NBA Power Rankings Week 14: Thunder grab top spot

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

Oklahoman Modified: February 3, 2014 at 1:25 pm •  Published: February 3, 2014
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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 13 weeks of games:

Running Weekly Archive: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13

Power Rankings - Week 14
Rank Darnell Mayberry
Anthony Slater
1
Records
38-11
38-11
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Last Week: 1
Improbable and impressive 10-game winning streak without Russell Westbrook.

Last Week: 2
Three separate eight-game winning streaks in first 46 games. Only third team since 2006 to do that.
2
36-10
36-10
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Last Week: 2
Andrew Bynum could be a game-changer...if he gets with the program.

Last Week: 1
Andrew Bynum seemed like a strange pickup, but I guess it’s low risk.
3
33-13
34-13
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Last Week: 3
Not only are the Pacers a matchup problem for them, but the Thunder could be now as well. Their three-peat could be in peril.

Last Week: 4
Lost four of seven, but three of them came on the road at Houston, Oklahoma City and Golden State.
4
34-13
33-13
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Last Week: 4
Split a light two-game schedule last week but blown out at home against Memphis.

Last Week: 3
Wake them up in mid-April.
5
34-16
34-16
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Last Week: 5
Quietly one of the league's best teams at home, where they're 20-3 and winning by 11 points on average.

Last Week: 7
They have won 11 of 14 games. Going to be a terror once Chris Paul gets back.
6
34-13
34-13
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Last Week: 6
Still struggling while battling injuries. And now comes the nine-game rodeo trip.

Last Week: 5
Injuries continue to decimate their rotation. Shannon Brown and Cory Joseph started for them last game.
7
32-17
32-17

Last Week: 8
How about Jeremy Lin messing around and getting a triple-double...off the bench?

Last Week: 8
Third best team in the West since the New Year.
8
29-18
29-18

Last Week: 9
Only team to bet the Pacers twice this season. And they did it in impressive fashion.

Last Week: 11
Led by Goran Dragic, this team just keeps winning ballgames. Swept the season-series against Indiana.
9
26-20
29-19

Last Week: 13
Hottest team in the NBA since Dec. 21 at 16-5. Here they come, yo.

Last Week: 6
Just 5-6 in their past 11 games.
10
29-19
29-19

Last Week: 7
Limped through January but could now benefit from a relatively easy February.
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Last Week: 10
Nightmare first round matchup for the Thunder.
11
27-21
27-21

Last Week: 10
Should have built more of a cushion early. Memphis ain't messing around.

Last Week: 9
Going to be a battle between Dallas, Memphis and Phoenix for that top spot.
12
25-21
25-22

Last Week: 16
Coach Mike Budenholzer has his team playing hard despite tough circumstances.
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Last Week: 12
Kyle Lowry should have been an All-Star.
13
25-22
22-23

Last Week: 12
If you haven't seen Terrence Ross' dunk on Kenneth Faried, stop everything and look it up.

Last Week: 13
Nate Robinson out for the year with a torn ACL. Tough break.
14
23-23
25-21

Last Week: 18
Seventh chance to go a game above .500 for the first time this season comes Monday against Portland. Can they finally do it?

Last Week: 17
Kyle Korver's NBA record streak of consecutive games with a three has hit a ridiculous 115.
15
23-23
23-23
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Last Week: 15
These guys are still a .500 team. That's amazing.
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Last Week: 15
Amazing that this team continues to stay afloat. Credit to Thibodeau and Noah.
16
20-25
23-24

Last Week: 11
Is it possible both their games against the Thunder will alter the course of their season?
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Last Week: 16
Sixth best point differential in the West, 10th best record.
17
23-24
23-23
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Last Week: 17
Kevin Love put up 43 and 19 and lost by seven to Atlanta. Story of his career.

Last Week: 18
Impressive win over OKC put them at 23-23. Can they finally get over .500 for the first time this season?
18
22-23
20-25

Last Week: 14
Hate to see the season-ending knee injury to Nate Robinson

Last Week: 13
How has Joe Johnson made the All-Star team seven times?
19
19-27
20-26

Last Week: 22
Still can't understand why Mo Cheeks took this job.

Last Week: 22
Anthony Davis has 76 points, 34 rebounds and 21 blocks in his last three games. Incredible.
20
19-28
19-27

Last Week: 19
Nine games below .500 and only a game out of the East's eighth seed.
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Last Week: 20
They are 2-15 against the West.
21
20-26
19-28

Last Week: 21
Anthony Davis continues to shine. Averaged 21.6 points, 10.3 rebounds and 3.4 blocks in January.

Last Week: 19
Streaky team: Won five in a row, lost five in a row, won four in a row to end January.
22
16-31
21-28

Last Week: 21
Starting to wonder whether the Jazz would be looking to move the inconsistent Enes Kanter. Think Sam Presti has inquired?

Last Week: 23
Would be the eighth seed in the East if playoffs started today. Ew.
23
21-28
16-31

Last Week: 24
In his last 10 games, Al Jefferson has averaged 26.4 points and 12.4 rebounds.

Last Week: 25
Have been halfway decent (15-17) since that horrendous 1-14 start.
24
16-31
16-28

Last Week: 23
Definition of dysfunction.
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Last Week: 24
It’s a mess in Cleveland. Tons of internal issues.
25
15-33
16-31

Last Week: 27
Yielding a league-worst 109.9 points per game.

Last Week: 24
Going to miss the playoffs for only the second time since 1994.
26
16-33
15-32

Last Week: 28
Rajon Rondo is once again flirting with triple-doubles (19/6/10 on Sunday against Orlando).

Last Week: 21
There’s still time to trade Rudy Gay before the deadline.
27
13-36
15-33

Last Week: 29
After missing 12 games with a concussion (???), Nikola Vucevic is picking up where he left off as a double-double machine.
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Last Week: 27
Give up an NBA-high 109.9 points per game.
28
16-31
16-33

Last Week: 26
Pau Gasol is hurt (groin) and on the trading block. Oh, and the Lakers have lost six straight.

Last Week: 29
Rajon Rondo is easing back into the lineup: 7 games, 8.4 ppg, 6.3 apg.
29
15-32
13-36

Last Week: 25
Say what you will about DeMarcus Cousins. Kings are 0-7 without him this season.

Last Week: 28
They are 3-15 since New Years Eve.
30
8-39
8-39
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Last Week: 30
Should soon be guaranteed a top four pick.
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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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