NBA News: NBA Power Rankings For Week 2 As Of 11/7/14
NBA Power Rankings
November 7, 2014
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Here’s how the 2014 NBA power rankings stack up after a week of the NBA season in the books.
1. Houston Rockets - Not only are the Houston Rockets one of two teams undefeated, but they’re winning with a defense that’s allowing 89.7 points per game. Rockets and defense didn’t go together last year but make them a dangerous team if they can keep it up.
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2. Golden State Warriors - The Golden State Warriors were my preseason pick to win it all and they’ve been done to change my mind just yet. The Warriors have six players shooting above 50 percent from the field. Yikes.
3. San Antonio Spurs - The San Antonio Spurs haven’t gotten off to the best of starts but when they play their entire team and take a game serious, they’re still one of the scarier teams in the league.
4. Memphis Grizzlies - The Memphis Grizzlies are allowing a league best 86.2 points per game and are one of two undefeated teams left. Time for folks to start taking the Grizzlies serious.
5. Chicago Bulls - The Chicago Bulls only loss so far was an overtime game to the Cleveland Cavaliers, a game that Derrick Rose left early due to an ankle injury. The Bulls are only going to get better.
6. Portland Trail Blazers - The Portland Trail Blazers are third in the league with 91.2 points allowed. The Trail Blazers offense will eventually come around and they’ll quietly be a championship contender.
7. Washington Wizards - The Washington Wizards only loss came when they didn’t have their key guys on the floor due to suspension. When Bradley Beal returns, the Wizards are going to be a problem in the East.
8. Dallas Mavericks - The Dallas Mavericks have shown they can go toe-to-toe with the best in the league. Now they have to improve a defense that’s allowing more than 105 points.
9. Miami Heat - You have to be impressed with the way the Miami Heat have played in the first week, as Chris Bosh is an early MVP candidate. Now, the Heat have to learn how to finish games without some guy named LeBron.
10. Sacramento Kings - If the Sacramento Kings can get one more consistent player to go along with Rudy Gay and DeMarcus Cousins, they’ll be a dark horse playoff contender.
11. Toronto Raptors - The Toronto Raptors are clearly building off of last year’s success and are filling up the stat sheet. The Raptors will have a chance to really move up with a tough couple of weeks coming up.
12. Phoenix Suns - The addition of Isaiah Thomas has clearly paid off early, as the Suns are one of the better offensive teams in the league. Now, Phoenix needs to balance things out with its defense.
13. New Orleans Pelicans - I’ve been impressed with what the New Orleans Pelicans have shown in the first week, and they’ll have a chance to really turn heads with their upcoming road trips.
14. Los Angeles Clippers - The Los Angeles Clippers have shown some red flags but we should know it’s only a matter of time before they turn things around. Until then, the Clippers are just an average team.
15. Atlanta Hawks - The Atlanta Hawks have six players averaging in the double digits and that’s without Al Horford at 100 percent. The Hawks will only improve as the season plays out.
16. Cleveland Cavaliers - As expected, it’s going to take some before the Cleveland Cavaliers become this super team. Still, there’s too much talent on the Cavs for everybody to start overreacting just yet.
17. Charlotte Hornets - The Charlotte Hornets remain one of the top defensive units in the league but need to find some consistent offense. Kemba Walker and company can only do so much.
18. New York Knicks - The Knicks have the same problems as the Hornets, as nobody besides Carmelo Anthony can put the ball in the hoop. If things don’t turn around sooner or later, the Knicks will fall out of playoff contention.
19. Minnesota Timberwolves - I mentioned before that the Minnesota Timberwolves have sleeper potential and a 2-2 start is better than some expected. Minnesota can make you a ton of money this season with the free points they keep getting.
20. Utah Jazz - The Utah Jazz have a couple of impressive wins over the Jazz and Cavaliers, but is anybody really ready to jump on the bandwagon? Let’s give it a week or so..
21. Brooklyn Nets - The Brooklyn Nets experience and scoring will keep them competitive, but losses to the Celtics and Timberwolves is simply a sign that youth and athleticism could beat the them a ton this year.
22. Milwaukee Bucks - The Milwaukee Bucks have been a quiet surprise with two wins already under their belt. The Bucks are only going to get better once Jabari Parker gets going midway through the season.
23. Detroit Pistons - There’s simply too much talent for the Pistons to be last in the league in scoring. Andre Drummond needs to start playing like the guy he was in the FIBA competition.
24. Boston Celtics - Guess which team is second in the league in scoring? Yup, the Boston Celtics. Too bad, that hasn’t helped their defense improve.
25. Oklahoma City Thunder - With nearly their entire team on the injury list, the Oklahoma City Thunder are in for a long month until guys start coming back.
26. Indiana Pacers - The Indiana Pacers give themselves a chance each night with an above-average defense but their lack of depth and no scoring will continue to be their downfall until starters return.
27. Denver Nuggets - Kenneth Faried and Ty Lawson have to bring their A game each night for the Denver Nuggets to keep their head above water.
28. Orlando Magic - Elfrid Payton may be the early choice for Rookie of the Year. At least the Orlando Magic have that going for them.
29. Los Angeles Lakers - Is it too early for Kobe Bryant to demand a trade? It would be best for both parties.
30. Philadelphia 76ers - The Philadelphia 76ers are doing a great job of making sure they get the most ping-pong balls in this year’s lottery.