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NBA Power Rankings Week 2: Philadelphia rises, Oklahoma City falls

Oklahoman Modified: November 4, 2013 at 4:27 pm •  Published: November 4, 2013
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Every Monday throughout the season, we will release our weekly NBA power rankings, slotting the league's teams 1-30. Here's our list after one week of games:


Running Weekly Archive: 1


Power Rankings - Week 2
Rank Darnell Mayberry
Anthony Slater
1
Records
3-0
3-0

Last Week: 30
They had the best week of any team, going 3-0 and recording the most quality wins.

Last Week: 6
Allowing 83.7 points per game, nearly 10 less than anyone else. Defense reigns.
2
3-0
3-0

Last Week: 7
Paul George is blossoming into the superstar we thought he'd be, leading his team in points, rebounds, assists and steals.

Last Week: 8
Wins over the Bobcats, Mavs and Jazz. Interested to see how they fare against the Clippers on Monday night.
3
3-0
2-2

Last Week: 13
Kevin Love leads the league in scoring at 29.7 points per game. And he's second in rebounding with a 14.7 average.

Last Week: 1
Starting to think they won’t be the East’s top seed. And starting to think they don’t care.
4
3-0
3-0

Last Week: 8
Two of their wins are against Charlotte and Utah, but they've won by an average of 10.7 points.

Last Week: 12
Beating teams by an average of 11 points per game, highest in the NBA.
5
2-2
2-1

Last Week: 1
I won't hold the loss at Philly against them too much. They did play without Dwyane Wade.

Last Week: 2
Opening-night disaster, but two nice wins since, including a whooping of the Warriors.
6
2-1
2-1

Last Week: 2
They beat Memphis and won on the road against the Lakers without Tim Duncan.

Last Week: 10
Klay Thompson is the real deal. Soon to be considered one of the league's top 2-guards.
7
2-1
2-1

Last Week: 6
Still have doubts about this team. And Chris Paul's 42-15-6 against Golden State only substantiated my concerns.

Last Week: 4
Injuries and rest may hurt their record. But you don't want to see them in the playoffs.
8
2-1
2-1

Last Week: 9
Would be 3-0 had it not been for Chris Paul's historic night.

Last Week: 3
Both encouraging and discouraging: They haven't played well in any of their three games.
9
2-1
3-0

Last Week: 12
Not a lot of D in Dallas so far. Mavs have allowed 107 points per game.

Last Week: 29
Remember when the Bobcats started 7-5 last year…and then finished 21-61. Be aware, Philly.
10
2-1
1-2

Last Week: 15
They have two very quality wins, at Denver and against San Antonio, both coming by double-digits.

Last Week: 5
Derrick Rose's shot is a bit rusty (28 percent right now), but he'll get that, and the Bulls, turned around.
11
2-1
2-1

Last Week: 4
Keep wining at this rate and finish with 55 wins. Not bad. But these first three haven't looked good at all.

Last Week: 16
Dirk looks as good as he has since that 2011 title run.
12
2-1
2-1

Last Week: 21
The schedule is about to get tougher for them. Can they keep it up?

Last Week: 19
Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge now have a decent supporting cast.
13
2-2
1-2

Last Week: 26
Two of their losses were heartbreakers at Indiana and at Minnesota.

Last Week: 9
Seems like it's going to be a team that gets up for big games and loses other ones it shouldn't
14
2-1
2-1

Last Week: 20
Brandon Jennings is back, and now the real test of blending him with Josh Smith begins.

Last Week: 18
Love the Josh Smith, Andre Drummond, Greg Monroe frontline.
15
2-1
2-1

Last Week: 29
Maybe they'll be better than we thought.

Last Week: 11
Had a quick exit in the second round last year. And this seems like a worse team.
16
2-2
1-2

Last Week: 19
A friend who's a Lakers fan jokingly bragged about L.A. being in first place after its season-opening win. This is what it's come to for the Lakers.

Last Week: 7
Lionel Hollins must be enjoying this: The Grizzlies are giving up 106.7 points per game.
17
1-2
2-2

Last Week: 3
They're out of sync right now, but in time they'll be a force.

Last Week: 20
Ironic given their history, but it's hard not to root for these rag-tag Lakers
18
1-2
1-2

Last Week: 5
Slow start, but I still think they're dangerous.

Last Week: 15
Anthony Davis, perennial All-Star beginning this season.
19
1-2
0-3

Last Week: 10
Close losses to Chicago and Minnesota are nothing to be ashamed of.

Last Week: 14
Still haven't won a game. Still think they are a playoff team.
20
1-2
2-2

Last Week: 11
Remember my concerns about them losing Lionel Hollins? They've given up 106.7 points through three games.

Last Week: 26
All aboard the Victor Oladipo bandwagon.
21
1-2
1-2

Last Week: 14
Stick with Anthony Bennett, Cleveland. He needs time.

Last Week: 17
Scoring a league-worst 85.3 points per game.
22
1-2
2-1

Last Week: 18
Pelicans are going to have to pick it up if Monty Williams, my preseason pick for coach of the year, has a shot to win it.

Last Week: 25
Their two wins came over teams (Bucks, Celtics) lower than them in these rankings.
23
1-2
1-2
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Last Week: 23
Still can't get excited about the Hawks.

Last Week: 22
DeMarcus Cousins looked like a force in the first week. Even had a 30-point, 14-rebound game.
24
1-2
1-2

Last Week: 22
When Zaza Pachulia leads your team in scoring and rebounding, something's wrong.

Last Week: 23
Zaza Pachulia (13.0 points) is their leading scorer. No, seriously.
25
1-2
1-2

Last Week: 24
Only a matter of time before they start tanking.

Last Week: 21
Atlanta's streak of six straight playoff appearances may end this season.
26
1-2
0-2

Last Week: 25
So if MJ is not losing on purpose...?

Last Week: 13
Only played two games. But looked bad in both.
27
0-2
2-1

Last Week: 16
I can respect Brian Shaw's championship-minded philosophy. But can his bosses?

Last Week: 30
The Suns are over .500. We won't be able to say that for long.
28
0-3
1-2

Last Week: 17
Biggest disappointment thus far. You don't lose to Detroit in your home opener.

Last Week: 27
I'll be fine if I don't see a minute of Bobcats basketball this season.
29
0-3
0-3

Last Week: 27
Who thinks Rajon Rondo plays a game for the Celtics this season?

Last Week: 24
Upon return, Rajon Rondo may struggle to adjust to the lack of surrounding talent.
30
0-3
0-3

Last Week: 28
A three-game losing streak to start the season is followed by a four-game road trip. Ouch!

Last Week: 28
Important for them to lock up Gordon Hayward for the forseeable future.

by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as NewsOK.com's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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