NBA power rankings Week 9

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The Warriors retain their keep in Week 9 but have two contenders -– one out East, and another out West -– chasing them closely.

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NBA power rankings Week 9

30. Minnesota Timberwolves

This marks the first time XN Sports has sunk the Wolves this low this season. But it certainly won't be the last as they're Net Rating is best for last.

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29. New York Knicks

The Knickerbockers have gone 1-18 for their last 19 games played. New York has officially become the city that never wins.

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28. Philadelphia 76ers

Look at that: the 76ers are piecing together some wins.

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27. Los Angeles Lakers

Kobe is now chasing Malone...and the end of the Lakers bench.

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26. Boston Celtics

They've lost four straight.

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25. Detroit Pistons

Well, what do you know, the Pistons play more efficiently and shoot astronomically better without Josh Smith on the team.

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24. Indiana Pacers

At least they got George Hill back.

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23. Charlotte Hornets

Lance Stephenson trade rumors abound.

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22. Utah Jazz

Not a bad ten-game stretch for the Jazz – at least where the Jazz are concerned.

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21. Orlando Magic

The Magic are still, somehow, in playoff contention.

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20. Denver Nuggets

The Nuggets had a top-10 offense at one point in time. This is not it, unfortunately.

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19. Brooklyn Nets

Brooklyn continues to experiment with lineups but the recipe will fail no matter the combination of ingredients if said ingredients are rotten.

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18. Sacramento Kings

Boogie is in the house.

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17. Miami Heat

The Heat vanquished the King in his return. Now, if they could only say the same about the peasant-like 76ers.

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16. Milwaukee Bucks

The Bucks beat the NBA's hottest team then lost to them on the next bout. Such is the state of affairs in Milwaukee.

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15. Oklahoma City Thunder

Westbrook is playing like the league's best but even the best need help as the Thunder are still in limbo.

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14. New Orleans Pelicans

Anthony Davis praise. Anthony Davis praise. Anthony Davis praise.

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13. Cleveland Cavaliers

Let's just say that LeBron James' Southbeach return was not a good one.

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12. San Antonio Spurs

What a win for the Spurs last night. Unfortunately, they've also won as many games in the last 10 as the Sixers have.

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11. Phoenix Suns

The Suns keep on winning. If only they could wipe big losing streaks out of their vernacular.

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10. Los Angeles Clippers

Yes, the Clippers dominated the No. 1 Warriors. But they're also letting small forwards and three-point shooting torch them which is a recipe for disaster out West.

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9. Dallas Mavericks

Rondo hasn't made quite all the difference for the Mavs but their defense has certainly improved with him in the mix.

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8. Houston Rockets

Josh Smith is a Rocket, making the Bestern Conference even more unfair. But, as the loss to San Antonio showed, chemistry can still overcome charms.

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7. Memphis Grizzlies

Memphis has experienced some major defensive regression. Not good for a team whose identity is just that.

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6. Washington Wizards

John Wall is stupendous. He can 360-degree-layup at will. Yet, wasn't able to carry his team over a Derrick Rose who many pegged as done.

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5. Atlanta Hawks

A sad loss to the Bucks, which included Jared Dudley going god mode, hampers the Hawks from reaching higher. For a stretch, they were looking like the NBA's best team.

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4. Toronto Raptors

The Raptors' offensive game has been impressive without DeRozan in the lineup but they haven't been able to prove resoundingly that they can beat the league's best teams.

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3. Chicago Bulls

If this is what the Bulls have to offer, watch out. They've won six straight which include phenomenal wins, some back-to-back, against the Grizzlies, Raptors, and Wizards. Despite a lesser record, this puts them over the rest of the Eastern Conference.

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2. Portland Trail Blazers

Apart from supernatural three-point shooting, the Blazers seem blessed with another superpower that lets them coast unnoticed despite boasting the second best overall record.

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1. Golden State Warriors

Time will tell that no team is invincible, as has happened with the No. 1 overall Warriors, but they're still adequately removed from everyone else to keep their crown.

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