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Power Rankings Week 2 (Oct. 23-29)

We’re going to rank all 30 NBA teams. If you disagree, please tell us. We’re going to try and remain impartial to being a Thunder site.

This week, while the Thunder have struggled to start the season, they’ll drop in our rankings but there were so high risers as well. Giannis Antetokounmpo is the MVP if the season ended right now.

Weeks: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 | 21 | 22 | 23 | 24 | 25 | 26 | 27

Biggest rise: Orlando — 11 spots

Biggest drop: Boston — 11 spots

1. Houston Rockets (3-0) (Last week: 2) ?

The Rockets even without Chris Paul due to a knee injury vaulted to the top of our rankings. Their three-point shooting, combined with REAL defense has the Rockets feeling good early on.

2. San Antonio Spurs (2-0) (LW: 5) ?

No Kawhi Leonard? No problem. The Spurs win their first two games by a combined 18 points. LaMarcus Aldridge is thriving since getting his new contract.

3. Washington Wizards (2-0) (LW: 6) ?

John Wall and Beal are doing their thing. However, can we talk about Otto Porter Jr. and his performance against Detroit? 28 points and the victory. Wizards doing things right.

4. Toronto Raptors (2-0) (LW: 9) ?

I think this might be my most impressive team in the rankings. Serge Ibaka hit five three-pointers on Saturday night as he’s become that stretch four Dwayne Casey has been looking for. Raptors second highest in the East.

5. L.A. Clippers (2-0 (LW: 11) ?

As one of the last undefeated teams left, they lost Milos Teodosic for a long time with Planter Fascias injury. I’m just really glad I spelled his name right the first time.

6. Milwaukee Bucks (2-1) (LW: 10) ?

Who’s the early front runner for MVP? That would be Giannis Antetokounmpo. He’s averaging 38.3 points per game to start the season. Antetokounmpo had 44 points in the loss to Portland on Saturday night. According to ESPN, Antetokounmpo is the only player with a block, steal and go-ahead field goal in the final 30 seconds over the past 10 seasons. Also, I did not spell his name right the first time. Maybe next week.

7. Cleveland Cavaliers (2-1) (LW: 7)

The Wizards might be the highest ranked Eastern Conference team right now but cannot count out Cleveland. Outside of the loss to Magic, they’ve looked really started strong after beating Boston and Milwaukee to start the season.

8. Minnesota Timberwolves (2-1) (LW: 8)

Andrew Wiggins is 30 feet away from the T-Wolves being under .500. This team is going to be pretty good. They play the Thunder again on Friday night. Expect another tough battle.

9. Utah Jazz (2-1) (LW: 12) ?

Rudy Gobert and Derek Favors are one of the best front courts in the NBA. A tough opening season stretch vs. division foes saw the Jazz come out on top. Joe Ingles has thrived in the replacement of Rodney Hood. He’s hit 12 threes in his last three games.

10. Golden State Warriors (1-2) (LW: 1) ?

Mouth piece throwers and bragging about rings to fans. These are your 2016-17 Golden State Warriors. It’s the first time since 2009-10 the Warriors started the season 1-2. That Warriors team missed the playoffs. I doubt this one will have any trouble.

11. Oklahoma City Thunder (1-2) (LW: 3) ?

A big drop as the the Thunder dropped two games they should’ve won. That’s to be considered as they still have chemistry issues to work out. The 2-for-28 over 15-minute stretch in the loss to Utah on Saturday night didn’t help.

12. Portland Trail Blazers (2-1) (LW: 14) ?

A huge opening night win over the Suns, combined with another win over Indiana moves the Trail Blazers up two spots. Four-game home stand will benefit the Blazers this week.

13. Denver Nugget (2-1) (LW: 13)

Nikola Jokic scored 0 points but was a plus-21 on the night as the Nuggets beat Kings 96-79. A four-game road trip coming up for the Nuggets will test their patience.

14. Detroit Pistons (2-1) (LW: 22) ?

According to Duncan Smith of Piston Powered, Reggie Jackson leads the Pistons in net rating at 14.6 so far. The Pistons are 30.9 points per 100 better when Reggie Jackson is ON than OFF. The Pistons have a brutal week with hosting the T-Wolves, then going to the Clips and Warriors.

15. Boston Celtics (1-2) (LW: 4) ?

I hope there aren’t any Boston fans who read this. They’re going to destroy me. Gordon Hayward goes down on opening night. They also fall to Milwaukee. They’ll get the Knicks and Hawks this week to help them recover their record a bit.

16. Miami Heat (1-1) (LW: 17) ?

Miami plays Atlanta on Monday night but then they’ll host the San Antonio Spurs and the Boston Celtics this week. We’ll find out what Miami is about very soon.

17. Memphis Grizzlies (2-1) (LW: 20) ?

A win over the defending champions only moves you up three spots? I know. I just couldn’t justify moving them up more. I want to like this team, I just cannot yet.

18. Brooklyn Nets (2-1) (LW: 29) ?

An 11-spot jump is our largest jump this week. Brooklyn has won back-to-back games since losing Jeremy Lin to a knee injury. D’Angelo Russell is playing well to start the season. Nets are the first teams since the 1988-89 Blazers to score at least 115 points in their first three games.

19. Orlando Magic (2-1) (LW: 26)  ?

Might be our second largest jump of seven spots. I thought about putting them higher but refrained. Orlando has looked well this season, including a dominating win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

20. Charlotte Hornets (1-1) (LW: 16) ?

Dwight Howard has been consistent. Literally. 15 rebounds and 15 points in back to back games. that’s a thing. Only a win over the Knicks and a loss to Detroit, still feeling this team out.

21. New Orleans Pelicans (1-2) (LW: 18) ?

For some reason the Pelicans cut Jordan Crawford for Jameer Nelson. It won’t help Boogie and the Brow. Despite a win over Lakers on Sunday night, this has been a super inconsistent start for NOLA.

22. Sacramento Kings (1-2) (LW: 21) ?

The Kings played the Rockets tough on their opening night. Their offense is the second worst in the association, only behind the Bulls.

23. Los Angeles Lakers (1-2) (LW: 23)

Patrick Beverley made Lonzo Ball’s opening night horrible but they beat the Suns. So, there’s that. We don’t know exactly how bad the Lakers are yet.

24. Philadelphia 76ers (0-3) (LW: 15) ?

Okay, maybe I was too high on the Sixers. They keep getting worse. Lost by five, 10 and then 30. Will they lose by 120 next game? You’ll have to watch to find out.

25. Atlanta Hawks (1-2) (LW: 30) ?

Hawks get moved up for their win over Dallas on opening night. They’ll descend back to the bottom if Dennis Schroder is out with his ankle injury for a significant amount of time.

26. Indiana Pacers (1-2) (LW: 25) ?

The Pacers are formidable. They dropped 130 in the win over the Brooklyn Nets. Domantas Sabonis might develop into something fun.

27. Dallas Mavericks (0-3) (LW: 19) ?

The Dennis Smith Jr. era getting off to a horrible start but the kid can play. Poor Dirk for having to deal with this.

28. Chicago Bulls (0-2) (LW: 27) ?

One teammate punches another and then said teammate gets suspended for eight games. It was rounded up by the team getting punched by other teams as Chicago is 0-2.

29. New York Knicks (0-2) (LW: 28) ?

I would say they would be the worst defensive team in the league if it wasn’t for the last team in our rankings…

30. Phoenix Suns (0-3) (LW: 24) ?

LOL, Suns.

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