28.2% from behind the arc.
10. Toronto Raptors
After beating the Pistons last Wednesday, the Raps had two days off before losing to the Bucks in Milwaukee. Toronto doesn't play again until Wednesday, when they host the Kings. It's rare for a team to play just once in seven days. Hopefully, the Raps make the most of their rest, as they soon have to embark on a five-game, west coast road swing that begins later this week.
11. Minnesota Timberwolves
After losing their first game of the season to the Sixers in Philly on Wednesday, the Wolves bounced back and beat the Wizards in Washington. They face a stiff test on Monday night when they host the Greek Freak and the Bucks. Unfortunately, they will be without Karl-Anthony Towns, who was suspended two games for his role in the fight with Joel Embiid. KAT will return for Wednesday's game in Memphis.
12. Houston Rockets
The Rockets have been awful defensively thus far this season, allowing opponents to score 116.2 points per 100 possessions this season (which ranks 29th in the NBA). Coach Mike D'Antoni said that Russell Westbrook (rest) is expected to sit out Monday's game in Memphis, which is the second half of a back-to-back. Austin Rivers and Chris Clemons will likely soak up extra minutes if Russ is, in fact, ruled out.
13. Dallas Mavericks
As of Friday, no player in NBA history had ever tallied at least 29 points, 13 rebounds and 15 assists in a single game before turning 21. Then Luka Doncic did it in consecutive contests. Incredibly, over the Mavs past two games, Doncic has scored 60 points, dished out 30 dimes, grabbed 27 rebounds, and knocked down nine 3-pointers.
14. Portland Trail Blazers
Hassan Whiteside (knee) did not practice on Friday and was unable to play Saturday against the 76ers. However, the good news is that he's probable for Monday's matchup with the Warriors. With Portland already thin up front, they need Whiteside to stay healthy this season.
15. Phoenix Suns
Not only have the Suns won four of their first six games, but their two losses have been by a combined two points. Remarkably, Phoenix ranks in the top-eight in both offensive and defensive efficiency, and has the third-best overall Net Rating in the entire league.