NBA Power 16 - Week 2

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Golden State Warriors (7-0) (Last week: 1)

This team is scary good right now. Against the Nuggets, they broke an NBA record with 28 the FIRST HALF. Clicking on all cylinders.


Cleveland Cavaliers (6-1) (Last week: 4)

The Cavs have won 6 in a row since dropping their season opener at Chicago, and Kevin Love looks as comfortable as he ever has as a Cavalier. This team is just patiently waiting, and coasting, until Kyrie Irving returns.


Atlanta Hawks (7-1) (Last week: 9)

The Hawks are quietly winners of 7 straight, including solid wins at Miami and vs. Washington. The Hawks won 60 games last year, and they pretty much look like the same team so far this year.


Detroit Pistons (5-1) (Last week: 8)

Do I really think the Pistons are the 4th best team in the NBA? No. But they deserve to be here. They have a handful of solid wins with Andre Drummond, averaging 20 & 20, and Reggie Jackson playing really well. With games at Golden State and at the Clippers this week, we’ll see how good the Pistons really are.


San Antonio Spurs (4-2) (Last week: 5)

The Spurs are Spurs-ing, winning games they should win and losing only tough road games. LaMarcus Aldridge is acclimating, slowly but surely.


Houston Rockets (4-3) (Last week: 15)

The Rockets have gotten their shit together, reeling off 4 in a row, including one against OKC and one on the Clippers home floor.


Toronto Raptors (5-2) (Last week: 6)

Raptors started 5-0, but have been beaten by a combined 25 points in their last two games. Their overall resume, including a road win at OKC, is one of the best in the NBA, and has earned them the benefit of the doubt herein.


Los Angeles Clippers (4-2) (Last week: 3)

The Clippers don’t have a single noteworthy win to date, but we all know what they’re capable of.


Oklahoma City Thunder (4-3) (Last week: 2)

The victim of the biggest drop in this week’s rankings is OKC. Losing 3 straight to Houston, Toronto and Chicago hurt; although all three of those teams will be in the playoffs come April. The Thunder definitely have some issues to work through, but I don’t see them sitting this low for too long.


Utah Jazz (4-2) (Last week: 14)

The Jazz have been quite impressive in this young season. They’re playing the best defense in the NBA, and they’re 3-1 on the road. They just don’t have that “go-to” player.


Chicago Bulls (4-3) (Last week: 7)

The Bulls have laid some eggs, including a 25 point loss to the Hornets and an OT loss at home to the young T’Wolves. They have to start showing some consistency before anyone will truly believe in them.


Miami Heat (4-3) (Last week: 10)

The Heat have just kind of existed so far this year. Nothing great, nothing terrible.


Washington Wizards (3-3) (Last week: 12)

Well, they’ve been the Wizards. Who are they? What are they? We’ll find out Tuesday when they host Kevin Durant and the Thunder.


Minnesota Timberwolves (3-2) (Last week: NR)

The young T’Wolves are fun to watch, and they’re 3-2 without Wiggins playing up to par. Ricky Rubio has been absolutely outstanding, though.


Milwaukee Bucks (4-3) (Last week: NR)

The Bucks are winners of 4 straight, however, those wins have come against Brooklyn (twice), Philadelphia, and the New York Knickerbockers.


Portland Trailblazers (4-3) (Last week: NR)

Welcome to Portland, home of the surprise team in the NBA.


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