NBA Power Rankings (11/7)
It’s way too early for NBA Power Rankings. I hate this. We all know 20 million different things are going to happen between now and the start of the playoffs. Screw it, I tried anyway.
1. Boston Celtics (9-2)
After starting the season with two straight losses and losing their key offseason addition, the Celtics have won eight straight. Currently, the C’s rank first in team defense and first in point differential. Right now, Boston is clicking on all cylinders.
2. Golden State Warriors (8-3)
The defending champs are currently tied for first in the Western Conference. It seems the Warriors have gotten their legs under themselves after losing two out of their first three. To no surprise, they are ranked first in the league in scoring averaging a whopping 120 points per game. That ten more than the next highest team. However, their defense needs some work; they allow almost 112 per contest. While some of the blame can be contributed to the pace at which they play at it is a minor concern that I believe will be corrected as the season progresses.
3. Detroit Pistons (7-3)
The early surprise of the NBA season has to be the Pistons. Detroit currently sits second in the Eastern Conference. They are possibly one of the most balanced teams in the league. All but one starter averages 14 ppg or more. Since you can’t hone in on one guy, they’ve become a nightmare for opposing defenses. With three wins against the top four teams in the West, it is hard to name another team in the league with a better resume at this point. The main question: can they keep it up?
4. Houston Rockets (8-3)
After beating the champs on opening night, it looked like Houston had a legit chance to dethrone Golden State in the West. With the loss of CP3 to an ankle injury, it looked as if those chances slightly diminished. However, James Harden has picked up the slack and the Rockets have won three straight. They have had one of the easier schedules so far, but they have taken care of business and are still tied with the Warriors for first in the West.
5. Minnesota Timberwolves (7-3)
The T-Wolves currently own the second-longest winning streak (4) in the NBA, trailing only Boston. It is starting to look like the T-Wolves have figured out how to play as a team. After all they high-profile offseason acquisitions, they now rank in the top five in scoring. Coach Tibs has got them playing some solid defense too, ranking top three in the league in takeaways. If they can continue to keep building on their recent defensive play, they should be a force in the West with the collection of young talent on the roster.
26. Phoenix Suns (4-7)
Just gonna leave this here. Step 2 of the rebuild complete. Deal the disgruntled veteran and stockpile draft picks.
Sources: Suns, Bucks have agreed in principle to trade Eric Bledsoe for Greg Monroe and protected 2018 first-round and second-round picks.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 7, 2017
Here’s one reason why the Knicks didn’t fall into the Bottom 5.
27. Chicago Bulls (2-6)
After his scrap with Bobby Portis, Niko declares this town isn’t big enough for the two of us.
Niko wants out if Portis stays. https://t.co/gwo6dEzPvC
— SLAM Magazine (@SLAMonline) October 29, 2017
28. Atlanta Hawks (2-9)
Dennis Schroder may be the Hawks best player at this point, but no one’s safe from Kyrie:
More Kyrie Irving! pic.twitter.com/h6MAjwWqNh
— NBA (@NBA) November 7, 2017
29. Sacramento Kings (1-8)
At least De’Aaron Fox is still optimistic. I mean he was a lottery pick.
30. Dallas Mavericks (1-10)
They can’t win now, but Dennis Smith gives them a bright future.
— Dallas Mavericks (@dallasmavs) November 8, 2017