Power Rankings Week 9: Thunder grab top spot, Nuggets fall

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

Oklahoman Modified: December 30, 2013 at 3:14 pm •  Published: December 30, 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 nine weeks of games:

Running Weekly Archive: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8

Power Rankings - Week 9
Rank Darnell Mayberry
Anthony Slater
1
Records
25-5
25-5

Last Week: 2
Two 30-plus point wins last week has OKC's margin of victory creeping back toward last year's league-best clip.
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Last Week: 1
The West’s top defense will get them through this stretch without Westbrook.
2
24-6
24-5

Last Week: 1
Heartbreaking loss to the Heat is all that's keeping them from sharing the league's best record with OKC.
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Last Week: 2
Since the heartbreaker in Miami, Indiana has won four games by an average of 22.7 points.
3
24-5
23-7
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Last Week: 3
A pair of double-digit wins over Brooklyn last week doesn't move the needle.
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Last Week: 3
Beat the Blazers in Portland without LeBron on Saturday. Chris Bosh had 37, including the game-winning three.
4
23-7
24-6
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Last Week: 4
Resting three rotation players, including Dwyane Wade, cost them a road game against Sacramento. Still, winners of nine of 11.
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Last Week: 4
Not sure I’ve seen LaMarcus Aldridge miss a mid-range jumper this season.
5
24-7
24-7
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Last Week: 5
Already lost four games at home. Lost just six inside AT&T Center last year.
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Last Week: 5
A combined 0-6 against the Thunder, Rockets, Blazers and Clippers.
6
21-12
21-11

Last Week: 8
Were playing really good ball until running into a buzzsaw in OKC.
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Last Week: 6
Blake Griffin’s last seven games: 28.4 points, 11.4 rebounds. Playing maybe the best basketball of his career.
7
19-13
19-13

Last Week: 10
Went 5-7 without Andre Iguodala. Now 6-1 since his return. And they just started an eight-game east-coast swing. Look out.

Last Week: 9
Steph Curry is the favorite for December Player of the Month: 25.4 points, 10.5 assists, 4.9 rebounds, 10-5 record.
8
21-11
21-12

Last Week: 6
Blake Griffin has got to stop allowing cheap shots on him. Golden State went too far last week.

Last Week: 7
Went 3-2 in a rare five-game week.
9
18-11
18-11

Last Week: 7
Still waiting for them to cool off. Starting to think it might not happen.

Last Week: 10
Jeff Hornacek, Coach of the Year
10
17-14
17-13

Last Week: 9
In nearly identical minutes, Jeff Teague has doubled his free throw attempts. One sign of his yearly improvement.

Last Week: 7
If they have a top-10 record, the Thunder get their first round pick.
11
13-14
15-15
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Last Week: 11
Hovering around .500 while struggling to stay healthy. Still seem capable of much more.

Last Week: 13
Went 9-9 in the first month, 6-6 this month. Now 15-15 on the season. Mediocre team.
12
13-15
17-14
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Last Week: 12
They're 13-15 and they lead the Atlantic Division.
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Last Week: 12
The Al Horford injury is devastating.
13
17-13
13-14

Last Week: 14
Since Nov. 23, they've had a streak of at least two wins only twice.

Last Week: 14
If Minny could win more games, Kevin Love would be a legit MVP candidate: 25.9 points, 13.9 boards per game.
14
15-15
13-15

Last Week: 16
Look more and more like pretenders by the week. Too much talent to be .500.

Last Week: 15
Anthony Davis is averaging 20 and 11 since his return. Dude’s a beast.
15
13-15
13-15

Last Week: 18
One of only two teams that are winless against .500 or better teams. Milwaukee is the other. Not good company to keep.

Last Week: 17
Six teams have .500 or better records on the road: Thunder, Spurs, Pacers, Heat, Blazers and……the Raptors.
16
13-16
14-15

Last Week: 20
Just 6-10 without Marc Gasol.

Last Week: 11
Have already lost six games at home. Lost three games at home all of last season.
17
14-17
13-16
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Last Week: 17
Upcoming four-game trip out west will tell us how serious we should take them. They're just 2-7 against the West.

Last Week: 18
If they can get Marc Gasol back relatively soon, still think they can squeak in the playoffs.
18
14-18
14-17

Last Week: 13
Josh Smith is on pace to finish December averaging less than four 3-pointers. Progress.

Last Week: 20
They stay in nearly every game because of a surprisingly stingy defense (94.2 ppg against, third in NBA).
19
13-17
13-18

Last Week: 21
Scheduling quirk gave them one game last week. They'll be on the super rare four games in 11 days when they host Atlanta on Tuesday.

Last Week: 16
They won't do it, but tanking would be the best organizational move.
20
14-15
14-18

Last Week: 15
Losers of six straight (and allowing 105.6 points in those), they'd be much lower if the rest of the league wasn't so bad.

Last Week: 19
They’d be a bigger disappointment if the bottom half of the East wasn’t filled with so many of them.
21
13-18
11-17

Last Week: 19
Back-to-back losses to Utah and Philly (at home) sums up their tailspin. They go for the trifecta Tuesday against Milwaukee.

Last Week: 23
Rough times in Chicago.
22
9-20
13-17

Last Week: 24
Isaiah Thomas is averaging 21.5 points, 3.6 rebounds, 7.6 assists and 1.4 steals as a starter. Just how good is he?

Last Week: 21
Brad Stevens, basketball wizard.
23
10-20
10-20

Last Week: 21
Back-to-back home wins over Detroit and Atlanta gave Magic fans something to be cheery about this holiday season.

Last Week: 22
Tell me again, why would LeBron want to return to this trainwreck?
24
11-17
10-20

Last Week: 23
Got a feel-good Christmas Day road win at Brooklyn and then promptly got pummeled by 22 at home against Dallas.

Last Week: 28
Won three out of six games. In the East, you can gain a lot of ground that way.
25
10-20
9-20

Last Week: 22
Forget the Knicks or Nets. They're making a case for the most disappointing team this season.
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Last Week: 25
Feels like they’re always in games. And feels like they typically find a way to lose them.
26
9-24
10-20

Last Week: 29
These guys have actually played .500 ball in their last 10 games.

Last Week: 24
Lotta money for not a lotta wins.
27
10-20
9-21

Last Week: 25
Current three-game swing through Indiana, San Antonio and OKC probably looked great when the schedule was drawn up.
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Last Week: 27
Lotta money for not a lotta wins.
28
9-21
9-24
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Last Week: 28
Notched second road win of the year against the Lakers, moving into a tie with Cleveland for the league's worst road record at 2-13.

Last Week: 26
Trey Burke is starting to break out. Enes Kanter has continued to regress.
29
9-21
9-21

Last Week: 26
Thunder heads better hope James Dolan wasn't paying attention to Reggie Jackson on Christmas Day.
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Last Week: 29
Given up 100 or more points in 22 of the past 24 games.
30
6-24
6-24
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Last Week: 30
The cult-like following for Giannis Antetokounmpo is as good as it gets for Bucks fans. He's averaging 11 and seven in his last nine.
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Last Week: 30
Bucks basketball is not a visually pleasing experience.

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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