NBA power rankings: Atlanta Hawks flying high

NBA power rankings: Atlanta Hawks flying high

Today on NBA Power Rankings, the Atlanta Hawks and Dallas Mavericks are on the rise.

It's been a tumultuous week for the NBA. On Monday, a three-team blockbuster trade between the New York Knicks, Cleveland Cavaliers and Oklahoma City Thunder shuffled Dion Waiters, J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert around, while the Atlanta Hawks and Dallas Mavericks spent the week climbing the standings.

But of course, the biggest news came with the unfortunate passing of ESPN broadcaster Stuart Scott. Scott was an inspiration to aspiring journalists everywhere, but he became something much more important not only because of the way he lived his life with his cancer, but also because of his heartfelt speech at the ESPYs that gave hope to others in the same predicament.

Boo-yah, Stuart Scott. You will be missed.

Switching back to basketball, the Chicago Bulls were on the rise in last week's power rankings. This week, the Knicks make a brilliant tanking move, the Warriors retain the No. 1 spot and another Eastern team ascends into the top two.

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