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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!