The beginning of the new NBA season has been quite eventful and exciting. Many teams are yet to find themselves, but given it is only the 3rd week of the season, it’s not much of a concern. I did the research and made my 1-10 rankings, but take this with a grain of salt. It is still very early, but here are my power rankings based on performance and dominance.
WEEK 3 POWER RANKINGS
#10. Golden State Warriors- The defending champions haven’t come out of the gate dominating like they most likely envisioned. They went 3-1 this week, with a comeback win against Washington, and lost to the hot Detroit Pistons team. The Warriors really only had one big breakout game, which was against a struggling Dallas team.
#9. Detroit Pistons- The Pistons have come out of the gate much better than most expected. They as well earned a 3-1 record this past week, but against very talented teams like the Timberwolves and Warriors. Oh and by the way, Detroit handed the hottest team in basketball their first loss of the season, the Clippers.
#8. Boston Celtics- Boston found their way to a 3-0 record in the week, beating the Knicks, Bucks and Heat. The rookie Jayson Tatum has begun to shine after the Gordon Hayward injury, averaging 18 points per game the past week.
#7. Washington Wizards- The Wizards made their western travel this past week, and may I add it was an eventful one. They finished with a 2-2 record, defeating the Nuggets and Kings, but losing to the Lakers and Warriors. The Washington net rate has been good however with a -23.6 rating.
#6. Memphis Grizzlies- The Grizzlies are getting their usual production from Mike Conley and Marc Gasol, but others have stepped up as well, such as Tyreke Evans and James Ennis. Memphis went 3-1 during the week, beating the Rockets twice, winning by 14 points in their latest matchup. They also faced Dallas twice, winning one and losing one.
#5. Orlando Magic- After a big impressive win over Cleveland in week 2, the Magic continued to impress the following week, beating Gregg Popovich’s Spurs by a whopping 27 points! Orlando also defeated the high scoring Brooklyn team. A breakout of Aaron Gordon and the always consistent play of Fournier have played a big part of these big W’s.
#4. Oklahoma City Thunder- Oklahoma City’s power 3 seem to have gelled a bit more this past week, credits to their 32 point win against the Bulls. The Thunder also defeated the Pacers, and lost a close 3 point game to their rivals, the Timberwolves. OKC will be looking to keep up consistent play and triple doubles by the reigning MVP.
#3. Toronto Raptors- The Raptors have started the season like they have hoped, with quality play from their stars and role players. Toronto features one of the best backcourts in the NBA, with Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan, but younger players such as Pascal Siakam and Jakob Poetl have been quite impressive as well. The team went 1-2 this past week, but keep in mind they faced off against the Spurs and Warriors, both close games.
#2. Portland Trail Blazers- Another team with an imposing backcourt, the Blazers have been impressive early in the season. One thing that has made a big difference thus far is their defense, the big thing they’ve lacked for many years. Portland ranks sixth in defense efficiency and lead the NBA in rebounds. Their record for the week was 2-1, with that one loss being the Clippers, who won by an unlikely 3 pointer from Blake Griffin. If Rip City can keep up their defensive play, they may jump higher in the standings this season.
#1. Los Angeles Clippers- Chris Paul who? The Clippers have started the season 4-1, and own the best defensive unit so far in the year. Stars such as Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan need to play a bigger role this season, and so far they have. The Clippers also own the highest point differential in the league, so their not “just getting by” opponents. Whether or not they can keep this up is still questionable, but do not write this team out from any game, that’s for sure.