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Monday, 04 November 2013 13:55

NBA Power Rankings: Week 2

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It's just one week. It's just one week, It's just...one...week. Ah, to heck with it. Let's overreact to the first week of the 2013-2014 NBA Regular Season!

Michael Carter-Williams vaulted the Philadelphia 76ers out of the cellar to the top-10! I'm already questioning my love for the Washington Wizards who fell 15 places. Kevin Love has me swooning over the Minnesota Timberwolves like it's the first time I heard The Beatles.

Here are my NBA Power Rankings for Week 2:

Rank (LW)

Team Record Reason
1 (6) Indiana Pacers 3-0 Defense. Defense. Defense. The team is yielding 83.7 PPG, tops in the league. If that stays the same, they can beat anyone.
2 (7) Houston Rockets 3-0 Dwight Howard looks happy. Dwight Howard looks healthy (17 RPG). That James Harden guy is pretty good too (26 PPG).
3 (13) Minnesota Timberwolves 3-0 Kevin Love is the best power forward in the NBA. He's averaging 29.7 points (1st) and 14.7 rebounds (2nd) per game. Mr. Double-Double indeed.
4 (5) L.A. Clippers 2-1 Chris Paul (12 APG, best in the NBA), is leading an offense that looks scary good. 113.7 PPG is good for the top-spot.
5 (3) Golden State Warriors 2-1 It's only been three games but every starter is shooting better than 50% from the field. Even Andre Iguodala.
6 (18) Portland Trail Blazers 2-1 Damian Lillard looks like he improved upon his ROY performance of 2012-2013. LaMarcus Ladridge doesn't have to do it all by himself anymore.
7 (1) Miami Heat 2-2 Word is there are minor chemistry issues in South Beach. As long as the Big Three are physically healthy, they're still the best team.
8 (2) San Antonio Spurs 2-1 And so begins another season in which nothing really jumps out to us about the Spurs, but they win ~50+ games and make a deep run into the playoffs. Yawn.
9 (8) Oklahoma City Thunder 2-1 Welcome back, Russell Westbrook.
10 (30) Philadelphia 76ers 3-0 So they're probably not the 10th best team, but I can't ignore their 3-0 start which includes a win over the defending champs. Michael Carter-Williams is the early front-runner for ROY.
11 (17) Detroit Pistons 2-1 Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond are going to dominate a lot of teams in the paint.
12 (21) Dallas Mavericks 2-1 Dirk Nowtizki is healthy. He's still a top-15 player.
13 (10) Brooklyn Nets 1-2 A one-point win over the Heat is their lone win of the season. Jason Kidd lost his first game on the sidelines. Too much talent though.

14 (11)

New York Knicks 1-2 Well, the team looks more committed to defense which is good for the long-run. Carmelo Anthony should pick it up on offense soon as well.
15 (24) L.A. Lakers 2-2 This team is going to be fun to watch. A high-flying acrobatic team of unproven guys. Pau Gasol look re-engergized to start the season.
16 (29) Phoenix Suns 2-1 Eric Bledsoe is legit. 5th in the league with 8.7 assists per game.
17 (27) Toronto Raptors 2-1 The Raptors have grabbed 150 rebounds through their first three games. No team has more.
18 (26) Orlando Magic 2-2 Nikola Vucevic is showing last year wasn't a fluke and Victor Oladipo continues to fill up the box-score off the bench.
19 (4) Chicago Bulls 1-2 Derrick Rose is healthy, but rusty. 15 for 52 from the field to start the season.
20 (9) Memphis Grizzlies 1-2 Forget what's happening on the court, Zach Randolph wants to stay in Memphis for the rest of his career.
21 (19) New Orleans Pelicans 1-2 The first win in Pelicans history is in the books! Anthony Davis needs a new nickname. "Ant" is swatting 4 shots a game (second to Roy Hibbert), scoring 23.7 points and grabbing 12.3 rebounds  game. The second-year power forward is also hitting 95% of his free throws.
22 (25) Milwaukee Bucks 1-2 Zaza Pachulia leads the team in points (13 PPG) and rebounds (7.7 RPG). I repeat, Zaza Pachulia leads the team in points and rebounds.
23 (16) Sacramento Kings 1-2 DeMarcus Cousins is one of five players averaging more than 20 points and 10 rebounds a game.
24 (20) Atlanta Hawks 1-2 The team looks balanced and might be better than I gave them credit for.
25 (12) Denver Nuggets 0-2 Ty Lawson might be too fast for the rest of his team at the moment.
26 (23) Charlotte Bobcats 1-2 DId it really take just three games for all the hope to leave Charlotte?
27 (15) Cleveland Cavaliers 1-2 Andrew Bynum is back! But he's not ready to contribute much.
28 (22) Utah Jazz 0-3 Gordon Hayward and the Jazz couldn't reach a deal for an extension. That about sums up the start to their season.
29 (14) Washington Wizards 0-3 Randy Whittman has already questioned the team's heart.
30 (28) Boston Celtics 0-3 Last in the standings, but first in the Riggin' for Wiggins race!

 

Daniel Baker

Daniel Baker is a Celtics beat writer for CLNS Radio and hosts the Celtics Beat on Sundays from 6-7pm. He’s also part of the CLNS Radio Post-Game crew. Daniel produces Counter Attack on SiriusXMFC, the first 24/7 radio network dedicated to soccer in America. He’s also the producer for Edge of Sports. He's been working at SiriusXM in Washington D.C. since 2009.

Daniel is a graduate of the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. At UMD, he called games for five different varsity sports for WMUC Sports and his favorite memory was calling the 2012 Men's Lacrosse Final Four for the Terps.

Visit his website for all his other work: danielrbaker.wordpress.com.

Follow him on Twitter: @Daniel_Baker9

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