NBA power rankings: Week 3

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As has become par for the course, the Western Conference has been steamrolling through the East, posting a 27-16 (62.8 percent) record against its opposing conference in interconference games. At the top of the heap are the Golden State Warriors and the Memphis Grizzlies, one of which, is constructed to carry the league's highest prize, and the other, constructed in a way that might keep the first from doing just that.

NBA Power Rankings: Week 3
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NBA power rankings: Week 3

30. Philadelphia 76ers

There’s no denying the sheer awfulness that are the 76ers. In fact, any denial would be an act of faulty arithmetic because they’re the sole team to yet win a game this season.

(AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

29. Los Angeles Lakers

The valley the Lakers currently find themselves in drops as deep as Kobe’s rising points total stand high. At this point in time, there might even be some tragic correlation there.

(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

28. Minnesota Timberwolves

Allowing 270 points over the course of two games works in Minnesota’s quest of becoming the NBA’s version of the Washington Generals but not in chalking up any sort of ranking respect.

(AP Photo/Brandon Dill)

27. Denver Nuggets

If only the Nuggets could hold teams to 59 points over the course of 48 minutes instead of 24.

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26. Detroit Pistons

The cosmetically improved Pistons are having trouble keeping up in a fundamentally improved league? Who would have thunk?

(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

25. New York Knicks

Melo can’t quite possibly be regretting his decision not to join the Bulls, right?

(AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

24. Oklahoma City Thunder

Ibaka and Jackson doesn’t quite have the ring that Westbrook and Durant does.

(AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

23. Indiana Pacers

Despite going 3-1 recently, the Pacers are too brittle to keep up the race against the league’s other best-of-the-bad teams, like the Jazz and Magic.

(AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

22. Orlando Magic

Being the East’s version of the Jazz speaks to their respective 4-7 start.

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21. Utah Jazz

The young guns look better than last season but not better than 20 other NBA teams unfortunately.

(AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

20. Charlotte Hornets

Lance Stephenson was supposed to raise Charlotte’s offense to a respectable place. At 98.1, their Offensive Rating is ranked 26th which is far closer to deplorable than respectable.

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19. Boston Celtics

The C’s have the league’s sixth-best Offensive Rating. But there’s this little thing called “the other end of the floor” where they’re not so hot.

(AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

18. Brookyn Nets

Iso Joe isn’t someone to lead you to the Promised Land in a team-oriented sport? Who knew?

(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

17. Milwaukee Bucks

By golly, the Bucks are looking like the team many expected them to be in a handful of years.

(AP Photo/John Raoux)

16. Phoenix Suns

Despite a three-guard lineup, the Suns are almost exactly where they were last year: on the precipice of missing the playoffs.

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15. Atlanta Hawks

They’ve gotten here before through different means but they just don’t seem to know how to get beyond middle-of-the-pack.

(AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

14. New Orleans Pelicans

What does the NBA rulebook say about just naming a team after their rising star? Though, the New Orleans Anthony Davises sounds somehow worse than the Pellies do now.

(Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images)

13. Miami Heat

As expected, the Heat become middle-of-the-road without Wade, and with a struggling Bosh.

(Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)

12. Cleveland Cavaliers

LeBron’s superteam is finally playing, somewhat, like a superteam.

(David Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)

11. San Antonio Spurs

Bringing the NBA’s best team down a notch helps make San Antonio’s case for a league sleeper. But, are they sleeping giant or just sleeping at the wheel?

(AP Photo/Eric Gay)

10. Los Angeles Clippers

Look, everyone! The Clippers are underachieving yet again!

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9. Sacramento Kings

A tough win against San Antonio verified that the Kings are the real deal. Question is: are this year’s San Antonio Spurs still a litmus test for assessing NBA realness?

(Hector Amezcua/Sacramento Bee/MCT)

8. Portland Trailblazers

A four-game win streak has Portland looking like it did last year. Problem is: the Western Conference is looking like it has for the past ten years.

(Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images)

7. Washington Wizards

There’s nothing to say that the Wizards can’t pull off upsets against Chicago, Toronto, or Cleveland come playoff time, but that’ll be up to their subpar offense to decide.

(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

6. Toronto Raptors

The Raptors have shown they can hang with the East’s best team, Chicago, but have yet to show they can nab a win from them in a high-stakes affair. Their pace and offense also has them a rung above Washington.

(AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

5. Chicago Bulls

Even sans Rose, the Bulls are looking like a Bulls team that doesn’t treat offense like a last resort. That Rose and Noah are nursing injuries should worry many a fanbase (yes, including that of the Bulls).

(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

4. Dallas Mavericks

Dirk tops Hakeem as the NBA’s highest-scoring foreign-born player. And the Mavs aren’t staying far behind in their chase for the top.

(AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

3. Houston Rockets

Blessed with the league’s easiest schedule so far, the Rockets can’t climb much higher for the time being. But, at least it feels good to know that losing out onChris Bosh and Chandler Parsons might have been a blessing in disguise.

(Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

2. Memphis Grizzlies

With Courtney Lee‘s heroics, the Grizzlies might be outdoing even our own tempered expectations.

(Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)

1. Golden State Warriors

Behind the league’s undisputed best backcourt, the Warriors are in championship form posting the league’s best Pace (102.2), seventh-best Offensive Rating (107.1), and third-best Defensive Rating (95.5).

(AP Photo/Ben Margot)


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