NBA Power Rankings 4.0: Clippers surge into No. 1 spot

Three weeks into the NBA season, we have a third different team entering the No. 1 spot.

After the Golden State Warriors stumbled a bit out of the gates, they left the door open for the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers to take the reigns. But one squad's scorching start is just too good to ignore.

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Click through below to see how we have the squads ranked this week, and tweet us at @AOLSports to let us know what you think.

NBA Power Rankings 4.0 (11/16)
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NBA Power Rankings 4.0 (11/16)

30. 76ers (1-9)
Last Week: 30

In overtime win against Indiana gave Philly its first November win since 2013. They've followed it up with two losses coming by more than 20 points. But Joel Embiid!

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29. Pelicans (2-9)
Last Week: 29

Things are bad in New Orleans. Both their offenses and defenses rank in the bottom third of the league, and they're an Anthony Davis back flare-up away from complete irrelevance.

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28. Suns (3-8)
Last Week: 28

Devin Booker and T.J. Warren are each logging 20 points a night, and Eric Bledsoe's 18.4 points, 6.0 boards and 5.2 assists is a great stat-line also. But the team ranks 21st in shooting, 22nd in turnovers and 22nd in assists.

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27. Wizards (2-7)
Last Week: 25

Marcin Gortat said it best: The Wizards' bench stinks. Outside of John Wall and an impressive start from Otto Porter, the rest of the Wizards stink, too.

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24. Magic (4-7)
Last Week: 23

This roster just doesn't fit, and Frank Vogel is being forced to make some wonky lineup decisions because of it.

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22. Kings (4-7)
Last Week: 27

DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay continue to put up great individual seasons, but the offense as a whole is mediocre and the defense is bad. They're losers in six of their last eight, and knowing Sacramento's management, it won't be long before heads start to roll.

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21. Nuggets (3-7)
Last Week: 19

Turnovers remain a primary issue for Denver, with Emmanuel Mudiay averaging 1.4 more giveaways than assists. If Mike Malone's group can take better care of the ball, there's enough talent to stay competitive. But there's no sign that'll happen yet.

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20. Nets (4-7)
Last Week: 26

Brook Lopez is shooting threes. The Nets rank second in pace. The team isn't very good, but they're fun, well-coached, and will be a pest all season long.

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17. Lakers (7-5)
Last Week: 21

Don't look now, but the Lakers are the eighth-best team in the West. The atmosphere around L.A. is positive again, and while the roster is very much a work-in-progress, the team is competitive.

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16. Pacers (5-6)
Last Week: 14

A whole lot of mediocrity early on from a Pacers team that expected to be a mid-tier playoff contender. After several roster moves over the offseason, it'll take time for the Pacers to come together, but the results to date are troubling.

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15. Bulls (7-4)
Last Week: 16

There are a few problem areas, but Jimmy Butler is playing like a superstar. After stringing together three consecutive wins, the Bulls are beginning to settle in, and while their early-season offensive dominance wasn't sustainable, they may still be a top-10 team on that end.

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14. Bucks (5-4)
Last Week: 15

Three-point shooting remains a struggle for Jason Kidd's team, but they've compensated by defending the three-ball better than any other unit.

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13. Celtics (5-5)
Last Week: 9

The C's still rank dead-last in defense without Jae Crowder and Al Horford. While Crowder's return could come this week, Horford's concussion situation seems to be getting murkier by the day.

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12. Pistons (6-5)
Last Week: 12

Detroit still lacks a big-time scorer, but Reggie Jackson's return in the coming weeks should help bolster the offense, while the defense has been among the best in the league to start the season.

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10. Thunder (6-5)
Last Week: 5

Russell Westbrook is nearly averaging a triple-double, but the offense has been a giant struggle outside of the star point guard. A whopping 41.4 percent of their possessions end with the ball in his hands when he's on the floor.

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8. Jazz (7-5)
Last Week: 11

The Jazz are 4-2 since Gordon Hayward's return, and the 26-year-old just on Tuesday failed to score 20 for the first time this season.

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7. Spurs (8-3)
Last Week: 4

The Spurs will be near the top of the West all year, but there are few concerns, including Tony Parker's slow start at age 34. Still their three losses have all come against strong opponents.

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6. Hornets (7-3)
Last Week: 7

The evolution of Kemba Walker, combined with a strong defensive backbone, has the Hornets surging toward the top of the easy. Walker's averaging nearly 26 points per night on jut 17.5 shots, while the defense has committed the third-least amount of fouls -- translating to the lowest amount of opponent FTAs in the league.

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5. Raptors (7-3)
Last Week: 6

As long as DeMar DeRozan keeps nailing midrange jumpers, the Raptors' offense will keep succeeding. It's a skill that's become nearly obsolete, but DeRozan is doing with success that nobody can even come close to matching.

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4. Hawks (8-2)
Last Week: 8

Despite changing some key pieces, the Hawks remain highly competitive on both ends. Both Dennis Schroder and Dwight Howard, two new pieces in this year's starting five, have been positives, and it's resulted in a 7-2 record to open the season.

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3. Warriors (8-2)
Last Week: 3

The "Super Villains" are very clearly among the West's elite, but one team seems fit to challenge them for regular season glory. Kevin Durant has been every bit the star they'd hoped for, with both he and Stephen Curry scoring 27 nightly.

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2. Cavaliers (9-1)
Last Week: 1

It's taken a few years, but Kevin Love looks like a superstar again. The big man is averaging 20 and 10, and still hasn't found his three-point stroke yet.

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1. Clippers (10-1)
Last Week: 2

The Clips are 10-1, and doing it moreso with their defense than their offense. Blake Griffin and Chris Paul are each stuffin' the stat sheet on a nightly basis, while everything else -- to this point -- has fallen into place perfectly.

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