NBA Power Rankings Week 4: Thunder drop, Blazers rise

Every Monday throughout the season, we will release our weekly NBA power rankings, slotting the league's teams 1-30.

Oklahoman Modified: November 18, 2013 at 1:49 pm •  Published: November 18, 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 three weeks of games:

Running Weekly Archive: 1 | 2 | 3

Power Rankings - Week 4
Rank Darnell Mayberry
Anthony Slater
1
Records
9-1
9-1
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Last Week: 1
Even after a 16-point loss to Chicago, they still lead the league with a 9.4-point scoring differential.
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Last Week: 1
Rough loss to Chicago, but body of work remains impressive.
2
9-1
9-1
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Last Week: 2
Eight players are averaging at least 20 minutes, no one logging more than Tony Parker's 31.5.
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Last Week: 2
Seven straight wins for the Spurs. And Tim Duncan isn’t even playing well yet.
3
8-2
7-3

Last Week: 10
Nothing too impressive about their six-game winning streak. But you can only play who's on your schedule.

Last Week: 5
Michael Beasley providing more depth: 12.5 points on 61 percent shooting the past four games.
4
7-3
7-3

Last Week: 7
Can we just move Miami to the West for the next two seasons?

Last Week: 7
Going to be a terror to face in the playoffs, especially in their building.
5
7-3
7-3

Last Week: 6
A 3-0 week was highlighted by Andre Iguodala's game-winning buzzer beater over OKC.

Last Week: 6
Current four-game streak includes wins over the Thunder, Rockets and Wolves.
6
7-3
8-2

Last Week: 9
No team has more quality wins.

Last Week: 10
Taking advantage of a favorable early schedule.
7
6-3
6-3

Last Week: 4
You can see things coming together. When the offense finally meshes with the defense, look out.

Last Week: 3
Haven’t beat a good team, haven’t lost to a bad team.
8
7-4
5-3

Last Week: 3
Love 'em, but their best win still came against the then-Russell Westbrook-less Thunder.

Last Week: 11
Statement blowout of the Pacers on Saturday. But Derrick Rose remains a bit rusty.
9
7-4
7-4

Last Week: 8
Their 106.3 points per game are second most in the league. And they're average in defensive efficiency.

Last Week: 4
A franchise that seems destined for the playoffs for the first time in a decade.
10
5-3
7-4

Last Week: 9
Derrick Rose's best game yet just came against the league's best defensive team. Good sign.

Last Week: 8
Jeremy Lin (18.2 ppg) is averaging more points than Dwight Howard (17.8 ppg). Huh?
11
6-4
6-4
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Last Week: 11
The last time Dirk didn't lead the Mavs in scoring? The 1999-00 season. Monta Ellis threatening a 13-year streak.

Last Week: 13
This feels like a team that squeaks into one of those last two playoff slots.
12
6-4
5-4

Last Week: 17
Welcome back, Lou Williams.

Last Week: 9
Could this team actually be decent?
13
5-4
6-4

Last Week: 5
Nothing like a back-to-back with Sacramento to forget about two straight heartbreakers in the final seconds.

Last Week: 13
Decent record, decent seed, first-round exit, rinse, repeat.
14
5-5
5-5

Last Week: 16
Clippers, Warriors and Spurs this week. We're finally about to see what they're made of.
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Last Week: 14
Playing better, but a telling week awaits (vs Clippers, Warriors and Spurs).
15
5-5
5-5

Last Week: 18
Strange week. Won two on the road. Lost two at home.

Last Week: 16
They were 7-5 last year…and they finished 21-61.
16
4-5
4-5

Last Week: 28
Went 3-1 over the week, but Minnesota was their only quality victory. Need to see more.

Last Week: 28
Hovering around .500 right now and probably the foreseeable future.
17
5-7
5-7

Last Week: 20
These guys will either upset you or get blown out. 

Last Week: 20
Sneaky dangerous at home and successfully treading water until Kobe gets back.
18
4-6
4-6

Last Week: 15
Anthony Davis is quietly living up to his potential down in New Orleans.
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Last Week: 18
Anthony Davis’ averages: 20.9 points, 11.0 rebounds, 3.6 blocks. Budding superstar.
19
4-6
5-6

Last Week: 14
Victor Oladipo is a turnover machine right now, coughing it up a league-high 5.6 times per 36 minutes.

Last Week: 12
Rapidly crashing back down to Earth: 2-6 in last eight games.
20
5-6
3-6

Last Week: 12
I wouldn't read anything into the Evan Turner rumors, Thunder fans. It's pretty far-fetched.

Last Week: 23
Not a good team.
21
4-7
3-6

Last Week: 13
DeMar DeRozan finally cracked 40 percent shooting. Rudy Gay still struggling to get to 38 percent.

Last Week: 17
Needed an OT buzzer-beater against Phoenix to avoid a 2-7 start. Oof.
22
4-7
3-6

Last Week: 19
The Rajon Rondo to the Knicks rumor sounds like a bad deal for both teams.

Last Week: 19
Plenty of promise, plenty of talent, little results early on.
23
4-7
4-7

Last Week: 21
Mike Brown's got to turn Kyrie Irving loose and let him push the pace.

Last Week: 22
Kyrie Irving is averaging 40 points in their last two wins and 16 in their last four losses.
24
3-6
4-7

Last Week: 23
Their three wins have come against teams with a combined mark of 8-21. Telling.

Last Week: 20
Rudy Gay missed 26 shots against Houston. Kevin Durant hasn’t taken that many in a game this year.
25
3-6
4-6

Last Week: 24
They lost to the Kings. The Kings!!

Last Week: 24
Nikola Vucevic is an underrated young post player: 15.8 ppg, 11.4 rpg.
26
3-6
4-7

Last Week: 25
They've allowed at least 102 points in each of their first six games. But if they shore up their defense, look out.
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Last Week: 26
Doubt they trade Rajon Rondo.
27
2-7
2-7

Last Week: 26
Randy Wittman is one more bad week away from getting the boot in Washington.

Last Week: 21
Feels like a coaching change is coming. Will it be too late?
28
2-7
2-7

Last Week: 27
Their roster wasn't great to begin with. And injuries have now decimated it.

Last Week: 29
Franchise seems heading in the right direction, but they’ll take their lumps this year.
29
2-7
2-7
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Last Week: 29
Seven of their first nine have come at home, and they're 2-5 in those games.

Last Week: 27
Bucks basketball is not a visually pleasing experience.
30
1-10
1-10
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Last Week: 30
They got their first win last week. Over/under: 15 more?
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Last Week: 30
There are a few other franchises envious of that 1-10 record.
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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